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The best wine bars in Philadelphia

17 great spots for wine-lovers across the Philly region, whether you’re looking for natural wines or something a little more classic.

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Wine bars are friendly, inviting spaces where bartenders and servers are excited to share their knowledge and love of wine. Whether your taste is for funky, natural, and biodynamic bottles, more classic French and California wines, or you’re not really sure where to start, there’s something for everyone at these bars.

Wine bars can be an excellent way to explore what you do and don’t like, said Etinosa Emokpae The Philadelphia-based sommelier was the wine director at Friday Saturday Sunday and helped open Walnut Street Café. Today, she works for Skurnik Wines, one of the leading wine importers in the region.

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“The best thing about wine bars is that it’s cheaper,” Emokpae said. “If you’re drinking something at a wine bar, nine times out of 10 they’re going to be pouring you a taste before you get a whole glass, and you don’t have to commit to a whole bottle.”

Since Pennsylvania is a control state — meaning the state controls basically all alcohol sales — buying bottles can be a little pricier, which makes trying things by the glass particularly appealing.

TIP: Once you’ve found a glass that you like, Emokpae recommends asking your server to recommend something else to try on your next visit.

The most important thing, she said, is finding a bar with an environment that appeals to you. “At the end of the day, this is just booze.We still need to have a good time.”

Here are some great spots to have a good time drinking wine in Philadelphia and the region:

Bloomsday does excellent, high-quality natural wines without any pretension — the servers know the wine list backward and forward, but the bar also serves up drinks like prosecco water ice floats, if you’re looking for something a little less serious. “Bloomsday is by far my favorite wine bar in Philadelphia,” Emokpae said. “They have arguably the best listing for drinking, but also to buy in the bottle shop. They do a great job of sourcing and making their list really unique.”

📍 414 S. Second St., 📞 267-319-8018, 🌐, 📷 @bloomsdaycafe

Fishtown Social owner Vanessa Wong made the switch from practicing law to running a restaurant and bar.Her approach to wine is friendly, inviting, and approachable for drinkers with all levels of knowledge. As a parent, she wanted the space to be a place where parents could stop by and have a glass of wine and a few bites of food — so don’t be afraid to bring kids. Over the years, the wine program has evolved toward natural bottles whilemaintaining a laid-back approach that will make you wish this spot was in your neighborhood.

📍 1525 Frankford Ave., 🌐, 📷 @fishtownsocial

Wine terms: Cheat sheet

Natural: Catch-all term for wines made without additives, commonly used by many larger winemakers. However, there is no certification for natural wines.

Biodynamic: This signals that the grapes were grown under a specific farming philosophy, described as “a spiritual-ethical-ecological approach to agriculture, gardens, food production and nutrition,” according to the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association, and not using conventional farming practices. These typically fall under the umbrella of natural wines.

Low-intervention: A more specific offshoot of natural wines, low-intervention wines are made with very few additives, in an effort to let the character of the grapes really shine.

Organic: Wines made using only certified organic grapes. Many biodynamic and natural winemakers may follow organic rules even if they’re not certified.


320 Market sits in Swarthmore and Media,well-stocked with grab-and-go food, beer, and a varied, affordable selection of wines by the glass and bottles to go. They’ve focused on natural and low-intervention wines since 1991, so they know what they’re doing. “I think they were one of the first to do a bottle shop focused on natural wine,” Emokpae said. “I think the breadth of their list is absolutely incredible.”

📍 211 State St., Media, and 713 S. Chester Road., Swarthmore, 📞 610-328-7211, 🌐, 📷 @320marketcafeADVERTISEMENT

Owner Jill Weber’s past life as an archaeologist informs much of the wine list at Jet Wine Bar: She brings in wine from some of her favorite places in the world, including Lebanon and Turkey. As a result, the list is different from what you’ll find at other spots. Plus, the staff is super knowledgeable. The outdoor patio is perfect for sipping rosé and white wine all summer long.

📍 1525 South St., 📞 215-735-1116, 🌐, 📷 @jetwinebar

There are many reasons to love Martha, including its menu which offers baked brie and vegan hoagies. The bar focuses more on Pennsylvania-made wines. Look for Pennsylvania-made white and rosé wines on their list, or ask a bartender for a recommendation.

📍 2113 E. York St., 📞 215-867-8881, 🌐, 📷 @marthakensington

Technically, this is a wine store, not a wine bar, but they always have a couple of bottles available to drink by the glass as well as a handful of beers on tap. (One or two bottles of all the whites, sparklings, and rosés are chilled for immediate consumption). The best move, though, is to buy a bottle and take it across the street to the seating area they call the Piazza — there’s no corkage fee. Ask the knowledgeable staff to recommend a bottle (or three) for an affordable wine to pair with a cheesesteak or a fancy bottle for a special occasion.

📍 920 S. Ninth St., 📞 215-560-8745, 🌐, 📷 @dibrunobros

Chloe Grigri’s wine program at Good King Tavern is focused on the best and most exciting bottles coming out of France — from affordable Languedoc whites to more expensive Burgundy reds and everything in between. This is an excellent place to sample a few wines while you nibble snacks, and take home another bottle for later. Grigri also runs Le Caveau, a true wine bar upstairs from Good King Tavern with an even larger by-the-glass menu.

