If you strike out after trying to get a spot at the bar at Zahav and find yourself in the random and vaguely unpopulated area between Old City and Society Hill, there aren’t many great places within walking distance that you can just pop into. Fortunately, there’s The Olde Bar. It’s almost directly across the street from Zahav and you can get some oysters and a pretty great burger without much of a wait. Is it what you expected from your night? No, but it’s a lot better than sitting on the curb and ordering $200 in scarves from Amazon while you watch the minutes tick by.
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Can’t get a reservation at Zahav? Neither can we. Here are some places that are almost as good.
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Spruce Street Harbor Park
Spruce Street Harbor Park is a seasonal beer garden that has hammocks, a floating garden barge, and a bunch of food vendors.
Bloomsday is an all-day cafe that turns into a wine bar at night and has an attached bottle shop with a great wine selection.
Head to Marrakesh is a cash-only Moroccan spot in Society Hill with belly dancers and tables you recline at.
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Royal Boucherie is a small, dark French place in Old City that works for a date or Happy Hour.
The International is a two-floor bar in Kensington with a beer bar on the first floor and cocktails on the second floor.
Tucker’s Tavern is a big bar and restaurant on Long Beach Island with $1 oysters during Happy Hour.
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Vernick Food & Drink
Vernick is one of the best restaurants in Philly, with a formal dining room upstairs and a more casual bar below.
Fork is a big, seasonal American spot in Old City where you should go for a celebratory group dinner.
Kanella Grill is a Greek BYOB in Washington Square West that’s a great spot for a weeknight dinner.
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