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17 Top Cocktail Bars in Philadephia to Grab a Drink

If you’re looking for a fun night out on the town, Philadelphia has no shortage of cocktail bars. From sleek and sexy lounges to divey dives, there’s something for everyone.

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Here are some of our favorite places to sip cocktails in the City of Brotherly Love. Cheers!

Best Cocktail Bars in Philadephia, PA

  1. The Franklin Bar
  2. Hop Sing Laundromat
  3. Philadelphia Distilling
  4. Charlie was a sinner.
  5. In the Valley (ITV Philly)
  6. Martha
  7. The Library Bar
  8. a.bar
  9. R&D Cocktail Bar
  10. Friday Saturday Sunday
  11. The Good King Tavern
  12. 1 Tippling Place
  13. Irwin’s
  14. Manatawny Still Works Craft Spirits Shop and Tasting Room
  15. The Olde Bar
  16. Writer’s Block Rehab
  17. Sonny’s Cocktail Joint

The Franklin Bar

112 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (267) 467 – 3277
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An unmarked entrance leads to this chic, subterranean cocktail spot with a casual tiki bar upstairs.

I really loved this place, so I’ll be coming back soon. When I was here I ordered the Sagittarius Rising with white rum, cachaca, lemon, pomegranate molasses and BBQ bitters. Some other drinks that the bartender recommended were the The Hermits Revenge, Day Of Attonment, or Turn Me On Dead Man.


Hop Sing Laundromat

1029 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-629-0444
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Swanky speakeasy-style bar building a reputation with its meticulously made cocktails.

This is one of the most popular bars in the area, so you’ll be sure to have a good time. I ordered a few drinks, but my favorite ended up being the Redneck Sangria.


Philadelphia Distilling

25 E Allen St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Phone: 215-671-0346
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Philadelphia Distilling is the first craft Distillery in the state of Pennsylvania since Prohibition. They are currently offering direct shipping for liquor & spirits ordered within the state of Pennsylvania. Stock up your home bar with gin, vodka, whiskey, amaro or absinthe with home delivery for a flat $10 rate.

I highly recommend trying the Martinez, Clover Club, and Bee’s Knees. My favorite cocktail was the Elderflower Martini with Bluecoat Elderflower, Dolin blanc vermouth, and Dolin dry vermouth.


Charlie was a sinner.

131 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 267-758-5372
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Charlie was a sinner. is a Midtown Village bar/restaurant open from 4PM – 2AM. The plates are small. The drinks are strong. It’s a place for people from all walks of life, because every good story begins at a bar.

This spot has always been on my list of best bars. Whenever I’m here I get the same drink, the Heavy Feather. It comes with barrel aged gin, mezcal, blanc vermouth, quinaquino, and applewood smoke.


In the Valley (ITV Philly)

1615 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Phone: 267-858-0669
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With a 50 bottle wine list and a selection of seasonal cocktails, they are serving French inspired American cuisine. ITV features a intimate dining room as well as outdoor seating and is located just next door to Laurel. Come sit at their bar for a draught beer and puffed pork chips or make it a special night with their delicious caviar service and champagne.

This is one of the most popular bars in the area, so you’ll be sure to have a good time. I ordered a few drinks, but my favorite ended up being the Bloody Mary.


Martha

2113 E York St, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Phone: 215-867-8881
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They are a locally sourced, fermentation focused, cozy neighborhood bar that features hoagies, vegetables, natural wine, draft cocktails, sour beer, cheese, pickles, and so much more.

If you stop by this place, I would recommend trying the Lavender Spritz;  bluecoat gin, clementine aperitivo, grapefruit, lavender. Other drinks that caught my eye were the Wanda, Hoagie Martini, and Perfect Whisper. I’ll be ordering those next time I pop into this spot!


The Library Bar

210 W Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-546-9000
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Tucked away in the elegance of The Rittenhouse, this gem among bars in Center City Philadelphia is a haven from the city streets as a place to meet, converse and celebrate. For friends old and new, colleagues and peers, family and friends the Library Bar is among the best hotel bars in Philadelphia’s Center City. Enjoy this exquisitely designed refuge to escape from the rigors of the day.

We had so much fun at this place! My friends ordered the Tommy’s Margarita and A Walk Down Delancey, and I opted for the The RH. My drink came with  Rye Whiskey, Angostura bitters, lemon, and egg white.


a.bar

1737 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-825-7035
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a.bar is a cozy place to enjoy a view of Rittenhouse Square while enjoying one of their intriguing seasonal house cocktails or wine from their natural wine list or a bite from their seafood-inspired menu that includes oysters, snacks, salads, and sandwiches.

