|Bar at Caribou Cafe|
Black Sheep - You can't beat the giant roaring fireplace at Black Sheep. It's a small space but if you're lucky enough to get one of the few picnic-style tables/benches near the back, it's one of the coziest spots in town. The upstairs dining room and tiny bar are equally as inviting, sans fire. The food menu has grown in the last year, too, with many comforting options like pulled pork, sliders and mussels. It's a good spot to stop in after a long day of holiday shopping in Rittenhouse or to meet a friend for a catch-up drink, though it can get really crowded later at night. If you have trouble finding it, walk south on 17th Street past the Warwick Hotel and it's on your left. I've advised many a lost bar tour participant how to get there.
|Festive bar at Bridget Foy's|
Irish Pub at 20th and Walnut - Ok, ok. I know people either flock to or avoid this place like the plague. I prefer it as a daytime drinking spot, especially for watching a game, launching a bar tour or grabbing a beer or late lunch. The $4 beer special each day, including Sam Seasonal pints on Saturdays, is a nice perk. Plus their Country Style Chicken Salad Melt with bacon and melted farmhouse cheddar on grilled seven-grain bread is one of my (Kristy's) favorite sandwiches in all of Philadelphia. The pub is decorated nicely at the holidays and big enough to find a spot to sit/stand during the afternoon. Night time is a different story and we generally avoid it then.