Nobody can agree on the origin story of the cocktail, though most would admit it has its roots deep in American soil. No matter the muddled backstory, cocktails have become a deeply entrenched piece of culture, delighting individuals looking to wind down at the end of the day or begin a big night out. Enter the best cocktail bars of Pennsylvania, standing by and ready to get your night going in the best possible direction. Here are the 10 best in the state.
Acacia is the place to be if you’re looking to slip secretly away from the modern world and immerse yourself in a time when alcohol was forbidden but enjoyed ever so much: prohibition. Along with a very cool atmosphere, Acacia puts forward some of the best cocktails in Steel City, both classic and inventive, and expert bartenders are standing by to create just the perfect pairing for your palate. Visit for sleek, mysterious nights out full of possibility.
Another fabulous bar steeped in prohibition-era history is the Franklin Mortgage and Investment Company. This Philadelphia watering hole began as a cover for illicit imbibing, and today stands as an uber trendy option for cocktails in Philly. Whether you tend more traditional or trendy, the cocktails of the Franklin are among the best in the city, and certain to lay the groundwork for a fabulous time.
Billed as Scranton’s first authentic cigar bar, Big House Tobacco Outlet is a paradise for those who like their sips with a side of smoke. Whether you’re an expert on cigars, or looking to see if they suit you, Big House has the selection and expert staff to create an unforgettable experience. Visit the Big House and discover your new home away from home.
Mimi’s is a classic, classy martini experience, whether you appreciate your nightlife shaken or stirred. Visit for a huge selection, including frozen and dessert martinis, unlike anywhere else has to offer. Options like the “Mangopolitan” and “Mojito Martinis” make Mimi’s one of the most delicious spots in Fairview.
With incredible small bites and similarly stunning cocktails, 1 Tippling Place is a smooth choice for a drink if you find yourself particularly parched in Philly. The drinks are flawless, particularly the thoughtful seasonal cocktail selections, and classic options provide an equally enjoyable experience.
Grappa finds new life at Pittsburgh’s Grapperia! This Greek brandy made from grapes provides an entirely unique kick to a great night out. Whether you stop by for a drink before dinner, or make a meal out of the made-to-order small plates, Grapperia is a must drink in Steel City.
While many restaurants feature a bar simply for accent, Rubicon embraces the booze, creating what they call a “bar-centric” eating experience. This Harrisburg hotspot features incredibly creative specialty cocktails, alongside foodie-approved sandwiches, salads, and entrees.
If you love a good diner as much as you love a good drink, search no further than Top Diner and Lounge Bar. This Allentown location provides diner classics, great cocktails, dancing, karaoke, and a very fun atmosphere. Open 24 hours during the week, until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
A fabulous option in Philadelphia for “small plates and strong drinks.” This completely vegan establishment- drinks included- offers up some of the most intriguing selections in state. From habanero avocado toast to boozy wheatgrass shots, Charlie was a sinner is sure to be the start of many an epic night.
Bar Marco is a stunning addition to the bars of the ‘Burgh, with a socially conscious side to boot. All employees are salaried, rendering gratuity obsolete and creating an authentic experience for all. Incredible any night of the week, and for Saturday or Sunday brunch.