Best Bars in Philly

From the home of the Citywide Special to glitzy hotel bars, you’ll never be thirsty once you have our list of the best bars in Philly in your back pocket!

1. American Sardine Bar

What’s not to love about a bar that’s open every day from 11am to 2am? Or a Happy Hour every Monday – Friday from 4pm-6pm plus even a late night Happy Hour Sunday-Monday from 11pm-1am? Oh wait, did I also mention that this bar also serves brunch every Sunday – Monday from 11am-3pm? American Sardine Bar is located in Point Breeze, South Philly with a huge selection of beers and delicious food. They also have frequent specials and a beautiful backyard where you can sit back, relax and enjoy your crisp beer. By the way, the bartenders are inviting, personable, and will get to know you much better for the longer you sit (and trust us you will not want to move from this beautiful restaurant and bar).

Address: 1800 Federal Street, Philadelphia PA

Website: www.americansardinebar.com

2.   Khyber Pass Pub

An authentic Cajun gastropub located in the heart of Old City, Khyber’s has been on all 7 of Philly’s best bars list. They feature an exquisite bar handcrafted in 1876 and is one of Philadelphia’s oldest bars. The old bricks give the bar quite a rustic and authentic feeling but once you walk inside you will be captivated by the beautiful lights, woodwork and array of drinks. Khyber’s features an extensive list of craft beers and cocktails. They also have a huge selection of foods ranging from scrumptious New Orleans specialties to hickory smoked barbecue and even delectable vegan and vegetarian options. You will not regret your visit to Khyber Pass Pub.

Address: 56 S 2nd Street, Philadelphia PA 19106

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3.   Eulogy Belgian Tavern

Now this bar is what you call beer and food heaven. Located in Old City, this bar is a three block walk from Independence Hall towards the riverfront in Philly. Their restaurant includes Philly’s largest beer selection with a huge selection of over 400 international and domestic craft brewed beers. By the way, 30 draught beers are served every day. Needless to say, you will get your beer fix here! Ratebeer.com ranked Eulogy Belgian Tavern the 5th best beer restaurant in the entire United States..woah. Their beers can also be complimented by their award winning Belgian and casual dining American foods, such as a large steaming pot of mussels with specialty sauces or some yummy Belgian-style fries. If you aren’t in the mood for beer though, they do have a stocked up liquor cabinet with bourbon selections, scotch, Irish whiskey, house cocktails and of course wine.

Address: 136 Chestnut Street, Old City, Philadelphia

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4.   City Tap House

Do you enjoy drinking outside, on a roof, looking over spectacular views? Well then you have come to the right bar. City Tap House is home to a 120 seat dining room and an extensive outdoor seating on two terraces along with five stone fire pits. They have 60 different taps and offers a menu of Elevated American Pub Fare. They also offer party packages and customize them how you want in order to fit your needs. The City Tap house also offers a brunch menu, lunch menu, and dinner menu plus they cater! By the way, they have brick oven pizza that is to die for so when you’re in Philly, this is a must stop destination.

Address: 3925 Walnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19104

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5.    Hop Sing Laundromat

Welcome to the faux speakeasy in Chinatown. The bell must be rung in order for you to enter. It is quite the blast from the past. According to Conde Nest Traveler, it was just named one of the best bars on earth. If you’d like a Hogwarts feel at the bar, this is the place to go. If you’re wanting an overall great experience and amazing atmosphere you must check out the Hop Sing Laundromat. Expect top shelf drinks with fresh ingredients, all fresh fruits and veggies and a huge new selection of drinks that you will not be able to find anywhere else.

Address: 1029 Race Street Philadelphia, PA

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6.   Monk’s Café

If you’re looking for some of the finest Belgian beers on draught in America then look no further. Monk’s café has tremendous pride in their mass selection of beers culled from breweries around the world. They have their own beer bible specially made for you to find the right beer to fit every one of your tastebuds needs. Ask the owner or any of the knowledgable workers about their accumulation of awards, there’s a lot. Their mussels and pomme frites are absolutely to die for. They have a great selection of Belgian food that will leave you stuffed and satisfied. You will for sure want to go back.

