Located on the Locust Street in Washington Square, Vedge has a lot to offer for vegetarians and vegans in the city. The kitchen, headed by Chef Katie Jacoby uses the freshest ingredients natural available; making everything on the menu free of any kind of animal products and is gloriously tasty. Apart from delicious dishes like the sweet potato pate and brussels sprouts, they also offer a range of all vegan desserts like cheesecakes which are just about awesome. You can complement your gorgeous healthy meal with one of they stellar curated cocktails like Jolly Ginger Jammer.
The Khyber is one of the oldest bars in Philadelphia. It is the quintessential rock club - all dark and smoky. The chosen bar for old and new rockers alike, most bands go on to hit the jackpot from here (always a good sign). The bar itself, designed with ferocious red eyed gargoyles that have been shipped from London way back in 1876! The club boasts of at least one good live show in a week, and happy hour is between 5p-7p. So stop by to chug some beers from the excellent selection, which has both local and international brews. There's also a good selection of delicious pub-style fare on offer, including many vegetarian and vegan options to choose from.
Hop Sing Laundromat on Race Street is Chinatown's best kept secret which everyone's raving about. Difficult to locate, the curiously named place, is actually a speakeasy of sorts with a plethora of hand-crafted cocktails on offer. Hop Sing keeps a mysterious, low profile, with a nondescript entrance, which adds to its cult status. Caution - photos are strictly discouraged here, this bar isn't for them selfie-addicts. The dress-code is pretty strict as well, no slip-ons, no shorts, no sneakers. So, dress the part because the experience is quite worth the drill. The menu here keeps changing as per seasonal inspirations, and the libations are stellar every time you visit, made using fresh, top-quality ingredients. The decor is elegant, plush and quite gorgeous, really, too bad you cannot document it. Also, there's no food on the menu, but you can order in from one of the many Asian restaurants in its vicinity. The service is impeccable and on the whole, Hop Sing Laundromat makes for quite an unforgettable night - highly recommended. Cards not accepted, cash only.
With a diverse menu of small plates and a talented kitchen team executing it, this East Passyunk watering hole appeals to those who like a bit of refinement to their bar bites. Whiskeys and wines are stars of the spirit list, with restrained, but high quality choices. Apart from this, the bar offers cocktails as well as a rotating selection of craft beers. Beyond the cheese plate and oysters, Stateside offers a delectable choice of small plates like bison tartare, Kampachi Crudo, foie gras torchon and bourbon glazed pork belly. Apart from this, there's also a choice of entrees like roasted poulet, pan seared duck breast and Angolotti. Check website for more.
Enjoy your favorite sport with delectable seafood. Voted as the best sports bar in North America, Chickie’s & Pete’s provides the very definition of a fun night. The menu has given the classics a crustacean twist with nachos and Cheesesteaks topped with heaps of delicious crab meat. Munch on crab fries and lobster pizza as you watch exciting sporting events on their screens.
A dance club, gay hangout, bar and cyber cafe—Woody's Bar serves more than one purpose. Woody's bar is populated by the guys predominantly and occasionally the female folk saunter in. Sprawled over a few floors, Woody's lets one enjoy drinks, dance and also offers free internet access at the cyber cafe upsatirs. So whether it is the dance floor that grabs your attention or the computers, take your pick.
This finger-snapping hip café is nestled just around the corner from the Bellevue Hotel and just a few blocks walk from the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau in Center City. It is a perfect stop for relaxing and enjoying live jazz six nights a week. Winner of two 'Best of Philly' awards, this is a serious jazz club featuring serious talent—the place jazz musicians go to hear jazz. It also serves an outstanding dinner menu which includes crab cakes and grilled ahi tuna.
Time is an eclectic restaurant with three bars including a whiskey bar and serving delicious contemporary American fare. The two floor restaurant has a luxurious 60 seat dining room with Venetian blown glass and teardrop crystals, elevated banquettes around the large bar and a live band of musicians. The first floor houses the earthy whiskey bar done up in wood and has comfy booths ideal to watch a game or enjoy drinks while nibbling on delectable snacks. Lastly the second floor is The Absinthe Lounge, a Parisian inspired club, where DJ's spin to sway you in the night. This chic space is also available for private events. The Whiskey Bar and tap room boasts about more than 90 types of whiskeys, 20 tap beers and much more. You can be sure the tap will never run dry here in Time.
This place is regarded as Philadelphia's oldest tavern with a long-standing history dating back to the 1860s. A popular neighborhood place for lunch with a big menu— everything from meatloaf to an Irish Mixed Grill one pork chop, a grilled chicken breast and grilled shrimp with a potato and a hot vegetarian grinder. There are many microbrews on tap, including a house ale specially brewed for McGillin's, locally. This place has an old-fashioned feel that delivers an old-fashioned good time. Join the sing-along on Wednesday and Friday nights and a DJ every Friday night.
Opa Philadelphia is a Greek restaurant and bar with a beer garden called the Drury in the Midtown Village. The sleek interior welcomes you to bite on the mezedes (small plates) such as herbed keftedes (meatballs) in an ouzo-tomato sauce, and grilled octopus, while the piatas (large plates) offer whole fish and pastitsio. Enjoy the innovative dishes, ambience, lovely wines and the newly opened Drury beer garden, while sipping on your favorite drink and nibbling on gorgeous food in Opa.
Lolita calls itself BYOT - Bring Your Own Tequila. The sophisticated Mexican food available here offers a variety suited to most palates, in an environment that is pleasantly laid back. The menu features many Mayan-inspired dishes prepared with an international twist, such as the Borrega, Borrega, a grilled ginger lamb loin served with a huitlacoche tamal and portabello-shiitake escabeche. And don't let the BYOT motto fool you - the selection of margaritas served by the pitcher is not to be missed.