Years ago, the best bars in Philadelphia were neighborhood, street-corner gin joints that catered to the lunchbox crowd. Today, the bar scene in Philadelphia has changed dramatically, opening up a whole range of options from neighborhood bars to throw back a few to upscale dance and supper clubs for 20- and 30-somethings who are looking to party into the wee hours in the City of Brotherly Love.
Meeting friends after work in Society Hill? Stopping somewhere in South Philly before the big game? Want a downtown bar with big city flavor? Looking for post-concert eats? Whatever your needs, check out these Top 10 Best Bars of 2009 in Philadelphia. Great neighborhood bars and brew pubs. Wine bars with an edge. All Philadelphia bars that are sure to please you and your Philly crowd for years to come.
901 N. Second St.
Looking for a cozy, neighborhood bar and a great place to dine? Look no further than this gem. Two stories of great food and good company. As authentic a Philly bar as you’ll find.
937 E. Passyunk Ave.
Looking for a burger with your brew? Check out Royal Tavern. Great bar. Best burgers in town. A Philadelphia bar at its best.
For Pete’s Sake
900 S. Front St.
Extensive beer menu. Good eats. Eclectic clientele. A great find in the City of Brotherly Love. Check out what’s on tap at this Philadelphia bar.
1718 Sansom St.
Cool place to hang out with hipster friends. Good supply of board games. Periodic live music and DJs spin out on weekends. Fun place for 20- and 30-somethings. A Philly bar with a beat.
Dawson Street Pub
100 Dawson St.
Lost in Manayunk? Looking for a great place to drink and dine? Look no further than this pub. Something for everyone, like a billiards table, outdoor patio for smokes and jokes, and excellent microbrew selection. A Philadelphia bar second to none.
1201 Frankford Ave.
Looking for some great Philly barbecue? Look no further than Johnny Brenda’s. Great hangout. Live music on the second floor. A fish town institution. A real find, Philadelphia’s finest at this Philly bar.
Vintage Wine Bar & Bistro
129 S. 13th St.
It’s not all beer and cheese steak in the City of Brotherly Love. Wine is high on the list at this Philly bar. Great atmosphere, good food and awesome wine at this centrally-located Philadelphia wine joint.
Moriarty’s Restaurant and Irish Pub
1116 Walnut Street
Telephone: (215) 627.7676
Meeting friends after work or before the game? Looking for a low key Irish pub downtown? Moriarty’s is the place for you. A Philadelphia bar like none other. A real downtown institution.
229 S. 45th St.
What better place to hang out with friends than Fiume, a small bar over an Ethiopian restaurant (Abyssinia)? Good eats, discount prices on beer and drinks, and great atmosphere make this little gem a winner on the Philadelphia bar scene. Once you find it, you’ll love this place.
530 South St.
The name is not the only thing that rocks in this gin joint. Check out the good eats before or after a show in South Philly. Nothing like it. A Philly bar that’s the only gathering place of its kind.
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