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ABBAYE— Lo­cals will greet you with open arms in this homey North­ern Lib­er­ties cor­ner bar. Come for the mu­sic, cheeses­teaks and fine Bel­gian beer. M-F 11:30 am-2 am, Sa-Su 10 am-2 am. www.the­ab­baye. net. 637 N. Third St., 215.627.6711. Map 1, K2 ASH­TON CI­GAR BAR— En­joy the vast se­lec­tion of 200 dif­fer­ent cigars and an ex­ten­sive bar list in­clud­ing wines, cor­dials and rare liquors at the only ci­gar bar open to the public in the city, com­plete with a state-of-the-art air pu­rifi­ca­tion sys­tem. Sa-Th 4 pm2 am, F 2 pm-2 am. www.ash­ton­ci­gar­bar. com. 1522 Wal­nut St., 2nd floor, 267.350.0000. Map 1, H6 BAR­BARY— Dance the night away with great DJs, cheap drinks and disco lights, or take a break from all the ac­tion in the bar’s cozy photo booth. Daily 10 pm-2 am.­ 951 Frank­ford Ave., 215.634.7400. Map 1, L1 THE BARDS— A purist’s Ir­ish pub that en­cour­ages pints of Guin­ness and a shot of Tul­lam­ore Dew, this Cen­ter City tav­ern is an ideal spot to wind down. M-F noon-2 am, Sa-Su 10 am-2 am. www.bard­sirish 2013 Wal­nut St., 215.569.9585. Map 1, G5 FADO IR­ISH PUB— This com­fort­able pub of­fers an es­cape to Vic­to­rian- era Dublin with nooks that seat from two to 12 peo­ple, plus fine Ir­ish and Euro­pean beers, a packed dance floor on the week­end and reg­u­lar screen­ings of soc­cer matches. M-F 11:30 am-2 am. Open time varies on week­ends for matches; Sa un­til 2 am, Su un­til mid­night. www.fadoirish­­phia. 1500 Lo­cust St., 215.893.9700. Map 1, H6

THE FRANKLIN BAR— Ven­ture into this sub­ter­ranean speakeasy lo­cated in­side the for­mer Franklin Mort­gage & In­vest­ment Co. (a front for one of the largest booze run­ning rings dur­ing Pro­hi­bi­tion) for care­fully crafted cock­tails mixed with premium, sea­sonal and home­made ingredients. Daily 5 pm2 am. www.the­franklin­ 112 S. 18th St., 267.467.3277. GRACE TAV­ERN— This low-key neighborhood spot of­fers com­fort foods like burg­ers, sand­wiches and bar snacks (think chicken fin­gers), plus some vegan op­tions. The beer list is wide with sev­eral ciders and sour ales, too. Daily 11:30 am-2 am. www.grac­etav­ 2229 Grays Ferry Ave., 215.893.9580. Map 1, F7 GRAF­FITI BAR— True to its name, this fun-lov­ing cov­ered pa­tio fea­tures the spray-paint art of lo­cal Philadel­phi­ans. Lo­cated be­hind the stylish Asian-fu­sion restau­rant, Sampan, it also serves the same ac­claimed food. Find it down the side al­ley. M-Tu 4 pm-10 pm, W-Th 4 pm-11 pm, F-Sa 4 pm­mid­night, Su 4 pm-9 pm. www.sam­pan­ 124 S. 13th St., 215.732.3501. Map 1, I5

HOWL AT THE MOON— The tal­ented staff at this duel­ing pi­ano bar per­form crowd fa­vorites from the ‘70s to to­day and take re­quests, keep­ing the crowd danc­ing and singing along all night. Try a one of the sig­na­ture cock­tails or a “bucket of booze,” which serves four or more peo­ple. Su-Tu open for events, W 7 pm-2 am, Th-Sa 6 pm-2 am. www.howlatthe­ 258 S. 15th St., 215.546.4695. Map 1, H6

IR­ISH PUB— Munch on hearty pub fare and sip a brew at this fun, ca­sual Philly fa­vorite. Evenings draw a lively crowd of young pro­fes­sion­als, vis­i­tors and even Philly sports stars and celebri­ties. M-Sa 11 am-2 am, Su 10 am-2 am.­pub­philly.

