Pennsylvania Bars & Nightlife
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1 Tippling Place
2006 Chestnut St., Rittenhouse
1 Tippling Place is furnished with a variety of antiques and estate sale finds like floral couches and leather chairs, which makes it feel more like an eclectic neighborhood coffee shop than a stuffy cocktail lounge. The homey bar in the back is manned by owner Anne Frey, a local institution who makes all of her cocktails from scratch, with syrups that are mixed-in house and ingredients that change with the seasons.
112 S. 18th St., RIttenhouse
This is one of those places where you can literally feel the history once you walk in–and it's obvious why: It was once the site of one of the largest-running underground alcohol operations during prohibition, using "The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Company" as its front. The drinks still run today, but with a much more artisanal bent: The bar staff serves up some of the best cocktails in the city, including an Old Fashioned that can't be missed.
McGillin’s Olde Ale House
1310 Drury St., Washington Square West
This place is a classic, both in the sense that it’s been around forever (it opened in 1860!), and also in the sense that it has all the reliable hallmarks of the perfect Irish bar: the likely suspects on tap, plus some local brews, the food you want to eat while drinking beer, and lots of loyal regulars. Note: It’s not a sports bar per se, but it’s a great place to watch a game if you can find a seat.
901 N. 2nd St., Northern Liberties
Considered to be sort of ahead-of-its-time, this gastropub opened New Years’ Eve of 1999 and has been a local favorite ever since. (It's not exactly a secret, though, so there are plenty of out-of-towners at any given time.) Standard is known for a constantly updated and varied beer selection that only includes locally produced draft beers; but the vibe is unpretentious, and the split-level building is comfortably both large and cozy. As a bonus, the pub’s food is pretty great, if you’re in the mood for indulgent classics like chicken pie and pulled pork sandwiches—and the kitchen is open until 1 a.m.
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