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25 Great Bars in Philadelphia’s Historic District

Where to cheers with a pint or two in the Historic District

Like a fresh almost over-flowing beer, Philadelphia’s Historic District is brimming with options for grabbing a drink.

Whether you prefer an open-air spot with games, snacks and 40 taps like Independence Beer Garden, a waterfront view with late-night dancing such as Morgan’s Pier or a cozy tavern with awesome food like the Khyber Pass Pub, Philly’s original city has you covered when it comes to drinks.

Establishments specializing in wine, whiskey and beer are all options, too, as is a quaint tavern owned by two leading members from the cast of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” all just steps away from the main attractions in the area.

So whether you need a spot for taking a midday break after checking out The Liberty Bell Center or a bar or two to hang out at inside (or, weather permitting, outside!), check out where to grab a drink in the Historic District below.

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Eulogy Belgian Tavern

Declared the holder of Philadelphia's largest beer selection, Eulogy Belgian Tavern holds 400 beers on its bottle list and a rotating selection of 30 drafts. Domestic craft and international styles, including a notably rich array of offerings from Belgium (the country of inspiration behind the tavern) line the menu. Also decorating the menu with allure are classic European eats, like Flemish frietjes (fries) with multiple sauce options, Belgian meatballs braised in a Hoegaarden demi-glace and mussels cooked with your choice of beer or wine.
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Khyber Pass Pub

Philadelphia's oldest established pub

Dating back to the 19th century, the Khyber Pass Pub offers a classic dark wood tavern setting for enjoying a craft beer on draft. Cocktails, wine, bourbon and scotch also line the drink menu, along with hearty barbeque and New Orleans-style fare, including fan-favorite bacon-grease popcorn. Note: Non-meat eaters in the bunch can score here, too, from a menu that also specializes in vegan and vegetarian dishes.
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The Olde Bar

Jose Garces' Old City seafood spot

Jose Garces' Olde Bar revives the Old Original Bookbinder's, a mid-20th century landmark Philadelphia restaurant. With an extensive drinks menu that covers everything from classic cocktails to Fish House punch to interesting spirits, it'd be hard not to find something interesting to sip on.
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Lucha Cartel

Mojitos, margaritas and other Latin-inspired favorites

Score deals on drinks from 10 p.m. to midnight every Friday and Saturday, and savor signature margaritas, mojitos, sangria and more any night of the week at Lucha Cartel. Bonus: On Tuesday evenings, the contemporary Mexican spot hosts salsa dancing sessions paired with a free instructor and $5 margaritas.
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Tin Angel

A haven for singer-songwriter performances in Old City

Relax in a seat at the back bar or at a candlelit table at Tin Angel and you can enjoy not only a glass of wine but also a live musical performance most nights of the week. The intimate bar hosts a steady lineup of primarily singer-songwriter acts and serves up a lengthy menu of both wine and beer by the bottle or draft.
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Bierstube German Tavern

German cuisine and suds galore

Brats, burgers and brews are the staple of this Old City bar, known for its expansive selection of German beers. On tap at Bierstube, you'll find 23 drafts with a few local options thrown in alongside hefeweizens, blondes and other German-style beers. The bottles-and-cans list tops 120 options, with corresponding descriptions to give you a glimpse of each offering's origins and flavor profile. A sizable wine selection and fully stocked bar is available, too.
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Mac’s Tavern

When members from "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" create a gastropub...

While it's not Paddy's, Mac’s Tavern is actually owned by Rob McElhenney (Mac) and Kaitlin Olsen (Sweet Dee) from "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and features more than a dozen beers on tap, gastropub fare, a jukebox and occasional live music. If you're looking to savor a drink while catching a sports game, the tavern has four plasma TVs for you to enjoy, too.
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Prime Stache

Innovative cocktails and occasional Eagles' player spottings

Owned by Philadelphia Eagles’ tight end Brent Celek, the rustic Prime Stache keeps an extensive drink menu ranging from saisons, Belgians and pilsners to whiskey sours, ciders, Reislings, Malbecs and more. The spot is most known for its creative cocktails, which you can enjoy either in the upstairs lounge or next to the exposed brick in the cozy downstairs restaurant.
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The Victoria Freehouse

Blimey! What a beer and spirit list!

Modeled after a British pub, The Victoria Freehouse keeps a nice list of $40 wines by the bottle, international meads, single malt scotch and other interesting spirits. You can't miss the extensive beer list, either, featuring a variety of brews from both the U.K. and U.S. Paired with classic fish-and-chip styled fare and pub snacks like deviled eggs, the menu and the cozy setting invite you to settle in and stay awhile.
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Bleu Martini

A multifarious martini list

This restaurant, bar and club bathed in cobalt blue offers a VIP scene and an edgy DJ soundtrack. Daily happy hour specials at the Bleu Martini include select $5 martinis from the 30 martini options on the menu.
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The Irish Pol

40 taps and a barrel room

Featuring a 40-tap system, a "Barrel Room" lounge area devoted to bourbons and other spirits and a seven-days-a-week happy hour, The Irish Pol offers a prime spot for grabbing a drink in the Historic District. While you're there, don't miss out on ordering a plate of wings - the hot mustard variety gets rave reviews.
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Drinker’s Tavern

Where 20-somethings go to party

Attracting a young, party-ready crowd, Drinker's Tavern serves up 40-ounce bottles of beer and a basement DJ scene where an always-lively crowd can be found grooving on the dance floor.
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Race Street Cafe

Low-key vibes, 10-plus taps and more

Settle into Race Street Cafe's low-key rustic bistro, warmed in the winter by a wood stove and cooled in the summer by the breeze blowing through the open barn doors. Over ten taps pour different types of beer and an array of wines are offered, too. If hunger strikes, choose from an array of seasonal and local options that fill up the casual cafe menu.
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