15 Best Bars in Philadelphia

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You already know and love the Philly classics—the McGillinses and the Jonny Brendas—but a recent uptick in unexpected and undiscovered watering holes is providing renewed reason to drag you out on a Friday night. From Fishtown biergartens and craft distilleries to Passyunk speakeasies and themed bars, there are more than just old school pubs lining the streets of Philadelphia; and it's not all just concentrated in the City Center, either. Yet don’t think the city’s cocktail scene is simply riding the coattails of its foodie fame—like any good Philly story, there are seriously talented and intensely passionate people driving the engines forward on this front, too. Their mission: to turn the city they love into a spirit- and brew-centric hotbed. All you have to do is grab a stool and see. Wondering where to start? Read on for our editor's picks of Philadelphia's best bars.

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— Katie James Watkinson