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While Philly’s gastropubs and dive bars can surely hold their own (and do), the fleet of restaubars in and around Center City that draws the city’s twenty- and thirty-somethings are just as popular and just as worth a visit.

The scene here is not Bourbon Street or the Strip (thankfully), but rather it’s composed of a bunch of chill, sophisticated spots where you can enjoy a martini at the bar, savor a lite bite in the lounge, or toast your friends at a communal banquet.

A fun night out without the hassles to which you may be accustomed — no lines, no loud music, no dudes spilling drinks on you at the bar — all adds up to a lot of places in Philadelphia that your are going to really like.

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  • Square 1682

    A New American restaurant with world flavors at the Hotel Palomar

    Square 1682 at Hotel Palomar Philadelphia

    Hotel Palomar welcomes a New American restaurant with world flavors, amazing cocktails and an Art Deco decor

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  • Village Whiskey

    Jose Garces tackles the classic American spirit, with bar snacks to match

    Located in a Rittenhouse Square, Chef Jose Garces’ prohibition-like bar Village Whiskey features a library of over 80 varieties of whiskey, bourbon, rye and scotch.

    Located in a Rittenhouse Square, Chef Jose Garces’ prohibition-like bar Village Whiskey features a library of over 80 varieties of whiskey, bourbon, rye and scotch.

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  • Tinto

    Small, Basque-country-inspired plates near Rittenhouse Square

    Tinto features a rustic and intimate atmosphere upstairs and cozy lounge environment downstairs, both perfect for conversing over tapas and a glass of wine.

    Chef Jose Garces’ Tinto showcases the extraordinary tastes of the Basque country, the coastal and mountainous region that blurs the lines of demarcation between Spain and France.

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  • Amada

    Jose Garces’ first Philadelphia restaurant

    Amada by Iron Chef Jose Garces

    At Old City’s Amada, chef Jose Garces has created a grand tapas restaurant, complete with a wall of wooden sangria casks, cured hams and cheeses hanging over the main bar and a menu that ranges from traditional eats to modern take on Spanish fare.

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  • Distrito

    Tapas and tequila reign at this funky Mexican hot spot

    Distrito offers a casual bar scene with as many as 250 tequila options.

    At Distrito, Jose Garces’ two-story Mexican outpost in University City, incredible tapas dishes mingle with a funky (and mostly pink) décor — including the restaurant’s famous Volkswagen Beetle booth.

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  • a.kitchen + a. bar

    Contemporary comfort food and cocktails at AKA Rittenhouse Square Hotel

    The modern stylings of a.kitchen located on the ground floor of the AKA Rittenhouse Square Hotel.

    Part of the chic hotel AKA Rittenhouse Square Hotel, a.kitchen and a.bar offer modern, contemporary dining and cocktails in an intimate space.

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  • R2L Restaurant and Lounge

    Fine dining in the skyline

    Enjoy amazing views from R2L Restaurant and Lounge.

    A sleek, sophisticated restaurant and private event space, R2L sits 500 feet above the city on the 37th floor of Two Liberty Place and features wall-to-wall unobstructed, breathtaking panoramic views that span for over 40 miles.

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  • Moshulu

    Enjoy a breathtaking view of the Philadelphia skyline with your meal

    Moshulu

    Docked permanently at Penn’s Landing on the Delaware River Waterfront, the Moshulu is a restaurant that deserves a spot on your must-visit list. A Philadelphia landmark, the Moshulu is world’s oldest and largest four-masted Tall Ship.

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  • Ms. Tootsie’s Restaurant Bar Lounge

    Soul-satisfying southern cuisine on South Street

    Enjoy some of Philadelphia’s best soul food — and a few cocktails — at Ms. Tootsie’s.

    The charming bar and lounge restaurant has been a neighborhood favorite since opening in 2000. Its southern comfort cuisine has a built a reputation as being among the best in the city.

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  • Valanni Social

    Stellar food and drink just off the Avenue of the Arts

    Fancy drinks in a stylish setting are just the beginning at Valanni Social.

    Fancy drinks in a stylish setting are just the beginning at Medi-Latin eatery Valanni Social, which boasts one of the best late-night snacks in town — a feast of roasted feta, Greek olives, hummus and pita, spicy pulled-chicken empanadas and grilled adobo beef kebobs.

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  • Bank & Bourbon

    Craft cocktails and comforting dishes at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel

    Bank and Bourbon, located on the ground-floor of the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

    Taking over the ground-floor of the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Bank & Bourbon is a relaxing restaurant featuring classic American dishes and an extensive selection of the namesake brown-liquor.

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  • Vie

    Party city

    Quickly becoming of Philly’s hottest event venues, the gorgeously appointed Vie plays host-with-the-most to all manner of upscale soirees and events.

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  • Southwark

    Superb classic cocktails and seasonal fare

    A burnished mahogany bar greets patrons of this romantic, neighborhood bistro. The couple-owned spot—she’s the chef, he’s the bartender—features refined seasonal fare, along with a curated wine list and some of the city’s best Manhattans.

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  • North Shore Swim Club

    Making waves

    A premium hang on the northern edge of NoLibs, this swim club attracts an attractive crowd with tunes, drinks and chill space.

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  • Emmanuelle

    Stiff drinks

    A French-inspired cocktail bar tucked away behind The Piazza, Emmanuelle features classic cocktails and luxurious liquors for all tastes.

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  • Rex 1516

    Down-south, on South

    From the owners of Jet Wine Bar across the street comes Rex, a small and swanky haunt where American Southern food and drink is the focus.

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  • Jet Wine Bar

    A popular wine bar on South Street West

    Wine connoisseurs feel right at home at Jet Wine Bar, which features vino from around the globe along with a revolving menu of small plates of meats, cheeses and sandwiches.

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