Date Nights Mini-Guide

Sampling of romantic dinners...

These feeds include options ranging from Spanish tapas at Amada to Japanese sushi at Double Knot. A Mano offers a cozy Italian experience with a BYOB option, while Laurel serves creative French and American fare. South Kitchen & Jazz offers live jazz music and a deep whiskey list, and Bistro Romano is an intimate Italian spot with a rustic vibe and wine cellar. Friday Saturday Sunday and Harp & Crown are both American options, with the latter featuring a basement bowling alley. Irwin's serves Sicilian fare on a rooftop terrace, and Little Nonna's offers traditional Italian dishes in a homey trattoria setting. Vernick Food & Drink is an energetic neighborhood bistro, and Alpen Rose is a classic steakhouse with a reimagined twist. Charlie was a sinner is a vegan-friendly cocktail lounge, and Hiroki is a soulful Japanese spot. Suraya Restaurant is a spacious Lebanese cafe, market, and restaurant with an outdoor garden, and Townsend is a seasonal and elegant French dining option. Wm. Mulherin’s Sons is an Italian restaurant in a restored 1890s whiskey blending and bottling facility.

Sampling of Italian BYOBs...

A Mano and L'Angolo are both BYOBs serving award-winning authentic Italian cuisine, while La Viola West is a snug Italian BYOB appealing to theatergoers and others. Ralph's Italian Restaurant has been serving hearty classic Italian since 1900, and Ristorante Pesto is a family-run trattoria known for its Southern Italian classics and neighborhood atmosphere. Ambrosia Ristorante BYOB focuses on homemade pastas and classic Italian dishes, and Aroma on 3rd is a West Philly Italian BYOB serving lunch and dinner daily. Bistro La Baia is a BYOB bistro offering Italian comfort cooking, and Cucina Maria is an authentic BYOB Italian spot in Bella Vista. Fiorino is a BYOB located in the heart of East Falls. L'anima is a BYO with seafood-inspired dishes and a focus on freshness, and Luna BYOB is a Rittenhouse spot with homemade pasta, appetizers, seafood dishes, and desserts. Other options on the Italian BYOBs feed include Mamma Maria Ristorante, Mercato BYOB, O Sole Mio Restaurant, Scannicchio's Italiano, Trattoria Carina, La Fontana Della Citta, La Locanda Del Ghiottone BYOB, La Nonna, Mangia Macaroni, Melograno, Mr. Martino's Trattoria, Porcini, Radicchio Cafe, Cafe Carmela BYOB, South Philly Italian Kitchen, and many more.

on Canoodling...

Experience the romance of Philadelphia's vibrant bar scene with these cozy spots for canoodling, mingling, and rubbing noses. Sassafras Bar offers live jazz and a cozy atmosphere for mixing and mingling, while Double Knot serves up Japanese-inspired cocktails and sushi for a memorable date night. For a taste of American fare, check out Friday Saturday Sunday, or indulge in some bowling and craft cocktails at Harp & Crown. For a touch of sophistication, try The Good King Tavern, with its upscale bar and quirky decor, or The Ranstead Room, a hidden speakeasy. Charlie was a sinner offers vegan-friendly small plates and strong drinks, while R&D Cocktail Bar is a neighborhood favorite.


on dancing..

Greetings, my good sir / madam! Are you in search of a grand evening of revelry and dancing? If so, I suggest you visit Silk City Diner Bar & Lounge, a renovated diner with nightly entertainment, or Woody's, a popular destination among the LGBTQ community. For a touch of Cuban flavor, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar offers Cuban cuisine and a vast rum bar, complete with late-night salsa dancing. Lucha Cartel is a funky and lively cantina featuring Latin music and dancing on the weekends, while The Dolphin is a throwback club with glowing walls, go-go dancers, and DJs. The Trestle Inn is a speakeasy known for its whiskey and go-go dancing, and Vango Skybar and Lounge boasts DJ dancing on two floors and a rooftop deck. Concourse Dance Bar also offers a dance floor, as well as an ice-bar to cool off. Other options include National Mechanics, Saint Lazarus Bar, The 700, The Barbary, Brasil's Nightclub, Broad Hall, Cockatoo, Franky Bradley's, Morea Philly, Pace & Blossom, Stir Lounge, Terra, Tierra Nightclub, Voyeur Nightclub, and Trilogy Nightclub. I assure you, any one of these fine establishments will provide a most delightful evening of dancing and merriment.