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13 of the Most Festive Restaurants in Philly Right Now

Head to these spots for a hearty dose of holiday cheer this season.

Courtesy of McGillin’s Old Ale House | Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philly

Cake Life, Fishtown
‘Tis the season for sweets — and no one makes more festive desserts than this Frankford Avenue bakeshop.

Harp & Crown, Center City
Michael Schulson’s upscale gastropub goes all out for the holidays — and it’s great for big crowds of family, friends, or coworkers looking to celebrate the season.

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Garage North, Fishtown
Just because it’s got an automotive vibe doesn’t mean this Girard Avenue spot can’t add a little Christmas sparkle.

The Dandelion, Rittenhouse
Stephen Starr’s upscale pub is all polished wood and red leather — the perfect backdrop for holiday decor.

McGillin’s Old Ale House, Midtown Village
Head to Philly’s oldest continuously operating tavern when you’re looking for a colorful, Christmas-y vibe to go with your libation of choice.

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Walnut Street Cafe, University City
We wouldn’t expect anything less from the perfectionists at Walnut Street Cafe than tasteful-yet-festive December decor — and that’s exactly what you’ll find.

M Restaurant, Washington Square West
With a historic, 18th-century vibe, M is the place to go when you want to enjoy one of Joncarl Lachman’s pot pies with a side if holiday atmosphere.

Tinsel, Jeweler’s Row
A pop-up bar that only exists to spread Christmas vibes better go big — and Teddy Sourias’s seasonal spot does just that, with three rooms decked in lights, a tree, a fireplace art installation, and a Krampus mural.

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Manatawny Still Works, East Passyunk
Put up all the lights, evergreen swags, and bright red bows you want, but the real next level decor is covering the whole length of the bar in wrapping paper.

Parc, Rittenhouse
The tony downtown spot is the perfect place for a festive evening out: watch the snow fall outside and the lights twinkle inside.

ITV, East Passyunk
ITV doubled down on classic holiday cheer early with their Miracle cocktail pop-up, complete with reindeer figurines in the window and stockings hung for staff.

Bar, Midtown Village
This downtown dive gets festive with strings of brightly-colored lights — plus some that are an homage to their all-canned-beer and pickleback philosphy.

Jose Pistola’s, Center City
Joe Gunn’s flagship watering hole offers a dose of holiday atmosphere to go with your beer and tacos.