What are the best bars in Philadelphia?

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We live out in the suburbs, so the local one that we go to is The Flying Pig, which is kind of a fun spot. Bars come and go so frequently. Center City has more of a dining crowd.

Manayunk is a hipper part of town. Manayunk Brewing Company is a big spot there. There’s also a new section of town that’s called Fishtown, which is sort of a young, hipper place.

Melissa Greiner

Grabbing a drink is an affair in Philadelphia, with bar keeps, cocktail crafters, and mixologists shaking and stirring up drinks that amaze in venues with personality.

If you crave a view with your drink, look upward. From the roof of the Continental Mid-town you can sip colorful martinis beneath the lights of the cities skyscrappers while you lounge on a retro sofa. Slip into a leather-clad booth at XIX where dark wood and a massive fireplace give off the feel of a stately library, all with a killer skyline view. Or head to Philadelphia's newest roof-top spot, Stratus Lounge atop the Hotel Monaco, for a view of Independence Mall the founding fathers never got to enjoy.

If the classic drinks and some swanky style is what you are after, Philadelphia's speakeasy scene is what you need. The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Company is a subterranian longue with expertly crafted drinks and always perfect ice. Sweep the alleys by Sansom Street for The Ranstead Room, where a barely marked door and a dark stairwell lead you to a dimly lit oasis housing some of the brightest bartenders in the biz. Or head to Chinatown's Hop Sing Laudromat, where, if you get in, you'll discover some of the sweetest sips in town.

Philadelphia's a craft beer town, and as such there are no shortage of places to browse through multi-page menus of suds. Old City's Eulogy Tavern is one of the original beer shrines, while Center City's Monk's Tavern has a overwhelming selection of Belgian brews (and some of the best muscles and frites around). Or go stein-style with a picnic table at outdoor Franklin Hall or the German (from the brats to the lederhosen) Brauhaus Schmitz.

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