Two important facts you probably weren't aware of: 1) A pig's orgasm lasts for 30 minutes , and 2) December 21st is the longest night of the year (we're talking 15hrs of straight darkness), which also means it's the perfect chance to celebrate what should be the "Best Night of Your Life", assuming you spend it hitting the city's best Thrillist-approved cocktail bars, nightclubs, and dives 'til the sun pops back up.
Check out our picks for Philly's best party dinner spots below, and make sure to fully map out a perfect evening with our itinerary builder.
Spirit of Philadelphia
Sure it's touristy, but it's also a swanked out boat full of liquored up strangers (!), that's plying you with drinks (!!), has a dance floor manned by sweet local DJs (!!!) and a heaping buffet full of things like garlic-encrusted sirloin w/ red wine demi-glaze, and roasted tilapia w/ lobster cream (LOTS OF EXCLAMATION POINTS).
This ironically retro multi-level lounge from Stephen Starr boasts a towering roof-top patio and swinging '70s furniture (plastic molded tables, chairs that literally swing from the ceiling); whimsically decadent eats like lobster mac & cheese w/ orzo, mascarpone & fontina, and cheesesteak eggrolls w/ Sriracha ketchup; and playful "pop" cocktails like the peach vodka & tang martini served in a tang-rimmed glass.
Nosh on plates of fresh-pulled mozz, and pressed sammies on house-made Euro-style breads (e.g. coppa, sweet peppers, and dandelion) in what looks like a city-slick rustic farmhouse thanks to thick wooden shelves holding ornate Mediterranean tiles and a rustic communal table surrounded by sturdy wooden chairs, all lit up by ornate spheres, which is actually the first compliment anyone's ever given that movie.
Tria's a cozy 32-seat wine joint sporting big windows, a solid-glass, climate-controlled wine "cellar" that dominates the back wall, and an airy-for-its-size interior lined with sparsely-appointed counters with rustic stools, which
is also how Granddad ruined every Thanksgiving you can post-up while inhaling fried-oyster Po' Boy Poppers, and St. Louis-style ribs.
Creperie Beau Monde & L'Etage
Start w/ one of Beau Monde's gussied-up beef bourguignon or Coq au Vin crepes downstairs, then hit the cabaret (which is French for... um, something presumably) upstairs for cocktails/beer/Champagne/etc. or more food like plates of cheese and/or pate.
Washington Square West
Heavily decked in gold (curtains, light fixtures, art pieces, etc.) and polished wood, this seriously sweet Indian eatery is slinging creative takes on traditional dishes like Malwani swordfish w/ red chili, and a tender boneless lamb rogan josh, which, even if you're not into Southeast Asian food, is wayyy better than whatever Rogan, Joe will feed you, for example.
Washington Square West
Believe it or not, they're serving an actually-delicious "vegan menu prepped with non-vegetarians in mind" (for example, they employ lots of broths and boils to impart flavors traditionally found in meat dishes) inside the old Princeton Club, with twin fireplace-anchored dining rooms rimmed by plush banquettes and a wainscoted cocktail lounge sporting a chandelier of silver spoons, presumably lit by the beaming grill of Ricky Schroder.
This Rittenhouse Hotel-based French-taurant is serving seriously inventive eats like a milkshake with both foie gras and blood orange in it, plus things like suckling pig, Spanish octopus (it's got an accent), and sweetbreads, all prepped by a chef who traveled to places like Portugal, Thailand, Japan, and even America to get inspiration for the flavors he's dishing out.
These peeps do wildly flavorful (and affordable) Italian eats in a boisterous, old-school dining room where things like crispy duck breast Milanese style w/ pear mostarda, taleggio, radicchio & hazelnuts, or milk and garlic braised pork loin w/ porcini & sweet fennel are the order of the day... err, night, as it were.
1. The Continental Mid-Town1801 Chestnut St, Philadelphia
2. Spirit of Philadelphia123 Chestnut St, Philadelphia
3. Agiato4359 Main St, Manayunk
4. Tria Cafe1137 Spruce St, Philadelphia
5. Creperie Beau Monde & L'Etage624 S 6th St, Philadelphia
6. Indeblue205 S 13th St, Philadelphia
7. Vedge1221 Locust St, Philadelphia
8. Modo Mio161 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia
9. Lacroix at The Rittenhouse210 W Rittenhouse Sq, Philadelphia
The Continental Mid-Town is a great place to bring a big party group to enjoy some delicious cocktails or chow down on lobster mac-n-cheese... or just drink a lot of cocktails.
Party dinners on the Spirit of Philadelphia is a totally new way to liven up the evening. Dancing, drinking and cruising for parties as small as 2 and up to 600.
Agiato boasts an extensive wine and beer list which will pair perfectly with the large party group you've found yourself with. Drink, eat and party on!
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.
L’stage is a French bistro that specializes in signature and build-your-own Crepes. The romantic atmosphere with picture windows is well-suited for date nights, family dinners, and other large parties. After dinner, take the party downstairs for an all-night club party. Beau Monde hosts monthly cabarets and weekly DJ parties.
Done up with a central chandelier, sleek mahogany seating, and a posh rose-yellow color palette, Indeblue is dressed the part to serve up modern takes on classic Indian fare. Expect dishes like tikka naan pizza, masala crab cake, and spicy stuffed long hot peppers, as well as a vindaloo egg skillet that is a fiery take on the traditional egg skillet. To freshen up, try a beverage from the craft cocktail bar, which similarly fuses contemporary with traditional in mixtures like the karma chai sutra, made with black masala chai and orchata cream cinnamon rum.
A laser focus is put on seasonal vegetables at Vedge, and the refined, entirely meat-free menu is creative enough to attract even the most ardent of meat-eaters, if the wait for a table is any indicator. When chefs Richard Landau and Kate Jacoby opened their restaurant in this historic building on Locust St in 2011, the city hadn't seen anything like it: a changing vegetarian menu served in a fine dining setting with a hyper-contemporary sensibility. Anywhere from three to five of the sharing plates can make a meal, from salt-baked beets with cured tofu that's topped with whipped cucumber to seared maitake mushroom with celery root fritters. Desserts like a Meyer Lemon Cheesecake with blood orange gel and bergamot dust are impossibly light while cocktails mixed with housemade syrups make use of healthful juices like grapefruit and lemongrass. In short: skip the veggie burger and make a reservation at Vedge.
Modo Mio is serving up some great Italian food in NoLibs and is a great place to bring a bunch of friends to enjoy a good meal and good times.
Your milkshake brings some adventurous people to the yard when you're Rittenhouse Square French-staurant Lacroix, (located at the Rittenhouse Hotel), especially because said milkshake involves both foie gras and blood orange. If you thought that was interesting, it's also serving up the likes of suckling pig, Spanish octopus (it's got an accent), and sweetbreads, in addition to a build-your-own Bloody Mary station. Celebrated head chef Jon Cichon traveled to places like Portugal, Thailand, Japan, and even America to get inspiration for the flavors he's dishing out.