Philadelphia is a hot spot for restaurants, pubs and breweries. The social scene is endless in Philadelphia, and new establishments are opening every day, bringing more fun places to try out and a variety of entertainment to the city. If you are looking to spend a romantic night with a new date or a long-time love, you can find the perfect place in Philly. Mood lighting, comfortable seating, and an intimate setting can be found at these top lounge bars in Philadelphia.
The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co.
112 S. 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(267) 467-3277
www.thefranklinbar.com

The days are long gone when “Boo Hoo” Hoffman ran an infamous booze ring disguised as The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co., but it won’t stop you from feeling like you just walked into a speakeasy during the 1920s prohibition era. The ambiance is just what you would think it would look like — dark hardwood floors with leather seating chandeliers and a mural depicting a scene from a 1920s speakeasy. The drink menu offers unique drinks that are reminiscent of the 20s. Be sure to try the “With a Baseball Bat” — Bourbon infused with peanut butter, genever, blackberry, raspberry, brown sugar, aromatic bitters, or try something from their cocktail tasting menu, such as the “Demon Tied to a Chair in My Brain”— overproof Jamaican rum, maurin quina, Creole shrubb and lemon juice.

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10 Arts Lounge
10 Ave. of the Arts,
Philadelphia, PA, 19102
(215) 523-8000
www.ritzcarlton.com

The elegant lobby of The Ritz-Carlton is home to 10 Arts Lounge, part of a former bank. The neo-classic architecture creates a beautiful setting for a night out for cocktails. The lounge offers hand-crafted drinks and delicious small plates. Enjoy live music while relaxing in a grand atmosphere. It’s the perfect place for a pre-dinner drink before a show or performance at any of the venues that can be found on Avenue of the Arts.

Hop Sing Laundromat
1029 Race St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 551-2500
www.hopsinglaundromat.com

If you’re in the mood for a highly exclusive establishment where you will most likely get turned away if you don’t abide by the dress code, then Hop Sing Laundromat is the place for you! The much talked about mysterious lounge with a hidden location is the hottest thing to hit Philly as of late. Leave the cell phones at home, switch the sneaks for nice loafers or closed toed heels and bring cash if you want to enjoy a cocktail or two at Hop Sing laundromat. The cocktails may very well be worth what seems to be a long list of rules. Don’t miss Hop Sing Laundromat’s “Short Range Missiles Program,” aka happy hour every Tuesday to Friday 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar
200 S. 12th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 964-9675
www.tabuphilly.com

The gayborhood is home to the sports bar Tabu, which is a very popular place to hang for sports enthusiasts and the not-so sports enthusiast. The lounge also hosts a drag show, comedy acts, musicals and more. You can relax on the comfortable seating that’s available while drinking one of their spectacular cocktails.

Liberté Urban Lounge
120 S. 17th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 569-8300
www.libertelounge.com

Enjoy some hand-crafted artisan cocktails at Liberté Urban Lounge, which can be found in the Lobby at Philadelphia’s Sofitel Hotel. Enjoy a drink at the bar or in comfortable seating by the fireplace. The lounge also offers delicious and simple meals throughout the day. Pick the brain of any mixologist behind the bar to custom make a delicious drink for you. If you are just visiting, it’s the perfect way to unwind after a day of sightseeing or after a long day of work.

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Christina Thompson is a freelance writer living in Philadelphia. She reports on various topics such as: Social Media, Local Events, Entertainment, Food and Drink and more. Her work can be found at http://firstsendmedia.com/
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