When you think of Philadelphia, does the Liberty Bell pop into your head? Independence Hall? How about Chardonnay? Little known to travellers, Philadelphia is home to some of the most versatile and eclectic collections of wine. From local vineyard treats straight from the nearby the Lehigh Valley to international favorites, these ten wine bars are sure to find something every wine lover can drink happily.
Walking up and down Main Street in the Manayunk neighborhood of Philly offers one the chance to peer into dozens of cozy eateries, but this two-in-one dining experience is worth exploring a little further. Whether you prefer to dine on Jake’s side or Cooper’s, both present delectable selections of wine along with artisan brick oven pizza. Here is a pairing not to be overlooked.
Location: 4365 Main Street, Philadelphia, PA
Monday – Thursday: 11:30am – 11:00pm
Friday – Saturday: 11:30am – 12:00am
Sunday: 10:30am – 3:00pm, 5:00pm – 9:00pm
This Spanish Basque restaurant and wine bar allows the wanderlusting foodie the opportunity of being in San Sebastian without the plane ticket. Even without the seaside view, Tinto provides a dining experience and wine procuring expertise unlike any other. As Summer draws near, grab a glass (or two) of the housemade Blanca Sangria.
114 South 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA
Sunday – Thursday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Friday – Saturday: 5:00pm – 11:00pm
Price Range: By the glass, $12 – $50 | $5 Sangria during Happy Hour (5:00pm – 7:00pm)
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With a more modern and sleek take amidst a town that favors more traditionally styled wine bars, Jet is definitely unique. While maintaining a friendly and casual atmosphere, Jet allows for experimentation among newcomers to the wine life as well as fresh journeys for the more seasoned drinker. Introduce yourself to the place during an utterly fabulous “Martini Monday”.
Location: 1525 South Street, Philadelphia, PA
Don’t be put off at the idea that this seems like a chain. Tria may have four locations within Philadelphia, but each is still unique and sincere. Offering a soothing atmosphere and small plates for every palate, Tria has developed a delightful level of taste and experience that makes a good wine bar truly exceptional.
Tria Cafe Rittenhouse, 123 S. 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA
Tria Cafe Washington Square West, 1137 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA
Tria Fitler Square, 2227 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA
Tria Taproom, 2005 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Sunday – Thursday: 11:00am – 6:00pm
Friday – Saturday: 11:00am – 8:00pm
Featuring some of the most highly rated and well reviewed local choices along with French favorites, Paris Wine Bar is London Grill’s sister restaurant. Directly next door to one another, the two locales seem the perfect complement to one another. Paris often has live music (particularly on Friday evenings) and one of the most relaxing environments one can ever find.
2303 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
Vintage brings an artistic lightheartedness to the Philly wine bar scene. Even if you only go to check out the chandelier made of wine bottles, you will surely stay for the burgers, ambience and incredible wine list – including a selection of “Unusual and Exciting Whites” as well as “Unusual and Exciting Reds”. A word to the wise: leave a little room for one of their dessert wines!
Location: 129 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA
Monday – Friday: 4:00pm – 2:00am
Saturday – Sunday: 2:00pm – 2:00am
Keep variety in mind when you go to Meritage. This is a restaurant that lists PEI Mussels on the same menu as Mac and Cheese – though, as the menu changes seasonally, it stands to reason that there have been odder combinations. The wine list is just as varied and less expensive pricing allows for a certain degree of exploration.
500 South 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA
When venturing through the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia, you do run the risk of getting caught in the college bar scene. Nothing wrong with that, but if you’re looking for something a little more elegant, Penne is your place. Happy hour Monday through Friday from 4:00pm to 7:00pm is worth it for the $5 glasses of wine and the Margherita Flatbread.
Location: 3611 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Monday – Thursday: 11:30am – 10:00pm
Friday: 11:30am – 11:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm – 11:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Price Range: By the glass, $11 – $14
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Let’s put it this way: Panorama hold the Guinness Record for the largest wine preservation and dispensing system in the world. One has to believe that with a reputation like that. this place is worth a shot (or a glass!). Even without that knowledge, the flight combinations and tasting menu offer magnificent options no matter what your preference may be.
Location: 14 North Front Street, Philadelphia, PA
If you are in the mood for something much more laid back, perhaps with a bit of Southern charm, Cooperage is your place. With an extensive and thoroughly engaging wine list along with a selection of over ninety different whiskeys to choose from, it is guaranteed that you won’t be bored! All hail the gastropub of wine bars.
123 South 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA