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Top Hotel Bars In Philadelphia

November 21, 2013 7:00 AM

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Matthew Rafferty, GM at Square 1682 in Center City. (Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

Matthew Rafferty, GM at Square 1682 in Center City. (Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

As one of the oldest drinking towns in the United States, Philadelphia has no shortage of great bars and pubs. While visiting the City of Brotherly Love, tourists will find unique takes on classic cocktails, local craft beers and many rare wines at many of the hotel bars in the area. Whether you just spent the day shopping in Rittenhouse Square, visiting the great museums around Logan Square or tooling around in Old City taking in the historic sites, nothing is better than relaxing and unwinding with a cold drink and a hot meal. You don’t have to look any further than many of the great hotel bars in Philadelphia to do just that.

Il Bar
Penn’s View Hotel
Front and Market Sts.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 922-7800
www.pennsviewhotel.com

Wine connoisseurs will want to visit Il Bar located in the Penn’s View Hotel in Old City Philadelphia. Il Bar is home to the largest preservation and dispensing system, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The system offers a selection of 120 different bottles of wine. Il Bar’s wine list is diverse and changes every week, offering over 150 options by the class on any given day. Il Bar offers flights, allowing customers to sample 1.5 ounces of five different wines. Happy hour specials are offered Sunday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Bar 210
and Library Bar
The Rittenhouse
210 W. Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 790-2533
www.lacroixrestaurant.com

After a day of shopping in Rittenhouse Square, discerning visitors may stop in at The Rittenhouse Hotel for food and drinks at one of two bars – Bar 210 and the Library Bar. Each offers an eclectic mix of drinks and a contemporary spin on classic cocktails. Bar 210 features handcrafted cocktails made with house-infused liquors and a wine list that is diverse and constantly evolving. Head sommelier Jeffrey Mayfield is on hand to help you decide on the wine best suited for your mood. Food is available from 11 a.m. to closing. The Library Bar is open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday and each menu choice offers a wine selection that will enhance your choice. While the cocktails are pricey, they’re worth every cent.

Stratus Rooftop Lounge
Hotel Monaco
433 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 925-2889
www.stratuslounge.com

For outstanding drinks and views, travel 11 stories up to one of the city’s few rooftop lounges. While there, you’ll enjoy a hip vibe and lots of drink options created by mixologist Bess Gulliver. Whether you choose to lounge indoors or outdoors, you’ll sip seasonally created cocktails, wine selections focused on the bubbly stuff and social bites from a menu of options meant to share with friends. If you want to make an event out of your visit, choose Stratus’ Night to Remember package and enjoy a complimentary hosted wine hour, a deluxe private dinner and VIP access to the lounge.

Related: Hotel Monaco Opens In Old City

SoleFood Bar and Lounge
Loews Philadelphia Hotel
1200 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 422-8222
www.solefoodrestaurant.com

Guests can relax and unwind at SoleFood, where jazz is offered Wednesday through Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. SoleFood offers a variety of unique cocktails like its Chocolate Bacon Martini and wonderful nibbles like its extremely popular tuna tartar. If you are ready for dinner, Chef Thomas Harkins offers a varied seasonal menu with always fresh ingredients. SoleFood offers great bargains like $5 nibbles, $5 specialty cocktails, $5 select wines and $3 beers during its happy hour weeknights from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Square 1682
Hotel Palomar Philadelphia
121 S. 17th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 563-5008
www.square1682.com

Topping the USA Today and 10 Best list, Square 1682 is located adjacent to Hotel Palomar in Rittenhouse Square. Philadelphia’s first LEED-certified green eatery and bar offers guests dining options made with locally sourced, sustainable ingredients, creative takes on modern cocktails, exceptional craft beers and wines selected by one of only 15 women to hold the title of Master Sommelier. All of this combined with exceptional service has made Square 1682 one of Philadelphia’s most popular establishments. Reservations are strongly recommended when visiting this establishment and may be made online.

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Maddie Wagner is a freelance writer covering all things Philadelphia. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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