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8 Hottest Bars: Where to Drink Right Now

By Danya Henninger
October 7, 2013
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From beer to booze, grunge to glitz and tunes to tranquility, there’s a hot new bar in Philly to suit your mood. If you need new ideas, look no further than this roundup of eight recently opened lounges, taverns, pubs and cocktail houses.

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    Sister establishment to Rittenhouse bistro has an even swankier Euro look, but it turns out to have a more relaxed vibe. Cocktails are the star here - don’t miss the one made with cherry tomato syrup - along with a wine list heavy on the whites - all the better to pair with the extensive raw bar. Chef Val Stryjewski also puts out a small menu of palate-pleasing Asian-inspired bar bites.

    1737 Walnut St.; 215-825-7035

  • Boot & Saddle

    With a 150-seat live music venue at one end and a George Sabatino-designed menu at the other, this revamp of the iconic South Philly cowboy bar has plenty going for it, even before you count the solid craft beer list. Put on your dancing shoes, and look for the big boot sign on Broad.

    1131 S. Broad St.; 267-639-4528

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    Ocean Prime

    Arched windows bejeweled with multicolored liquor bottles shine like stained glass behind the marble bar inside this Center City newcomer. Despite fancy touches like dry ice or frozen hibiscus flowers, the huge cocktails are not at all expensive, and the wine list is large enough to make your head spin when you're just browsing through.

    124 S. 15th St.; 215-563-0163

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    Get your craft can fix - there are over 200 to choose from - while playing pinball, pool and skee ball at this East Passyunk hipster haven from Time/Vintage owner Jason Evenchik. If you get hungry and don’t feel like hot dogs from the on-site truck, just step across the street to Geno’s or Pat’s - this bar is “bring your own cheesesteak.”

    1231 E. Passyunk Ave.

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    Ashton Cigar Bar

    This is not your grandpa’s cigar bar. Far from a den, this redo of the former Mahogany above Holt’s Cigar Company on Walnut is all slick and swoopy. Floor-to-ceiling windows let in lots of light, glinting off the bottles of whiskey that line the marble bar, and a few taps pour brew if that’s your desired side for one of 200 stogies.

    1522 Walnut St., 2nd Fl.; 267-350-0000

  • Bar-Ly

    Philly finally has another bar with a tap lineup that rivals City Tap House - 60 drafts pour at this new spot in the unlikely neighborhood of Chinatown. With large-screen TVs, burgers and wood decor, this is a bright new candidate for gameday destination in Center City.

    101 N. 11th St.; 215-922-2688

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    Library Bar

    If you have $20 to spend on a cocktail, definitely make it one at this elegant new space carved out of the Rittenhouse Hotel’s lobby. Lean back and take in the luxe, from large leather bar stools to artfully arranged upscale bar snacks from Lacroix chef Jon Cichon.

    210 W. Rittenhouse Sq.; 215-790-2533

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    Jerry’s Bar

    For the most diverse crowd around, a gorgeous but welcoming setting plus killer cocktails and cheap beer, make it a mission to find this semi-hidden pub in Northern Liberties. Bars on two floors and chef Marshall Green’s excellent food menu are other points in the plus column for owner Bill Proud’s buzzing new hang.

    129 W. Laurel St.; 267-273-1632


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