When the snow starts falling, an encyclopedic knowledge of the local bars that have fireplaces is pretty much invaluable. But The Dandelion really works any time of year. They’ve totally committed to the theme, and you’ll see this not only in design elements like tartan stools and silver trays brought out for tea service, but in a lengthy menu full of English staples like Sunday roast and rabbit pie. Bring your work friends, bring a date, or just bring yourself for a pint during Happy Hour.
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As long as you’re prepared to spend a lot, go to Barclay Prime for the best steaks in Philly.
The Center City location of Davio’s is the original one, and it’s a mix between a fancy Italian restaurant and a kitschy steakhouse.
Vernick Food & Drink
Vernick is one of the best restaurants in Philly, with a formal dining room upstairs and a more casual bar below.
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Independence Beer Garden
IBG is a seasonal beer garden in Old City with bar food, corn hole, and lots of Philly brews.
La Peg is an American pub set inside the Fringe Arts building that turns into a huge beer garden during the summer.
Murph’s is an Irish pub in Fishtown that also happens to make some of our favorite Italian food in the city.
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Barbuzzo Mediterranean Kitchen & Bar
Barbuzzo is a great place to escape Center City for a low-key date, or any other time you want some charcuterie and pasta.
Audrey Claire is a Mediterranean spot in Rittenhouse and it’s one of our favorite BYOBs in the area.
When you forgot to make reservations for date night or a low-key friend dinner, head to Southgate in Rittenhouse.
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