5 hottest bars in Philadelphia
Don't miss these awesome cocktail bars. The hottest places to unwind after dark.
Globally known as one of the best beer bars in the world, Monk's Café boasts ‘the soul of Belgium in the heart of Philadelphia’. Its unremarkable black exterior is easily ignored, but inside it offers an extensive collection of beers, including rare names and microbrews on 20 taps. Clued-up staff guide you through the options, with highlights like the Flemish Sour Ale and zingy raspberry beer. If you’re peckish, the obligatory moules frites are delicious, along with plates of cheese and meat.
264 South 16th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Tel: 215 545 7005 www.monkscafe.com
Hop Sing Laundromat
A speakeasy-style venue serving clever cocktails, Hop Sing Laundromat is entered through an unmarked door. Ring the bell and proceed to the waiting room, where you’ll hear the house rules (no chatting on mobiles, no taking photos, no cards) before being ushered through to the bar. Try the Henry ‘Box’ Brown – aged El Dorado shaken with freshly squeezed red grape juice – or an array of other mixology masters, in the dark, prohibition-like surroundings. Dress to impress and enjoy the experience.
1029 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Tel: 215 629 0444 www.hopsinglaundromat.com
Tel: 215 739 9684 www.johnnybrendas.com
A bar, restaurant and music venue, Johnny Brenda’s is a gem in Philadelphia’s Fishtown area. The world-class sound system blasts out the sounds of all kinds of bands almost every night, and the place itself has the feel of an iconic, historic social hall. The viewing balcony and various design features give off the vibe of a burlesque club or theatre, while its support for the local community means all beer is brewed within a 100-mile radius and the eclectic menu is created from nearby farm produce.
1201 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Tel: 267 467 3277 www.thefranklinbar.com
The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co
The ancient art of the cocktail
With its basement location just a block from Rittenhouse Square, the Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co has a speakeasy vibe that celebrates the golden age of bar rooms and the pre-prohibition era. The carefully crafted cocktails are jam-packed with delicate ingredients, prepared by ‘artist’ mixologists who can whip up any drink you may desire. Sip your tipple of choice under dim lights and enjoy the quiet elegance of this award-winning bar.
112 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Tel: 215 634 4400 www.barcadephiladelphia.com
Whether it was Pacman or Tetris, you’re sure to find your favourite 1980s arcade game at Barcade. Drink your way down memory lane with a choice of 25 American craft beers on tap in this little slice of heaven for gaming and beer-lovers. Happy hour runs until 7pm and food is served nightly, with specials such as $1 tacos on Mondays. A cool mix of rock and metal music provides the soundtrack to your attempts to hit the high scores that get published on the bar’s website
1114 Frankford Avenue, Fishtown, Philadelphia, PA 19125