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Best bars in Center City East, Philadelphia

Mexican Restaurant
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“Trendy Mexican joint serving upscale eats & cocktails in a colorful, flashy setting.”
64local recommendations
Tapas Restaurant
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“Iron Chef Jose Garces puts a modern spin on tapas at this contemporary Spanish spot with warm decor.”
41local recommendations
Gay Bar
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“This longtime gay haunt offers dancing & theme nights in the nightclub & food in the pub area.”
29local recommendations
Mediterranean Restaurant
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“Farm-fresh ingredients star at this Mediterranean joint set in a chic, compact space.”
52local recommendations
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“Vegan or not. This food rocks. A bit pricey, but totally worth it if you can get a reservation. ”
48local recommendations
Whisky Bar
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“I love Time restaurant and live jazz bar with musicians most evenings, located on Samson St near 13th Street. The quality of the entertainment is awesome, the food and drinks are great and ambiance is a great feel. They have live music most nights of the week.”
39local recommendations
Speakeasy
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“Swanky speakeasy-style bar building a reputation with its meticulously made cocktails.”
44local recommendations
Bar
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“This place is the best when exploring South street/ Broad street Art Area. Some weekly specials: Mondays' Meatless mondays / Tuesday Taco Tuesday / Wednesday 1/2 price Burgers - Check out their site for more info! (Also try the Parm Pepper Fries!)”
34local recommendations
Restaurant
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“Everything is delicious from the charcuterie plate to the cheesecake. Can get crowded on weekend nights. ”
26local recommendations
Beer Garden
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“Have a beer and play cornhole, ping-pong or giant jenga all with a view of Independence Hall. This is one of our favorite spots in the city. ”
24local recommendations
Gastropub
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“We really like Hawthornes because their food and ambiance reminds me of home. They have a range of menu items from delish healthy options to creamed chipped beef and other cozy PA Dutch foods. They also have a "bottle shop" inside of the restaurant where you can select beer, cider, wine, spritzers and other cocktails. The staff is excellent, too. Susan makes the best recommendations for alcohol and food pairings. ”
26local recommendations
Cuban Restaurant
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“This restaurant and bar is Tapas spanish style and is on the row of most clubs and restaurants. It boast one of the best salsa class locations in the neighborhood for fun.”
28local recommendations
Asian Restaurant
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“Excellent Asian Fusion and great drinks! This place is on the expensive side but great for celebrations and fancy dinners! ”
31local recommendations
Bar
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“Attached to Sanpan, the basement is luxurious and stylish. They can make a mean cocktail as we as incredible high end sushi / yakitori. ”
22local recommendations
Bar
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“7 minute walk, charming bar with speciality in whiskey & bourbon with gastro pub gourmet food choices. Delicious small plates and a great deal happy hour 7 days a week with good beer and wine selections and a raw oyster bar for buck a shuck oysters. Does live music sometimes. Has a soul and blues theme. Has become a Queen Village staple. Late night menue available. ”
20local recommendations
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“Wonderful cocktails. One of the top cocktail bars in the city. Never had the food, heard good things but always just drink here, vegan. ”
28local recommendations