Best of Philly

Best Bar

2017 Best Dive Bar

Bonk’s Bar

Bonk’s was always a neighborhood staple—a dive with cheap beer and good crabs. But when ownership changed, it lost its luster—that is, until new owner Mike Scoats Scotese (of Grey Lodge fame) took over. With a revamped beer list and menu, Bonk’s isn’t just back; it’s better than ever.

3467 Richmond Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-426-2340 | Website

2017 Best Townsend


1623 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA Website

Townsend is sophisticated and polished, but between the hours of 11 p.m. and 2 a.m., industry folk from all over Philly descend upon it for […] Read more »

2017 Best Burg’s Hideaway Lounge

Burg’s Hideaway Lounge

1200 South 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

Tiki in spirit, neighborhood corner bar in practice, Burg’s lives up to its name. Quiet, tucked-away and comfortable (thanks to the good-natured staff and cheap-eats […] Read more »

2016 Best Martha


2113 East York Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

Martha’s concept might sound like a few dozen other bars: locally sourced food and booze in a changing neighborhood. But Martha is better, thanks to […] Read more »

2016 Best Brick & Brew

Brick & Brew

2138 Darby Road, Havertown, PA Website

Try ordering a Pimm’s Cup or Sazerac or asking for brandied cherries or a fancy whiskey at your average bar in Delco and you’ll get […] Read more »

2015 Best David Frank and Stephen Simons

David Frank and Stephen Simons


The owners of Khyber Pass Pub, Royal Tavern, Los Caballitos and Dos Segundos would be qualified for this award even without their latest endeavor, Triangle […] Read more »

2014 Best Garage


1231 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA Website

You no longer have to dread taking visitors on the requisite Pat’s/Geno’s hometown tour. Across from Cheesesteak Vegas, tucked behind an auto shop facade, this […] Read more »

2014 Best Hop Sing Laundromat

Hop Sing Laundromat

1029 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

It’s dark. There are no cameras allowed. And you can get from the front door to any of a number of hotels in mere minutes. Read more »

2014 Best Jose Pistola’s

Jose Pistola’s

263 South 15th Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

Jose Pistola’s is about as down-to-earth as it gets, with good drink specials ($15 happy-hour marg pitchers), craft brews, a kitchen that’s open until 1 […] Read more »

2013 Best McGlinchey’s


259 South 15th Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

I remember the first time I went to McGlinchey’s, the notoriously divey (and smokey) dive bar on 15th Street. It was just after my 21st […] Read more »

2013 Best Alla Spina

Alla Spina

1410 Mount Vernon Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

Italian rarities and local exclusives highlight the excellent draft list. Order the Victory Novella Citra, an excellent pal ale made from Belgian yeast. Read more »

2013 Best Stratus Lounge

Stratus Lounge

433 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

Go to Stratus Lounge atop the Hotel Monaco. The bods tend to be tan and tight, and it is a scene after 10 p.m. Read more »

2013 Best Hop Sing Laundromat

Hop Sing Laundromat

1029 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

Go to Hop Sing Laundromat, where the stiff drinks and rare mystique have been known to provoke late-night antics. Plus, there are several hotels within […] Read more »

2013 Best Tria Cafe

Tria Cafe

123 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

Go to Tria Cafe in Rittehouse. The sophisticated spot only offers wine and beer no booze and it’s relatively quiet, so you may actually be […] Read more »

2013 Best Saint James

Saint James

30 Parking Place, Ardmore, PA Website

Go to the Saint James, the trendy new hookup hub for the well-heeled suburban type. Read more »