com. 2007 Wal­nut St., 215.568.5603. Map 1, G5; 1123 Wal­nut St., 215.925.3311. Map 1, I5 JOLLY’S DUEL­ING PI­ANO BAR— Amer­i­can. Founded by Jolly Wel­don, this rol­lick­ing pi­ano bar fea­tures, yes, two in­stru­ments with pi­anists duk­ing it out with mu­si­cal se­lec­tions from rock, pop and more. Piz­zas pro­vide sus­te­nance for all-night sin­ga­longs with craft beers and spe­cialty cock­tails fu­el­ing the fun. D (daily). www.jollys­du­el­ing­pi­ano­ 215.238.1333. Map 2, E6 KHY­BER PASS PUB— Set­tle in at one of the well-worn booths or at the bar in this no-frills pub for ex­cel­lent South­ern-style com­fort food. The nearly 20 craft beers on tap ro­tate con­stantly and end­less bot­tle choices hail from around the world. Daily 10 am-2 am. www.khy­ber­ 56 S. Sec­ond St., 215.238.5888. Map 1, K5 KITE & KEY— This lively gas­tropub in the Fair­mount neighborhood pours mostly lo­cal brews for a crowd of young pro­fes­sion­als. Ser­vice here is fast and friendly. Daily 11 am-2 am. www.thekite­and­key. com. 1836 Cal­lowhill St., 215.568.1818. Map 1, G3 LO­CAL 44— Grab a drink at the 20-tap bar or a bite at the restau­rant, and then shop more than 500 bot­tles of craft beer, in­clud­ing a well-stocked rare and lim­ited edi­tion li­brary. M-F 11:30 am-2 am, Sa-Su 11 am-2 am. www.lo­cal44beer­ 4333 Spruce St., 215.222.2337. Map 1, A6 LONDON GRILL— London Grill is a Fair­mount in­sti­tu­tion, lo­cated steps from his­toric East­ern State Pen­i­ten­tiary. For years, its dark wood bar has hosted lo­cals look­ing for so­phis­ti­cated bar fare. Look for events, like weekly quiz nights. M 4 pm-2 am, Tu-F 11 am-2 am, Sa-Su 10 am-2 am. www.lon­don­grill. com. 2301 Fair­mount Ave., 215.978.4545. Map 1, F2

MCGILLIN’S OLD ALE HOUSE— Opened in 1860, this his­toric tap­room is Philly’s old­est tav­ern and claims the city’s first liquor li­cense. Lo­cals and vis­i­tors head here for the friendly crowd, hearty pub fare and 30 draft beers. Daily 11 am-2 am. 1310 Drury St., 215.735.5562. Map 1, I5

MILKBOY— These pop­u­lar bars dou­ble as live mu­sic venues, fea­tur­ing both lo­cal and na­tion­ally rec­og­nized per­form­ers. Each lo­ca­tion boasts a sig­na­ture roll-up garage-style win­dow, week­day morn­ing cock­tails and de­li­cious Amer­i­can food. It’s free to hang out, but shows are usu­ally tick­eted. M-F 7 am-2 am, Sa-Su 11 am-2 am. milk­ 1100 Ch­est­nut St., 215.925.6455. $$ Map 1, I5

MONK’S— For more than 20 years, this Cen­ter City spot has been earn­ing raves through­out Philadel­phia for its top se­lec­tion of beer and a tasty food menu to boot. Lo­cated just off Spruce Street, Monk’s oc­ca­sion­ally gets lim­ited dis­tri­bu­tion kegs shipped in from the far­thest reaches of the coun­try. Daily 11:30 am-2 am. 264 S. 16th St., 215.545.7005. Map 1, H6 THE NAUTI MER­MAID CRAB HOUSE AND PI­ANO BAR— Jolly Wel­don’s sis­ter spot to Jolly’s Duel­ing Pi­ano Bar com­bines all the rol­lick­ing sin­ga­long ac­tion with a clas­sic Mary­land crab house din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to boot. Dig into oys­ters, Mary­land crab cakes, Ch­e­sa­peake pan-roasted rock­fish, “board­walk” fries and more, then join in the live mu­sic fun ev­ery night start­ing at 8 pm. Open daily. www.nau­timer­maid­ 110 Ch­est­nut St., 215.238.0333. Map 2, E6 PHILADEL­PHIA DIS­TILL­ING— This mod­ern ware­house in hip North­ern Lib­er­ties makes a stun­ning set­ting not only for sam­pling spir­its, but also for watch­ing the dis­till­ing process. Hand-ham­mered cop­per stills and wooden fer­men­ta­tion ves­sels form the crux of the process here, one that dates back to 1854. Re­tail: Th-Su noon-11 pm. Bar: Th-F 4-11 pm, Sa-Su 1-11 pm. Tours/tast­ing: Th-F 6 pm; Sa-Su 2, 4 and 6 pm (book on­line). www.phila del­phiadis­till­ 25 E. Allen St., 215.671.0346. PUB ON PASSYUNK EAST— This hip­ster hotspot in South Philly (aka “P.O.P.E.”) is beloved for its long and di­verse beer list, juke­box, a friendly and knowl­edge­able bar staff and end­less in­spi­ra­tion for peo­ple-watch­ing. Daily 11 am-2 am. www. pub­on­ 1501 E. Passyunk Ave., 215.755.5125. THE RANSTEAD ROOM— Hid­den off a side street ad­ja­cent to restau­rant El Rey, this dimly lit en­clave serves li­ba­tions minted at the turn of the cen­tury in true speakeasy style. Look for the “RR” on the door. Daily 6 pm-2 am. 2013 Ranstead St., 215.563.3330. Map 1, G5 SIDE­CAR BAR & GRILLE— This in­ti­mate neighborhood pub has an enor­mous se­lec­tion of beer and a Ca­jun-in­spired din­ner menu. Six-packs to go are

