Come in from the cold and warm up at any one of these cozy comfortable restaurants and bars in Philly. Check out our list of the top 10 best places to go on a cold winter day!
447 Poplar St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Bardot is a hidden gem in the heart of Northern Liberties. Located on Poplar Street, the interior is dark and intimate with cozy lounge seating perfect for a date or quiet evening catch-up with friends. The walls are covered in velvet paisley wallpaper, beveled mirrors and plenty of dim lighting by candles throughout the restaurant. The atmosphere and décor provide a certain comfort while exposing the classic French feel of Parisian dining and drinking. Try the Fig Old Fashioned – a unique and fruity spin on a classic cocktail. Made with fig infused bourbon, bitters, and orange.
Wm. Mulherin’s Sons
1355 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19122
Wm. Mulherin’s Sons was recently opened in Fishtown and is the perfect place to get out of the cold and into the warming delicious scents of wood fired pizzas and steaming plates of pasta. Their menu, created with the intention for sharing, makes for the perfect opportunity to get close and cozy. Their open kitchen in the back room allows guests to watch the chefs prepare the pizzas while dining. The restaurant’s dark décor and wood finishings give this spot a modern elegance. Get the Speck & Egg Pizza made with caramelized onion, garlic cream, and fontina cheese… a perfect selection for dinner or brunch!
124 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
This gastropub, from restauranteur Stephen Starr, offers a warm ambiance and classic British décor with mismatched tables and chairs each carefully placed with purpose. Each room is decorated with classic floral patterns and rows and rows of old time photographs. Perhaps the center piece to this restaurant is the warm and welcoming fireplace on the first floor, surrounded by small tables and relaxed looking chairs and benches. The Dandelion provides guests with the perfect British culinary experience certain to warm anyone’s heart on a cold winter day. Try the Hot Chai Cider with Bulleit Rye, lemon, and chai spiced apple cider. They even offer afternoon tea for those looking to really curl up with a steaming cup by the fireplace.
The Olde Bar
125 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
An Old City classic, The Olde Bar is known for their extravagant cocktails in a classy, pub-like setting. The restaurant’s feel is very contemporary while paying homage to the landmark Old Original Bookbinder’s from the 1800s. This restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy an array of seafood and steak while sipping on one of their signature cocktails. The historic décor combined with dim lighting, relaxed seating, and a friendly staff make this a great place to warm up with a date or group of friends and get cozy with a few drinks. Looking for a fiery kick to really warm you up? Try the Picasso In Jalisco – El Jimador Reposado, Suze, turmeric honey, Cilantro, Lime, and Aleppo pepper.
The Twisted Tail
509 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
The Twisted Tail, located in Headhouse Square is a great place for some indoor fun! Complete with a fireplace, shuffle board, comfy couches, and dart board this southern-inspired bourbon house is the whole package for a cold winter day! While you’re there you’ll most likely catch an evening of live music and entertainment which they offer most nights during the week and weekends. Looking to indulge in some food? Look into their Artisanal Cheese assortment or Country Ham plates with smoked mustard and toasted bread – both perfect for sharing!
901 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Standard Tap gives the typical North Philly bar and pub a refreshing name. Their unique menu changes daily and is listed on a chalk board. It usually features a variety of meat and seafood dishes, with a full raw bar. This dark wood decorated restaurant also features an extensive draft list and two levels of bar and regular seating. In the winter months where you can’t enjoy the outdoor rooftop, take advantage of the time spent by their fireplace. Warm up with one of their signature dishes like the Chicken Pie, Pulled Pork Sandwich or Duck Confit Salad. Don’t forget to enjoy one of their select beers from over 20 different breweries.
The Good King Tavern
614 S 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
The cold and snow won’t stop the crowds for lining up for this French restaurant offering classic French fare with an American twist. The interior is small and cozy, perfect for close conversation and intimate dining. The décor follows a typical French Bistro style with wooden tables, comfy blue booths, and relaxed table seating in the back. Come in from the cold and enjoy this great neighborhood spot. Try the Hamburger – 2 patties, cured lardo, and cornichon-dijon aioli, you’ll be glad you did.
Bistrot La Minette
623 S 6th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
The atmosphere of Bistrot La Minette feels slightly more intimate and less corporate than that of other French Restaurants in Philadelphia. Their extensive Kir list, featuring flavors like lemon ginger and the classic cassis, is just reason number one to make the trip to 6th and Bainbridge. It’s modest, European-style décor combined with the relaxed booth seating and open kitchen give this restaurant a cozy feel anyone will enjoy on a cold, windy day. Warm up with their Cassoulet de Toulouse – Lamb and tomato stew, duck leg confit, bacon lardons, garlic sausage, tarbais beans, and duck fat bread crumbs!
120 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Double Knot’s atmosphere is dark with dim lighting and a backlit bar that feels intimate, but not just in a romantic way. The downstairs setting is designed to resemble the inside of a boat with tall, dripping candles and nautical accents. The true comfort of this restaurant is the food. Downstairs they offer a Chef’s Tasting Menu featuring selections from each menu section; giving guests a well-rounded taste of the best of Double Knot. Get your blood flowing and warm up with a glass or bottle of premium sake or one of their specialty cocktails like their classic Double Knot made with Bourbon, Rye, Sweet Vermouth, Dry Vermouth, Bitters, Barrel Stave Smoke.
Race Street Café
208 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
This Old City cafe on Race Street includes a stylish bar paired with interior decor of wood finishings and exposed brick to give the restaurant a relaxed, welcoming feel. The dim lighting and the low music provide a peaceful setting to enjoy one of their 15 beers on tap while warming up next to the brick hearth and old-fashioned wood stove on any given cold winter night. Heat things up with their specialty cocktail the Naughty Blanco – Tres Agave’s Blanco tequila mixed with blood orange soda and fresh squeezed lime juice with a splash of tonic.