Top Lounge Bars In Philadelphia

July 18, 2013 7:00 AM

(Credit, Michelle Hein)

When it comes to finding the right lounge for a memorable, romantic night on the town, Philadelphia has a variety of intimate venues. From mood lighting to couches, comfortable chairs and private nooks, a lounge offers personal service as well as privacy. The thematic design of a lounge is what distinguishes one establishment from another. Whether you’re looking for a hipster bar or a blues bar, Philadelphia has what you want.
Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar
200 S. 12th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 964-9675

Created as a sports bar to serve the gay and lesbian neighborhood of Washington Square West, Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar has been open about three years. It did not take long for Tabu to become well-known as a venue for performance art. Each week, the lounge hosts drag shows, comedy, musical performances and other acts. A party spot that welcomes all, Tabu features comfortable couches in addition to more traditional bar seating.

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Raven Lounge
1718 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 840-3577

With all the excitement of a comedy club, a dance bar and a musical venue every night of the week, the Raven Lounge, located in the Rittenhouse neighborhood, has something for everyone. Featuring two levels with hardwood floors and atmospheric lighting, Raven offers both traditional bar seating as well as more comfortable furnished areas. Both floors have TV projectors and audio-visual equipment, too.

The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co.
112 S. 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(267) 467-3277

Imagine Philadelphia in the Roaring 20s – dark, speakeasy bars appointed with luxurious seating and hidden nooks where gangsters hobnobbed with both the city’s most infamous and famous. Then experience The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Company, which brings that vision to life (minus the crime). At one point, the business was even the front for one of the largest illicit booze operations in the country, operated by Max “Boo Boo” Hoffman and his gang!

Time Restaurant
1315 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 985-4800

A three-concept tavern and lounge, Time Restaurant features a whiskey bar and taproom, a dining room, a musical stage and an upstairs Parisian-style club. Every Friday and Saturday, the second floor hosts various DJs for a non-stop dance party. And with its L-shaped leather couch parlor, the lounge offers a romantic space combined with a dance floor and large communal areas.

Liberté Lounge
120 S. 17th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 569-8300

Few establishments do luxury, swank and style better than the Liberte Lounge in Center City. The oval-shaped bar offers comfortable seating, or head for the lounge and sit beside the fireplace. Urban chic is the buzzword for this lounge. DJ Maggie thumps lounge music every Saturday, and the facility offers both a richly appointed social space as well as more intimate hideaway spots around the lounge. Throughout the year, the lounge hosts private events and special public events as well.

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