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.


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.