The Rittenhouse Square area is one of the most popular places in the city for shopping, dining and drinking. Frequently attracting people of all ages, some of the best restaurants and bars the city has to offered are located here. If you’re planning a night out on the town, this area has plenty of places to go.

Continental Midtown
1801 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 567-1800

Continental Midtown, at 18th and Chestnut, attracts young professionals to its rooftop bar and restaurant year round. The restaurant itself has two floors (and really neat looking wicker chairs) and delicious small plates and tapas that are perfect for sharing with your group. If you’re here just for drinks (the Continental boasts an impressive martini list), head to the rooftop for great views of the city and night sky.

Drinker’s Pub
1903 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 564-0914

It’s best to end your night at Drinker’s, after you’ve already imbibed in a few drinks. Down the street from the Continental, at 19th and Chestnut, Drinker’s Rittenhouse attracts a crowd on weekend nights. The kitchen is opened until 1 a.m., so this is the perfect place for a late-night snack. Its menu consists of bar food, like nachos, tacos and pierogies, and the bar serves cheap beer ($3.50 Yuengling, $3 Coors).

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Franklin Mortgage
112 South 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(267) 467-3277

Just a block away from the square, this speakeasy-style cocktail bar is located just a few steps down in a basement. With dim lights and excellent cocktails, it’s worth the wait if the bouncer keeps you outside until a table opens up (which means it’s never overly crowded in there). The staff here is very knowledgeable and, although its cocktail list is extensive and full of great options, the bartenders will create a specialty cocktail just for you. Franklin Mortgage’s cocktail are some of the best in the city, made with precision and a lot of ingredients.

Good Dog Bar
224 S. 15th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 985-9600

Good Dog is a hassle-free and laid-back bar located a few blocks from the square, at 15th and Locust. Whether you’re grabbing its famous Roquefort cheese-stuffed Good Dog Burger at one of its wooden booths, having a drink at one of its two bars or shooting some pool on the top floor, you’ll enjoy your time here. Come in on Wednesday for half-off cans or during happy hour for $1 off all drinks.

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227 S. 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 545-2262

Parc is a French brasserie located directly on the square and offering some of the best views. During the winter months, sitting at Parc and looking out at all of the lights illuminating the square is a magical experience. Parc is equally enjoyable during warmer days, when you can sit outside on its sidewalk seating and people watch. Start your night off here with a Parisian authentic supper or come in later for a cocktail.

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