Best Bars in Philadelphia


105 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of the original "cool spots" in Fishtown, this place is a solid bar/restaurant and live music venue (upstairs) that hosts lots of great acts. Great food, decor, & outdoor seating. Also, pool table

There are shows upstairs most nights that are worth looking into - if not sold out in advance. But the downstairs is equally as fun! They have dj’s most weekends playing an array of music, good bee... read more

Johnny Brendas has two floors, one is a bar with great drink and beer selections and the upper level has live bands playing regularly. The best part is that its located on a corner with other grea... read more

65 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Amazing neighborhood spot. Brunch, latenight snacks, great bartenders, good music

Probably the most popular bar in the neighborhood. Good menu and always a great rotating selection of craft beer.

If you want a good brunch, this is a great spot. In addition, it becomes a relaxing (a bit divey) bar at night. Be warned that if you show up much after 11:00am during a weekend you will probably h... read more

#3

Barcade

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$· 1114 Frankford Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

55 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Do you enjoy vintage arcade games and alcohol? Then you're gonna love this place. Grab a handful of quarters and spend the night tapping buttons and yanking joy sticks.

They have tons of vintage video games and draft beer, can be fun if you're in to that sort of thing... "Joust", "Rampage", "Gauntlet" and "Gataga" are some of my favorites I always look for.

Philly branch of the well-known, Brooklyn bar combining good beers and a slew of arcade video games

#4

Local 44

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$$· 4333 Spruce Street·Map·Hours·Website·

57 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This corner bar and restaurant is a Spruce Hill gem, but the real treat is the attached bottle shop where you can browse hundreds of bottles of the best beers in the world and enjoy a few on tap, too.

Excellent selection of local and imported beers, with a bottle bar next door housing greater than 500 different varieties of beer. Great pub food as well. $

This is one of the local watering holes around. They're menu may look unexpected but I've never had a bad meal there. They also have great tap beer and serve food late if you come home a little hun... read more

54 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Yes, it's a gastropub. The food's usually quite good, but it can get loud. Very good beer selection, almost as good as The POPE.

They have a great variety of drinks and entrees. The appetizers are awesome and are half price during happy hour (M-F 4-6PM). Check it out! (P.S. Wild boar tacos are great!)

Gastropub with good brunch, great 4-6 happy hour M-F (half priced local beers and appetizers - two nicely sized wild boar tacos for $5-6 is pretty great. Also has a good bar area.

74 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is our local watering hole. They have a decent happy hour, with local brews on tap and good food. We suggest you check it out one night. They're open late and it's like a 2 min walk from the h... read more

Very cool divey restaurant-bar within walking distance, great ambiance and exciting seasonal menu. Great selection of craft beers. They also have outdoor seating out back!

Right on the corner, 1/2 block from the house! Lots of vegetarian and vegan options, as well as awesome fried chicken sandwich. Huge craft beer selection and outdoor seating.

52 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Fourteen taps with a focus on microbrews and a jukebox stuffed with early rock—hardcore and everything else—make this cavern-like tavern a hipster haven. Inclusive bar menu.

This pub which is better know as Pope is a great place to chat with locals and have a beer. They also serve up great food and vegan options.

Chill beer hall with dark decor serving seasonal American classics & a rotating array of microbrews

#8

Kraftwork

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$$· 541 East Girard Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

49 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Ok theres a lot of great places to eat around, this is a bit more upscale in terms of bar food but it is simply amazing. Great burgers and sampler appetizers!

Largest craft beer selection on draft in the area. Burger is a favorite of mine as is the beer can chickem. Daily specials like flat breads, salads and cheese and meat plates.

One of my favorite places for food (dinner and brunch) as well one of the best beer selections. You can also enjoy the nice weather with some people watching at their outdoor tables!

36 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A restaurant with take out beer and a huge variety selection. I have heard good things but have never been to eat the food. I now go to the Port Richmond Thirftway as they sell craft beer bottles.

Pick your bottle from the fridge and have the bartender crack it open for you. Rare beers, build your own 6 pack, and good food. Foozball on 2nd floor!

Fun spot to pick up a bottle out of the fridge and hang at the bar or bring it home! Usually "good" 90s music on.

#10

Time

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$$· 1315 Sansom Street·Map·Hours·Website·

29 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great overall bar that's really split into 3 separate bars. Nice cocktail lounge and live jazz club + normal bar + dancing upstairs. $$

Love this place for a night out and to see live jazz. Can order drinks and food here. Also, there are 3 bars and a dance club upstairs. Dress up for this place. Also may be a cover at the door.

