Local Lifestyle: Bars in Philadelphia, PA
Whether you find yourself in Philadelphia for a fancy event in Rittenhouse Square, down by the Christmas market at City Hall or at the Academy of Music for a holiday show, there are enough restaurants and bars in that area to overwhelm you with choices and slow down your Trip Advisor app. With so many venues and attractions in one area, it is not only a challenge to find somewhere for dinner or a drink, but also to find somewhere affordable. Thankfully, we have a few tried and true favorites that feel like a local spot without charging big city prices.
Only a few blocks from Rittenhouse Square, Monk’s Café offers more beer choices than you could drink in an entire weekend in the city. They also have a fairly extensive menu, although we’ve never eaten here. Monk’s usually makes it on any sort of list of Philly Bars, so I was skeptical of whether or not it would live up to the hype. Probably the most expensive bar on this list (depending on what you order), it also has the most ambiance and is the most well-known.
The Wrap Shack
When the swanky Franklin Bar is packed and you don’t feel like waiting in line, head a few doors down and grab a stool at The Wrap Shack. (I never feel like waiting in line, but maybe that’s just me.) As a person who tends to go out early and also head home early, a bar that is empty around 9 and starting to fill up around 11 is my type of place. With reasonably priced drinks and a tempting menu full of fried bar food, you can’t go wrong here.
*Special shout out to my Uncle Wayne, pictured above, who came out exploring with us one Friday night.
By far my favorite place on the menu, the Locust Rendezvous is truly a hidden gem in the best location. Half a block from the Kimmel center and a few blocks from the Academy of Music, this is the perfect place for a bite before or after a show. A mixture of locals, visitors, and even sometimes performers from the venues, you never know who you will see at the Vous. We’ve lost count of how many times we’ve frequented the same table, just to the right of the bar, and pretended that we are true Philly locals, instead of just imposters from the semi-suburbs.