Food & Drink

The 14 Best Bars With Fireplaces in Philadelphia

Published On 01/15/2015 Published On 01/15/2015
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1. Growlers 736 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (Southwark)

Not just the types of dogs Vick used to request, Growlers is also the name of a Bella Vista pub-cum-game room-cum-brew-filling station run by a dude who's worked at Jones, El Vez & Frankford Hall and packed with 40 bottles and cans, plus 12 tap beers (11 regular and one hand-pumped firkin with Yards Coffee Porter) that you can carry out by the growler-load.

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2. Devil's Den 1148 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (South Philadelphia)

South Philly's the Devil's Den has been luring in impish drinkers since 2008 with local and imported craft beers, as well as some rare wood-aged suds that are sipped as hell's flames roar in the rustic fireplace. The food that comes out of the kitchen in herculean portions can be divided into two wings: gluttonous beer-sponge (bacon-wrapped hot dog with scrambled eggs) and surprisingly elevated (duck breast with sautéed kale and cherry-red wine sauce).

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3. XIX 200 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (Rittenhouse)

XIX Nineteen looms over the city from 19 stories up, high in the upper quarters of the regal Hyatt at the Bellevue. The American restaurant/bar/lounge is known for elegance, with a 19-foot-long chandelier and stained glass dome in the main dining room almost rivaling the main feature -- spectacular views. Did we mention the floor-to-ceiling windows? A modern menu gets international touches in dishes like Jerusalem artichoke puree, but you can keep it red-white-and-blue with Maine lobster or anything from the extensive raw bar. Raw oysters and city lights await.

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4. The Dandelion 124 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Center City West)

Stephen Starr is the mastermind behind this cozy, intimate London-style pub that serves up a killer brunch (booze-soaked Scotch pancakes) and other seasonal twists on British favorites.

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5. McGillin's Olde Ale House 1310 Drury St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Market East)

Imagine: the year was 1860, Lincoln was elected, and McGillin's Olde Ale House first opened. It's safe to say they place is doing something right, because generations of people can't be wrong. This is the oldest continuously operating tavern in Philly. They have since changed the beer taps, we promise.

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6. Devil's Alley Bar & Grill 1907 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

Diabolically good BBQ and comfort food in Rittenhouse Square.

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7. The Lodge at Blue Cross Riverrink 121 N Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Old City)

Ice skating is fun and all, but when you head to Penn’s Landing your top priority should be to find a spot by the fire to enjoy your craft beer and Garces eats. The Lodge at Penn’s Landing has all the makings for fireside magic, no figure eights required.

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8. Sassafras Bar 48 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Old City)

A true bar for old souls, Sassafras Bar's Old City spot feels like the Baz Luhrmann Great Gatsby film with a combination of 20s sophistication and modern-day glamour. It calls itself, "your father's bar," but that doesn't stop numerous crowds of all ages from gathering here for a classic cocktail made with old-school bartender showmanship -- and probably to get their hands on one of the beloved, rare tenderloin burgers.

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9. City Tavern 138 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Old City)

Though now mainly an 18th century-themed tourist spot, City Tavern is technically the oldest bar in Philly, and was even a hang-out for the First Continental Congress.

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10. Frankford Hall 1210 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125 (Fishtown)

One of the only year-round beer gardens, Frankford Hall is also the most traditional German biergarten. The brick-walled Fishtown spot has a menu that features German classics like spätzle, schnitzel, and six different types of sausages. Additionally, the draft beer list has over 10 different German beer selections, all available in large, liter steins. It's especially popular in the summer months, when an opening at one of the picnic tables is harder to find than a parking spot in Fairmount.

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11. Bourbon & Branch 705 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (Nolibs)

B&B features beer and pub fare with a fancy twist: think banh mi sliders, tikka masala mussels, etc, plus classics like fried pickles and mac-n-cheese.

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12. Standard Tap 901 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (Nolibs)

Some fun facts about the Standard Tap, they have tons of craft beer on tap and every menu item is a special while supplies last. Now stop reading and go eat something!

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13. Harvest 200 South 40th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (West Phillyu City)

We’re not sure how Harvest does it, but the University City restaurant manages to serve a menu consisting almost entirely of under-500-calorie dishes. Instead of what you're expecting (rabbit food), the seasonal selections include flatbreads, brick-oven pizzas, sandwiches, composed salads, and entrees like macadamia nut-crusted halibut and three-bean turkey chili. However, the best is saved for last: shrunken-down portions of chocolate salted caramel mousse, zucchini bread cake, and peanut butter cups are all standout desserts.

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14. City Tap House 3925 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (West Phillyu City)

City Tap House has an extensive selection of micro-brews and delicious food to go along with them, as well as a killer patio for outdoor drinking.