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The winners of the 2018 Time Out Philadelphia Bar Awards

Check out all the winners and runners-up in the 2018 Time Out Philadelphia Bar Awards, then visit them for a drink

Philadelphia Distilling
Photograph: Courtesy Visit Philadelphia/J. Fusco
By Josh Middleton, Caroline Coral and Amy Gordon |
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This city is brimming with amazing watering holes—from the coziest of cocktail lounges to the grimmiest of dives—but sometimes choosing where to go can be tough. Enter the first-ever Time Out Philadelphia Bar Awards, which honors the best and brightest of the bar scene (and helps you decide where to go for happy hour). Below, you’ll find the full list of 2018 Time Out Philadelphia Bar Awards winners and runners-up, which were chosen by a trusty team of industry insiders and folks-about-town who know their way around a cocktail joint. With their help, we came up with a consensus about the new bar the city absolutely can‘t live without, must-visit breweries, establishments that have the most creative drink lists and the most Instagrammable cocktail in the city so you can get it on your IG feed, pronto. Check out the full list of winners below.

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The 2018 Time Out Philadelphia Bar Awards winners

Philadelphia Distilling
Photograph: Courtesy Visit Philadelphia/J. Fusco
Bars, Cocktail bars

Honorable Mention

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Philadelphia Distilling

Exposed brick walls juxtaposed with modern finishings characterizes this hip distilling company, which is housed in a former factory in Fishtown. The claim to fame here is that Philadelphia Distilling is the first post-Prohibition distillery in this city. They’re behind creations such as Bluecoat American Dry Gin, Vieux Carré Absinthe and Penn 1681 Vodka—all of which can be found in state liquor stores and in many of the best bars in Philadelphia. Or you can just sidle up to the bar at Philadelphia Distilling and have one of their mixologists whip you up a cocktail in the very place where these spirits were born.

Judge’s take: Philadelphia Distilling didn‘t take home any awards this year, but it’s clear its making a splash: the Fishtown distillery was the most-nominated non-winning venue, meaning that it showed on every judge’s scorecard, yet always in different categories. Among its nominations were biggies like Bar of the Year and Best New Bar. It was also nominated for Best Crew, and two of its cocktails, Ninth Street and the Violet Fizz, were up for Best Cocktail and Most Instagrammable Cocktail, respectively. Congrats, guys. Keep up the great work!

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