SIPS is fun, sure, but it’s also an excuse for groups of friends to get really drunk on $3 beers in swarms that seem to somehow double in size every time they move to a new bar. If that’s not exactly your speed, head to Balcony Bar. It’s a rooftop that’s only open to the public on Wednesday nights during the summer, and of all the places that participate in SIPS, this one always stays pretty calm. Plus, they serve food from the people behind Amada, so you know you’re going to eat better than you would at most of the other bars in Center City.
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1225 Raw Sushi & Sake Lounge
When you’re looking for reasonably priced sushi, but still want it to feel a little special, head to 1225 Raw in Center City.
Bassett’s Ice Cream
Bassett’s is the oldest ice cream shop in Philadelphia, and it makes super creamy flavors inside Reading Terminal Market.
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Oloroso is an upscale tapas place in Midtown Village where you should go for a special occasion or client dinner.
Barcelona Wine Bar
Barcelona Wine Bar has one of the biggest patios in East Passyunk, along with lots of wine and tapas.
Jamonera is a dark, tavern-like tapas spot in Midtown Village with great charcuterie boards.
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There’s no better place to sit outside and eat French food around Rittenhouse Square than Parc.
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