Philly has a ton of bars and a lot of them have a great vibe for a date. Looking for something classy or laidback? Philly has you covered. Below are some of the best spots to grab a drink while out on a date.
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261 S. 21st St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
This small, intimate restaurant has been a Rittenhouse Square staple for almost 40 years. It’s romantic and cozy and perfect for a date, whether you’re looking for dinner, dessert or a cocktail. The kitchen serves excellent food, such as the cream of mushroom soup, roasted duck and the homemade butternut squash ravioli. Eight different desserts are available, including a tiramisu, crème brulee and double chocolate layer cake. The Tank Bar is located upstairs and has a great martini menu. The bar, having no lighting or windows, is lit up by Christmas lights and a bright fish tank.
1231 E. Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Jason Evenchik, who is also behind Time, Vintage, Bar and Growlers, opened Garage on Passyunk Avenue in July. Garage is across from Pat’s and Geno’s and has a “Bring Your Own Cheesesteak” policy. A fun date spot, it’s located in the former Satellite Auto Body and the sign still hangs above the entrance, yet instead of cars, you’ll find pinball, billiards and skeeball inside. The Garage also has a permanently installed food truck, where chefs and food truck owners rotate and grill up items such as hot dogs. The bar focuses on canned and bottled craft beer, and there are over 200 varieties available.
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129 W. Laurel St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Jerry’s Bar has one of the best brunch menus in town. Highlights of brunch at this place include a live jazz band, the cream cheese walnut sticky bun, multiple twists on pancakes and French toast, and Jerry’s own special take on the eggs benedict (Eggs Benny and Eggs Jerry). This Northern Liberties bi-level restaurant and bar also has a special brunch cocktail list, which includes its own take on the classic bellini, mimosa and bloody mary (called Bloody Jerry here). Jerry’s Bar is also a good destination for later in the day meals or drinks. Marshall Green, formerly of Cafe Estelle, uses seasonal and house-made ingredients to create fresh and flavorful food in the kitchen. The bar has a great selection of European craft beer, wines, whiskey and premium liquor.
264 S. 16th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Located in Rittenhouse Square, Monk’s Cafe is known for its mussels and its huge beer list. Eight different types of mussels are available and served with Monk’s award-winning pommes frites (a/k/a french fries). This Belgium pub has over 200 varieties of bottled beer to choose from, with many of them hailing from Europe, especially Belgium. Monk’s Cafe also has 18 draughts from the U.S. and Europe on tap. If you don’t like mussels, you can’t go wrong with any of the bar’s other food choices, including salads, burgers or steaks. Monk’s Cafe is a small, dark and intimate bar – perfect for a date.
48 S. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Sassafras is a cozy, comfortable and classy bar in Old City that has been around for more than 35 years. It’s a sophisticated neighborhood joint and its dim lighting and intimate environment make it a great place for conversation and a drink. The bartenders are extremely friendly and well versed in making cocktails – both classics and originals. The ever-changing draft and bottle list is extensive and the food menu is diverse. Try the handmade Mongolian dumplings, one of Sassafras’ award-winning burgers or the French onion soup. Live jazz is performed almost every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
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