10 Must-Try: Best After Work Bars in Philadelphia

Best After Work Bars in Philadelphia

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 Work Day Bars and TavernsPhiladelphia, PA - After a long day at work, you sometimes want to unwind with a drink and a bite before heading home for the evening. In Philadelphia, you can find fun bars and taverns on just about every corner, so join up with a few friends and co-workers to unwind after the end of the workday. 

Philadelphia: A Haven for After-Work Revelers

When the clock strikes five in Philadelphia, a vibrant after-work scene beckons, offering various bars and taverns to suit every taste and mood. Whether you crave craft cocktails, a lively atmosphere, or a taste of history, the City of Brotherly Love has you covered.

1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

For those seeking a multi-faceted experience, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday offer a delightful fusion of a bustling ground-floor bar and an upscale New American restaurant on the second floor. The bar menu boasts an impressive array of creative cocktails, while the restaurant tantalizes with seasonal small plates and innovative culinary creations.

2. The Franklin Bar

Delve into the depths of The Franklin Bar, a hidden gem tucked away in a basement. This chic, dimly lit haven serves meticulously crafted cocktails that are sure to impress even the most discerning palate. Ascend the stairs to discover a more laid-back tiki bar, where you can sip on tropical concoctions amidst a whimsical ambiance.

3. Hop Sing Laundromat

Those searching for a truly unique experience should venture to Hop Sing Laundromat. This enigmatic speakeasy has garnered a cult following for its meticulously crafted cocktails, served in a dimly lit space with a strict no-photography policy. Be prepared to be captivated by the clandestine atmosphere and the artistry of the libations.

4. Tattooed Mom

If you prefer a more casual and eclectic vibe, Tattooed Mom is the place to be. This laid-back dive bar exudes hipster charm with its affordable drinks, vintage arcade games, and a quirky collection of toys and candy adorning the bar.

5. McGillin's Olde Ale House

For a taste of history, head to McGillin's Olde Ale House, Philadelphia's oldest continuously operating pub. This beloved institution boasts an extensive selection of beers, classic pub fare, and lively karaoke nights, making it a favorite among locals and tourists.

6. SouthHouse

Sports fans will find their haven at SouthHouse, a relaxed neighborhood pub known for its many TVs and a wide range of beers on tap. Their weekend brunch menu, featuring indulgent dishes like chicken, waffles, and loaded breakfast nachos, is a popular choice for fueling up after a night out.

7. Con Murphy's Irish Pub

Con Murphy's Irish Pub is your go-to destination if you're craving a taste of the Emerald Isle. Operated by Limerick natives, this authentic pub offers traditional Irish fare, a warm and inviting atmosphere, and plenty of Guinness to go around.

8. Garage Passyunk

Car enthusiasts will appreciate Garage Passyunk's unique charm. This laid-back watering hole has a décor inspired by its automotive roots. The focus is on craft beer, making it a great spot to unwind with friends over a cold pint.

9. Barcelona Wine Bar

For a culinary adventure, look no further than Barcelona Wine Bar. This lively establishment offers a wide-ranging selection of Spanish tapas, an impressive wine list, and a charming outdoor patio perfect for al fresco dining.

10. Murph's Bar

Finally, Murph's Bar delivers for those seeking a cozy and intimate setting. This charming Irish pub features a penny-covered bar, exposed brick walls, and quirky decor. It's a friendly neighborhood spot where you can unwind with a pint and enjoy good conversation with fellow patrons.

From hidden speakeasies to historic pubs and everything in between, Philadelphia's after-work bar scene is a treasure trove of unique experiences. Whether you're a local or a visitor, these ten establishments offer a glimpse into the city's vibrant nightlife and provide the perfect setting to relax, socialize, and indulge in your favorite libations.

William ZimmermanBill Zimmerman
Publisher / Webmaster at Philly Bite Magazine.


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