Local Bridal Guide

12 Good-for-Groups Bars for Hanging With Everyone The Night Before Your Wedding

Because all your friends are in town, but they're not all invited to the rehearsal dinner.


So you’re finished with the rehearsal dinner and you and your guests want to blow off some steam, but you don’t want to go as far (or as formal) as reserving a space just for that. Keep it casual and check out one of these lively, local spots for wedding and rehearsal dinner welcome parties. Each location has enough room for your whole wedding party to attend and enjoy—plus many have options to book space if you think that will be necessary for your party size. Overall, think lots of draft beers, plenty of space to celebrate, and a fun way to cap off your perfect local rehearsal dinner

Ladder 15

1528 Sansom Street, Rittenhouse Square.

Once a firehouse, this industrial and open-air space is great for celebrating with loved ones after your rehearsal dinner. Think upscale pub with plenty of space for all your guests to gather. Open late night too, so the party never has to stop! Two spaces are available to be rented, as well as open bar options if you wish. For more information, call 215-964-9755 or visit their website.

Bar Hygge

1720 Fairmount Avenue, Spring Garden.

Hygge is a Danish concept that means “coziness,” or taking genuine pleasure in making everyday things more special. Bring your wedding party here and feel the hygge! This contemporary American spot offers fabulous food boards, cocktails, and service perfect for welcome parties. The warm ambiance of their sitting area is great for a smaller party size. If you’d like to reserve a space for your group, call 215-765-2274 or visit their website for more info.

The Twisted Tail

509 South 2nd Street, Society Hill.

Put another dime in the jukebox baby! This joint will have your guests bopping around til last call.  Bourbon and whiskey connoisseurs will also be in heaven at The Twisted Tail, with unique flights and over 40 bourbon options. If you do choose to reserve a space, check out their website or call 215-558-2471.

2nd Story Brewing Co.

117 Chestnut Street, Old City.

For your guests that really appreciate a local, handcrafted beer, bring them to 2nd Story Brewing Co. Beer is brewed on the second floor of the joint for your guests to watch. Right in the heart of Old City, this place is a perfect location for your welcome party! If you’re interested in reserving a private space for you and your guests, call 267-314-5770 or visit their website.

La Cabra Brewing

642 Lancaster Avenue, Berwyn.

This brewpub is proud to serve only Pennsylvanian beer, cider and wine. The beers on tap are on a rotating list, all made in-house. With the motto, “Gran Vecino”, meaning great neighbor, La Cabra is passionate about creating a great atmosphere for the community, with even greater beer to drink. If wanted, there is a large space located on the 2nd floor to reserve space for you and your guests. For more information, head over to their website or call 610-240-7908.

Isaac Newton’s Bar & Restaurant

18 South State Street, Newtown.

With an ever-rotating list of microbrews and foreign beers, there’s something here for everyone in your wedding party to enjoy. The wood finishes give this place a cozy yet dramatic vibe. Bonus: there’s a late night happy hour that offers $3 beer, $4 wine and $5 liquor specials! For more information on reserved space at this bar for welcome parties, check out their website or call 215-860-5100.

Manayunk Brewing Company

4120 Main Street, Manayunk.

Enjoy a night next to the water at this large local brewery where they’ve created over 600 varieties of beers since they opened their doors in 1996. Manayunk Brewing Company also offers a wide array of bar snacks so you and your guests can party all night under the moonlight, without getting hangry. To book a private space for your guests, call 215-482-8220 or check out their website.

Brittingham’s

640 East Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hill.

This local restaurant is great for a cheerful night of celebration after your rehearsal dinner. On the weekends, enjoy live bands and a massive outdoor deck! With tons of beers on tap, each of your guests will leave with a smile! If you want to reserve space, call 484-344-5162 or see their website.

Twenty9 Restaurant and Bar

16 Great Valley Parkway, Malvern.

This spacious, refurbished barn restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating for you and your wedding party to celebrate. Live bands also perform every Friday night. This spot just opened in the Spring of  2018, so it’s very modern but still has that rustic barn atmosphere. You can make accommodations to host a private gathering if you wish. For more information, check out their website or call 610-251-9229.

Pineville Tavern

1089 Durham Road, Pineville. 

If your rehearsal dinner is in the area, bring your guests to this town favorite for a night of fun. The owners of the tavern have been pouring beers since 1742. Shocking, we know, but what works for this place is tradition and making sure you feel like a most valued guest. Insider tip: try out the Philly Eggroll, fried and filled with sriracha ketchup. To reserve space for your guests, visit their website or call 215-598-3890.

Frankford Hall

Photo: Danielle DelRe

1202 Frankford Avenue, Fishtown.
This open air beer garden is an easy stop for large groups and families. Plus, Frankford Hall offers the option to relax outside or party indoors. German and American beers are served by the half or full liter, so cheers a stein with your guests and celebrate. To ensure you and your guests can celebrate together, reserve a space by visiting their website or by calling 215-634-3338.

Barcade

1114 Frankford Avenue, Fishtown.

This is an easy, fun space your guests will totally enjoy if they’re into old-school video games. Barcade is home to a massive collection of 60 classic arcade video and pinball games. There’s also a wide array of beers on tap and well drinks to choose from. Check out the space to celebrate on the outdoor patio, too. For more information, visit their website or call 215-634-4400.

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