A glowing neon sign invites guests into Writer’s Block Rehab, a slick new addition to the stretch of nightlife hotspots along (or just off) the ever-expanding Midtown Village business corridor. Dreamed up by industrial engineer Ram Krishnan, the wordsmith-inspired cocktail lounge offers bar seating on the first and third levels, but head to the second floor “Library” for a more comfortable, lounge-type experience. The menu boasts an impressive selection of wine and beer, and creative cocktails like a turmeric pisco sour ($14) and arugula martini ($14).
Whether a drinker or not, the best bars in Philadelphia are some of the top venues to flock to if in need of a dose of locals. Sure, eating cheesesteaks and walking through the city's best museums and attractions might provide a glimpse into Philadelphia life, but it is by talking to the folks that make up the scene and call the town home that you'll truly get to the essence of the area.
To that intent, we include the 40 coolest, most enticing and varied drinking dens in all of Philadelphia (want to begin your booze-filled romp with happy hour? We've got you covered), where bartenders will be eagerly waiting to shake you up an interesting cocktail or satisfy that beer craving you've been looking forward to itching all day. And, given that Pennsylvania has some of the strictest alcohol-related regulations across the country, these bars deserve extra attention for providing the city with top-notch imbibes while respecting the law.