For Philadelphians in search of lively atmospheres, inspiring cocktails, and noteworthy cuisines, check out these local bars that are dishing out memorable bites and potent libations—in other words, come for the booze, stay for the food.
While Standard Tap might be better known for their beer, this longtime neighborhood tavern is dishing out equally addictive cuisine sourced from local farms and vendors. Wholesome signatures like chicken pie, steamed clams, and duck confit salad will keep you coming back on a weekly basis. 901 N. Second St., 215-238-0630
A coffee shop, bar, and Japanese restaurant wrapped into one, Double Knot is a rare triple-threat in the City of Brotherly Love. Duck out of the office early to grab a seat at the bar, and sip a post-work cocktail (their Honeycomb made with honey, sake, and gin is killer). Plus, with must-try bites like edamame dumplings, Korean fried chicken, and glazed chilean sea bass, this trendy hot spot is just as much a haven for gourmands as it is for boozy connoisseurs. P.S.: Happy hours are from 4-7 p.m. 120 S. 13th St., 215-631-3868
Nosh on light fare, washing it down with seasonally-inspired cocktails at this Rittenhouse Square gem that was made for people watching and sharing a drink with friends. A.bar—which is adjacent to their "other half," award-winning restaurant a.kitchen—boasts a sleek, contemporary interior, and serves seafood-centric fare, like grilled octopus and oysters. 1737 Walnut St., 215-825-7035
What used to be an abandoned whiskey blending and bottling facility is now one of the city’s most sophisticated joints for locals and visitors to grab a quick drink and meal. The Olde Kensington-based eatery and bar does wood-fired Italian cuisine and rich vino best—what makes for perfect date nights. 1355 N. Front St., 215-291-1355
Featuring an extensive selection of American craft beers and home-style cooking, this low-key corner pub is the perfect spot to settle back with a cold one, and devour comfort dishes like mac 'n' cheese croquettes or a Korean barbecue sandwich. 1401 E. Moyamensing Ave., 215-271-9500