Best Bar

Alla Spina

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

1410 Mount Vernon Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-600-0017 | Website

2013 WINNER, Dive Bar


259 South 15th Street, Philadelphia, PA

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 birthday (I’m 39 now, egad!), and I heard that the beers were some of the cheapest in the city, which is all I needed to know. Given that these were… Read more »

2013 WINNER, 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 »

2013 WINNER, Bar for a Meaningful Relationship


123 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA

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 able to carry on a successful ice-breaking conversation. Read more »

2013 WINNER, Bar for a One-Night-Stand

Hop Sing Laundromat

1029 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA

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 a half-mile of the front door. Read more »

2013 WINNER, Bar for Purely Pretty People

Stratus Lounge

433 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

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 »

2012 WINNER, Bar (Suburbs)

Station Taproom

207 West Lancaster Avenue, Downingtown, PA

This neighborhood bar is the silver lining to SEPTA’s punctuality problem. Waiting for a train (and, later, riding one) is so much more pleasant with a belly full of craft beer. Read more »

2010 WINNER, Bar

The Franklin Mortgage and Investment Co.

112 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA

The retro drinks at this subterranean hideaway are inspired by those convivial pre-Prohibition days when making juleps was an art, and barkeeps really took care of their patrons. Should your mood dictate something classic, there’s the rum daiquiri (served up); if it dictates something smooth, perhaps the Purple Prose (gin, dry vermouth, blueberry syrup, absinthe,… Read more »

2010 WINNER, Bar for Grown-Ups

Amuse at Le Meridien

1421 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA

A sexy, sophisticated hotel bar with spot-on service, sultry house music, provocative art, potent cocktails and, yes, delectable amuse-bouches. Room reservation upstairs, anyone? Read more »

2009 WINNER, Bar for Grown-Ups

Tank Bar

261 South 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA

FridaySaturdaySunday owner Weaver Lilley hasnt done much to change his romantic, dimly lit second-floor bar (named for its 80-gallon fish tank) since he opened it 35 years ago, and we think thats just fine. We go for the quiet conversation, non-Rittenhouse vibe, cubby-booth canoodling and adult drinks, though lovely bartender Bridget wont look down on… Read more »