1. Writer's Block Rehab
Washington Square West

Writer’s Block is perfect if you like to drink and also feel like you’re in a cozy wood-paneled library. The actual space has a way more modern feel, but the statement wallpaper of bookshelves is a great meeting of old and new. Decor aside, Writer’s Block is the go-to for light bites and fun cocktails (and mocktails), each with an esoteric reference for a name. It’s an ideal ice breaker for meeting and mingling.
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2. Philadelphia Distilling
Northern Liberties

Sample some of the best spirits to come out of Philadelphia, from Blue Coat Gin to Vieux Carre Absinthe. The beautiful facility begs you to linger with tufted leather sofas and exposed brick walls for an airy, bright, and ultra stylish destination any time day or night. Be sure to try one of the seltzer-gin cocktails or a family flight of bourbon, rye, and American whiskies.

3. Lloyd Whiskey Bar

This laidback whiskey bar offers fresh cocktails, local drafts, and a vast selection of whiskeys selected from across the globe. The spot also features a sold pub menu to keep you going through rounds of flights. Try one of the Boilermaker selections, which gets you a beer and one-ounce pour, like an elevated version of the Philly Special.
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4. American Sardine Bar
Point Breeze

This is one of Philly’s quintessential bars for relaxed sips, which are best enjoyed on a patio chair in the bar’s backyard. You can expect tried-and-true drafts alongside newer seasonal releases and local specialities, as well as flavorful cocktails that pack a punch, from the special flavor whiskey sours to their gin mule counterparts. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, peruse the food menu to find items like pickled egg and a tin fish board featuring sardines.
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5. Sonny’s Cocktail Joint
Graduate Hospital

The tavern once known as The Cambridge is reopening as Sonny’s Cocktail Joint, a fresh concept featuring ultra-casual takes on high-end food (think caviar, chips, and dip or Dunkaroos with bourbon old fashioned buttercream). The bar goes old school with vinyl, vintage pieces, checkered floors, anda jukebox, but the drinks are up-to-date with negronis, high balls, and best-enjoyed-outside selections off the “Boat Drinks” menu. You’ll also find plenty of domestic and imported drafts and natural wines to even things out.
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6. Cockatoo
Washington Square West

Cockatoo is a newer addition to the bar scene, featuring Latin street food paired with a welcoming menu of wine, cocktails, and beer. Cockatoo also has one of the better happy hour iterations in Center City, with discounted drinks from 8-10 pm Wednesday through Friday, then a special weekend happy hour from 3-5 pm. Then you can score $10 specialty cocktails, $9 prosecco, and $6 beers to your heart’s content.
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