Address: 264 S 16TH Street Philadelphia, PA

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7.   Morgan’s Pier

Welcome to Philadelphia’s backyard beer garden! This is a hotspot you will regret missing. The views of the Delaware Waterfront and overlooking the Ben Franklin Bridge are absolutely breathtaking. With up to 500 outdoor seating arrangements, you’ll surely be able to relax after a long days work. This bar includes craft beers, wine and delicious cocktails that are to die for. Plus, there are always special events and entertainment going on at Morgan’s Pier; there is never a dull moment. All week you also have the chance to try some of their delicious plates made by highly acclaimed chefs. If you’re looking to host a party of more than 20 to 250 then this is the place for you. Chow down on a slow roasted pig, seafood jubilee, a celebration of poultry and of course vegetarian and pescatarian accommodations.

Address: 221 N. Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia PA, 19123

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8.   Varga Bar

Do you enjoy old style bars and pin up girls? Come down to Varga for a variety of American craft beers and yummy comfort food. Alberto Vargas was a famous Peruvian painter of pin-up girls and is one of the most famous pin-up artists. The Varga bar is inspired after him with bright, vibrant and beautiful paintings of pin-up girls around the bar. There is also indoor and outdoor seating and is open until 2a.m every day! Don’t miss out on their incredible Happy Hour specials and late-night brunch options!

Address: 941 Spruce Street, Philadelphia PA

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9.   Bob and Barbara’s

Home of the “Citywide Special,” which is a crisp, cold can of Pabst Blue Ribbon and shot of Jim Beam. This drink special has become a signature drink at this bar and people loved it so much it’s made the spotlight into several magazines and other bars have acquired the combo. This is a lively, upbeat and always fun bar. On Thursday’s you can catch their drag show hosted by Miss Lisa, which is arguably the best in town. Bob and Barbara’s is a dive bar that has been serving the people of Philadelphia since 1969.

Address: 1509 S Street, Philadelphia PA 19146

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10. Barcade

When is the last time you played an arcade game? What about drink an All American Craft Beer and played an arcade game? There are 25 lines on tap and endless amounts of videogames for you to play. Barcade has all your inner child has always wanted. Plus, they obviously know you’ll need both hands to game out so have no fear, this bar has created specially designed stands for you to place your beer down next to each of the arcade games. They also have $1 taco Monday’s… now who says Monday’s aren’t fun?

Address: 1114 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia PA 19125

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Had a long day and don’t feel like leaving your hotel to try one of these bars? We’ve got a bonus list of the best hotel bars in Philly you should check out!

1.   XIX Bar

This awesome bar is on the 19th floor of the Hyatt at the Bellevue. They have 19 signature cocktails as well as their own craft brews. There is an extremely luxurious yet casual vibe in the XIX Bar. You can lay out in a leather banquette while observing all the local artwork around the bar. Right across the way is the extraordinary XIX Restaurant, which has a New American menu for some delicious food to munch on. They also have a happy hour from 5P.M to 7P.M for you to enjoy reduced prices on their beer, wine, and cocktails.

Address: 200 South Broad Street

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2. Library Bar

This cozy, comfortable and intimate bar is located inside The Rittenhouse. If you’re looking for an elegant, sophisticated bar then you’ve found the right place. The Library Bar includes elegant furniture, a beautiful limestone fireplace, a chandelier and a huge array of books within the shelves around the bar. They offer a 17-page drink menu with a fantastic selection of craft beers, fine wines, and artisan cocktails. There is also a small-plates menu from the chef at their Lacroix restaurant.

Address: 210 West Rittenhouse Square

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3.   Art Bar

Located on the ground floor of the Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia, this new bar is the epitome of art integrated in food and drinks. Partnered with The Center of Emerging Visual Artists, there is a huge art collection that surrounds the bar. If you like decadent food like Lancaster beef country sliders or lobster mac and cheese with a side of the bar’s signature cocktails then you have found the right bar! If you are a happy hour person, then come down to the Art Bar between 5P.M and 7P.M for a selection of specialty drinks and appetizers.

