Today we will be covering drinking at the best bars in Philadelphia in full detail. Some reading this may be searching for a tall glass of beer, a shot of vodka, to save money on liquor during local drink special times, or maybe to sing karaoke and either way you should have a much better understanding of the scene soon.
We will kick this baby off with the best wine and cocktail bars in Philadelphia. Breweries and sports bars where you can watch the big game or maybe play some pool or throw some darts will get our second section.
The best drink specials at bars near you with cheaper alcohol will come next before we pivot to bars with trivia, quiz, and/or game nights in your area. Bars for dancing, karaoke, and to listen to live music will garner our final section.
Expect to find a local bar map with all these spots pinned on it so you can have a better feel for what venues are closest to your current area at the moment. The Northeast region is one that we have written about many times in the past if you are interested in reading more.
Cocktail & Wine Bars
The best cocktail and wine bars in Philadelphia might just be:
- Jet Wine Bar at 1525 S St
- R&D Cocktail Bar at 1206 Frankford Ave
- Wine Dive at 1506 S St
- The Library Bar at 210 W Rittenhouse Square
- The Victor Pub at 1 Market St, Camden
- Krystal’s Lounge at 789 Chestnut St, Camden
- Merchant Bar at 426 N Market St, Wilmington
Jet serves world class wines by the glass or bottle, cocktails, breakfast, and light bites and even offers some of the best daily alcoholic drink specials in your area from 5pm to 7pm.
Classic and inventive cocktails as well as small plates are served at R&D Cocktail Bar.
Beers, wines, and artisan cocktails are available at The Library Bar.
The Victor Pub features multiple flat screen TV’s and offers bar cuisine as well as discounts on drinks in Camden every day.
Krystal’s Lounge is well known for its live music.
Merchant Bar provides happy hours in Wilmington from 4:30pm to 6:30pm Tuesday through Friday as well as global pub meals and specialty cocktails.
Philadelphia Breweries & Sports Bars
Watch the big game with your friends and sample new flavors of beers at the best breweries and sports bars in your area:
- Bar-Ly Chinatown at 101 N 11th St
- Founding Fathers Sports Bar & Grill at 1612 S St
- Xfinity Live at 1100 Pattison Ave
- Rockford Tavern at 1705 Lovering Ave, Wilmington
- Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant at 620 Justison St, Wilmington
Bar-Ly Chinatown is a dynamic sports bar near you that is open from 3pm to 1am Sunday through Thursday and until 2am on Friday and Saturday offering 60 beers on tap, American and Asian pub grub, and wall to wall TV’s for all sporting events.
13 TV’s for sporting events, draft beers, and other local brews are available every day from 12pm to 2am at Founding Fathers Sports Bar and Grill in Philadelphia.
Xfinity Live offers a variety of food and entertainment options including a theater, beer hall, and artificial turf field from 4pm to 2am on weekdays and from 12pm on weekends.
Over 150 specialty beer varieties, a full range of spirits, sports on TV’s, live entertainment, special events, and an outdoor terrace are all available at Rockford Tavern from 4pm Monday through Saturday and from 12pm on Sunday.
Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant is a regional brewpub franchise serving homemade brews and elevated comfort classics.
Local Drink Specials
Save some money buying cheaper alcohol at these bars with drink specials near you:
- Varga Bar at 941 Spruce St
- The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant at 247 S 17th St
- Drinker’s Pub at 1903 Chestnut St
- Dead Presidents Pub & Restaurant at 618 N Union St, Wilmington
- Bailey’s Bar & Grille at 6922 Bristol Emilie Rd, Levittown
Varga Bar has some great liquor specials in your area from 4pm to 6pm Monday through Saturday and serves craft beer, creative drinks, and comfort foods.
The Black Sheep Pub and Restaurant is an old fashioned establishment in a tri level townhouse offering meals and a wide range of beers on tap as well as daily drink specials from 5pm to 7pm and again from 10pm to 11pm.
Pub meals and affordable beers are available at Drinker’s Pub as well as rock ‘n’ roll music and local drink discounts from 5:30pm to 7:30pm Tuesday through Friday.
Dead Presidents Pub and Restaurant is one of the go to spots for great American food and beverages from 11am to 1am on weekdays and from 10am on weekends as well as drink specials in Wilmington from 4pm to 6pm Monday through Friday.
There are fine servings of burgers, sandwiches, casual meals, and tasty grilled food every day from 11am to 2am at Bailey’s Bar and Grille as well as alcoholic drink
Trivia, Quiz, & Game Nights
There are plenty of bars with local trivia, quiz, and game nights:
- Fergie’s Pub at 1214 Sansom St
- Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse at 1823 Sansom St
- Strangelove’s at 216 S 11th St
- Kelly’s Logan House at 1701 Delaware Ave #2329, Wilmington
Pints and pub fare are served from 12pm to 2am daily at Fergie’s Bar where they also host live music, comedy events, and bar quiz nights in your on Tuesday and Thursday starting at 8pm.
Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse features 20 HDTV’s and offers pub cuisine and tap and bottled beers seven days a week from 11:30am to 2am as well as Philadelphia quiz nights every Monday starting at 6:30pm.
Strangelove’s is a stylish brick walled bi level bar providing 20 beers on tap and New Orleans cuisine as well as quizzes on Monday and bingo on Tuesday nights.
American cuisine, delicious pub fare, and beverages are served along with live music at Kelly’s Logan House seven nights a week. They also have bingo on Thursday nights and quizzes on Wednesday in Wilmington starting at 7pm.
Oddity Bar from our next list is also a fun bar with games near you to check out.
Dance, Karaoke, & Live Music
These bars are great for dancing, live music, and karaoke:
- Bob & Barbara’s Lounge at 509 S St
- Rec & Royal at 111 S 17th St
- Howl at the Moon at 258 S 15th St
- Booker’s Restaurant Lounge & Grill at 1401 Broadway, Camden
- Oddity Bar at 500 Greenhill Ave, Wilmington
- Sparky’s World Famous at 4333 New Falls Rd, Levittown
Howl at the Moon is a popular pub franchise hosting live music on dueling pianos.
Local bar karaoke nights, live DJ performances, and other events are held at Booker’s Restaurant Lounge and Grill.
Oddity Bar is open from 6pm to 1am Wednesday through Saturday offering live music and theme evenings for bingo and other activities.
Nightly entertainment like live music, dance parties, and some of the most fun karaoke in you area is available from 7am to 2am Monday through Saturday and from 11am on Sunday at Sparky’s World Famous.
Krystal’s Lounge, Fergie’s Pub, Kelly’s Logan House, and Rockford Tavern are some other bars for Philly music lovers to consider heading to that we have linked you to in other sections.
We also have written posts on:
- Bars With Live Music & Karaoke In Baltimore
- Bars With Live Music & Karaoke In NYC
- Bars With Live Music & Karaoke In Washington DC
- Bars With Live Music & Karaoke In Atlantic City
Have Fun Drinking At The Best Bars In Philadelphia
Now that you have read all of that you should have a much better understanding of what is available in your area. There are plenty of local wine and cocktail bars, breweries to watch sports at, places with good drink specials to save money, trivia, quiz, and game nights, as well as bars to listen to live music, dance, and sing karaoke near you.
If you notice us listing any venues that are no longer open or just think we got something wrong please tell us in the comments so this page stays as up to date as possible. Now go have fun drinking at the best bars in Philadelphia.