6 Classy Break-Up Spots in Philadelphia
Choosing the right backdrop for your breakup depends on what sort of breakup you have in mind. Bidding a wistful, sweet goodbye-forever? The semi-secret John F. Collins pocket park at 17th and Chestnut is the perfect spot, very The Way We Were. You’re close enough to Rittenhouse to grab a decent coffee, but far enough that people you know aren’t likely to witness the tears and tissues. (If you think there’s a chance the whole ordeal might really go south, Fitler Square meets the same standards but also provides endless directions in which to flee.)
Should your relationship call for a less romantic but no less final kiss-off, you might prefer a place like Bridgid’s (Fairmount, 215-232-3232), where the generally boisterous crowd will hardly notice any dramatics at your table, and the bartender — who’s seen sadder stories than yours — is ready, both before and after “the talk,” with a hefty pour. Likewise, the servers at A.Bar (Rittenhouse, 215-825-7035) are a sympathetic bunch, and — silver lining! — the generally good-looking crowd is rife with instant rebound material. And speaking of the conquest: If you’re looking to break it off but keep it, shall we say, friendly, your best bets right now are probably the ice-skating rinks at Penn’s Landing’s River Rink Winterfest (Penn’s Landing, 215-925-7465) or Dilworth Park (Center City, 215-983-1291), where you can break up on ice, fall adorably to induce some pity, console each other over hot drinks … you see where this is headed.