Best of Philly

Best Bar

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 affordability as a core tenet of their concepts, it’s a triumph well worth celebrating.

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 Meaningful Relationship

Tria Cafe

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 BEST 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 BEST 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 »

2013 BEST Beer Bar

Alla Spina

1410 Mount Vernon Street, Philadelphia, PA

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 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 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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