With the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting coming to Philadelphia at the end of January, we decided to begin compiling lists of Philly-related things (probably mostly food) to help our librarian friends navigate the city. This won’t be a comprehensive list but a selection of places easy to get to from the Convention Center area.
We’ll add new posts as we cover different topics but will aggregate all our information on our Midwinter 2014 page.
If you’re coming to Philly for the conference, feel free to ask us any questions. We’d be happy to answer or point you in the right direction.
Prior to moving to Philadelphia, when I first came here for ALA Midwinter in 2008, my first impression was that there was a wine bar on every corner! That’s not quite the case, but there are plenty of good places to drink wine, even at the airport.
Tria (3 locations: Tria Café 12th & Spruce, Tria Café 18th & Sansom, Tria Taproom 2005 Walnut St) – Tria gets its name from the trio of wine, beer, and cheese, and it excels in all three. Each location is great for wine, beer, and snacks, and the taproom location has a bit more of an extensive menu as far as food goes. The taproom has an innovative tap system with both wine and beer on draft. The only problem with Tria in general is it’s so popular, so it can get a little crowded, but it’s great if you get there early. The café locations are open from noon to late night daily; the taproom location is open noon to late night M-F and 4:00pm to late night Sat-Sun.
Vintage Wine Bar (129 S. 13th St.) – Vintage has a good wine list as well as a full bistro menu, so it’s suitable for dinner as well as drinks. Open 4:00pm – 2:00am M-F, 2:00pm – 2:00am Sat-Sun.
Ristorante Panorama (Front & Market St) – The bar at Ristorante Panorama (Il Bar) is located at the Penn’s View Hotel and features a 120 bottle cruvinet, the largest in the world. This means you can order wines by the glass that would normally only be available by the bottle, so it’s a fantastic opportunity to try a variety of wines. The restaurant itself features delicious Italian food (including gluten-free pastas), which you can also enjoy at the bar. Bar opens at 5:00pm Sun-Fri, 3:00pm Sat.
Jet Wine Bar (1525 South St) – Jet Wine Bar happens to be our local wine bar, so it’s a favorite of ours. The wines are more unusual, from off-the-beaten path locales, and the by-the-glass prices are also a bit more reasonable than some of the other wine bars. Open Sun-Thurs 11:00am – midnight, Fri-Sat 11:00am – 1:00am.
a.bar (Walnut & 18th St) – a.bar is housed in the AKA Rittenhouse Hotel and has an outstanding wine program, with a special focus on wines that pair well with oysters. It can be a bit pricy, but wine lovers will appreciate the hard-to-find wines available here.
For information about where to buy wine to take back to your hotel, see our post on where to buy booze in Philadelphia.