12 Awesome Bars For Wintertime Cocktails In Philadelphia

Spend winter nights sidling up to a delicious drink at some of Philly's coolest bars...

Wintertime drinking has a different purpose than summertime drinking — it’s less about party-time refreshment and more about cozy indulgence.

It’s about ducking out of the chilly night and finding a dimly lit corner booth or a spot in front of the fireplace; sipping a leisurely cocktail and huddling around good conversation.

Here are some of the city’s best places to stop in for a long winter night’s drink.

The Library Bar at The Rittenhouse Hotel

Slip off the street and into the bookish enclave of this swank hotel bar, which sometimes offers live music. This is the place to go for 25-year-old single malt whiskeys, expert Sazeracs and fine champagnes.

The Library Bar at The Rittenhouse Hotel

Where:The Library Bar at The Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square

www.rittenhousehotel.com

The Ranstead Room

Keep it on the d.l. at Stephen Starr speakeasy Ranstead Room. Once your eyes adjust to the atmospheric dark of the velvet-cloaked back room of El Rey, try a classic cocktail or take a chance on the bartender’s choice.

The Ranstead Room

Where:The Ranstead Room, 2013 Ranstead Street

www.yelp.com/ransteadroom

The Franklin Bar

Make a night of it below street level at Franklin Bar with a three-course seasonal cocktail tasting menu where you might find, for example, three different approaches to apple drinks. The regular menu features an ever-changing list of inventive concoctions.

The Franklin Bar

Where:The Franklin Bar, 112 S. 18th Street

www.thefranklinbar.com

Hop Sing Laundromat

If you don’t offend the management with sneakers, photos or an entitled attitude, you can enjoy the many, many benefits of this one-of-a-kind cocktail bar, which include its whimsical 20th-century décor and precise, game-changing drinks.

Hop Sing Laundromat

Where:Hop Sing Laundromat, 1029 Race Street

www.hopsinglaundromat.com

The Dandelion

Reverent yet cheeky, The Dandelion might be the closest Philadelphians can get to the neo-British gastropub. It would be a shame, however, to come here just for the beer selection, when there are chai hot ciders, cinnamon-spiked punch and Earl Grey-gin cocktails to be had.

The Dandelion

Where:The Dandelion, 124 S. 18th Street

www.thedandelionpub.com

1 Tippling Place

Find a plush chair in the faux-living room setup of Tippling and settle in for a quiet drink. On the menu: Classic cocktails and newfangled seasonal specials served up by knowledgable bartenders in suspenders.

1 Tippling Place

Where:1 Tippling Place, 2006 Chestnut Street

www.1tpl.com

Charlie was a sinner.

Whether or not your party features vegan eaters, the creative drinks at Nicole Marquis’ cruelty-free bar will sate them. Perfect for this time of year is the Penicillin cocktail (scotch, lemon, ginger), best enjoyed on the tufted banquettes.

Charlie was a sinner.

Where:Charlie was a sinner., 131 S. 13th Street

www.charliewasasinner.com

The Olde Bar

When happy hour calls for a raw bar, The Olde Bar obliges. Thoughtful cocktails, punches, oyster shooters and a wide range of spirits accommodate all comers to this festive space in the historic Bookbinder’s Building.

The Olde Bar

Where:The Olde Bar, 125 Walnut Street

www.theoldebar.com

Khyber Pass Pub

Is there a better time of year for smoked beers? At the Southern-inflected Khyber Pass there are several on the menu, not to mention a whole lot of whiskey options for getting and staying warm.

Khyber Pass Pub

Where:Khyber Pass Pub, 56 S. 2nd Street

www.khyberpasspub.com

South Philadelphia Tap Room

A neighborhood bar with a beer selection worth traveling for, South Philly Taproom’s warm atmosphere and convivial vibe are perfect for whiling away the winter.

South Philadelphia Tap Room

Where:South Philadelphia Tap Room, 1509 Mifflin Street

www.southphiladelphiataproom.com

Stateside

Brown liquor lovers have a welcoming home in Passyunk’s Stateside, a chic restaubar with an urbane sensibility and great food to match.

Stateside

Where:Stateside, 1536 East Passyunk Avenue

www.statesidephilly.com

Brigantessa

It may be better known for its pizza, but Brigantessa also features quality drinking. Italian-inspired cocktails, traditional wines and new-school Italo beers keep the liquid proceedings as interesting as the pies.

Brigantessa

Where:Brigantessa, 1520 East Passyunk Avenue

www.brigantessaphila.com

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