If you’re looking for one of the best spots to go out for drinks, this is the spot! I had the Too Many Frios with Jamaican rum, oloroso sherry, amaro di angostura, crème de banana, burnt sugar syrup.


R&D Cocktail Bar

1206 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Phone: 215-515-3452
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Starting as a wine bar and growing to full-fledged restaurant in the middle of Fishtown, Root’s cuisine is tailored to compliment the vast array of wines from classic growing areas. The menu will include Italian, Spanish, French and American dishes.

This spot served up some of the best drinks I’ve had and was so much fun. I came here with a group of friends and ordered the Mass Exodus with bourbon smoked with pine, Becherovka, and sage-grapefruit honey cordial. My friends ordered the Irish Coffee and Oaxacan Old Fashioned.


Friday Saturday Sunday

261 S 21st St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-546-4232
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The kitchen’s tasting menu is seasonally inspired and rooted in classics with each dish bearing its own mark of creativity. Expect Friday Saturday Sunday’s complex flavor and precision paired with luxury ingredients. Their full wine and cocktail list will be available to complement your dinner.

The bartender at this spot recommended the Velveteen Sour with blended scotch, mezcal lemon, black mission fig, chocolate bitters, so I had to try it! The group of friends I was with ordered the Judgement of Parish, Hidden Fortress, and Cheap Suit, Second Moon, and Assassin’s Handbook.


The Good King Tavern

614 S 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone: 215-625-3700
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The Good King Tavern is a cozy neighborhood spot located in the heart of Bella Vista at 7th & Kater. With a casual French inspired menu, daily chalkboard specials, classic cocktails, draft beers and wines by the glass, bottle & pichet, there is something for any and everyone to enjoy.

I really loved the drink I ordered, Martini Maille with dry gin, genepy, salers, cornichon brine. Our bartender also recommended a few of the other drinks on the menu; The Cathedral Group, Champs-Élysées, and Sazerac.


1 Tippling Place

2006 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-665-0456
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This stylish craft cocktail bar offers seasonal & classic libations in a midcentury parlor setting.

When I came to this spot my friends ordered the Fish House Punch, Mexican Strawberry, and Penicilin. I went for the Moscow Mule which was absolutely amazing. It’s a cocktail with vodka, lime, ginger, and soda.


Irwin’s

800 Mifflin St, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Phone: 215-693-6206
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A Southern Italian cuisine served in a modern setting. Currently open for outdoor seating on the Bok Building rooftop.

This is one of the most popular bars in the area, so you’ll be sure to have a good time. I ordered a few drinks, but my favorite ended up being the Zio Ubriaco.


Manatawny Still Works Craft Spirits Shop and Tasting Room

1603 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Phone: 267-687-8772
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Craft cocktail bar offering a full menu of cocktails, Pennsylvania beers, wine and cider. A small menu of snacks is also available. Visit to learn about the distillery, try a flight of award winning whiskeys, and take a bottle home with you.

Enjoy craft cocktails like the Pink Cadillac with American gin, apple brandy, lemon, grenadine, and egg white. Other great drink options include the New Sensation, Gimlet, and Heart of Glass.


The Olde Bar

125 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: 215-253-3777
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Located in the landmark Old Original Bookbinder’s space, and serving a variety of oysters and clams on the half shell, alongside a menu of modern-yet-traditional bar snacks and a comprehensive cocktail list, The Olde Bar is both a tribute to the city’s storied past and a contemporary cocktail bar and lounge.

My favorite drink is the Rose Gold with Tito’s vodka, passion fruit, rosemary, Angostura bitters. Or you can try the Fish House Punch, Cascade, and The Olde Bar Sour.


Writer’s Block Rehab

1342 Cypress St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 267-603-6960
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A social space in the heart of the 13th street social district that is focused on customers, great craft Cocktails, Wine, Coffee, Tea and light fare food.

I got the Turmeric Pisco Sour cocktail which has Pisco, egg white, saffron, and turmeric! Other drinks I would recommend are the Lady Boss, Cucumber Gimlet, and Buckingham.


Sonny’s Cocktail Joint

1506 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146
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A laid-back cocktail bar and backyard with ice cold beer and natural wine, a full kitchen open until midnight, and a come as you are attitude. Unfussy. Unpretentious. Sonny’s is your new favorite neighborhood spot.

My favorite drink on the menu is their House Negroni with gins, campari, vermouth, salted grapefruit, and vanilla bitters. Other cocktails that looked amazing were the Hail Bloody Mary, Altered States, and Love and War.


Final Thoughts

And that’s our list of the best cocktail bars in Philadelphia! Did we leave any bars off of our list? Let us know in the comments! We love trying new cocktails, so if you have a favorite spot that we didn’t mention, be sure to share it with us. Thanks for reading and happy drinking!

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