Address: 1800 Market Street

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4.   Assembly Rooftop Lounge

Check out this extremely chic brand new addition to Philadelphia’s nightlife. The Assembly Rooftop Lounge is located on the ninth floor of The Logan. If you are looking for more of a club vibe with a hint of modern flare then you’ve came to the right place. Accompanied by cozy seating, a beautiful fireplace, signature cocktails and delicious small plates take a stop by. You won’t regret it.

Address: One Logan Square

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5.   Panorama

Do you like wine? How about 120 types of wines? Well, this is the bar for you. Located in the heart of Old City in the Penn’s View Hotel, the Panorama is a beautiful classic Italian restaurant and bar. Home to the largest wine preservation and dispensing systems in the world, this bar is renowned for its more than two-dozen themed flights (with 5 different samplings of wines in each). The Panorama also has drink and appetizer specials during their happy hours from 5P.M and 7P.M Sunday-Friday and 3P.M to 5P.M Saturday.

Address: 14 North Front Street

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6.   Square 1682

Located in the Hotel Palomar, the Square 1682 is a locally sourced bar with New American fare. With creative cocktail names and a phenomenal restaurant you will fall head over heels for this bar. They also have a happy hour from 5P.M to 7P.M every day with food and drink specials you won’t be able to pass up.

Address: 121 South 17th Street

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7.    Red Owl Tavern & Stratus Rooftop Lounge

With its neighborly feel and modern twist, the Red Owl Tavern can be found in the Hotel Monaco. Locals and visitors love to visit this bar for its American staple menu. That’s not all though. The bar’s craft beers and signature cocktails have drawn crowds in too. The Stratus Rooftop Lounge has a beautiful view of Independence Hall. The Rooftop Lounge is an elegant nightspot that incorporates seasonal plates and specially crafted cocktails. Did we forget to mention that is has moveable walls that make this bar a year round hit destination?

Address: 433 Chestnut Street

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Post contributed by: Bonnie Mauro

Photo credit: Abbie McAleer

Duration
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Group Size
Up to 30

A Taste of History Tour

There have been plenty of food tours launched in Philly but none have combined the history of Philly foods along with stops at many of the city's top eateries. Oh and did we mention being driven to various neighborhoods in a BYOB trolley? A food & history tour of Philly neighborhoods making stops at Reading Terminal Market, Little Italy, and other surprise spots. Guests will sample local sandwiches, cheesesteaks, pizza, beer and desserts throughout the tour. Well, Founding Footsteps is poised to launch the first-of-its-kind food tour that combines history and food, along with the sights & sounds of Philadelphia.

A Taste of History food tour will officially launch on June 29th and will run every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday through August 31st. Taking place from 1 pm - 4pm, this three hour tour will take guests to three of Philly's top foodie neighborhoods with over ten stops along the way.

Duration
1 hour 30 minutes
Group Size
Up to 20

Old City Historic Walking Tour

Explore historic Philadelphia on this walking tour of the Old City District, a quick and convenient introduction for first-time visitors. See Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Betsy Ross House, Ben Franklin Post Office, Carpenters’ Hall, and more. Then wander down Elfreth’s Alley, the nation’s oldest continuously inhabited residential street. Plus, choose from multiple departure times to suit your needs. Our storytelling guide will cover famous historic moments in American history as well as the history that you won't see in textbooks!

Our Old City Historic Walking Tour can also be booked as a private tour!

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Historically Hilarious BYOB Tours of Philadelphia

An entertaining, comedic story-telling adventure through Philadelphia, covering the city's major attractions. Tours runs for 2 hours. All ages are welcome. 21+ to drink.

