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10 Coolest Restaurant Bathrooms in Philly

By Danya Henninger
September 17, 2013

It’s not the first thing you notice about a restaurant, but a restroom can leave a lasting impression when you’re dining out. In the case of these 10 spots, that impression is a positive one, thanks to amusing artwork, quirky decor or fascinating furniture. Click through to check out Philly’s coolest restaurant bathrooms - and the next time you’ve gotta go, you’ll know where to.

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    La Calaca Feliz

    At Tim Spinner's and Brian Sirhal’s Fairmount cantina, when you sit down on the loo, your eyes will be met with the intense stare of Dos Equis' “world’s most interesting man.” He doesn’t often spy on bathrooms, but when he does, it’s in places with top-notch Mexican food.

    2321 Fairmount Ave.; 215-787-9930

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    London Grill

    Do you cringe at the sight of an empty toilet paper roll? You'll love the bathroom at Michael McNalley and Terry Berch McNalley’s Fairmount tavern, because the walls are adorned with several dozen roll-holders, so there's no chance of running out.

    2301 Fairmount Ave.; 215-978-4545

  • Bisou

    Gentlemen shouldn’t take offense at the French maiden’s facial expression in the water closet at Clark Gilbert’s Manayunk bistro - after all, she acted that way when she saw the last guy too. Ladies get off a bit easier, the gent on the wall behind the toilet is covering his eyes with his hand.

    4161 Main St.; 215-487-1230

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    Little Nonna’s

    If the dining room at Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s new Midtown Village red-sauce Italian is modeled after an Italian grandma’s living room, it’s only natural that the restrooms should follow suit. Crosses hang on the walls - does that make what you’re using holy water? - along with old-time photos and homey knick-knacks.

    1234 Locust St.; 215-546-2100

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    Sampan

    It’s not what you see in the bathroom at Michael Schulson’s Midtown Village Pan-Asian, it’s what you hear. Once you step inside the private booths to go, quotes from famous movies begin to play, and it can be a bit unnerving if you haven't been forewarned. Tinkle while you hear Dorothy talk to Toto, or listen to Marlon Brando talk mafia biz.

    124 S. 13th St.; 215-732-3501

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    Barra

    When this Italian pizzeria took over this Old City restaurant space, all the decor from former tenant Paradigm was changed. Except, that is, for the club’s bathrooms, which have see-through doors. Remember to turn the lock once you’re inside, and you’ll be fine - the doors frost over in a bit of privacy magic. (According to staff, quite a few people forget, especially on weekend nights.)

    239 Chestnut St.; 215-238-6900

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    Cheu Noodle Bar

    If you’re looking to escape the frenetic vibe of Ben Puchowitz's and Shawn Darragh’s Wash West pseudo-Asian, you won’t find respite in the lavatory. Walls are plastered with as many torn, colorful images as the pair could find, keeping the high-energy vibe of the dining room going even when you’re taking a break.

    255 S. 10th St.; 267-639-4136

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    Raw

    The sleek style of Tony Rim’s Midtown Village sushi lounge follows you into the restroom, where a shared infinity sink sits beneath a cubist-cut mirror. In the men's room, a near-life-size female samurai hovers over the stall-less urinal, sword drawn. That sink is fitted with a hidden faucet behind the mirror - swipe your hand beneath to initiate a mini water shower.

    1225 Sansom St.; 215-238-1903

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    National Mechanics

    If you’re wondering why it’s taking a friend so long to return from a trip to the washroom at this Old City hang, consider the fact that they might have been mesmerized by the wrought-iron sink. More artwork than furniture, the sinks are worthy of a stare.

    22 S. Third St.; 215-701-4883

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    Vintage

    Guests also tend to linger in the bathroom at this Midtown Village wine bar, which is outfitted with a huge chart of wine styles and types. More often than you'd think, patrons invite friends in with them to come take a look, or emerge and ask the bartender where they can pick up their own copy.

    129 S. 13th St.; 215-922-3095

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