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1. Ela 627 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (Society Hillqueen Village)

An American restaurant directed by the steady hand of acclaimed chef Jason Chichonski, Ela serves cuisine that changes seasonally but is consistently innovative and crafted to perfection. With an extensive wine list and large collection of craft beers, something is bound to go well with your whipped foie gras.

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2. Isabella 382 E Elm St, Philadelphia, PA 19428 (Montco)

Isabella's an airy multi-level joint serving share-happy portions of Mediterranean comfort fare in a two-level interior with a balcony and an exterior hosting a stone dining area that's surprisingly not a Taco Bell.

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3. The Olde Bar 125 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Old City)

Jose Garces brought some much-needed life into the old stomping grounds of the locally loved Bookbinder’s, which closed during the not-great-economically year of 2009. Garces' reincarnation of the place is a nice polish to the original, and includes an open banquet room complete with dimly lit red booths, candles, and an oyster saloon serving snapper soup and fried belly clams. In addition to the nouveaux riche aperitif menu, the seafood-centric restaurant serves classics like dungeness crab, Maine lobster, and of course, champagne cocktails to pair.

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4. Library Bar 210 W Rittenhouse Sq, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

The Library Bar is a two-room cocktail palace, cozily tucked into the ground floor of the Rittenhouse Hotel. With huge volumes of literature on display, and including a tome-like, 17 page long drink menu, make yourself comfortable in the spacious cocktail haven with a meticulously crafted Old Fashioned or seasonal option like the El Presidente with bacardi rum, red wine, vermouth, and grenadine.

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5. Bar 210 at Lacroix 210 W Rittenhouse, Philadelphia, PA 19103

This is one of our favorite bars in Philly, with one of our favorite bar tenders, Amy Farrell.

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6. Village Whiskey 118 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Center City West)

Village Whiskey is an American gastropub vision of James Beard Award-winning Chef Jose Garces. Standing proudly on a bustling corner of Rittenhouse, this old-school pub with a masculine air does two things best: Burgers and Whiskey. Together. There are a few bar snacks and entrees on the menu alongside a full raw bar, but what the people really want from this place is the simple yet entirely indulgent All-American Burger with (of course) whiskey-cured bacon to match their 200+ bottle selection of whiskeys and prohibition-era cocktails.

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7. Spruce Street Harbor 121 N. Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Depending on the time of year, the Waterfront boasts dozens of activities thanks to the Spruce Street Harbor Park. Beer gardens pop up in the summer, and the views of nature impress regardless of the season. The waterfront park has everything from hammocks to an outpost of Federal Donuts (Port FedNuts).

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8. U-Bahn 1320 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Market East)

Just one floor below the expansive beer-list and gravy-fry paradise that is Brü comes U-Bahn, inspired by German underground transit. The spot sports two bars and has the cuisine covered by Brü’s chef, which means the street food-inspired bar snacks will not disappoint. This is also a great place to catch some entertainment while you’re drinking and eating -- local DJs and musicians perform a couple times a week on the in-house stage.

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9. Kensington Quarters 1310 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125 (Kensington)

Meat is taken seriously at this industrial chic butcher/restaurant in Fishtown, where every animal is used head-to-tail, and every diner leaves not only full, but with a primer in butchery and meat-curing. Right when you enter Kensington Quarters, you'll see the on-site butcher counter and retail section. Once seated, order the mixed house-made charcuterie followed by braised pork shoulder, a hulking pork chop, or a ribeye with smoked cheddar. Don’t be a meathead and remember to grab a salami for home on your way out.

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10. The Trestle Inn 339 N 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Loft District)

Trestle's the thankfully cleaner iteration of infamously gritty J & J Trestle Inn, which closed in '09 before catching fire last summer; it’s reemerged while keeping much of the dark-wood-heavy, dimly lit digs that weren't charred, and also the lovely, be-tasseled dancers, whose costumes have been updated to give off a “'60s-'70s vibe”, whose covers only ever featured Teddy Pendergrass and Billy "White Shoes" Johnson.

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11. Parlor Suburban Square 30 Parking Plz, Ardmore, PA 19003

The only thing better than the food and drink here are the fantastic bartenders and wait staff.

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12. Taproom on 19th 2400 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19145

If you've ever been curious about what "upscale stoner fare" might taste like, head down to Tap Room on 19th. This tavern serves up farm-to-table fare that draws inspiration from South Philly traditions and southern eats, and includes fried cheese curds, Ponzu dumplings, and a curated list of craft beers. If you come in during brunch hours, you can even choose from a list of breakfast shots, like the Honeynut Cheerio made with Jack Daniels Honey whiskey and Horchata.