Rittenhouse is one of the most popular and refined neighborhoods in Center City, Philadelphia. Along with the great food the neighborhood offers, Rittenhouse’s bars have become nationally renowned for their creative and innovative cocktails as well as beautifully curated wine, beer and food pairings. Read ahead for our guide to Rittenhouse’s 10 best bars.
Named one of the top wine and beer bars by Philadelphia Magazine, Food & Wine and Bon Appétit magazine, Tria Taproom has won numerous local awards for its service and selection. The twenty-five beer line-up is updated live online. Menu touchscreen tablets are provided in order for customers to read up on the beers and wines. For snacks, try the fish tacos and flatbreads. Tria Taproom has the sophistication and clean design of somewhere you’d assume might be elitist or stuffy, but this place is casual and the staff is friendly and helpful.
Address & phone number: 2005 Walnut St Philadelphia, PA 19103 215-557-8277
The art of mixology and craft cocktails has become better known in the last decade, and Ranstead Room has its fair share of specialty cocktails. Located just behind Stephen Starr’s casual Mexican restaurant El Rey, this small and dark cocktail bar has a sexy atmosphere; the red walls and black leather booths are perfect for a date night. Appetizers can also be ordered from El Rey’s menu or some plates like a charcuterie board from Ranstead itself. All cocktails at the speakeasy are priced the same, but if confused with what to order, ask for the ‘Bartender’s Choice’ option as they will curate a well-crafted cocktail to your liking.
Address & phone number: 2013 Ranstead St Philadelphia, PA 19103 215-563-3330
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This bar has the atmosphere of a an old antique shop or an old library, with big worn out couches perfect for cozying up to your partner or friends for a warm, fun evening. Recognized as one of the top 24 speakeasies and cocktail lounges in the country by Food & Wine Magazine, this bar’s menu has a great mix of classic cocktails and contemporary concoctions. The kitchen’s grilled cheese menu is of note, but the highlights here are the drinks, service and atmosphere, where customers can learn a thing or two from the knowledgeable bartenders.
Address & phone number: 2006 Chestnut St Philadelphia, PA 19103 215-665-0456
Philadelphia’s Jose Garces saloon-style bar and restaurant is sure to have an outstanding hard-liquor fix. It carries over 175 choices for bourbon, rye, and Scotch as well as Irish and blended whiskies. They also carry a Laphroaig 25-year single-malt Scotch, and a blend of Woodford Reserve bourbon that was specifically selected for the bar. For those who don’t know what they like, ask one of the expert bartenders for their opinion.
Address & phone number: 118 S 20th St Philadelphia, PA 19103 215-655-1088
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