Instead of hibernating at home all season long, stay warm in these seven bars and restaurants that are worth the trip outside.
The Ranstead Room
Once you find the secluded back-alley entrance of this Rittenhouse Square speakeasy, you'll find a posh area brimming with leather and gold accents, which only adds to this bar's allure. So whether you’re in the mood for beer, wine, or craft cocktails, this sophisticated bar cave will immediately make you forget the frigid temps outside. 2013 Ranstead St., 215-523-999
Travel back in time to the Roaring Twenties and Prohibition era, thanks to Prohibition Taproom. Nestled in the Spring Garden neighborhood, this restaurant is famous for its grilled cheese sandwiches, soups, and burgers just as much as it is for its libations. Enjoy small bites while sipping cocktails like bartender's bourbon made with Bulleit Bourbon, vermouth, egg white, and chocolate bitters. 501 N. 13th St., 215-238-1818
For an adventurous night out, head to this cocktail-only bar where on arrival, you must answer a set of questions, meet the dress code, and abide by certain rules and regulations before you're allowed to pass the unmarked black gate. Once you get through these barriers, you won't be disappointed—just remember you can't take photos inside. 1029 Race St.
This classic Rittenhouse Square establishment is where you'll find bartenders dressed in period garb, who serve rave-worthy drinks in a dimly-lit setting. For a seasonal sip with a unique name to match, opt for ...With a Baseball Bat, which features bourbon infused with peanut butter, genever, blackberry, brown sugar, raspberry, and aromatic bitters. 112 S. 18th St., 267-467-3277
There aren’t many bars in Philly that will give off a Southern vibe quite like The Twisted Tail. Cozy up on plush leather couches while you sip on decadent drinks, and get serenaded by blues performers all evening long. Bonus: this establishment is also known for innovative bar bites, which features everything from duck nuggets to catfish tacos. 509 S. Second St., 215-558-2471
With creative bar offerings like deep fried chicken livers and truffle guacamole, you know Vesper means business. This establishment isn't only a cocktail lounge, but also acts as a club, restaurant, and speakeasy. Located right in Rittenhouse Square, Vesper will keep you fully entertained this season, making sure you forget about all your winter blues. 223 S. Sydenham St., 267-930-3813
For a historic atmosphere and solid concoctions, this secret, concealed bar that dates back to 1837, is ideal this season. With brick walls and a gothic décor to match, National Mechanics isn’t short on style or surprises. Expect to find karaoke, trivia, and even the occasional burlesque show, all while treating yourself to any of their satisfying brews. 22 S. Third St., 215-701-4883