Well, that escalated quickly. Although there was a bit of a lag between when Gov. Tom Wolf put his stamp on Act 39 back in June 2016 and when groceries actually implemented wine sales, things have ramped up immensely over the past six months. Last November, there were only 14 markets, restaurant and groceries offering wine to go. Now? We’ve confirmed more than 35 different locales where Philadelphians can walk out the door with a bottle (or four).
Some places are obvious, like supermarkets with beer gardens inside, or bottleshops already known for their huge selection of craft beer — check out The Beer Store by the Franklin Mills Mall, which offers around 400 (!) different wines to choose from. Other wine depots are more surprising. Did you know you can snag a bottle to take on your flight at Vino Volo in PHL Airport? Or that there’s a wine boutique in the new Chinatown Square food hall? And how about Molly Malloy’s in Reading Terminal, which is preparing to offer a bottle-plus-cup to-go situation, so you can stroll around the market sipping to your heart’s content (it should be up and running by summer).
Here’s a map followed by a list of all the groceries, supermarkets, restaurants, delis and retail shops where you can buy wine to go in Philly right now — and what the selection looks like at each one.
Gran Caffe L’Aquila
This straight-from-Italy restaurant meets coffee house meets gelateria has an impressive wine list with more than 200 choices — and all are available for takeout, at the price listed on the menu.
1716 Chestnut St.
The rows of beer fridges at this Bella Vista cafe are now complemented by around 20 different wines for take-out sale. Several are also available online — place your order and they’ll show up at your door.
738 S. 11th St.
Pete’s Famous Pizza
This corner pizzeria tucked between the Ben Franklin Parkway and the Schuylkill River offers a selection of around a dozen, with more reds than whites usually on offer.
116 N. 21st St.
Around five or or six bottles are always available for takeout at this Italian Market seafood spot, including reds, whites and a rosé.
1101 S. 9th St.
Manayunk Brewing Co.
This brewpub also has a full restaurant with a nice wine list, and any of the 50 or so bottles can be yours to take home.
4118 Main St.
Tria Rittenhouse, Tria Wash West, Tria Fitler Square
The whole bottle list at these wine-cheese-beer cafes is up for grabs, which means somewhere between 25 and 30 choices by the bottle.
123 S. 18th St.; 1137 Spruce St.; 2227 Pine St.
This counter-service seafood spot in Mayfair has a relatively huge selection of wine to go — more than 50 bottles on offer.
6900 Frankford Ave.
The Cedar Park crowd can stop by this bi-level pizza bar and pick from two whites — one of which is swapped out for a rosé in the summertime — and three reds to go.
4301 Baltimore Ave.
Heading to a friend’s house for dinner immediately after your flight? Boom, this wine bar inside the Philly airport has you covered, with around 20 options for a bottle to go.
Lucky for folks staying upstairs at the Rittenhouse Hotel, you can now purchase any bottle of the fine dining restaurant’s extensive wine list to take with you when you go.
210 W. Rittenhouse Sq.
There’s a huge wine cellar at this Headhouse Square Italian restaurant, and no set limitations to what’s on sale to go. Just come in, tell the staff what you’re looking for, and let them guide you to the right bottle.
120 Lombard St.
Jet Wine Bar
Jill Weber’s South Street West global wine mecca is currently offering eight varieties to go, including three red, three white, one sparkling and one rosé.
1525 South St.
By the summer, you should be able to pick up a bottle of one of the four reds or four whites at this pub in the middle of Reading Terminal Market. Ask for a cup or two and you can stroll the market while sipping at your leisure.
12th & Filbert St.
This well-stocked West Philly bottle shop is known for quality over quantity in beer, and goes for that with wine too. Ten red, 10 white and two sparkling options available to go.
4333 Spruce St.
This University City pizzeria has over 50 wines to chose from, including a mix of reds and whites in regular bottles, 1.5-literss and even environmentally friendly boxes.
200 S. 43rd St.
Oregon Avenue Acme
Head to the “Frosted Mug” beer garden section of the supermarket to find approximately a dozen reds, a dozen whites and 15 or so sparkling options that range from prosecco to moscato.
1901 Johnston St.
There’s a lot of space out in the Northeast, so this outpost of Acme’s Frosted Mug carries around 80 different wines by the bottle.
920 Red Lion Rd.
LaSalle Fresh Grocer
Around 15 reds and 15 whites are on offer at any time at this supermarket next to LaSalle University.
5301 Chew Ave.
Grays Ferry Fresh Grocer
The grocery store in the strip mall just before the bridge to West Philly offers around a dozen reds and whites at any given time.
3021 Grays Ferry Ave.
University City Fresh Grocer
In the beer section of this supermarket next to the Penn campus are around 50 wine varieties waiting to be taken home. (NB: It may soon be forced to close to make way for an Acme.)
4001 Walnut St.
West Philly Fresh Grocer
More than 50 different kinds of reds and whites are up for grabs at this supermarket in a mini urban strip mall.
5601 Chestnut St.
Monument Road Fresh Grocer
Just off of City Avenue and down the street from the NBC10 studios, this brand new supermarket has a large selection, including a special premium cabinet filled with around 30 high-end fine wines for those special occasions.
4160 Monument Rd.
Fairmount Whole Foods
The pub and beer garden section of this sprawling supermarket next to the Art Museum offers around 15 bottles to go at any given time.
501 N. 22nd St.
This supermarket has a beer garden inside, where you can now also choose from more than 50 wines by the bottle.
8920 Frankford Ave.
IGA’s Richmond Bottle Shop
The beer store connected to the IGA Super Market is at the top of the supermarket vino game, with more than 100 options curated by the Philadelphia Wine School.
2497 Aramingo Ave.
Island Avenue Shoprite
This Southwest Philly supermarket that just started selling wine (and beer) at the beginning of April is open while it undergoes renovations, with a grand relaunch planned for later this year. The bottle selection will expand over time.
2946 Island Ave.
Groceries, delis and bottle shops
Cork & Bottle
On the second floor of the new Chinatown Square food hall is a wine shop offering 50-plus bottles and all the accoutrements you need to enjoy them.
1016 Race St.
The Beer Store
This booze mart next to the Franklin Mills Mall might have the largest selection of wine bottles outside any state store — you can select from around 400 options.
399 Franklin Mills Circle
Beer Harbor II
This beer store went big into vino, with a selection of around 50 or so bottles at any given time.
5450 Large St.
DiBruno Bros. at The Franklin
This outpost of the century-old gourmet grocer offers between 50 to 60 varieties at any time, including reds, whites, rosés and sparkling. The carefully curated selection changes with the season.
834 Chestnut St.
This shop in a Columbus Avenue strip mall offers around 20 reds and 20 whites by the bottle.
1100 S. Columbus Blvd.
The Bottle Shop
More than 30 reds and 30 whites have been added to the large craft beer selection at this East Passyunk shop.
1616 E. Passyunk Ave.
Grant Avenue Takeout
This beer spot by the Northeast Philly Airport also offers around a dozen reds and whites by the bottle.
1900 Grant Ave.
Red wine only at this takeout Chinese restaurant (that also serves sushi) — you can’t get it via delivery, though, pickup only.
2661 E. Cumberland St.
Steak N Beer
Also red wine only at this takeout Chinese restaurant — and again no delivery, pickup only.
2769 Kensington Ave.
This tiny corner shop has a wine permit, but doesn’t exactly sell what you’d think of as wine. MD 20/20 — aka “Mad Dog” aka fortified wine often drunk from brown bags — is the only option.
3801 Germantown Ave.