One of the best whiskey bars in the city! They have great bands that come play live music. They make one of the best Old Fashioned ever tasted. My go to spot!

#11

Standard Tap

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$$· 901 North 2nd Street·Map·Hours·Website·

38 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Hands down our favorite local hang. Often we try to go other places but cannot make it past the Tap as it affectionately called cause it smells so delicious and has the best beers on tap.

Perennially named a top bar in Philly. Great food; very fresh, rotating menu based on what's fresh and in season. Lots of great beers on tap.

When Standard Tap opened its doors in December 1999, our goal was simple: to create a neighborhood tavern that featured great beer and wholesome food. With that in mind, we offer a draft-only bee... read more

30 local Airbnb hosts recommend

English Pub style bar and restaurant. Love the Mac and Cheese. Beautiful restaurant. Fireplace.

Great restaurant fashioned after an English pub. The Duck liver parfait will make you faint. The pork belly is crispy and unctuous. The Pimms Deluxe is one of the best drinks I have ever had.

Traditional British cuisine. A lot of beautiful rooms. In the Winter, you can have hot toddies by the fireplace. I think this would be a good place for a date also.

#13

The Ranstead Room

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$$· 2013 Ranstead Street·Map·Hours·

25 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Very cool loungy, Speakeasy, Bar set back in the prohibition era. Perfect for a nightcap.

A speak-easy style late night bar. Go into the secret door, put your name on the list and hang at another bar nearby until the hostess calls your number- we love this secret place.

Two R's on the back alley door is the only indicator it's the spot. Dark, quiet, 1920s feel, lit by candles. Ideal place to sip whiskey after robbing a bank or poisoning your husband with arsenic. ... read more

#14

Varga Bar

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$$· 941 Spruce Street·Map·Hours·Website·

23 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Conveniently located, casual bar with craft beers and comfort food. TV usually showing a local sports game. Pet-friendly sidewalk seating in warm weather.

Great neighborhood gastropub. Vast beer selection and really good food. On the loud side.

Delicious upscale bar food. Outdoor seating in the warmer months. Kitchen is open until 1am.

21 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is the best kept secret in Fishtown. Hidden pub smack in the middle of a quaint neighborhood block.

Inside an old row home, this place offers decent meals, excellent Jambalaya + much more and lots of trendy beers. They have a fully stocked bar.

Local secret spot. When all the bars are full on Frankfort street you go there. The food is pretty good - Mexican/American pub food. Amazing happy hour and when you go early enough, you can bring ... read more

#16

El Bar

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$· 1356 North Front Street·Map·Hours·Website·

20 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The quintessential Fishtown dive bar. No food. Just cheap booze, jukebox, and karaoke some nights. $2.25 PBR tall boys all the time. Back yard. Dogs are usually allowed, even inside.

Cash-only dive bar with a deck under the train tracks has weekly live music & draws a diverse crowd.

Dive bar that's too cool for school. Really nice backyard area, inside pretty grungy but always packed on Fridays and Saturdays.

#17

Tria Taproom

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$$· 2005 Walnut Street·Map·Hours·Website·

19 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Huge selection of beers and wines, all on tap at this Jose Garces joint. Nice prix fixe lunches and dinners at just $14.

Wine. On tap. Trust me -- it's not nearly as bad as it sounds.

All of the Tria locations are spectacular. They all have great food (tasting portions) as well a a huge selection of wines and craft beers. I would not come for dinner expecting to get full though!

22 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Another high quality place open late (kitchen til 1am). Small but wonderful wine list, beers, one of the best burgers in the city, cheeseboard, brunch - everything is here. Across from Nomad Pizza.

If you are looking for delicious food and an awesome atmosphere, this is your spot. The Good King Tavern serves affordable French cuisine in a Southen France style restaurant

Amazing craft cocktails, beer and wine selections. Very tasty food as well, all done in a very hip join with all the trappings you'd expect of a cool hipster cocktail scene. One of our favorites!

#19

Grace Tavern

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$· 2229 Grays Ferry Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

20 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Rated one of the best bars in the city. Great craft beer list and good food too. Try the blackened green beans!

Southern-leaning New American fare in a restored space with original 1930s pressed-tin ceilings.

