Below is a list of the top and leading Bars in Philadelphia. To help you find the bar located near you in Philadelphia, our team at Kev’s Best put together our own list based on this rating points list.
The top rated Bars in Philadelphia are:
- McGillin’s Olde Ale House
- The Rittenhouse
- Tattooed Mom
- The Ranstead Room
Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar
McGillin’s Olde Ale House
McGillin’s Olde Ale House threw open its doors the year Lincoln was elected president. That’s shortly after the Liberty Bell cracked and long before ground was broken for Philadelphia City Hall. The beer taps have been flowing since 1860 — making it the oldest continuously operating tavern in Philadelphia and one of the oldest taverns in the country.
Beer, Specials/Events, Sports, Parties, Media
“I chose to visit McGillin’s Olde Ale House because of its history I read about on their website. It was a warm, sunny day in Philly and I am glad that I stopped in. The bartender who served me was a friendly, older gentleman. He was professionally dressed and my bloody Mary tasted fantastic. I wish I had eaten the food there. The patrons around me seemed very happy with their orders. I noticed the food was delivered from the kitchen through some pulley system behind a small door. Maybe their kitchen was in the basement? At any rate, I will be returning to Philadelphia this September and plan to return to McGillin’s for more drinks and hopefully for food this time around. Keep up the great work!” – Jason Padua
“I loved their quick service to find seating for us in a crowded room knowing my sister is blind. Then the food was brought out fast and hot. The onion rings are homemade and awesome. Beer selection is great. Loved my liverwurst and onions on rye.” – Monnae Tate
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Tucked away in the elegance of The Rittenhouse, this gem among bars in Center City Philadelphia is a haven from the city streets as a place to meet, converse and celebrate. For friends old and new, colleagues and peers, family and friends the Library Bar is among the best hotel bars in Philadelphia’s Center City. Enjoy this exquisitely designed refuge to escape from the rigors of the day.
With an exceptional selection of craft cocktails, beers, wines and the very best rare spirits, all served by their dedicated bartenders, their Philadelphia cocktail bar is a playground for the palate. Whatever you might wish to enjoy, rest assured that it is their privilege to serve you.
Rooms and Suites, Specials, Dining, Lacroix, Brunch at Lacroix, Bar 210, Library Bar, Mary Cassatt Tea Room, Scarpetta, Spa & Wellness
“Go check them out. I had the hot, several choice on sauces available. Kinda like hooters wings but much better.” – Nina Parker
“Loved the grapefruit cocktail and complimentary snacks were great.” – Nadia Antwine
Tattooed Mom is a gathering place for fun. Located on South Street, it’s the perfect spot for a casual lunch, dinner, or late night snack with a yummy bar menu, creative cocktails & local draft beers. Celebrating 22 years of love & good times!
Food and Drink, Specials, Events
“Incredible vegan options! The chub wrap was SO DELICIOUS. And the vegan pickle chicken sandwich…. amazing! 10/10 would recommend. Also great people and chill vibe.” – Jenny Kuhn
“Most amazing place on earth. I can’t believe it took me so long to come here. I want to live here now. Great beer options and food selections. Even stuff for us non meat eaters!” – Moriah Collins
The Ranstead Room
Tucked away in a dark and moody space behind a nondescript door, the Ranstead Room is Philadelphia’s best-kept nightlife secret.
Not everyone knows where to go or how to get in, but if you take the time to figure it out, the city’s best cocktails, crafted by some of the finest bartenders in the game, await.
A cocktail bar with a speakeasy-vibe serving a short list of high-end drinks plus bites from El Rey.
Food & Beverage
“A great speakeasy, tucked away in the back of an alley. Had to wait for about 20 minutes for our party of 4 to be seated Wednesday night around 11, but it was worth it. Orders were taken quickly and were better than described would definitely recommend this location to anyone looking for a good beverage.” – Kris Chase
“Fun experience. The mixologists are top shelf of their trade. One of a kind cocktails. Only caveat is get there early as you may be turned away.“- Das Gonz
Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar
Longtime locals and hipsters rub elbows at this South Philly tavern, which features karaoke on Fridays and local bands on Saturdays. Capture the essence of Philadelphia at this 75-year-old “everybody knows your name” neighborhood watering hole. Located in the heart of South Philly and just a stone’s throw away from the world-famous Geno’s and Pat’s Steaks, Rays “Happy Birthday” Bar welcomes tourists and locals alike. Photos of music legends, autographed pictures of the Sopranos, and collages of customers and friends adorn the wall of this nostalgic environment. Belly up to a bar that is an extremely rare relic itself, made from oak tile with a trough that runs along the base.
Food and Beverage, Karaoke, Joke of the Week, Events
“Wow! What a great idea! It’s ALWAYS somebody’s birthday in this big city. They open at 7:00 in the morning, which is great for those of us that work the graveyard shift. We usually get the shaft. I enjoyed the black and white pictures covering the walls telling the history of the bar & its owners and patrons. The best part – it is family-owned by the same people for forever. I was told (by an employee) that they the owners value and respect their employees. I guess it’s a job/place that the workers stay at. Counts for a lot in an age where we often get treated like just a number. Friendly patrons to boot!” – Jamie Lynn
“This would definitely be my hangout if I lived in the area. I enjoyed great customer service! I did like the beer selection.” – Jerry Hersl
Amy Burford is a reporter for Kev’s Best. After graduating from UCLA, Amy got an internship at a local radio station and worked as a beat reporter and producer. Amy has also worked as a columnist for The Brookings Register. Amy covers economy and community events for Kev’s Best.