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Rittenhouse Bars to Try This Weekend

Rittenhouse, a lively neighborhood in Philly, is known for its upscale and high-end shops, art centers, and restaurants. Additionally, this neighborhood has plenty of great bars that you may not know about. With so many to choose from, however, it can be hard to decide which bar is perfect for whatever you’re looking for. The good news is we’ve put together a list of our top picks for Rittenhouse bars.

friends enjoying cocktails at a bar in rittenhouse

Whether you prefer cocktails, beer, or wine, these bars all offer delicious drinks to get your night going. From sports bars, to wine bars, to dive bars, Rittenhouse definitely has it all when it comes to the world of bars. Keep reading to learn a bit about what each of these spots is like!

The Franklin Bar

112 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (267) 467-3277
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If you’re looking for a quiet spot to grab a drink, head over to The Franklin Bar. This local bar is housed in a small space upstairs and offers all sorts of cocktails. As a tiki bar, it’s the perfect spot to make you feel like you’re on vacation.

Reviewers say the service and atmosphere at this spot are top-notch, so you’ll definitely want to visit. With plenty of strong and affordable cocktails, you really can’t beat the drinks here. We recommend the threatening auras, daiquiri, or marguerite!

Misconduct Tavern

1511 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: (215) 732-5797
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If you prefer bars that are a bit more rowdy and packed, check out Misconduct Tavern. This local sports bar has a nautical theme and features plenty of flat-screen TVs perfect for watching the game. Locals love the upbeat and fun atmosphere at this bar.

Check out their list of rotating drafts, bottled and canned beers, cocktails, and frozen cocktails. Be sure to try the pomegranate martini or frozen long island iced tea. They also offer $30 buckets of Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller, or White Claw ($35)!

The Library Bar

210 W Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 546-9000
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For those who love all things books, we recommend The Library Bar. This local spot is – you guessed it – library themed. Housed in the Rittenhouse hotel, this cozy spot serves beer, wine, and cocktails and is the perfect place to unwind.

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Locals and tourists alike love the high-quality cocktails at this bar as well as the friendly service and knowledgeable bartenders. Though the drinks may be a bit more expensive than cocktails at other bars, reviewers assure the price is well worth the delicious drink!

Oscar’s Tavern

1524 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: (215) 972-9938

Searching for a bar with an old-school vibe? Head over to Oscar’s Tavern in Rittenhouse. This local bar serves cocktails, other drinks, and typical bar food in laid-back atmosphere. With a jukebox and a cozy interior, you’ll want to keep coming back to this spot.

This little dive bar has hundreds of great reviews praising the drinks, service, and company in this spot. We recommend the long island iced tea, any draft, or a cheesesteak. Whatever you decide to order, you really can’t go wrong here!

Good Dog Bar

224 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: (215) 985-9600
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With close to 2,000 positive reviews on Google, it’s no wonder this bar is so popular. Good Dog Bar is a modern spot with three floors, so it’s perfect for mingling and exploring. And arguably the best part of this bar is that it’s entirely dog themed. So if you love dogs, you’ll love the decor.

Good Dog Bar serves beer, wine, and cocktails as well as bar fare. Be sure to try the catch & Elyse, Zach to the future, or Richie business. And if you’re hungry, we recommend the the adobo pork tacos or vegan cheesesteak!

Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse

1823 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 665-9500
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Looking for a spot to enjoy a cold drink and watch the game with friends? Check out Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse. This local sports bar is quite popular with over 500 reviews about the service and selection of beer.

Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse offer beer, wine, and cocktails, so be sure to check out each list. Try out the cucumber cooler, spicy margarita, or bottom’s up. Don’t forget a bite to eat like the nachos grande, baked mac and cheese, or mango shrimp!

The Dandelion

124 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 558-2500
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Hoping to try something new? Head over to The Dandelion. This local bar takes on a pub-like vibe with the interesting interior and U.K. based menu. With plenty of different rooms, hallways, and corners to sit in, this is the perfect place to explore with a friend.

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The Dandelion offers a wide variety of craft beers, wine, and cocktails. We recommend the jungle lion, rose mimosa, or admiral boom. And if you’re hungry, be sure to try out the bangers and mash or lamb sheperd’s pie!

Raven Lounge

1718 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 840-3577

If you’re looking for a lively bar that’s perfect for a night out, try Raven Lounge. This local bar has a club-like vibe and is quite popular among residents. With DJs, quiz nights, stand-up comedy, and more, you’ll never get bored at this bar.

Reviewers love how much there is to do at this bar including beer pong and jenga. If you’re looking for something to drink, be sure to try the mango margarita or mango long island iced tea, they’re quite popular among locals. Whatever you do at Raven Lounge, you’ll definitely have fun!

Tria Cafe Rittenhouse

123 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 972-8742
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On the other hand, if you’re looking for a more refined, laid-back spot to visit, head over to Tria Cafe Rittenhouse. This local cafe offers wine, beer, cheese, and a few small plates, perfect for happy hour or just a couple of drinks after dinner.

Be sure to check out Tria’s wine list as it’s always changing, so you’ll be able to try something new each time you visit. If you’re in a cocktail mood, try out the fig sour, red sangria, pumpkin spice negroni, or apple of my eye!


205 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 732-6622
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Last but not least on our list is another more sophisticated bar, perfect for a first date or drinks with an old friend. Rouge is located right on Rittenhouse Square and offers a wide variety of specialty cocktails.

If you’re looking to grab a drink near Rittenhouse Square, be sure to check this place out! We recommend the Frozen “Bumpin Elbows”, perfect for the Summer or the Shanghai Tea.

So, the next time you’re in Rittenhouse Square, you’ll definitely know the top spots to grab a couple of drinks. No matter what the occasion is or what kind of night you’re hoping to have, Rittenhouse bars sure do have it all.

Which bar will you try first? Let us know! Did we leave a restaurant out of this list? Make sure you leave us a comment and we’ll check it out!

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Written by Brian Nagele

Brian attended West Virginia University, then started his career in the IT industry before following his passion for marketing and hospitality. He has over 20 years experience in the restaurant and bar industry.

As a former restaurant owner, he knows about running a food business and loves to eat and enjoy cocktails on a regular basis. He constantly travels to new cities tasting and reviewing the most popular spots.

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