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6 Places to Get Wine on Tap in Philly

By Danya Henninger
March 24, 2014
Photo by: Danya Henninger

Move over beer, Philadelphia’s got a new draft crush. Wine on tap is becoming more and more common in bars around the city, with good reason. Ordered by the glass or carafe, kegged wine offers a much fresher sip, since there are no open bottle sitting around - the first pour is as good as the last. It’s also much more environmentally friendly, saving on packaging and transportation. Try it out for yourself at these six Philly bars doing draft wine right.

Le Virtu

Francis Cratil Cretarola and Cathy Lee installed two wine taps last year at their East Passyunk Abruzzese dining room. One pours Italian white - right now from the Le Marche region - and the other, more popular tap pours Italian red, currently of Piedmonte origin. Order by the glass ($9), half-carafe ($15-$17) or full carafe ($30-$34).

1927 E. Passyunk Ave.; 215-271-5626

Johnny Brenda’s

William Reed and Paul Kimport don’t like bottles - both of their bars serve draft beer only - and at this Fishtown favorite wine now comes the same way. Four white and four red taps pour wine from around the world, including Pennsylvania, and there’s also a spout offering bubbly prosecco. Pours are six ounces (as opposed to the usual five) and run $10-$13, while carafes range from $30-$35.

1201 Frankford Ave.; 215-739-9684

Paris Wine Bar

Michael McNalley and Terry Berch McNalley’s sister restaurant next to their Fairmount tavern London Grill was the first in the city to install draft wine lines. Three reds, two whites and a rosé are now flowing from the taps there, half of which come from this very state. Glasses are $10-$12 and liter carafes run $40-$45.

2303 Fairmount Ave.; 215-978-4545

Tria Taproom

Of the 40 taps at Jon Myerow and Michael McCaulley’s new Rittenhouse bar, a dozen are dedicated to vino. Six whites and six reds come from all over the U.S., Europe and South American, served in 5-ounce pours for $7.50-$9.50. With the nifty iPad menus (or your own smartphone), you can check exactly how much is left of each one.

2005 Walnut St.; 215-557-8277

The Fat Ham

Two taps at Kevin Sbraga’s West Philly ode to Southern cooking are reserved for wine, one an earthy Pinot Noir and the other a slightly bubbly Sauvignon Blanc. Glasses run you $7-$8. If you’re a real tap fanatic, pre-game your vino with one of two cocktails on tap pouring right beside them.

3131 Walnut St.; 215-735-1914

Stella Rossa Ristorante

Dave Magrogan has converted one of the six draft lines to a wine tap at both the Center City and Downingtown outposts of Italian dining rooms, and pouring from the spigots is Moletto prosecco from Motto di Livenza in Venice. The bubbly goes for $9 per glass.

929 Walnut St.; 215-644-9074
20 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown; 610-269-6000

Places Mentioned

Paris Wine Bar

French • Fairmount

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Le Virtù

Italian • East Passyunk Crossing

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Johnny Brenda's

Gastropub • Fishtown

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Stella Rossa Ristorante

Italian • Downingtown

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Tria Taproom

Wine Bar • Rittenhouse Square

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The Fat Ham

Southern American • University City

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