Ruba Club-Studios
Ruba Club-Studios
Ruba Club-Studios
The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co.
Cassie Hepler/Thrillist
Cassie Hepler/Thrillist
Thrillist
The Ranstead Room
Cassie Hepler/Thrillist

Cassie Hepler/Thrillist

Flickr/Steven Depolo
Twisted Tail
Cassie Hepler/Thrillist
Cassie Hepler/Thrillist
Cassie Hepler/Thrillist
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1. Ruba Club Studios 416 Green St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (Nolibs)

The Russian United Beneficial Association in NoLibs accepts all nationalities to enjoy after hours, pool, ping-pong and cheap beer at this dive bar.

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2. Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. 112 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

Practically bursting with classical style and a tasteful ambiance, FM&I Co. stands out as one of the classiest bars in Rittenhouse, serving a number of finely tuned cocktails that any patron can appreciate.

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3. Hop Sing Laundromat 1029 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Chinatown)

Stop into this semi-hidden haven in Chinatown for Prohibition-inspired cocktails, accented with a speakeasy vibe. This much-hyped, semi-mysterious spot-- patrons line up down the block for a chance to sample enigmatic owner Lê's signature libations, and you can't use cell phones or cameras inside the bar (don’t think that rule won’t be enforced if someone catches you)-- offers literally hundreds of liquor options, from Johnny Drum Private Stock bourbons to 15-year aged El Dorado.

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4. Ranstead Room 2013 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Center City West)

A classically-styled bar from the mind of El Rey taco mastermind Stephen Starr, the semi-cloaked Ranstead Room off Rittenhouse Square features a retro interior decked out with red leather booths and snakeskin stools, gold tile arches, and a red/black tiger-striped carpet. This luxe back bar offers fittingly high-end boozy libations. Surprise yourself and order "the bartenders choice" or go with one of the bespoke cocktails of the moment from the ever-changing menu.

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5. The Pen & Pencil Club 1522 Latimer St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (Rittenhouse)

The Rittenhouse Square is home to the oldest continuously operating press club in America. The P&P is an upstanding citizen during the day with panel talks and such, but at night it turns into a divey joint.

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6. The Twisted Tail 509 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (South Street)

The Twisted Tail's a hulking two-story joint from a classically trained actor who, while touring Tennessee with his theater company, fell in love with the Deep South's food, drink, and music, and has now launched his tribute to bourbon and blues, the most notable Southern combination since Brooks & Dunn.

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7. Fiume 229 S 45th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (West Phillyu City)

Tucked above University City Ethiopian restaurant Abyssinia, Fiume brilliantly executes the concept of a speakeasy by embracing its inner dive bar. Christmas lights illuminate a chalkboard listing of the bar’s extensive beer selection, and you’ll be sure to find some unique bottles you’ve never heard of. Philadelphians who trek from all over the city to Fiume don’t mind that the prices are slightly above average or that there are only six stools at the bar and a handful of tables. And even though the place is so miniscule that you’ll wonder just how the live Bluegrass band managed to squeeze both its members and instruments inside, you too will want to come time and time again.