1210 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
One of Stephen Starr’s many babies, this bar and restaurant embraces the allure of the German biergarten (beer garden). With a giant cafeteria-like outdoor/indoor space, it remains attractive well into the colder weather months. More than 15 heat lamps adorn the outdoor space as well as a fire pit at the center. To make sure this spot is downright toasty, you can also buy the ingredients for S’mores and toast away.
124 S. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Chef Michael Schulson’s Sampan brings contemporary Asian small plates to the heart of Center City. Along with daily happy hours and dinner specials, the Graffiti Bar behind the restaurant offers heat lamps to keep people warm while enjoying their favorite brews. The private 30-seat open-air patio also features TVs to help you keep up with your favorite sports stations while you drink.
227 S. 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
This French brasserie, an informal restaurant with a large selection of drinks, has the best view of Rittenhouse Park and offers a people-watching mecca in the city. With the most outdoor seating in Rittenhouse, there are heat lamps to keep all of those 75 or more seats warm and toasty. With sidewalk seating that wraps around Locust and 18th streets, there really is no bad table here. Enjoy classic onion soup, steak frites and escargot as well as house-made baguettes at this French-inspired eatery.
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3925 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
With more than 25 acclaimed craft beers on tap from Ommegang, Dogfish Head and Allagash (just to name a few), you really can’t go wrong in this University City hot spot. Get a hearty beer and settle down outside on the two-terrace outdoor seating. Then warm your hands in front of a row of five stone fire pits overlooking Walnut Street. With guaranteed fire glowing unless it’s snowing or raining, you are sure to stay warm while enjoying that cold one.
1137 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
With another location at Rittenhouse Square, this is the place to go for wine, cheese and beer lovers. With the motto “We’re all about passion, not pretension,” you may sample some select wines courtesy of a friendly server while staying warm under electric lamps at both locations. Inside the Tria Wine Room, cozy up with pals and no distractions – that means no TVs – except good food, wine and beer and conversation with your friends, old school style.