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Feb 4, 2014 01:20 PM

Happy hour near the Kimmel?

Hi, I'm looking for a good happy hour near the Kimmel. I'm attending a concert there, and would like to grab a drink with some friends beforehand. Prefer somewhere cool and trendy...and if possible, with reasonable prices.

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    1. I think Jose Pistola's has a happy hour deal.

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      1. re: lawgirl3278

        Thanks for the answers so far. I'm not from Philly. If you could share a little information on the places you recommend, that would be great. I'll google both Jose Pistola and McGlinchey's.

        1. re: Emmagirl

          McGlinchey's is a dive bar, and a dirty one at that. I don't think of it as a place for drinks before a show at the Kimmel. They allow smoking, one of the last places in town to do so. Someone's pulling your leg...

          1. re: caganer

            Thanks. I googled it and realized it was a dive bar. Totally not what I'm looking for, especially if it allows indoor smoking. How about Monk's Café? Any thoughts on that? I was hoping for something like Rouge, but much closer to the Kimmel, ideally, within a couple of blocks of Broad Street. Thanks.

            1. re: Emmagirl

              Monk's is a favorite for its beer list but it can get crowded and the atmosphere is more basic, definitely not in the Rouge mold.

              Maybe the bar at XIX (Nineteen)? I believe they have happy hour specials.

              1. re: Emmagirl

                You know, Rouge is only 5 blocks away from the Kimmel Center. If you can handle a 10 minute walk and Rouge is what you want, why not go there? If you're going to walk to Rittenhouse Sq, Parc is also an ok place for a drink.

                The places closest to the Kimmel Center are either geared towards the 55+ crowd (Estia) or the younger crowd (Jose Pistolas, Good Dog). Tria straddles the two by catering to the types whose priority is tasting interesting wines and beers, not the scene.
                There's also Villani, which isn't the place for interesting modern cocktails or a great beer or wine list but it is nice and maybe more upbeat than the other places mentioned.

                1. re: caganer

                  Thanks for the pointers. I provided my age (30's) in another response because I would prefer to be around people in my own age range. I hadn't realized Rittenhouse Square was that close. I love Parc Bistro too, although I've only gone there for dinner, not drinks. I really enjoy walking, but I'm going to be very pressed for time...I only have an hour to spare before the concert. The closer the bar/restaurant to the Kimmel, the better. Besides, I enjoy exploring and discovering new places. I like Rouge, but Philly is a big city. I'm sure there are tons of places that are equally good, if not better. I want to find them rather than being a one-note pony. I've gotten some fantastic suggestions here, thanks to everyone who took the time to respond.

            2. re: Emmagirl

              If you could give more information on what you consider cool or appealing that would help too! There are a lot of places on 13th Street that would seem trendy to some people, but horribly well-heeled to others.

              1. re: lowereastrittenhouse

                Okay, so Monk's doesn't sound like a good option. Thanks for suggesting XIX. I've been to dinner and a few fundraisers there. Great ambiance and views. I totally forgot it's a block from the Kimmel. Still, I think I would like to try somewhere new. I guess I'm looking for a nice winebar-type venue, where we could have a drink (wine/cocktails) and would also have the option of grabbing a quick bite to eat. I only have an hour or so before the performance. How about Tria or Jamonera? I haven't been to either, but descriptions look promising... I'm in my 30's, if it matters.

                1. re: Emmagirl

                  Tria on 12th/Spruce is a good option, though it's strictly wine/beer, no cocktails. Vintage wine bar might also fit the bill for you: they have a full bar, but I've never been impressed with their happy hour specials. I'm don't know if Jamonera has a true happy hour - somehow I always find them pricier than I expect going in.

                  1. re: lowereastrittenhouse

                    Thanks. I'll take a look at Vintage, although from your feedback, it sounds as if Tria may be the best of the three. How about Sampan? I haven't been there, but it also looks promising.

                    1. re: Emmagirl

                      Tria is my favorite, since its wine list is more to my preferences (which are not everyone's though) and since they actually have a good beer selection, whereas Vintage's beer offerings are mysteriously lame. But I don't want to put you off Vintage: the decor is cool, and it's close to other 13th Street options. Really, I don't think you'd go wrong with either.

                      In my mind, neither are as fancy as Amada - the place that comes closest to that ambience in the area would probably be the bar at Amis.

                      Sampan leans trendier, younger, and (much) louder than all of the above. Though in all fairness, I've mostly been to their outside bar during warm weather.

                      1. re: lowereastrittenhouse

                        You hit the nail right on the head. I would vote for Tria. Sampan has very good food and in the nice weather some outdoor seating. Amada is, IMHO, the best of the Garces (TV Iron Chef) restaurants.

                        Also, I would consider Indeblue on 13th not for from Amis and Elvez (another Steven Star restaurant, loud and fun). Indeblue is more exotic than most bar places if you like fine quality Indian cuisine.

                        1. re: PicklePaul

                          I had never heard of Indeblue! Sounds really cool and interesting, and I prefer spicy Asian/African/Latin American food. It would be right up my alley. I stumbled on the rooftop bar at the Continental a couple of summers ago, and really liked the vibe. I'll give this one a try at some point.

                2. re: lowereastrittenhouse

                  If I were in Olde City, I would probably go to Amada. I'm looking for something similar (or better) near the Kimmel. Thanks.

              2. re: lawgirl3278

                2nd Jose Pistola's, the beer list is good and the food got an upgrade recently.

                1. re: Buckethead

                  Could you please share why you're recommending it. From the descriptions and reviews I found, it seems to be a bar where people primarily go to watch professional sports. Is that impression incorrect?

              3. How about Sbraga?

                Top Chef winning chef. I don't think they have a specific happy hour, but they are block from Kimmel, have a nice little bar, a very interesting wine list, some good cocktails, and I assume they will serve you some food at the bar (I'm not sure if I've ever done that).

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                1. re: PhillyBestBYOB

                  Oh, I've heard really great things about the restaurant, but I wasn't even thinking of it. So glad I posed the question! I've gotten some really great suggestions.

                  1. re: Emmagirl

                    Actually, I do remember ordering dessert at Sbraga's bar now that I think about it.

                2. Estia's bar (across fom the Academy of Music) is active around that time and it is only a block away.

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                  1. re: arepo

                    Good thought, nice bar, lovely venue. It is very busy around performance times and often a few people deep. One word of caution: If drinking champagne or wine be sure you understand the price of your beverage. We ordered from a bar bottle champagne and were charged $30 per glass. We do understand that depending on the bottle and with restaurant markups this per glass price could be what is required. However, if you are not wanting to pay some fairly high per glass prices be alert.

                    1. re: Bacchus101

                      You'd think that with a name like Bacchus, Estia and Wine would be right up your alley. :)

                      1. re: arepo

                        Thanks for the great suggestion!

                      2. I probably would go to Garces Trading Company or Amis, but not sure I'd characterize either as cool and trendy.

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                        1. re: jhpark

                          Thanks. I thought Garces Trading Company was down by Washington Square. Looking at a map, however, it doesn't seem that far from the Kimmel? I've been meaning to try their happy hour ever since they opened their doors for business.