Best of Philly

Best Bar

2018 Best New Bar

Dock Street Cannery + Lounge

After all these years, Dock Street can still turn it on. Proof: Dock Street Cannery, a tiny, lounge-y bar built inside a small garage space on the backside of the brewpub where the cocktails are smart and refreshing, the beers are, you know, Dock Street and great, and the bar itself is an easy place to while away an evening. View Profile »

701 South 50th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 267-639-4334 | Website

2018 Best Dive Bar

The Bar(n)

4901 Catharine Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

Sometimes you want a trendy bells-and-whistles bar (see below for that), and sometimes you want a low-key neighborhood joint with $2 draft beers, plenty of […] Read more »

2018 Best Bar to Get Banned From

Hop Sing Laundromat

1029 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

The Chinatown cocktail joint’s mysterious owner, known simply as Lê loves to ban people from his bar, and the not-welcome-back list is currently hovering at […] Read more »

2018 Best Bar for Day-Drinking

Harper’s Garden

31 South 18th street, Philadelphia, PA Website

A beautiful, plant-filled, twinkly-lit oasis in the middle of a very drab block of the city. The food is far better than it needs to […] Read more »

2017 Best Bar Revival

Bonk’s Bar

3467 Richmond Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2017 Best Industry Bar


1623 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2017 Best Low-Key Bar

Burg’s Hideaway Lounge

1200 South 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2016 Best New Bar


2113 East York Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2016 Best Bar in the 'Burbs

Brick & Brew

2138 Darby Road, Havertown, PA Website

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 […] 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 […] Read more »

2014 Best New Bar


1231 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2014 Best Bar for Cheaters

Hop Sing Laundromat

1029 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 Bar

Jose Pistola’s

263 South 15th Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2013 Best Bar for a Meaningful Relationship

Tria Cafe

123 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2013 Best Bar for a Main Line Divorce

Saint James

30 Parking Place, Ardmore, PA Website

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