Local bar with outdoor seating, right in the center of Grays Ferry Triangle

#20

The Barbary

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$$· 951 Frankford Avenue·Map·Website·

19 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Late night dancing every single day of the week! Make sure you check out their Facebook page to see the party theme of the night. Fun and inexpensive for the younger crowds. Closes at 2 a.m.

Great spot for getting weird - dancing two floors and always unique music, 90s, hip hop, techno

Often there are interesting music events here. It's on the divey side. On weekends, keep an eye out for "Shakedown" parties, a long standing house event that has a good vibe, good people.

#21

McMenamin's Tavern

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$$· 7170 Germantown Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

19 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Standard Irish bar/restaurant with reasonable prices. Great beer list! Lots of TVs, if you want to watch a game.

Sports bar with some of the best food in the neighborhood. Get a real sense of the diversity of Mt. Airy at this "Cheers" like hang out

Diverse watering hole, sports bar, local meet-up establishment similar to fictional "Cheers Bar".

#22

Dirty Franks

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$$· 347 South 13th Street·Map·Hours·Website·

19 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you're looking for a fun dive bar, Dirty Frank's is the place to go. Great atmosphere, free darts, and cheap drinks!

Don't be alarmed by the name -- there's nothing truly dirty about this place. If you're looking for a quiet drink amongst students, professors, poets and future literary icons, Dirty Franks is it. ... read more

Great spot for cheap drinks and a nice, friendly, local atmosphere. This isn't a gentrified or upscale hangout, so don't expect a fashion forward interior design and craft cocktail menu. The barten... read more

19 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Speakeasy style Bar in an old bank. Better know as Franklin Mortgage

The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Company, was a front for America’s largest alcohol running ring during prohibition. Opened for operation in the late 1920s by the legendary Philly gangster Max “B... read more

A Prohibition era-style speakeasy formerly known as the Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. Stunning ice if you get anything on the rocks!

#24

Garage

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$· 1231-1233 East Passyunk Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

19 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is a great bar. Huge beer selection, skeeball, pool, pinball. They sometimes pull in full size food trucks too.

Awesome bar that serves 150+ canned beers and has a food truck indoors with rotating chefs

Has pool and skeet ball... Can get a little annoying right after a Philly sports event but otherwise a cool spot with a decent beer selection. More cans than draft though. Right across from the che... read more

#25

Fishtown Tavern

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$· 1301 Frankford Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

17 local Airbnb hosts recommend

My #2 neighborhood bar. Great local joint, no frills, excellent bar snacks and food from their mini kitchen. Their are always good tunes and craft beers on tap.

Great inexpensive neighborhood bar, good simple home made bar food.

One of my favorite dive bars in the neighborhood. This basic hangout features a variety of beers on tap, plus music events & a menu of pub grub.

18 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great beer list and good bar food

This bar-restaurant offers great drink and dinner specials. The chicken salad sandwich is amazing!

Cool and casual bar/restaurant

19 local Airbnb hosts recommend

It's on the corner, great beers on tap, small food menu, but delicious.

Great beers on tap and a good option for brunch or a burger

Meet the neighbors, taste craft beers, enjoy delicious comfort food

#28

Lloyd

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$$· 529 East Girard Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

17 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Want a NYC style cocktail and the largest bourban and whiskey slection in Philly, check this place out. Great snacks and their brunch is on point.

Classy spot, good food, great place if you like whiskey.

Quaint local tavern with a retro vibe offers gastropub dining plus craft beers & brown spirits.

#29

Bar

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1309 Sansom Street·Map·Hours·Website·

17 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This longtime gay haunt offers dancing & theme nights in the nightclub & food in the pub area.

A popular gay bar/club in the Gayborhood. It's $20 to go to the dance floor on the 2nd level. 1st floor you can have drinks, food, etc.

Woody's is cool because you can kind of make it what you want. There are 3 bars connected, each has a different feel and you can roam through them as you please. In a dancing mood? Go to the second... read more

16 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Oldest Pub in Philly, lovely atmosphere and everyone is friendly.. Late night also gets rowdy but that's hard to believe if you see the quaint lunch featuring free soup

Oldest continually operating pub in the city featuring a vast beer selection, pub fare & karaoke.

Oldest continually operating bar in the United States. In the middle of center city Philadelphia and on a really cool alley that faces another great bar in BRU. Almost always a crowd. Great vibe.