Food & Drink

10 Can't-Miss Boozy Tastings in Philly

Published On 04/18/2016 Published On 04/18/2016
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Tria Cafe

Sunday School

Tria Cafe (address and info)

When: Sundays, all day
Every Sunday, Tria’s Washington West and Fitler Square locations are prepped to school you in different (and very discounted) wine & beer, accompanied by a thoughtfully selected cheese to complement. While noshing and gulping, you can learn about what makes the feast before you so unique.

Jet Wine Bar

Tasting Tuesdays

Jet Wine Bar (address and info)

When: Tuesdays, all day
One of Philly’s most extensive wine bars wouldn’t be complete without a weekly tasting from around the world. It’s much easier to accomplish if you grab a seat at the bar and sample half-priced wines, or build your own flight for $10.
 

Daily tastings

Chaddsford Winery (address and info)

When: Any time the winery is open
No reservations necessary -- just walk in to sample six or seven wines at one of the best wineries only a short drive outside of the city. The featured wines change seasonally, along with the collection of small bites. Aside from its daily tastings, Chaddsford hosts ongoing wine tours and festivals.

Pinot Boutique

Happy hour wine tasting

Pinot Boutique (address and info)

When: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 8pm; Sundays, 1-5pm
Pinot Boutique offers wine tastings every day, whether you opt for the standard happy hour tasting on Tuesdays and Thursdays (five wines for $8-12 a person), or come in Wednesday for the same deal, plus some free snacks. Sunday School at Pinot Boutique offers the same deal from 1-5pm on Sundays.

Panorama

Wine Wednesdays

Panorama (address and info)

When: Wednesdays, 5-7pm
Besides $5 off towering wine flights during happy hour Sunday through Friday, Panorama wants to help you comb through its 800+ wine list with weekly tasting picks (one white, one red). Prepare for a history lesson (one you'll actually want to sit through) along with each pour.
 

Pairing courses

Wine School of Philadelphia (address and info)

When: Various classes run Thursday through Monday
Every month, the Wine School offers a handful of different beverage/food pairing courses that will make you the star of your next bragging-to-your-friends-about-your-wine-knowledge event. Whether you want to learn (and taste) the ins and outs of pairing wine with chocolate, beer with artisanal cheese, dozens of other topics, book a spot early to nab a seat at the Wine School.
 

Beer brewing & tasting courses

Philly Beer School (address and info)

When: Various classes run Thursday through Monday
Similar to the Wine School, Philly’s beer school teaches you skills like the ins and outs of home brewing, and offers tastings at ongoing special events such as “Beef, Beer & Bourbon” or the “Belgian Beer Experience,” each course carefully tailored to highlight the unique tastes of each topic or pairing.

Yards Brewing

Tasting bar room

Yards Brewing (address and info)

When: Tours Saturday and Sunday, 12-4pm; or by appointment
One of our favorite things about Yards’ weekend brewery tour is the free beer you get along the way. But for an extra dose of Yards, go to the next level and book a tasting appointment, which isn’t confined to the limited hours of the free tour.

Danya Henninger/New Liberty Distilling

VIP distillery tour

New Liberty Distillery (address and info)

When: Saturdays at 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm; Sundays at 1pm and 3pm
Book a tour at New Liberty Distillery and you’re in for your fair share of libation tastings. The VIP tour, which costs $20 a pop, includes a sampling whiskey glass to take along for the tour, which is a full sampling of the distillery’s products. Eat beforehand.

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1. Tria Cafe 1137 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (West Phillyu City)

The Washington West location of this small Philadelphia chain boasts carefully-curated, rotating lists of wine and beer, alongside a European-style cafe menu of gourmet eats. Highlights include spicy fennel sausage, warm-poached mission figs, and prosciutto cotto sandwich. A number of bruschetta options and comforting desserts are also offered, along with "Sunday School" beer and wine seminars.

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2. Jet Wine Bar 1525 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146 (South Street)

This South Street hideaway is famous for its extensive, seasonal wine list that offers bottles from, to name a few, France, Italy, Bulgaria, Spain, Chile, Morocco, and Georgia. Additionally, Jet also provides laid-back, informative wine tasting classes and an array of globally-inspired appetizers, such as steak or mushroom montadito, Spanish meatballs, and Merguez skewers.

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3. Chaddsford Winery 632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA 19317

No reservations necessary -- just walk in to sample six or seven wines at one of the best wineries only a short drive outside of the city. Their small plates menu and featured wines menu changes seasonally, so there is always something new to experience here throughout the year. Aside from its daily tastings, Chaddsford hosts ongoing wine tours and festivals.

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4. Pinot Boutique 227 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Pinot Boutique offers wine tastings every day, whether you opt for the standard happy hour tasting on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and their Wednesday happy hour includes some free snacks. If you are into a more educational drinking experience, sign up for one of their wine classes, featuring both local and international wines.

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5. Panorama 14 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Old City)

Home to the world's largest wine dispensary, Panorama is an upscale North-Italian eatery, tucked away in the heart of Philadelphia's Old City. The menu is stocked with handmade pastas, fresh vegetables, and thick cut local meats, most or which are served encased in cheese or alongside stacks of herb-dusted house focaccia bread. The whole place practically oozes old-school Italian charm with candle chandeliers dangling from the ceilings, large Tuscan doors, and vintage upholstery lining the seat cushions. Certified sommeliers guide patrons through the Restaurant's ridiculously extensive wine list while the hungry guests salivate over hand rolled ricotta gnocchi with broccoli rabe pesto, or braised leg of lamb with spicy salsa verde. Full of dark wood and low chatter over rich, sauce-coated plates, the whole place is a romantic ode to classic Italian dining.

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6. Wine School of Philadelphia 109 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Every month, the Wine School offers a handful of different beverage/food pairing courses that will make you the star of your next bragging-to-your-friends-about-your-wine-knowledge event. Whether you want to learn (and taste) the ins and outs of pairing wine with chocolate, beer with artisanal cheese, dozens of other topics, book a spot early to nab a seat at the Wine School. If you are really dedicated to learning more about the basics of wine, international wines, or old world wines, sign up for one of their seasonal semesters, featuring two months of classes.

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7. Philly Beer School 127 S 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Similar to the Wine School, Philly’s beer school teaches you skills like the ins and outs of home brewing, and offers tastings at ongoing special events such as “Beef, Beer & Bourbon” or the “Belgian Beer Experience,” each course carefully tailored to highlight the unique tastes of each topic or pairing. They are constantly adding new classes to their schedule that appeal to novice beer drinkers and beer nerds alike.

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8. Yards Brewing Company 901 N Delaware Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (Nolibs)

Founded by a couple of local homebrewers, Yards Brewing Company and now produces one of the best pale ales in the country -- as per The New York Times -- at a waterfront plant boasting a 100-seat pub. And in addition to supplying both year round and seasonal brews, Yards' parking lot is home to a variety of food trucks, perfect for all-night pairings.

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9. New Liberty Distillery 1431 N Cadwallader St, Philadelphia, PA 19122

Book a tour at New Liberty Distillery and you’re in for your fair share of libation tastings. The VIP tour, which costs $20 a pop, includes a sampling whiskey glass to take along for the tour, which is a full sampling of the distillery’s products (make sure to eat beforehand!). In addition to their own tours and tastings, they are open to hosting events on property, including wedding receptions and bachelor parties.