85 Awesome Places to Drink

Philadelphia magazine has released its Bars issue and listed the 85 best bars in the city and suburbs broken down by type.

For us here at Philly Mag, writing about drinking is a little bit like writing about art: We might not know precisely what art is, but we sure as hell know what we like. What’s more, we know what you like. And what you like is, well… everything. You like swank lounges and honest dives. You like the soft anonymity of hotel bars, the comfort of a street-corner neighborhood joint, and the raucous community of a sports bar on game day. You like gay bars and wine bars, gin mills, Irish pubs, British pubs, gastropubs and everything in between. And in this package, we cover them all.

Philadelphia’s Best Bars [Philadelphia magazine]

Tonight: Visit the Library

Dive bar expert Brian McManus, author of Philadelphia’s Best Dive Bars – Drinking and Diving in the City of Brotherly Love will be appearing at the main branch of the Free Library with Sarah Stolfa, the McGlinchey‘s bartender who photographed The Regulars a book of portraits of regulars at her bar.

The talk starts at 7:30 p.m. and afterwards you’ll need a drink, we trust Brian can guide you to a local watering hole.

One Local Dive Bar Doesn’t Want Your Shenanigans

Received this afternoon from one of our favorite dives from one of our favorite no-B.S. bartenders:

From: kEVIN jAMES hOLLAND
Sent: Thursday, March 17, 2011 1:55 PM
To: fiumebar@gmail.com
Subject: Announcement

Dear friends and patrons of fIUME,

Between St. Patty’s, Mardi Gras & Spring Break, there’s been some less than savory celebration in and about Philadelphia.  Gladly, fIUME has played host to virtually none of it.  But as of now, anyone who looks like they’ve been drinking on Bourbon Street for the last 10 hours will not be admitted.  It’s not that kind of party here.

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