Where to Eat and Drink in Fairmount

The bars, restaurants and secret corner spots we love in Fairmount.

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Fairmount’s boundaries run from Fairmount Avenue up to Girard, and from Broad Street over to Pennsylvania Avenue, encompassing the Eastern State Penitentiary and bumping up against the art museum and Kelly Drive. It’s a soft-spoken neighborhood with idyllic streets, adorable alleyways, and plenty of quirk. There’s no question Fairmount is a great place to live, but is it a great place to eat and drink? Absolutely. Here are our favorite spots.


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Cicala at the Divine Lorraine
Angela and Joe Cicala’s restaurant in the Divine Lorraine Hotel is a velvet-lined Italian dream. Don’t miss the affettatto misto, a selection of house-cured meats, any of the pastas, and the dessert menu, where Angela’s whimsical, delicious creations are on full display. 699 North Broad Street

Underground Concepts is still finding their footing as they take over the entire basement of the Divine Lorraine, but foundation., a bar with a small menu of snacks, is a welcome addition to a neighborhood where more casual bars dominate. Choose from their signature cocktails, all of which are excellent, or let the bartender make you something special. 699 North Broad Street


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Thirsty Dice
What could be more appropriate for a neighborhood full of families than a bar that specializes in games? Not much. Five bucks gets you access to their library of more than 800 games. Eating and drinking? Enjoy a boozy milkshake, fried pickles, or a couple of pizzas. 1642 Fairmount Avenue

Bar Hygge
Bar Hygge is Fairmount’s beloved neighborhood bar. Named for the Danish concept that embodies coziness, they somehow do it all and do it well: Drink their house-brewed beer, have a cocktail or opt for their selection of affordable wines by the glass. The food menu includes plenty of bar-food classics, but their specialty build-your-own snacking boards are the real star. 1720 Fairmount Avenue


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The Black Taxi
A neighborhood pub with plenty of good beer, plenty of whiskey, cheesy crab fries, sausage rolls, bangers and mash, and full Irish breakfasts till 4 p.m. on the weekends. 745-747 North 25th Street

La Calaca Feliz
Fairmount may not have the varied options for Mexican food that you’ll find in other parts of the city, but they do have La Calaca Feliz, a bright, modern Mexican restaurant with ever-changing seasonal specials and an extensive tequila menu. 2321 Fairmount Avenue


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Townsend Wentz’s seasonal Italian BYOB has become a neighborhood classic. Go for a couple plates of pasta with your bottle of wine, or opt for their abbondanza menu, a family-style tasting menu that lets you skip the choosing and just enjoying your meal. 2244 Fairmount Avenue


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Libertee Grounds
Libertee Grounds is half local beer bar, half putt-putt spot, but the real secret is their food menu, which takes American bar food and gives it a Southeast Asian spin, inspired by the owners’ backgrounds. 1600 West Girard Avenue

Zuzu’s Kitchen
Zuzu’s pretends to be a pizza place, but the vegan Ethiopian food is the real move. It’s well-spiced, comforting, and super affordable in a neighborhood without a lot of Ethiopian options. 1500 Ridge Avenue