25+ Great Bars in Philadelphia’s Historic District
Where to cheers with a pint or two in the Historic District
Like a fresh almost-overflowing 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.
Independence Beer Garden
Cold beer, games and tasty food, steps from Independence Mall
Overlooking Independence National Historical Park and The Liberty Bell Center, Independence Beer Garden (IBG) offers a 22,000-square-foot outdoor retreat to grab a drink right in the heart of the Historic District. Lounge in the rock garden on a large granite boulder, cozy up in a colorful Adirondack chair or grab a picnic table and get a game of Jenga going with your friends. Or hit up the ping pong table after choosing from a list of over 40 taps, spread out across two IBG bars, that pour local and domestic craft beers.
Perfect al fresco dining and nightlife on the Delaware River Waterfront
Facing the Delaware River Waterfront and the beautiful Benjamin Franklin Bridge, Morgan's Pier is among Philadelphia’s most popular summer hotspots. Craft beer, a selection of seasonal cocktails and delicious food from a highly lauded local chef fill the menu, and a scene of live music takes over once the sun sets. International and local DJs along with various upbeat bands fill a schedule that'll keep your dancing shoes moving into the wee hours of the morning.
The Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar
The ever-popular Old City institution
Eulogy Belgian Tavern
Khyber Pass Pub
Philadelphia's oldest established pub
The Olde Bar
Jose Garces' Old City seafood spot
Jose Garces’ first Philadelphia restaurant
Minty mojitos and other Cuban cocktails
Historic views and comfort foods with an international flair
Cooperage Wine and Whiskey Bar
Nearly 100 whiskeys to savor
A snazzy rooftop spot
Mojitos, margaritas and other Latin-inspired favorites
Red Owl Tavern
Modern pub fare in a relaxed atmosphere
When members from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia create a gastropub.
Nostalgic cuisine with a side of humor
Keating’s Rope & Anchor, Bar + Kitchen
Waterfront dining at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing
The Victoria Freehouse
Blimey! What a beer and spirits list!
Over 150 wines by the glass
A classic Philly neighborhood bar in Old City
The Twisted Tail
Modern Southern cuisine, bourbon and blues in Headhouse Square
The Plough & The Stars
An Irish pub and restaurant in Old City
The Irish Pol
40 taps and a barrel room
Race Street Cafe
Low-key vibes, 10-plus taps and more