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Top Wine Bars In Philadelphia

December 30, 2013 8:00 AM

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Philadelphia is a great craft beer city, but it is also becoming a destination for wine bars, with many popping up all over the city. At the spots listed below, you’ll find a diverse selection of wine as well as quality service and knowledgeable staff. These top wine bars are sure to appeal to wine connoisseurs and beginners alike.

Il Bar at Ristorante Panorama 
Penn’s View Hotel
14 N. Front St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 922-7800
www.pennsviewhotel.com

Located in the Penn’s View Hotel in Old City, Il Bar is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for owning and operating “the largest wine preservation and dispensing system in the world.” This system allows the bar to keep 120 open bottles for an extended amount of time. The wine list offers over 150 varieties by the glass daily and over 800 types of wine come through Il Bar a year. All wine is also available by the bottle and the selection is diverse, featuring wine from a range of regions, styles and prices. Il Bar also has more than 30 different flights of five 1.5-ounce pours to choose from.

Jake’s & Cooper’s Wine Bar
4365 Main St.
Philadelphia, PA 19127
(215) 483-0444
www.jakesrestaurant.com

Located on Main Street in downtown Manayunk, Jake’s & Cooper’s has been a popular destination for more than 25 years. The restaurant’s wine is from all around the world and is hand selected by owner and chef Bruce Cooper and general manager Cosmo Mullen. Jake’s and Cooper’s was recently awarded an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator for price and quality on its 100 labels and was acknowledged for having some of the best wine in Philly for inexpensive prices. The menu is full of local and organic flavors, from pizzas to salads to butternut squash mac and cheese.

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Tinto Wine Bar
114 S. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 665-9150
www.philadelphia.tintorestaurant.com

Iron Chef Jose Garces is behind Tinto, a wine bar inspired by Basque country, a region in northern Spain. Here, you’ll fine over 100 bottles of Spanish wines and around 20 wines by the glass. You’ll feel comfortable in one of the two dining rooms or the underground lounge, which was designed to resemble an old wine cellar. For food, Tinto serves what is known as “Pintxos,” a form of tapas from the region of northeastern Spain and southwestern France. Pair your wine with bocadillos (sandwiches), brochettes or montaditos (canapés).

Tria Cafe
Washington Square West
1137 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 629-9200

Rittenhouse Square
123 S. 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 972-8742
www.triacafe.com

Tria Cafe is known for its wine, cheese and beer and has won six of Philadelphia Magazine‘s “Best of Philly” awards. At both locations, Tria offers a wide selection of wine, both local and from around the world. The staff is very knowledgeable and will teach you anything you want to learn about wine, or just offer a suggestion or two to help you out. To complement your wine, Tria serves a selection of small plates, sandwiches, bruschetta and salads. Every Sunday, Tria has a “Sunday School.” The bar selects a wine, cheese and beer, which you can learn about and try for a low price.

Vintage Wine Bar
129 S. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 922-3095
www.vintage-philadelphia.com

This Midtown Village wine bar has more than 60 wines available by the glass and 20 more by the bottle. The wine is from all over the world and complements Vintage Wine Bar’s French bistro food. The small menu offers great cheese plates, French onion soup, burgers and mussels. Try a flight of three different wines in three-ounce pours if you’re in between wines. Vintage Wine Bar has a great atmosphere and interesting decor. A chandelier made of wine bottles hangs from the ceiling and the brick walls showcase rotating art installations from both local and national artists.

Related: Top Wine Bars In Philadelphia

 

Kelly Neilson is a freelance writer living and working in Philadelphia. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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