First-Rate Nightlife Spots to Round Out Your Day near Rittenhouse Square

"Do you want to go out for a drink or two in Philadelphia?" This question is many times followed by "Well, where should we go?" It pays to have a place or two in mind for just such an occasion, as the last thing one wants to do when the mood strikes is to waste time trying to think of an appropriate place to go. Philadelphia, fortunately, has many venues to grab a drink or two. Feel like dancing, too? Try Rumor, the place to be seen. If sipping a fancy cocktail in a comfortable and upscale setting is more your thing, venture into the Library Bar. Folks who like to keep it casual and affordable also have choices, and may want to put a visit to Graffiti Bar on their list of possibilities. No matter what mood you happen to be in, theres sure to be a place that you'll feel quite at home in. Many venues offer food, some deliver on cool decor or comfy seating or great views of the city skyline. If you're lucky, you'll stumble on a place that does all of these well. Visit some of the great options we've fettered out for you, and see if there's a pile that makes it onto your list of favorites.



Vango was created to be unique. This venue boasts all custom made accouterments, as even the smallest details were taken into consideration when pulling together this one-of-a-kind establishment. Come here for music from talented DJs, enjoy...  Read More

Monk's Cafe
Photo courtesy of Monk's Cafe


An oldie but a goodie. While dozens of newer craft-beer bars have opened since this one, you can't argue with a destination that's still considered the beer mecca of Philadelphia. Called "One of the Top Ten Places to Drink a Beer Before You Die"...  Read More

XIX Nineteen


Located on the 19th level of the Park Hyatt, this striking lounge is just the place to entertain a business client or raise a glass for a special occasion. Come here with the intention of spending a special night out, be it with coworkers or a...  Read More



A perfect fit for Rittenhouse Square, this snazzy cafe has just the right touches of big city panache to appeal to trend-conscious folks who like their beverages served by meticulously trained staff who can recite the finer points of every item...  Read More



Heading off to the Library? The Library Bar, that is. This cool nightlife spot is located in the Rittenhouse Hotel, so if you'd like to stop by, enter through the hotel and cozy up to the bar. You'll be able to enjoy a lighted fireplace in the...  Read More



These days, the place to spot celebs is this glamorous pink-lit underground club where hallways carry travelers seamlessly from room to room. Different styles of club music differentiate the dance floors � with some DJs spinning Top 40,...  Read More

Good Dog Bar and Restaurant


While you won't find real canines inside this Rittenhouse Square bar, you will find a spectacular selection of beer and pub grub that's likely to have you howling with delight. When you venture upstairs, you'll find plenty of wall art dedicated...  Read More



Graffiti Bar is a small venue tucked at the back of Sampan Restaurant. This bar is perfect for happy hour or for a great after-hours hang-out. Dine at Sampan, and then tuck yourself out back at their year-round outdoor location. Warm nights in...  Read More



More like a parlour or the living room in a slightly eccentric rich person's house, 1 Tippling Place is the bar you wish your grandparents had in their basement. This isn't to say that it's stuffy. Au contraire. Bartenders here mix up some of...  Read More

The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co


From the moment you approach the black door of this literally underground establishment, you get the feeling that you're entering the private lair of a 1920s starlet or politician, where alcohol flowed secretly out of sight of enforcement...  Read More