The end of the summer is truly bittersweet—after months of unbearable heat, everyone is looking forward to the cooler weather ahead. No need to wait until the official start of fall—these cozy bars will help you "wine" down around the City of Brotherly Love right now.
Think of the holy trinity of fermentation—wine, beer, and cheese—complete with "Sunday School" events featuring their latest selections, and that's what you'll find at this quaint corner cafe by Rittenhouse Square. This popular wine bar combines modern Tuscan decor with prime views for people watching around the square outdoors. Don't miss out on the Italian Frappato "Tamí," a light, red wine blend boasting notes of succulent strawberries and raspberries, which you can enjoy with the mild, organic witchgrass cheese made locally in Oley Valley. 123 S. 18th St., 215-972-8742
Tucked inside Penn’s View Hotel, this Old City haunt boasts over 120 wines on tap, 150 wines by the glass, and a Guinness record for owning the "largest wine dispensing system in the world." You’ll be transported to an Italian villa courtesy of the Renaissance-inspired murals and sunburst-designed ceiling here at Panorama. Head here during happy hour to sample theme-based flights, such as "Pinot Envy," a selection of their favorite pinot noirs—or splurge on rare vintages like the 2004 Chateau Margaux Bordeaux. 14 N. Front St., 215-922-7800
Experience Basque country at Iron Chef Jose Garces’ Rittenhouse tapas bar. Check out their intimate lounge downstairs that resembles an old cellar where you can taste-test northern Spain’s wine region through their vast selection of sparkling cavas, riojas, and tempranillos. Their sangria blanca with bluefin tuna tartare and chorizo aïoli come highly recommended. 114 S. 20th St., 215-665-9150
Nestled in the historic Tiger Building, this eclectic resto not only crafts creative dishes where vegetables are the main highlights, but also curates an extensive list of natural, organic vinos from around the world, including their crowd-pleasing rosé and orange wines. Don't miss out on the sparkling Malvasia from Oregon’s Applegate Valley paired with the spicy ssamjang tofu. 1221 Locust St., 215-320-7500
Nestled nearby the Philadelphia Museum of Art, this French-inspired bistro inside London Grill boasts a selection of premier local wines, such as Karamoor Estate’s Red Blend and Pinnacle Ridge’s Naked Chardonnay. Enjoy a glass or carafe with small plates, like fois gras pierogies or Korean fried chicken. Pro tip: Check out the live jazz music playing every Friday and Saturday night. 2301-2303 Fairmount Ave., 215-978-4545
Located near King of Prussia Mall, this ambient, rustic eatery is known for its seasonally changing menu, making it the perfect spot to unwind after a day of retail therapy. Relax at Season 52's cherry-oak panel bar with one of their 52 vinos hand-selected by master sommelier George Miliotes. We especially love Viognier, a pear-apricot blend with a hint of oak, which perfectly complements their gorgonzola-stuffed figs drizzled with 15-year aged balsamic. 160 N. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia, 610-992-1152