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Tipsy Trolley Karaoke 21+ BYOB Tours of Philadelphia

Experience an adult-exclusive, entertaining, comedic storytelling adventure through Philadelphia, complete with lively karaoke sessions. Explore the city's major attractions on this 2-hour tour, enjoying drinks along the way with BYOB. Participants must be 21 years old and above to join this adult-only, fun-filled journey through the heart of the city! <><><><> 21+ only. <><><><>

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School Tours for Students

At Founding Footsteps, we take pride in creating tours that are not only educational, but also immersive and captivating for students. Our tours are thoughtfully designed to bring Philadelphia's fascinating history and rich culture to life, providing students with an interactive learning experience that goes beyond the walls of the classroom.

We believe that learning should be engaging and memorable, and our tours are crafted with this principle in mind. We strive to make history come alive for students by incorporating interactive elements and engaging storytelling throughout our tours. By doing so, we hope to instill a lifelong appreciation for history and culture in our young learners.

We understand that budget constraints can be a major concern when planning school trips. That's why we offer competitive pricing options, making our tours accessible to as many students as possible. We believe that every student should have the opportunity to learn and explore outside of the classroom, and we aim to make that possible by providing affordable and high-quality tours.

At the heart of everything we do is our passion for education and our commitment to providing students with an unforgettable experience. We take great care in creating tours that are not only informative, but also engaging and fun. We believe that learning should be an adventure, and we invite students to join us on a journey through Philadelphia's vibrant history and culture.

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Brewery/Bar & Restaurant BYOB Tour

An entertaining, 3 hour adventure through Philadelphia or surrounding areas, covering the city's breweries/bars/restaurants of your choice. You chose the destinations, and the time you spend there. Bring your playlist because we have speakers on the trolley! We will pick you up and drop you off! Tours runs for 3 hours+. 21+ to drink.

Book for your:

• Bachelor/ Bachelorette Party
• Birthdays
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1 hour 30 minutes
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Ghost Walking Tour

Unveil the eerie secrets and haunted history of Philadelphia on our Ghost Tour! Step into the shadows of the city's most haunted streets as we guide you through centuries of chilling tales and spine-tingling encounters.

Led by expert storytellers, our Ghost Tour takes you on a journey through Philadelphia's dark past, where legends of restless spirits and haunted locales come to life. From the cobblestone alleys of Old City to the dimly lit corners of Society Hill, you'll hear bone-chilling stories of paranormal activity and ghostly apparitions that lurk in the shadows.

Discover the haunted history behind iconic landmarks such as the historic Powel House, where spectral sightings have left visitors trembling in fear, and the eerie shadows of Independence Hall, where the echoes of the past still linger.

As darkness descends upon the city, prepare to encounter the restless spirits of Philadelphia's past, from colonial-era specters to legendary figures lost to time. Our Ghost Tour offers a captivating blend of history, mystery, and the supernatural, leaving you spellbound and haunted by the ghostly tales of Philadelphia.

Join us if you dare, as we venture into the haunted heart of Philadelphia on a journey you'll never forget. Are you brave enough to face the ghosts of the past?

Our Ghost Walking Tour can also be booked as a private tour!

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Private Wedding

Private weddings trolley tours can be a unique and special way to celebrate your wedding day. Here are some reasons why you may want to consider a trolley tour for your wedding:

• Convenient transportation: Trolleys offer a convenient way to transport your wedding party and guests to different locations, without the hassle of driving or navigating unfamiliar streets.

• Unique experience: A trolley tour can provide a unique and memorable experience for your wedding guests, and is a great way to show off the city or local area to out-of-towners.

• Photo opportunities: Trolleys can provide a beautiful backdrop for your wedding photos, and offer a chance to capture memorable moments from your special day.

• Customizable tours: Trolley tours can be customized to suit the specific needs and interests of your wedding party, ensuring that everyone has a fun and enjoyable experience.

• Professional driver: Our professional drivers are knowledgeable and experienced, providing a safe and reliable way to transport you and your guests.

Overall, a private wedding trolley tour can be a fun and unique way to celebrate your special day, providing a convenient and memorable way to transport you and your guests. We love weddings and we love to be apart of your special day. Founding Footsteps would love the opportunity to provide transportation for your loved ones to your special occasion.

We are currently placing packages together now for 2023. If you are interested in learning more, please email us at weddings@foundingfootsteps.com.