Cosmopolitan Cocktails

first_imgWhile 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.10 Arts 10 Avenue of the Arts World-renowned Chef Eric Ripert has made Philadelphia his new home — and the diners at The Ritz-Carlton couldn’t be happier. Specializing in American cuisine with an emphasis on sustainable, locally grown ingredients, 10 Arts is a sophisticated dining experience that’s both worldly and home-grown.32° 16 S. 2nd Street Experience the lap of luxury in the center of Old City at 32°.  Fun and innovative cocktails, including drinks served in glasses made of ice, make for an exciting change from the typical bar scene.Alma De Cuba 1623 Walnut Street Stephen Starr tips his hat to chic Cuban cuisine at this classy Walnut Street restaurant.  Meet for a few drinks at the popular first floor bar, where classic Cuban cocktails such as mojitos and daiquiris flow freely.Amada 217 Chestnut StreetAt Old City’s Amada, Iron Chef Jose Garces has created the city’s grandest 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 — tortilla espanola, Spanish olives, warm fava bean salad — to edgy — foie gras flatbreads and artichoke and spinach empanadas.Cuba Libre 10 S. 2nd StreetThis popular Old City spot is designed to resemble a street scene in Havana — and you can’t beat the mojitos.Distrito 3945 Chestnut StreetTapas and tequila reign at this deliciously over-the-top Mexican hot spot.  At 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 — to bring you a thoroughly entertaining night out.El Vez 121 S. 13th StreetLocated on a hot corner in the burgeoning Midtown Village, El Vez, named after the Mexican Elvis, serves lunch and dinner. Try the margaritas.James 824 S. 8th StreetThe home of Philadelphia’s “Best Entrée”, James serves Italian and contemporary American cuisine with a farm-fresh twist.  The restaurant has been recognized by Food & Wine for its exceptionally well-crafted dishes.Moshulu 401 S. Columbus BoulevardEnjoy a breathtaking view of the Philadelphia skyline with your meal.  During the warmer weather months, you can enjoy a drink or a meal on the historic ship’s multi-level decks and take in the Philadelphia skyline and the shimmering lights on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.  See what makes this spot one of Philly 360° creative ambassador Marsha Ambrosius’ favorite spots in the city.Ms. Tootsie’s Cafe, Bar and Lounge 1312 South StreetThe charming BYOB café has been a neighborhood favorite since opening in 2000 and its southern comfort cuisine has a built a reputation as being among the best in the city.Noble: An American Cookery2025 Sansom StreetSustainable cuisine and a rustic setting make this a noble venture, indeed.Parc 227 S. 18th StreetWith Parc, famed restaurateur Stephen Starr brings a certain je ne sais quoi to Rittenhouse Square. Parc offers an authentic French bistro experience, fully equipped with a chic Parisian ambiance and gorgeous sidewalk seating overlooking the Square.Pod 3636 Sansom StreetSuperb sushi and dim sum in a spectacular—if not spacey—environment where private ‘pod’s allow visitors to change the mood colors of their booths whenever the mood strikes them.  Check out why Philly 360° creative ambassadors Marc Byers and Chloé Davis adore this popular and stylish pan-Asian restaurant in University City.Positano Coast 212 Walnut StreetSurrounded by a serene backdrop reminiscent of the Amalfi Coast, Positano Coast in Old City offers small-plate servings of modern Italian cuisine.Rouge 205 S. 18th StreetEnjoying one of the best vistas in the city at this chic eatery on Rittenhouse Square.Silk City 435 Spring Garden StreetPart diner, part bar and part dance club, Silk City is one of Philly’s coolest night spots.Square 1682 121 S. 17th StreetHotel Palomar welcomes a New American restaurant with world flavors, amazing cocktails and an Art Deco décor.Table 31 at the Comcast Center1701 John F. Kennedy BoulevardA collaboration of Georges Perrier and Chris Scarduzio, Table 31 is an Italian bistro — also known for its exquisite steaks — located inside the Comcast Center. And like the Comcast Center, Table 31 is sophisticated, visitor-friendly and definitely on the large side.The Continental Midtown 1801 Chestnut StreetStephen Starr recreates the success of his first restaurant, the original Continental in Old City, with this sibling restaurant just off Rittenhouse Square.The Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar 138 Market StreetThe creative cocktails and imaginative décor at this diner-made-martini bar creates an atmosphere all its own, making it one of the hottest night spots in Old City.Tinto 116 S. 20th StreetTinto, the second restaurant from Iron Chef Jose Garces, showcases the extraordinary tastes of the Basque country, the coastal and mountainous region that blurs the lines of demarcation between Spain and France.Twenty Manning Grill 261 S. 20th StreetPan Asian fare and a sleek, minimalist style make this restaurant and lounge an ideal Rittenhouse retreat.Vango Lounge and Sky Bar 116 S. 18th StreetAfter snagging fizzy cocktails from the bar, partiers kick up their heels to DJ-spun beats before lounging on king-sized beds and admiring the city skyline on the Skybar, an amazing upstairs deck with outdoor seating.Village Whiskey 118 S. 20th StreetLocated in a Rittenhouse Square space evoking the free-wheeling spirit of a speakeasy, Village Whiskey is prolific Chef Jose Garces’ intimate, 30-seat tribute to the time-honored liquor.Water Works Restaurant and Lounge 1 Boathouse DriveMore than 140 years after it closed for business, Fairmount Park’s famed Water Works — onetime home to the engine room for Philadelphia’s cutting-edge water department — recently reopened as a chic destination lounge and restaurant.XIX (Nineteen) at the Bellevue 200 S. Broad StreetA postcard of Philadelphia won’t even begin to rival the view of the city skyline boasted by XIX, the restaurant on the nineteenth floor of the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue. Water Works Restaurant and Lounge(Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC)last_img