In this day and age of online social networking, it’s important to remember that Facebook and LinkedIn can’t replace the lively interaction and social benefits of face to face, in-person networking. Check out the places below and network yourself into a new position, meet a new beau or just expand your circle.

Union Trust Steakhouse
717 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 925-6000

Union Trust Steakhouse is the perfect place for an after work networking event. Host to the previously sold out The Ultimate Networking Event Live, it offered visitors access to CEOs, business leaders and decision makers from a variety of leading companies. For $25 in advance or $30 at the door, admission includes your first drink, light appetizers and an opportunity to meet and mingle with the top business decision makers in the Philly/South Jersey/Delaware area.

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Palm Restaurant
200 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 546-7256

The Palm Restaurant is host to weekly chapter meetings of the BNI Philadelphia. If you’d like to network and share referrals rather than cold call, then check out this event on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch is $20 for visitors. Be sure to check out the chapter page to see if your category is open. Expect a family-like atmosphere and professionals who are ready to work with you in your chosen industry while you enjoy classic Italian dishes and traditional all-American sides that are to die for.

Liberties Restaurant & Bar
705 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 238-0660

If you’d rather network in a place that provides parking, then Liberties Restaurant and Bar in Northern Liberties might be the place for you. Liberties sports an upstairs area that can comfortably hold 75 people. Enjoy the feel of an old-world saloon–including a Victorian bar–where you can mix and mingle at your private event. Host to ample Philly Pre networking events, Liberties offers happy hour every day from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Fork Restaurant
306 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 625-9425

Fork Restaurant in Old City, conveniently located on Market Street, is easily accessible via public transportation. Fork opened in 1997, kindling the rebirth of Old City. Host to Women’s Power Networking events, Fork offers the perfect ambiance. Private and exclusive yet social and booming all at once, it’s not just the food that has people talking about Fork.

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