📍 614 S. Seventh St., 📞 215-625-3700, 🌐, 📷 @tgktavern

Beverage director Frank Kinyon designs’s by-the-glass and to-go bottle programs with two things in mind: first, that they’re high-quality, low-intervention wines, and second, that they’re priced affordably enough to encourage guests to experiment and try new things. Almost all their wines are organic or biodynamic.The menu is written with approachable tasting notes that help you figure out what you might like (though the staff is also ready to offer recommendations).

📍 1737 Walnut St., 📞 215-825-7035, 🌐, 📷 @a.barphilly

Emily Kovak runs the wine and beverage program for Port Richmond’s The Lunar Inn with an eye toward mind-expanding, approachable wines meant for drinking while also having fun. Try a glass of rosé brewed in the style of beer or go for a chilled red to pair with their excellent cheeseburger. Once you’ve had your fill, buy a couple of bottles to go at Tiny’s, the (yes, tiny) bottle shop they run behind the bar.

📍 3124 Richmond St., 📞 267-639-6842, 🌐, 📷 @thelunarinn

When all you want is a glass of icy frosé, a spacious garden, and a raucous evening of fun with friends, head to the Wine Garden. The Black-owned bar specializes in wine-based cocktails like their rosé pop, a glass of rosé paired with a popsicle, water ice floats, and lots of sparkling wines. The bottomless mimosa brunch is also a popular choice on Saturdays and Sundays.

📍 5001-5099 Baltimore Ave., 📞 484-808-2141, 🌐, 📷 @winegardenwest

You don’t always want to spend a lot on wine, so Manayunk’s Jake’s and Cooper’s offers a “Cheap Wine” program — for $18, you can order a half-carafe (which is about three glasses of wine). These wines are perfect for evenings when you don’t want to think too much or spend too much. When you’re ready to explore a little more, lean on the staff for recommendations, or turn to their easy-to-understand tasting notes, all written with the beginner’s palate in mind.

📍 4365 Main St., 📞 215-483-0444, 🌐, 📷 @jakes_coopers

Versi Vino’s slogan is “taking the guesswork out of ordering wine.” The menu features 39 wines by the glass, and you can order by the taste, half-glass, full-glass, or bottle. If this piques your interest, they also run tastings and classes, both digitally and in-person — most include several bottles of wine as well as face-to-face instruction time.

📍 461 NJ-38, Maple Shade, 📞 856-320-2812, 🌐, 📷 @versivino

The Farm and Fisherman has a kind of market-turned-restaurant vibe. Sit down for a full meal, stop in early for a glass of wine from the bar’s extensive list, or take home a bottle for later. The selection skews classic, with a few cult favorites tucked in for good measure.

📍 1442 Marlton Pike East, Cherry Hill, 📞 856-356-2282, 🌐, 📷 @thefarmandfish

The 8,000-square-foot Di Bruno Bros. Wayne location is the latest in the Philly mainstay’s takeover of the region. In addition to all the meats, cheeses, and high-end groceries, the Wayne location also hosts Bar Alimentari. Drink some of the best bottles selected for their wine shops by beverage director Sande Friedman at this wine bar and restaurant. The list pulls from a wide variety of regions, including Italy, that are perfect for pairing with snacks.

📍385 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, 📞 484-581-7888, 🌐, 📷 @dibrunobros

Find over 30 wines by the glass from around the world including a pear, floral prosecco and an earthy, meaty grenache-syrah at this Midtown Village bar. From a rotating red and white flight featuring three ounce pours to craft cocktails, the cozy bar is a good spot for birthday celebrations and other gatherings. French-inspired plates are offered for munching.

📍129 S 13th St., 📞 215-922-3095, 🌐, 📷 @vintage_phl

Barcelona is a national chain with a location on East Passyunk Avenue. Inside, a selection of wines hailing from Spain and South America are offered in a warm and welcoming setting. Sip on a sparkling wine from Cava, Spain or red from Alentejo, Portugal as you snack on cheeses from your charcuterie board.

📍1709 East Passyunk Ave.,📞 215-515-7900, 🌐, 📷 @barcelonawinebar

Pennsylvania wines by Wayvine Vineyards at Tulip. The Fishtown bar specializes in pasta and wine, expertly pairing the two for a delightful experience. Try the plum, dark cherry merlot for $14 a glass or the honeysuckle, pear white for $12 a glass, accompanied by a plate of cacio e peperoncini for $19 or charcoal roasted beef ravioli for $24.

📍2302 E Norris St., 📞 267-773-8189, 🌐, 📷 @tulippastawine

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Expert sources:
  1. Etinosa Emokpae, Philadelphia-based sommelier

About the writer:

Maddy Sweitzer-Lammé is a food and restaurant writer based in Philadelphia with roots in the South. Her work spans restaurants, home cooking, and all the ways food is intertwined with community, politics, and pleasure. Her work has appeared in Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, and Philadelphia Magazine.