Our ten best places in Philly to grab a pint and feel the brotherly love.

Tara Nurin

By , Travel Expert at Large, Philadelphia
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If your idea of nightlife includes hitting a bar for drinks and socializing, then our Philadelphia guide is just what you want. Capitalizing on first-hand experience and extensive research, we've located the best bars in Philadelphia for hanging out and kicking back in. From long-lived mainstays like Standard Tap to busy places like North 3rd Bar & Restaurant that get lots of 10Best reader approval, we present the top bars in town and offer details about them all. What's the energy like? How do the bartenders pour? Are most bars located in the Center City area? No fear - we share all the facts!

  • 1

    The Farmer's Cabinet

    Local Expert Tip: "Dress for warm weather even in winter -- with hundreds of candles providing the only light in the rooms, it can get very hot and stuffy."

  • 2

    Monk's Cafe

    Local Expert Tip: "Monk's bartenders are among the most knowledgeable in the business, and they expect patrons to have many, many questions about the leather-bound beer menu. As long as you don't make a pest of yourself, you should feel comfortable asking questions and asking for samples."

  • 3

    1 Tippling Place

    Local Expert Tip: "With the entrance tucked into the side of a wall and with nary a sign to identify it, 1 Tippling can best be located by looking straight across Chestnut Street from the El Rey restaurant. "

  • 4

    The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co

    • Type: Bar
    • Neighborhood: Rittenhouse Square

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't be offended if you're asked to wait outside until space clears: bouncers only allow in as many people as there are seats."

  • 5


    Local Expert Tip: "Sunday school was never as much fun as it is here, where Sunday School Tria-style means a deeply discounted wine, beer and cheese every Sunday."

  • 6

    Standard Tap

    Local Expert Tip: "One word: BRUNCH."

  • 7

    Pub on Passyunk East

    Local Expert Tip: "As with many Philly bars, the POPE puts some serious thought into its kitchen; don't leave without ordering the Chesapeake fries."

  • 8

    Local 44

    Local Expert Tip: "Gluten-free beer -- they've got it."

  • 9

    A Bar

    Local Expert Tip: "Not into wine? With an impressive draft and bottle list, plus a serious nod to whiskey, there's no reason to skip A. Bar."

  • 10

    Brauhaus Schmitz

    Local Expert Tip: "With 30 taps and 90 bottles, you may want to check the restaurant's online beer list and descriptions before heading out on a busy weekend night."



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