For times when the online dating thing starts to feel impersonal, these Philly hot spots fully immerse you in the local singles scene.
If you want to meet an eligible bartender, server or other restaurant enchanter/tress, repair to the cozy bar at Townsend after midnight, when an industry crowd gathers after their shifts for Keith Raimondi’s polished cocktails and offbeat wines curated by sommelier/GM Lauren Harris. Love must be in the air here; Harris is married to chef de cuisine, Colin Leary.
1623 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 267.639.3203
Pub & Kitchen
Sure, the gangs at the long bar in the front of this popular spot can at time be a little bro-and-the-ladies-who-love-them, but as P&K’s Graduate Hospital neighborhood has matured over the last decade, so has its clientele. Looking for an attorney on the partner track, a divorced dad with kids, an artist who bought here in the ‘80s? You’ll find ‘em all in Pub & Kitchen’s comfortable, wood-clad environs, not to mention killer food (beet-and-ancient grain salad, rabbit meatballs) from chef Eli Collins, who joined the restaurant from the Daniel Boulud group a couple years ago.
1946 Lombard St., Philadelphia, PA, 215.545.0350
Chickie’s & Pete’s
Do you like sports? Do you like crabs? Then Chickie’s, as locals call this sprawling sports bar-cum-seafood house down by the stadiums, is the place to be for love in the land of Iggles. The family-owned chain got its start in Northeast Philly, but the South Philly location in residential Packer Park has been a magnet for game-goers and watchers since it opened in 2003. Like the Alaskan, snow and Dungeness crabs it serves, Chickie’s got into hot water over withholding employee tips, but that’s since been straightened out and hasn’t appeared to affect the ready-to-mingle crowds that pour in nightly. Don your finest throwback jersey and jet-black extensions and you’ll fit right in.
1526 Packer Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 215.218.0500
Philly’s coffee roasting scene has boomed over the past few years, but La Colombe has been at it since 1993. Last year they opened a huge new clubhouse on Fishtown’s main drag, Frankford Avenue, that’s become the neighborhood’s de facto meetinghouse. Graphic designers and real estate agents, songwriters and teachers sip draft lattes and nibble prosciutto scones during the day. Baristas break out the house-distilled Different Drum coffee rum as night falls.
1335 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 267.479.1600