Best of Philly

Best Bar

2017 BEST Low-Key Bar

Burg’s Hideaway Lounge

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 menu), the Point Breeze newcomer has quickly established itself as a welcome—downright necessary, in fact—escape from city-living snobbery.

1200 South 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-271-6627 | Website

2017 BEST Industry Bar


1623 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

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 some post-service bonding time (a.k.a. partying). A fine-dining French restaurant with an unofficial nightly party? We’ll see you there. Read more »

2017 BEST Bar Revival

Bonk’s Bar

3467 Richmond Street, Philadelphia, PA

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. Read more »

2016 BEST Bar in the 'Burbs

Brick & Brew

2138 Darby Road, Havertown, PA

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 the hairy eyeball — but not here. The cocktail list is sophisticated, the whiskey list is extensive, and the bartenders actually know what they’re doing. For bites, the brick-oven pizzas… Read more »

2016 BEST New Bar


2113 East York Street, Philadelphia, PA

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 a smart, modern menu that offers everything from hoagies made with local meats and cheeses to an entire section devoted to vegetables and pickles (BBQ cauliflower with barley salad; beets… Read more »

2015 BEST Bar Emperors

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 Tavern. When you give a neighborhood this many affordable and comfortable spots for dinner and late-night bites, plus cheap drinks in a time when fewer and fewer bars can claim… Read more »

2014 BEST Bar

Jose Pistola’s

263 South 15th Street, Philadelphia, PA

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 a.m., live music, and a come-as-you-are attitude. Read more »

2014 BEST Bar for Cheaters

Hop Sing Laundromat

1029 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA

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 New Bar


1231 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

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 beer-centric spot serves only canned and bottled suds (from mid-priced IPAs to bargain PBR pounders) and has Skee Ball and pool plus rotating chefs in a food cart, as well… Read more »

2013 BEST Bar for a Main Line Divorce

Saint James

30 Parking Place, Ardmore, PA

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

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