Lounges in Powelton Village

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Another venue from Jose Garces, Tinto spotlights small plates from the Basque region's pintxos bars. Montaditos, a type of crostini, come with jumbo lump crab or duck confit, while lamb and spiced meatballs arrive on skewers. Most everything pairs well with a glass of the house sangria, but there's beer, wine, and a selection of Spanish ciders as well.

114 S 20th St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Countless fiber-optic cables comprise a titanic custom chandelier in Vango Lounge & Sky Bar’s main dining room, casting a glow over tufted-velvet walls and plates of Japanese continental cuisine. During a typical meal, yellowtail and grilled vegetables may top small plates of crostini, and wasabi mashed potatoes sidle up to larger entrees such as braised-beef short ribs in sweet teriyaki sauce. As chefs compose eel and avocado rolls or slice delicate pieces of salmon sushi, bartenders mix specialty cocktails, such as the Sundance with Absolut Raspberri and Godiva white-chocolate liqueur. Luxe decorations—including wall nooks that display sleek bottles of vodka and a wall that holds 200 inlaid fresh roses every night—dapple the 8,000-square-foot lounge. Upstairs on the roof deck, revelers can admire the surrounding skyline from a seat at the bar, boogie on the dance floor to nightly DJs, or secretly read comic books under the covers of king-size lounge beds.

116 S 18th St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Named for the business that once fronted the largest Prohibition-era bootlegging ring in the country, Franklin Mortgage reveres well-made cocktails as a true sensory experience. The extensive, ever-changing menu makes it hard to select a drink, but you’ll want to choose carefully after waiting outside for an open table.

112 S 18th St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Periodically, cries of "Nevermore!" reverberate through The Raven Lounge, which continually reaches out to local celebs such as NBC 10's John Clark to deliver in-house readings of the classic Poe poem. They are among many famous faces that fill the club, where six area DJs spin the latest jams every week, bands frequently blast out their tunes, and comedians H. Foley and Chris Cotton host open mic comedy every Thursday.

Neon lettering scrawled on the ceilings helps illuminate the two-floor lounge, where projectors and flat-screens showcase sports and, as reported on BBC Two, members of the rock, papers, scissors league compete for a spot in the world championship in Las Vegas. To complement optional bottle service from the fully stocked bar, The Raven Lounge's menu of bar classics includes chicken and vegetable dumplings or hot dogs from a late night menu that starts at 2 a.m.

1718 Sansom St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

As a lesbian-owned club, Stir is known for hosting a raucous Friday Ladies Night, but the joint is hardly exclusive—it welcomes folks of all genders and orientations with open arms and cushy barstools. It's particularly inviting on Thursday nights, when $1 well drinks liven up the relaxed, modern space.

1705 Chancellor St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Just about every night at 8 p.m., two musicians take their seats at opposing baby grand pianos, and the show at Jollys Dueling Piano Bar begins. For the next, say, six or so hours, they'll belt out crowd favorites by Billy Joel and Lady Gaga, pausing to take audience requests or serenade a birthday honoree. But even without the rollicking performance, there would be plenty to draw people to the bar—namely, the food and drinks. A rotating list of craft beers and sweet cocktails complements a menu of spicy bacon burgers, goat cheese flatbreads, and housemade guacamole.

1420 Locust St
Philadelphia,
PA
US