Wine lovers adore Philadelphia for its great selection of wine bars around town. So no matter which neighborhood you may find yourself in, be sure to stop in, sip and savor a few glasses of reds, whites, rosé, or sparklers at some of the coolest wine bars in the city.
With over 120 wines on tap, Panorama is known across the city as offering one of the most robust wine selections in Philadelphia. This sophisticated Old City location is a foodie favorite, as it’s situated within a highly-acclaimed Italian restaurant of the same name. It’s best to grab a barstool at happy hour, enjoy a few glasses of your favorite wines—or be adventurous and try something new.
Jet Wine Bar
Offering a wide variety of wines from around the world, Jet Wine Bar is situated in the bustling South Street neighborhood and features an array of homemade light bites to go along with the curated vintages selected by husband-and-wife owners Jill Weber and Evan Malone. In the warmer months, be sure to check out their adjacent wine garden that starts to get buzzing early and is usually a popular spot on weekends.
Award-winning chef Jose Garces owns several restaurants in town, but if you really want to explore a taste of Spain throughout its varietals, check out Tinto’s wine bar (and restaurant), which showcases a carefully chosen wine list of lesser-known vintages. If you’re hungry, be sure to order a few authentic plates to go along with your selected wines. And if you’re in the mood for sangria, this is the place to order it. This chic yet comfortable hotspot usually has a few house-made options every night, so be sure to ask about the specials.
Just off the city’s posh Rittenhouse Square, Tria Cafe (one of three locations) is a cozy destination that always has a frequently-changing exceptional wine selection. The bartenders here know their stuff and always glad to share their insights about the varietals poured here. You can also enjoy a few snacks while contemplating your next glass; the wines (and cocktails) here are served alongside a menu of European-style delights.
Offering a rotating selection of 60 wines by the glass from across the globe, Vintage is a hip wine bar situated in one of the hottest areas in town, Midtown Village. You can choose your own flight here and get expert advice on optimal wine pairing options. A variety of casual fare is offered as well. Afterward, stroll around this vibrant neighborhood, as there are plenty of bars, shops, and restaurants to discover.
This tiny wine bar and shop in the Fishtown section of Philly has quickly become a neighborhood favorite. A unique concept for the city, Fishtown Social features a full bar in the front of the business, and an exceptionally-stocked wine store in the back. Both emphasize lesser-known varietals from around the world. If you hang out for a glass or two, be sure to taste a few of their nibbles – such as cheeses, meats, and more.
Barcelona Wine Bar and Restaurant
In South Philly, the Barcelona Wine bar attracts fans from all over the city. This bustling spot offers an incredible number of tapas, salads, plates to share, and other options—and plenty of great Spanish wines to go along with their specialties. It’s ideal for night owls, as it’s open late and the kitchen stays open until closing, too.
Jake’s and Cooper’s Wine Bar
The Manayunk section of Philadelphia is home to many bustling bars and restaurants, but if you’re in the neighborhood, head to Jake’s and Cooper’s for an eye-opening wine experience. Celebrating over 30 years in business, Jake’s and Cooper’s offers 30 wines by the glass (and over 20 by the bottle), so they encourage customers to sip a few different options on the menu. They also have a full food menu (with weekend brunch), so you can kick back and enjoy a few pours anytime.
A new kid on the block, City Winery opened in summer 2019 and is an expansive, multi-level restaurant and entertainment space with a rustic ambiance that offers a vast selection of wines suited for everyone’s palate. It’s also a music venue, attracting local as well as national acts (with tickets for shows available in advance). The spacious restaurant serves up a variety of specials, so if you wish to get a bite to eat, there’s plenty to choose from—before, during, or after the show.
The wines pour easily at Tredici Enoteca, as this bar and restaurant showcases over a hundred different varietals of (mostly Italian) wines. It’s an ideal destination if you’re interested in exploring a diverse selection of wines from the Old Country while seated at their stylish bar. If you prefer to sit at a table for a meal, there are a number of homemade Italian specialties on offer here, too. And your server will be more than happy to help you chose an exceptional wine to enhance your chosen dish.