10 Hottest New Bars in Philadelphia

By Danya Henninger | May 26, 2015 By Danya Henninger  |  May 26, 2015

Looking for a new place to catch a drink? The city is full of new liquor slingers worth your ducats, from throwback taverns to swish new supper clubs. Next time you’re prepping for a fun night out, check our list of the 10 hottest new bars in Philadelphia.

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    Triangle Tavern

    Why It’s Hot: Retro meets hipster and it’s not even annoying at this revamp of the South Philly classic dive turned laid-back bar and restaurant with something for everything.

    Must-Drink: Fancy a Negroni No. 1 or Negroni No. 2? Or perhaps the third or fourth or fifth variation? Pick your poison from a whole slate, entitled “The Bitter the Better” ($12-$13). 

    Insider Tip: It’s not on the menu, but if you ask, your bartender might flavor your goblet of spiked water ice with juice from imported Amarena cherries.

    1338 S. 10th St.; 215-800-1992

  • Franky Bradley’s

    Why It’s Hot: Find the entrance to Mark Bee’s hidden Midtown Village tavern and prepare to be dazzled by a profusion of dimly lit Americana artifacts that are at least as intriguing as the bar’s cocktails.

    Must-Drink: Viva La Diva brings a lemon-kissed flute of cava gone floral with crème de violette and St. Germain ($10).

    Insider Tip: The second-floor bar turns into a full-on disco dance club on weekends.

    1320 Chancellor St.; 215-735-0735

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    The Olde Bar

    Why It’s Hot: Red leather booths, silky dark wood and opulence of days gone by are as much a signature of this Jose Garces redo of the Old Original Bookbinder’s as are the cutting-edge takes on classic cocktails.

    Must-Drink: Pink, frothy and slightly too easy to suck down, the Clover Club was invented in Philadelphia more than 105 years ago ($12).

    Insider Tip: At newly launched brunch, Bloodies come with either vodka, gin, tequila or whiskey, and you can umami-ize the booze with a Bullshot of veal stock.

    125 Walnut St.; 215-253-3777

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    Why It’s Hot: Bare rock and railroad ties that evoke the German metro get happy with neon-bright accents and vintage arcade games at this below-ground sister to Midtown Village’s Bru Craft & Wurst.

    Must-Drink: Despite its Bavarian inspiration, the 16-beer draft list is Pennsylvania-only, from Philly-local Yards to Enola’s Pizza Boy — and all are worth sipping ($6-$8).

    Insider Tip: If, for some reason, you aren’t in the mood for brew, try one of three cocktails on tap, including a Fernet Branca sour.

    1320 Chestnut St.; 215-800-1079

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    Tria Fitler Square

    Why It’s Hot: Hard to go wrong when you add a sleek wood interior and an adorable park view to Tria’s regular impressive complement of beer and wine — plus, this fourth location has a full hot kitchen.

    Must-Drink: Summer nights will go perfectly with a sparkling rosé brut from all-female Italian winery Le Vigne di Alice ($12.50).

    Insider Tip: No reservations are accepted, so the possibility for a small wait exists on busy weekends (worth it).

    2227 Pine St.; 215-309-2245

  • Vesper

    Why It’s Hot: Can you take an old boys’ club, lose the cloistered exclusivity, add a modern bar and keep the original elegance intact? It’s something the partners at this tucked-away Rittenhouse supper lounge have managed with class.

    Must-Drink: “Classics without a twist” include the wake-up special Corpse Reviver II, where an absinthe-spritzed glass carries gin, Cocchi Americano, fresh lemon and Cointreau ($14).

    Insider Tip: Ask about the hidden entrance to the downstairs bar — once you know, you’re in the know.

    223 S. Sydenham St.; 267-930-3813

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    Why It’s Hot: Sit at the front of the lengthy walnut slab bar and catch a breeze from the roll-up garage door or pull up a stool at the other end and revel in the tunes of a live jazz band — either way, you’ll relax surrounded by green, flora-covered walls.

    Must-Drink: This Northern Liberties lounge achieves the difficult goal of keeping 36 taps stocked with interesting brews, so if you’re up for a beer, don’t miss the wide selection (prices vary).

    Insider Tip: Ask for a seat on the just-opened outdoor patio to sip beneath string lights and the nighttime sky.

    914 N. Second St.; 215-627-7500

  • Tired Hands Fermentaria

    Why It’s Hot: Set in the middle of a 10,000-barrel production facility, the new taproom from the Main Line’s most creative brewery not only pours house beers: the taps also flow with housemade soda and custom-roast cold-brew coffee.

    Must-Drink: Any of the brewery’s “strange and beautiful” beers (prices vary).

    Insider Tip: There are 180 seats, but to extra sure you get one, use the online reservation system here. (Note: closed Tuesdays.)

    35 Cricket Terrace, Ardmore; 484-413-2983

  • William Street Common

    Why It’s Hot: This corner University City bar has been transformed into a pit stop for college party binges into an industrial-rustic hangout that caters to folks of all ages. Extra bonus: service charge is included with each item, so no need to worry about the tip.

    Must-Drink: Try the rye version of the “newfangled old fashioneds,” which matches the whiskey with coffee, mole and lemon ($10).

    Insider Tip: Prix fixe brunch here is one of the best deals in the city, where you get three brunch drinks, unlimited donuts, bottomless coffee and an entree for under $25.

    3900 Chestnut St.; 215-397-4693

  • Front Street Dive

    Why It’s Hot: DJs, dancing and discounts on drinks are hallmarks of this second-floor drinkery opened by the owners of OId City’s Victoria Freehouse.

    Must-Drink: Of the house-infused spirits, pick cucumber-grapefruit gin for a refreshing, summery take on a G&T ($7).

    Insider Tip: There’s no kitchen — buy chips or Uncrustables over the bar or dip downstairs for a bit from Victoria Freehouse’s special late-night menu, served through 1 AM.

    10 S. Front St., Second Fl.; no phone

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