The Most Festive Restaurants And Bars In Philly

Holiday lights, Christmas trees and brightly colored ornaments decorate some of the finest spots in town...

Holiday spirit overflows at restaurants and bars across Philadelphia as they deck their halls with boughs of holly (and Christmas trees and bright lights!) for this festive season.

There are plenty of ways to get into the holiday spirit just by paying a visit to some of the city’s favorite restaurants — McGillin’s, Parc, The Lodge at RiverRink Winterfest — and to marvel at the festive baubles while sipping hot cocktails or hot cocoa.

If you like your dinner with a side of cheer (and who doesn’t?), check out our picks for festive dining in Philly, below.

McGillin’s Olde Ale House

McGillin'sPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

During the holidays, the cozy pub gets even cozier with bright lights, cutout snowflakes, bright red bows and plenty of toasty cocktails. Keep an eye out — you may even see Santa Claus himself hanging around this haunt.

McGillin’s Olde Ale House

Where:McGillin's Olde Ale House, 1310 Drury Street

www.mcgillins.com

Moriarity’s Restaurant and Irish Pub

The merry season arrives at Moriarity’s Pub in a major way thanks to hundreds of giant ornaments, holiday lights and plenty of cozy vibes to fill the bar and restaurant.

Moriarity’s Restaurant and Irish Pub

Where:Moriarty's Restaurant & Irish Pub, 1116 Walnut Street

www.moriartyspub.com

Parc

ParcPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Overlooking bedecked Rittenhouse Square (complete with hanging bulbs from the trees), Parc Restaurant celebrates the season with twinkling lights throughout its elegant space in addition to holiday greenery — and even a few hot cocktails to boot.

Parc

Where:Parc, 227 S. 18th Street

www.parc-restaurant.com

The Dandelion

For a British-inspired Christmas, visit the Dandelion this holiday season. The menu is not only full of warming food and drink options (hot tea, hot chai cider, macaroni and cheese and a warm roast beef sandwich), but the restaurant’s halls are also decked with holly, bright lights, bows and more.

The Dandelion

Where:The Dandelion, 124 S. 18th Street

www.thedandelionpub.com

The Lodge at RiverRink Winterfest

Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Take in views of a massive Christmas tree and Olympic-size ice skating rink from inside The Lodge at RiverRink Winterfest this holiday season. The ski chalet-style tent is outfitted with comfy couches, greens, twinkling lights and dining options from Garces Group, Chickie’s and Pete’s and a number of on-site bars.

The Lodge at RiverRink Winterfest

Where:Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard

www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

Rothman Cabin at Dilworth Park

Edison bulbs hanging from wood sleds help create a winter wonderland atmosphere at the Rothman Cabin, the pop-up restaurant at Dilworth Park. Also adding to the atmosphere? Christmas trees, twinkling lights, candles and views of the holiday attractions at Dilworth Park.

Rothman Cabin at Dilworth Park

Where:Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street

www.ccdparks.org

Holiday Beer Garden at M Restaurant at the Morris House Hotel

Seasonal greenery, a towering Christmas tree, roaring fire pits and a heated tent with lots of twinkling lights transform the courtyard at M Restaurant into a Christmastime hot spot for the month of December. The pop-up beer garden is open Tuesday through Sunday for dinner and drinks (4 to 9 p.m.). The beer garden officially opens on Saturday, December 10 with a fun kickoff party.

Holiday Beer Garden at M Restaurant at the Morris House Hotel

Where:M Restaurant, 231 S. 8th Street

www.mrestaurantphilly.com

The Little Lion

The giant Old City restaurant gets holly and jolly this season with a decorated staircase, tall Christmas tree, wreaths and more. While there, don’t sleep on the super-festive (and overflowing) hot chocolate.

The Little Lion

Where:The Little Lion, 243 Chestnut Street

www.thelittlelionphilly.com

Brauhaus Schmitz

There are Christmas trees and twinkling lights galore at Brauhaus Schmitz this holiday season. The South Street beer bar celebrates the season with festive décor and plenty of great beer to boot.

Brauhaus Schmitz

Where:Brauhaus Schmitz, 718 South Street

www.brauhausschmitz.com

American Sardine Bar

American Sardine Bar's backyard beer garden transforms into a wonderland for this festive season. Thousands of twinkling lights hang above the outdoor space along with an illuminated Santa Claus statue while holiday lights and dark beers fill the indoor area.

American Sardine Bar

Where:American Sardine Bar, 1800 Federal Street

www.americansardinebar.com

Aqimero

Those dreaming of a decadent Christmas should head to Aqimero at the Ritz-Carlton to marvel at the white lights, collection of Christmas trees and sparkly ornaments.

Aqimero

Where:Aqimero, 10 Avenue of The Arts

www.richardsandoval.com/aqimero

The Plough and the Stars

The Plough and the Stars is known for its giant Christmas tree that's erected every holiday season. White lights and a glowing star bedeck the tree while the rest of the restaurant is decorated with greenery and even more lights. Another nice perk? The roaring fireplace.

The Plough and the Stars

Where:The Plough & the Stars, 123 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

www.ploughstars.com

Jose Pistola's

If twinkling lights, cutout snowflakes and tasty margaritas are your jam, head to Jose Pistola’s to soak up major doses of Christmas cheer. The Rittenhouse restaurant decorates to the max throughout this merry time of year.

Jose Pistola's

Where:Jose Pistola's, 263 S. 15th Street

www.josepistolas.com

Lacroix at the Rittenhouse

The Rittenhouse HotelPhoto courtesy The Rittenhouse

The panel windows at Lacroix at the Rittenhouse offer sweeping views of the baubles and Christmas tree at Rittenhouse Square, allowing diners to soak up tons of holiday cheer. Inside of the restaurant (and at the Rittenhouse’s Library Bar, too), guests will find festive greenery and ornaments.

Lacroix at the Rittenhouse

Where:Lacroix Restaurant, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square

www.lacroixrestaurant.com

Frankford Hall

Frankford HallPhoto by Fabienne M Photography

On December 17 and 18, Frankford Hall brings out its holiday cheer as it transforms its garden into a heated winter wonderland complete with Christmas trees, festive lights, a red carpet and even some falling snow. Santa will visit the beer garden to hear wish lists from good boys and girls while Bells Brewery pours special winter brews for those over the age of 21.

Frankford Hall

When:December 17-18
Where:Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue

www.frankfordhall.com

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