When picking a tavern to entertain a large group, there are many factors to consider. Price is always important, of course, but so is space, service, availability, staffing, menu choices and beverage choices. Other factors include access to audio, and perhaps video, presentation equipment. Then, there is the critical issue of location and parking. Philadelphia has a number of bars and taverns that can accommodate large groups.
Tavern on Broad
200 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 546-2290

Located under the Bellevue downtown, Tavern on Broad is an upscale bar that can accommodate groups from 10 to 300. Its modern style offers open space combined with intimate hideaways. It also sports 34 HDTVs. In addition to signature cocktails and favorite beers, the tavern has many selections offered on its lunch and dinner menus. Party packages are available.

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Skybar at Vango
116 S. 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 568-1020

Skybar at Vango is known for its food, ambiance, entertainment and style. Its large oak doors and a bank of portal windows offer a great view of the city skyline. With about 8,000 square feet, the restaurant provides ample space for large events, too. And Byblos is located below Vango. Featuring unique, custom-designed furnishings, the space is divided between small nooks and large open areas on the second floor. On the third floor roof deck, which is open year-round, there is an indoor patio, a fireplace and a lounge bar. There are also private rooms with king-size beds available for a truly relaxing evening. Tasty Japanese Continental fare is created by Chef Michael Fee, and party packages are available.

10 Arts Bistro & Lounge
Ritz Carlton
10 Avenue of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 523-8273

Located in the Ritz-Carlton, 10 Arts Bistro & Lounge replicates Victorian style and sensibilities. On Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. during Center City Sips, music is provided by a DJ. In the Reserve, event guests can enjoy an elegant experience in a space designed for a social gathering. Chef Nathan Volz creates modern American cuisine from sustainable, local, agricultural products. Call for group reservations.

239 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 238-6900

Located in Old City, Barra can accommodate up to 75 guests for private parties. A casual atmosphere aside a helping of Italian flair is what you’ll find here, in addition to fine food and drinks. Barra has two dining rooms available for business or family events, and group packages are available.

Bella Tori at the Mansion
321 S. Bellevue Ave.
Langhorne, PA 19047
(215) 702-9600

For a luxurious, classic group dining experience, Bella Tori at the Mansion offers five rooms for private parties. Its Victorian Bella Ballroom has the capacity for 100 guests. During warmer weather, the sun porch can accommodate about 25 guests. Each room has its own atmosphere that’s well-suited to birthdays, board meetings, christenings, bar and bat mitzvahs and more. Bella Tori’s menu features appetizers, entrees and desserts. Group packages are available.

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