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Where to Enjoy a Glass of Wine in Philadelphia

I think most people can agree that Philadelphia’s bars are diverse and offer unique experiences at each location.

group of happy friends drinking wine at a bar in philadelphia

After a long day, sometimes the best thing you can do is sit back and relax with a glass of wine. Though you could do that at home, I recommend checking out a few of the wine bars in town.

Many of them have a wide selection of wines to try and even small plates if you’re feeling a bit hungry. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of my favorite wine bars.

Whether you want to visit a spot with global varieties or a more local spot, these wine bars have it all. Better yet, some of the spots on this list also have bottle shops so you can purchase a whole bottle to take home with you. Keep reading to learn more about each spot!


Best Wine Bars in Philadelphia

Jet Wine Bar

1525 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146
Phone: (215) 735-1116
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Looking for a worldly experience with your wine in Philadelphia? Check out Jet Wine Bar. This local bar offers wine selections from all over the world, so you’ll be able to get a taste from plenty of cultures. This bar is perfect for a night out or a relaxing drink due to its sleek and refined interior.

We recommend stopping by for happy hour at Jet Wine Bar from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day of the week. Specials include but are not limited to $5 house wines, $5 cocktail of the day, $3 Kenzinger, and $5 nachos!


a.kitchen + bar

135 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-825-7030
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a.kitchen + bar is a popular wine bar and restaurant located on S 18th Street known for its huge wine list and stylish interior.

A visit here is a memorable experience. If you don’t know much about wines, their knowledgeable staff can help you with selections. 

In addition to their wine menu, they also have a cocktail menu that offers unique drinks like the In and Out of Trouble – a mezcal-based drink loaded with tropical flavors of coconut and guava.

Their brunch menu offers delicious items like Sweet Amalia Oysters and Tuna Tartare. But I would recommend trying out their Baby Bok Choy + Burrata, with its crispy shallots, red cabbage, and anchovy vinaigrette. It’s so delicious. 

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Panorama

14 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 922-7800
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In the mood for some Italian food? Check out Panorama. This local restaurant serves authentic Italian cuisine as well as wine by the glass. With over 120 wines on tap you’ll never run out of varieties to taste here.

While you enjoy some delicious Italian food from the restaurant’s menu, check out the huge list of wine to find your new favorite. If you can’t seem to make up your mind, don’t worry, they offer 30 different wine flights, too!


Vedge

1221 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-320-7500
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The aptly named Vedge is regarded as Philadelphia’s best vegetable-based (vegan) restaurant.

Alongside their vegan menu, they offer a fantastic wine list that includes pinot gris, Toronto, cava rose, cabernet sauvignon, malbec, Montepulciano rose, and many others. 

If you visit for dinner, you won’t be disappointed. Choose from some truly amazing dishes like gold bar squash with tasty peanut pipian verde and poblano rajas over quinoa and grilled avocado with hearts of palm, agua chile, and chile rojo sauce.

My favorite dish is their gochujang tofu with miso mash, sea beans, and radish vinaigrette. 


Tria Cafe Rittenhouse

123 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 972-8742
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Another sophisticated wine bar you have to try is Tria Cafe Rittenhouse. Serving wine, cheese, beer, and shareable plates, this place is great for a few casual drinks or a happy hour destination.

Tria Cafe’s wine list changes regularly, so you’ll always be able to try something new and exciting. If cocktails are your preferred drink try the feeling berry good, vin rouge Manhattan, or spring sangria. And for food, we suggest any of the bruschetta, salads, or sandwiches!


Mulherin’s Sons

1355 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: 215-291-1355
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Wm. Mulherin’s Sons is a popular wine bar and restaurant renowned for contemporary Italian cuisine. A fresh, seasonal menu and a full bar that offers cocktails, a substantial wine and beer list make this cozy spot a must-visit.  

Mulherin’s Sons is a restaurant and hotel, so if you’re planning on a longer trip to the city, I’d recommend staying there.

My favorite part about the experience is their late-night pizza, served on the weekends. I had a delicious lager here, too. 

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Le Virtu

1927 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Phone: 215-271-5626
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Le Virtu is another highly-regarded restaurant in the city with a rustic style and Italian-inspired dishes. Their extensive drink menu features cocktails and wine, like chardonnay, barbera blend, and montepulciano d’abruzzo. 

For dinner, you can order Chitarra frittata con ragu del Marcella, featuring tomato, sausage, pork rib, and pecorino, or try out Cappellacci dei Briganti with briganti-hat pasta, local mushrooms, rosemary, and parmigiano reggiano. Whatever you savor, it will be delicious. 


Walnut Street Cafe

2929 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 215-867-8067
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This Walnut Street institution offers American-style food crafted by Chef Jack Peterson. The seasonal menu is exquisite, and so are their incredible wine offerings.

For dinner, I highly recommend the pappardelle or the braised short rib. To finish, you can’t miss out on the cookies and cream gelato, a rich and delicious end to a wonderful night. 


Fishtown Social

1525 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
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With a full bar in the front and a bottle shop in the back, you can enjoy a glass or two with friends and take some home for later at Fishtown Social. This spot is all about sustainable and organic wines, so you can feel good about what you’re drinking.

In addition to the wine, Fishtown Social also offers cocktails, spirits, and beer if you’re in the mood for something else.

They also have a limited menu with meats, cheese, and other snacks. Make sure you check out brunch from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday!


Clearly, Philadelphia is a can’t-miss spot for bars, especially wine bars. With wide selections of drinks, delicious snacks, and happy hour deals, you’ll want to try all of the spots on my list.

Looking for more places to drink alcohol? Check out our list of rooftop bars in Philadelphia with incredible views.

Which bar are you most excited to try? Let us know! Did we leave a restaurant out of this list? Make sure you tell us about it 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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