If you’re traveling to Philadelphia and need a prime spot to wet your whistle, our list of concierge recommended cocktail venues is the perfect place to start. From hidden speakeasies to bars by Top Chef vets, this list of cocktail hotspots is sure to please even the most discerning cocktail enthusiast.

Read on to find our top picks for the best cocktail bars in Philadelphia.

1. Charlie was a sinner.


Photo credit: Charlie was a sinner’s Facebook Page

From the owner of Hip City Vedge and Bar Bombon, Charlie was a sinner offers a unique experience amongst the popular restaurants in Midtown Village. Charlie was a sinner features a menu of creative plant-based small plates and cocktails, but carnivores too will enjoy this wonderful restaurant. Service is professional and knowledgeable and the decor is unique. This is a can’t miss spot for any cocktail lover.


2. The Franklin Bar.

the franklin bar

Photo credit: The Franklin Bar’s Facebook Page.

Located on the site of a former prohibition speakeasy (The Franklin ran more liquor than even the legendary Al Capone!), the enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff make some of the best craft cocktails in the city. Warning: be prepared to wait outside during peak periods. No one is permitted to stand inside. Cocktails only-no wine, beer or food. Upstairs is the newly-opened tiki bar with décor and drinks to match.


3. Friday Saturday Sunday.


Photo credit: Friday Saturday Sunday’s website.

A popular Rittenhouse Square neighborhood restaurant for over 40 years, Friday Saturday Sunday recently re-opened under new ownership with a beautiful bar and cocktails to match. The picture-perfect drinks are even served in vintage stemware.


4. Maison 208.

maison 208

Photo credit: Maison 208’s Facebook Page.

Chef Sylva Senat stepped into the national spotlight as a contestant on Season 14 of Top Chef, but he already had an impressive industry portfolio working at restaurants in NYC, Philadelphia and San Juan. Chef Sylva Senat has since opened Maison 208 in 2017. Guests can enjoy New American cuisine in the first-floor dining room or walk up to the second level to find ‘The Social’ Living Room and Sunroom, each with their own bar. There is room to relax, enjoy a custom cocktail, beer or natural wine in a comfortable environment with a lively night scene. The Social also boasts the first retractable roof in Philadelphia with a prime view of a six-story mural by artist James Burns.


5. Ranstead Room.

ranstead room

Photo credit: Ranstead Room’s Facebook Page.

You need directions to get into this secret nightlife hotspot. Enter through El Rey, or through the alley entrance on Ranstead Street. With Stephen Starr, winner of the 2017 James Beard award as the best restaurateur in the country, as the owner- you can pretty much guarantee that everything will be first rate. The drink menu at this popular speakeasy is spirit forward and focuses on classic cocktails.


6. The Twisted Tail.


Photo credit: Twisted Tail’s Facebook Page.

If you enjoy whiskey and live music, Twisted Tail is the perfect spot for you! Guests can choose a fun flight from their large selections of whiskies or opt for a guided tasting by an in-house whiskey expert. In addition to great bourbon, there are regular performances by local blues musicians and delicious barbeque and Southern fare to satisfy your hunger.

If you have an upcoming trip to Philadelphia and are in need of a full game plan, let us plan your trip for you! Our local experts will create a fully customized travel itinerary based on your unique interests. Visit http://www.WheninROAM.com for more information!

This article was written by Fran Nachman, a Philadelphia ROAM concierge and hotel concierge. Fran has served on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Area Concierge Association as President, Treasurer and Philanthropic Director, and is currently the Director of Business & Social Events. In 2012 Fran was awarded Where Magazine’s Key to the City. Having traveled the world, she loves coming back to her hometown where there are always new restaurants, bars and venues to discover and share with visitors.


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