Philadelphia is a great city for craft beer. Even though we have some of the toughest liquor laws in the country, many of our delis and restaurants have fantastic bottle shops. See below for some of the best stores in Philadelphia to buy craft beer.
1100 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Beer Heaven in South Philly sells more than 900 bottles of beer and carries rare finds and seasonal bottles. With an ever-changing selection, you can buy a single bottle, make your own six-pack or purchase a six-pack of the same beer. In fact, you get 10 percent off when you mix and match a six-pack! If you are looking for a specific beer that comes to Pennsylvania but is not in the store, the staff here will be more than willing to order it for you. The prices at Beer Heaven are some of the best the city has to offer.
Bottle Bar East
1308 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Bottle Bar East proudly boasts that it has “the best beer selection in Philly.” Its proclamation might not be far off, since its selection includes hundreds of rare and unique American and European bottles. This Fishtown bottle shop doesn’t just sell beer, though. It is also a restaurant, with a full kitchen and bar. The food is inexpensive ($7 for mac and cheese and great grilled cheese specials) and it also has a small draft list. However, you can bring your purchase from the front bottle store and enjoy it in the restaurant area. Don’t forget to head upstairs for games like foosball.
The Bottle Shop at Local 44
4333 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
The well-liked West Philly restaurant Local 44 also includes a craft beer store directly next door. The Bottle Shop sells more than 500 bottles, specially selected by Local 44 to make your shopping enjoyable and your selection easy. While you peruse, enjoy your purchase in the shop or try its special $4 cask ale. The Bottle Shop has a happy hour every Monday from 6 to 8 p.m., when a different brewery is showcased each week. The happy hour includes a beer representative offering free samples and discounts on selected beer.
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The Craft Beer Outlet
9910 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19114
The Craft Beer Outlet is where you want to go to find some rare beers in Northeast Philadelphia. This craft beer haven sells a variety of unique beers, both national and international. For example, you’ll find beer from breweries like Lost Abbey and Russian River. The staff here is also very knowledgeable and friendly, making the Craft Beer Outlet all the more a great place to go. There’s also a growler station up front, and you’re allowed to enjoy a cold drink while you look.
100 S 21st St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Monde Market might seem like your typical corner store and deli from the outside, but once you enter, you’ll realize it’s anything but. This market serves hundreds of beers, mostly as singles, but also available as six-packs. In fact, Monde Market is known for its “create your own six-pack” and its surprisingly inexpensive prices for the Rittenhouse area, selling both national and local craft beer. Like Monde Market on Facebook to see new beers it has in stock and to make requests. This deli also makes great sandwiches and the staff is friendly.
Kelly Neilson is a freelance writer living and working in Philadelphia. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.