Going out and having a good time with your friends is a healthy part of life. If you’re single and looking for a bit more excitement and possibility for your evening, there are plenty of places in Philly for singles to mix and meet. Options abound, whether you are looking for a fellow sports lover or are merely in search of someone with the same taste in alcohol.
1 Tippling Place
2006 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
If you are looking for something on the swanky side, consider 1 Tippling Place. This cocktail bar established in 2014 is a very popular speakeasy. The atmosphere is sophisticated yet laid back with comfortable couches for lounging and discussion. You can also enjoy a variety of cocktails, from classic to seasonal. One of their most popular is the Lavender 75, which contains lavender, lemons, sugar, champagne and gin.
Graffiti Bar In Sampan Restaurant
124 S. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Another place that has an interesting atmosphere (you walk into a secret alley to get to the bar within the restaurant) is Graffiti Bar inside Sampan Restaurant. This bar has an exceptional happy hour Monday to Saturday from 4-7 p.m. It’s full of great food, music, and typically draws young professionals. Graffiti Bar can be very crowded, so this can help give you the opportunity to meet other people. An oversized table sits in the middle of the room to encourage you get to know your fellow patrons, and there is also a 30 seat outdoor patio.
Hop Sing Laundromat
1029 Race St.
As described by its owners, Hop Sing is a” simple craft cocktail bar,” however, the people who have visited have described Hop Sing as something more. There is a secret entrance, tasty drinks, and some of the most unusual cocktails you’ll find, with plenty to choose from (over 30 on the menu!). The classy atmosphere, which some have described as “seeing inside someone else’s mind,” will give you plenty of opportunities for conversation. Of course, there are rules to drinking at Hop Sing: no phone calls inside, no photography and no credit cards. Yet despite these rules and differences people love this place, perhaps for its speakeasy style. The dress code is business casual or fancier, helping to prevent you from dating any of those “scrubs” TLC warned us about!
Prohibition Tap Room
501 N. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Prohibition Tap Room is one of the largest tap microbrews in the city. Beer lovers can bond and discuss their favorite flavors and versions here. The majority of what this spot serves comes from local Yards Brewery. Besides the huge beer selection, the food is excellent. Customers rave about the beer-battered green beans and the Chinese Red Neck (crispy duck), which consists of succulent duck meat with chili sauce over pork fried rice. The restaurant also has a daily grilled cheese special, and the coffee glazed donuts are not to be missed either!
Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar
200 S. 12th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar is a mix of all kinds of fun for all kinds of people. Here is where you will meet people who are open and interesting. Tabu is also known for having some of the best bartenders in the city. You can find cocktails of all sorts, and they serve from an impressive beer list. For the sports fans, there are plenty of TVs around, or head upstairs on Tuesdays and Thursdays for karaoke or for a drag show on Sundays.
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Christina Dagnelli is a freelance writer in Philadelphia and the author of Little Squares with Colors: A Different way to look at autism. Her work on examiner can be found here Examiner.com.