also avail­able. M-F 4 pm-2 am, Sa-Su 8 am-2 am. www.theside­car­ 2201 Chris­tian St., 215.732.3429. Map 1, F8 SOUTH PHILLY BAR & GRILL— High-def­i­ni­tion plasma TVs, Philly sports fans galore, great pub fare and plenty of beer are the hall­marks of this game-day des­ti­na­tion. There are also a dozen beers on draught, daily spe­cials and a kid’s menu, too. Daily 11 am-2 am. www.south­philly­ 1235 E. Passyunk Ave., 215.334.3300. SOUTH­WARK— For Old World style and some of the best clas­sic cock­tails in town, come to this gem of a bar right off of South Street. W-M 5 pm-2 am. www.south­warkrestau­ 701 S. Fourth St., 267.930.8538. Map 1, K7 STAN­DARD TAP— This old school two-story bar, built by a for­mer Sam Adams brew­mas­ter, has all the cozy pub charm with the full menu of a proper restau­rant. A ro­tat­ing ros­ter of more than 20 lo­cally pro­duced beers and chalk­boards dis­persed through­out dis­play the daily cre­ations of chef Joel Mazi­gian, whose reper­toire in­cludes ter­rines, wild game en­trees and deca­dent desserts. M-F 4 pm2 am, Sa-Su 11 am-2 am. www.stan­dard­ 901 N. Sec­ond St., 215.238.0630. Map 1, K1 STRA­TUS ROOFTOP LOUNGE— This so­phis­ti­cated open-air so­cial space on the roof of the Ho­tel Monaco, one of only a few in the city, is the place to be for cock­tails and a bit of his­tory. Sip on top-shelf drinks be­neath a sway­ing maple, and warm up by a 30-foot-long fire­place. The lounge rises above In­de­pen­dence Mall, and views in­clude In­de­pen­dence Hall, Wash­ing­ton Square, Lib­erty Bell Vis­i­tor Cen­ter and the city sky­line. Tu 5-10 pm, W-Th 5 pm-mid­night, F till 2 am, Sa 7 pm-2 am. www. stra­tus­ 433 Ch­est­nut St., 11th floor, 215.925.2889. Map 1, K5 TIKI— Hang 10 at this fun bar chan­nel­ing Poly­ne­sian tiki and Cal­i­for­nia surf rock. With two lev­els, there’s plenty of space to chill, from the bar and open kitchen on the ground floor to the roof deck. M-Sa 5 pm-2 am, Su 1 pm-11 pm. 102 S. 13th St., 215.309.3435. Map 1, H5 TIR NA NOG— This lively spot brings Ire­land to Philly with an am­bi­ence that evokes the Emer­ald Isle. Join lo­cals for happy hour and watch Euro­pean foot­ball on the big-screen, while sip­ping ex­pertly poured Guin­ness, nat­u­rally. M-F 11 am-2 am, Sa-Su 8 am-2 am. www.tir­nanog­ 1600 Arch St., 267.514.1700. Map 1, H4 VES­PER— The for­merly pri­vate Ves­per Club has re­opened as a restau­rant and lounge with a speakeasy vibe, serv­ing up toasts, tastes and steak din­ners. At the bar, clas­sic cock­tails are on the menu, from the ne­groni to the French 75. Live and lo­cal mu­sic com­mand at­ten­tion seven nights a week in the Sky­line Room. M-F 3:30 pm-2 am, Sa 5 pm-2 am. www.ves­per­ 223 Sy­den­ham St., 267.603.2468 267.603.2468. Map 1, H5 THE VIC­TO­RIA FREEHOUSE— This au­then­tic Bri­tish pub brings London to Philly with craft beers, ciders and cask ales im­ported from the UK. Pair your pint with tra­di­tional pub fa­vorites like bangers and mash and sticky tof­fee pudding. M-Th noon­mid­night, F-Sa noon-2 am, Su 11 am-mid­night. www.vic­to­ri­afree­ 10 S. Front St., 215.543.6089. Map 1, J5 VIN­TAGE— This gor­geous Mid­town Vil­lage wine bar has an im­pres­sive list of reds, whites and ev­ery­thing in be­tween. It’s vino with­out the

pre­ten­sion. M-F 4 pm-2 am, Sa-Su noon-2 am.­tage-philadel­ 129 S. 13th St., 215.922.3095. Map 1, I5 X LOUNGE— This ul­tra­mod­ern spot is the jewel of the ma­jor ex­pan­sion at sprawl­ing Parx Casino in Bucks County. Cushy seat­ing, lux­ury fin­ishes and ad­di­tional gam­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties oc­cupy the airy space. Have a sig­na­ture cock­tail like the Ami­gas Paloma and a few of the small plates (think edamame truf­fle potato dumplings or fish ta­cos) be­fore you head back to the ta­bles. Th 4-10 pm, F 4 pm-2 am, Sa 2 pm-2 am, Su noon-9 pm. www.parx­casino. com/xlounge. 2999 Street Road, Ben­salem, Pa., 888.588.7279. Map 4, C3

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