Top 5: Cocktail Bars in Philadelphia

by Katie Skrzek

Nov 24, 2018

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Top 5 / North America

Philadelphia ( is home to a thriving bar and restaurant scene. With so many excellent places to choose from, the selection can be overwhelming. Sometimes you just want a great cocktail. Start with these spots on your next visit.


1 Tippling Place 

When you enter 1 Tippling Place, you feel as though you’re in someone’s home. The lush décor features an eclectic mix of paintings; velvet, cushioned seating; and different sized tables. Order a flawless classic or be bold and try a seasonal drink like the Rittenhouse Daisy.



Southwark Restaurant’s bar is a quiet spot off the hustle and bustle of South Street. Sample classic cocktails or opt for a unique house special like The Owls Are Not What They Seem. The restaurant boasts a special late-night menu if you want food with your nightcap.


The Ranstead Room 

The cocktail bar is located behind the restaurant, El Rey. You may need to wait to get into the small, speakeasy-style bar. Once inside the dimly lit space, opt for the bartender’s choice to craft a drink unique to your tastes.



This spot in the city’s East Passyunk neighborhood offers a dinner menu, but the real draw is the seasonal and classic cocktails. ITV offers a wine and sake selection, and even a limited spirit-free cocktail list.


Friday Saturday Sunday 

Known for both its drink and food menus, Friday Saturday Sunday serves a rotating list of cocktails. The restaurant was taken over by new owners in 2015, and they revamped the menu.


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