Made with wine, fruit and other mixers, sangria is a refreshing drink that’s perfect for spring and summer. While it’s a clear favorite for restaurants offering Latin cuisine, it’s a cocktail that lends itself to pairing with a multitude of foods. Sangria’s light, fruity flavor also makes it a great choice for sipping on its own. Check out the former best spots for Sangria in Philadelphia, and read below for even more top spots!
217-219 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Located in Old City, this Jose Garces restaurant serves Andalusion-style small plates, and where there are tapas, there should always be amazing sangria. Amada offers three varieties of Spanish sangria, so you can pick your favorite based on your mood or your food. Fresh herbs and fruit, brandy and orange liqueur are mixed with wine and served over ice for $9 a glass or $36 for a pitcher. White wine sangria (blanco) is made with apple, pear and orange. The temporado mixes spiced rose wine with cranberries and port. The most popular option is the spiced red wine sangria (tinto) featuring orange, apple and cinnamon. For the best deal, visit during happy hour Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to enjoy the tinto and blanca for just $5 per glass. It’s the perfect pairing for the $5 tapas specials, including crab-stuffed peppers and chicken brochettes.
110 S. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Barbuzzo is another spot from Chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran, the pair that brought Little Nonna’s, Jamonera and Lolita to Midtown Village. The Mediterranean-style bar and restaurant serves favorites such as fontina-stuffed meatballs, sheep’s milk ricotta, and Neapolitan-style pizza. Although it might be well-known for its signature dessert, the decadent salted caramel budino, the roja sangria, which is offered at $8 per glass or $29 for a pitcher and is made with red Spanish wine, brandy, rosemary and citrus, is also a fan favorite.
1030 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
At this hip Northern Liberties spot, you don’t need to wait until the clock hits 5 p.m. to enjoy a tasty sangria. Menus of Spanish tapas are offered at dinner, but the weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. probably receives the most praise. Sip sangria while enjoying delicious dishes such as date and bacon empanadas, a spinach and pepper omelet with lobster, churros with chocolate, or the house-made chorizo, cheese and fried egg sandwich. The sangria is available as a blanco which includes white wine, citrus fruit, melon and berries, or tinto, which features red wine, brandy and mixed fruit. Both are priced at $7.50 for a glass or $24 for a pitcher.
10 S. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
At Old City’s Cuba Libre, you’ll feel like you’re vacationing in Havana. The restaurant’s menu of updated Cuban cuisine and tropical mixed drinks completes the experience. Both the red and white sangrias are made with Macchu Pisco, a Peruvian spirit, and Licor 43, a Spanish citrus liqueur. The red sangria features Malbec and a blood orange puree, while the white is made with Chardonnay and a white peach puree. Both sangrias are available by the glass for $9, the half pitcher for $24.50 or the pitcher for $38.50.
Jet Wine Bar
1525 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
With a name like Jet Wine Bar, it’s no surprise that drinks are the focus at this South Street spot. Wine can be ordered by the bottle or glass, or you can sample a selection by choosing the flight option. On warm days, Jet Wine Bar opens its large front windows, making it the perfect place for sipping seasonal sangria made with a mixture of crisp white wine, blackberry brandy and a rosemary-infused simple syrup that’s made in-house. A glass is $6, but you can also save a dollar by visiting Monday through Friday between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. for happy hour. A menu of sandwiches and light snacks has been put together for you to pair with the drinks.
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The Twisted Tail
509 S. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Matching its menu of updated Southern-inspired cuisine, The Twisted Tail offers its own unique version of sangria. The Southern Wine Cooler is made with either red or white wine and available by the glass at $8, carafe at $12 or a pitcher for $24. While traditional sangria recipes blend wine with brandy, Twisted Tail uses bourbon as the fortifier, along with vermouth, bitters and fruit.
Michelle Hein is the social media editor for a women’s fashion company in Bucks County by day and a self-proclaimed food and drink fanatic by night and weekend. She enjoys attending wine classes, trying new recipes in the kitchen and going to old favorites and new restaurants alike in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area. If the writing gig doesn’t pan out, she constantly dreams of owning her own bakery…perhaps connected to the restaurant/bar that her lawyer husband would love to open.
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