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The Best Wine Bars In Philadelphia

The best spots in Philly for a glass, or four, of wine.
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You might think of wine bars as places with overpriced charcuterie boards and people talking about barnyard aromas. But most of Philly's wine-drinking culture avoids such stuffiness. There’s a whole crop of bars and restaurants with great wine, friendly people pouring it, and food that's better than a couple crackers and half a wheel of brie. Whether you’re meeting a date, hanging out at the bar solo, or looking to grab a glass of wine before dinner, here are some of our favorite wine bars (and restaurants) in the city.

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Of course Superfolie is chic—it comes from the team behind Good King Tavern and Le Caveau—but it’s also a wine nerd’s dream come true. The Rittenhouse bar is designed for long stints of sipping and snacking, and carries over 70 bottles of wine. The by-the-glass list is a lot tighter—we always end up asking the incredibly knowledgeable servers what they're excited about right now.

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Bloomsday is a natural wine bar in Headhouse Square, and it was one of the first places in Philly to focus on interesting, local wine producers. Their bottles range from a dry rosé made from grapes grown in Pennsylvania to a Txakolina from Spain that one waiter described as “the margarita of wine.” They also make their own vermouths, which is cool as hell.


If your main reason for coming to Fountain Porter is the $6 burger, you’re not alone. But this East Passyunk bar also has great wine. The list rotates all the time, but you'll usually find some natural stuff from places like Slovenia, Germany, and Spain for around $13-$16 a glass.

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A.bar in Rittenhouse has one of the most extensive wine lists in the city. That means choosing picking something to drink here is like choosing from an entire wine store. If you're overwhelmed, ask the servers—especially the new bottles they’re particularly excited about. A.bar is walk-in only, but you can usually wiggle your way into a bar seat if you have a few ounces of patience in you.

Le Caveau is the wine bar you’ve always wanted in your neighborhood—it’s somewhere you can walk in on a Thursday night and your week will instantly improve just by being there. The dark, second-floor spot is right above The Good King Tavern, and their wine list is primarily made up of natural bottles, divided between “France” and “Not France.” There’s also a short menu of bar snacks like a very good hot dog in a baguette.

Fishtown Social, a wine bar on Frankford Avenue, has a ton of interesting sustainable and organic wine on the menu, as well as a couple of things to eat like an enormous meat and cheese board. There’s also a hidden bottle shop behind the bar that’s easy to miss—you can purchase bottles of everything that’s on their menu plus a rotating selection of wines that you won’t find elsewhere in the city.

This pizzeria in Fitler Square has a reliably good wine list and an accompanying bottle shop. The place feels comfortable and charming, and everything is reasonably priced so you won’t feel like a fool when your bill comes. Bring a date or your friends and drink something you’ve never heard of. You can make reservations ahead of time, but we usually just walk right in.


Pizzeria Beddia is best known for their pizzas. But the wine is just as much of a highlight. Options range from $12 glasses of on-tap natural wine to a $110 bottle from champagne. Keep an eye out for their Wine Camp programming on certain Tuesday nights. For $25, you get four pours from a visiting producer as well as some snacks. It's a great way to try something new and talk about wine with people who are knowledgeable but never snoozy.


This fine-dining vegan spot in Midtown Village has been around since 2011, and they’ve been championing natural and organic wine since they opened. While the menu is on the pricier side, you don’t have to spend your entire tax return on a bottle here. Glasses start at $14, and there are a significant number of bottles for around $70 and $80, so grab a spot at the marble bar and enjoy.


Tria has been around since the early aughts, with locations in Rittenhouse and Washington Square. The wine list works for everyone from somm-level drinkers to those more than comfortable with boxed wine. The by-the-glass menu has different tasting notes that can lead you to something you like—maybe something zippy to go with your bruschetta and the date you're not sure you like yet.


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