Cocktails at 1 Tippling Place in Rittenhouse

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Pennsylvania is known for its stringent liquor laws, but that couldn’t stop the surge of support behind this pandemic-inspired change:

To-go cocktails are now temporarily legal across the commonwealth.

Governor Tom Wolf signed the bill to make it happen on Friday, May 22. The PLCB issued some guidance on what is now known as Act 21 of 2020. (See end of article for the agency’s FAQ.)

Restaurants and bars have been eagerly awaiting the move, which they see as a lifeline.

The pandemic has created nightmare scenarios for the hospitality industry, with at least 80% of Pa. restaurant workers out of a job. Many establishments count on booze for the majority of their profit. But for the first few months of the pandemic in Pa., when they’ve been forced to offer takeout only, they’ve only been allowed to sell beer and wine along with food.

Industry association PRLA, which has been lobbying for the bill, published an easy guide for restaurants and bars to follow to make sure they’re in compliance.

For now, the new law only applies during Pa.’s current disaster emergency. There are a few limitations, including:

  • Containers must be “sealed,” which could be as simple as a soda cup top with the hole taped over
  • Size must be no smaller than 4 oz. and no larger than 64 oz.
  • Drinks sold this way must be “combined on a licensed premise,” which ostensibly means no shots
  • Establishments must already hold an “R” (restaurant) or “H” (hotel) liquor license (i.e. no private clubs) and must have lost more than 25% of their average monthly sales due to the pandemic
  • “Meals” must also be available for takeaway, so some dive bars might have to up their food game
  • Sales must begin no earlier than 7 a.m. (or 9 a.m. on Sundays), and must stop at 11 p.m.
  • Drinks to-go are for pickup only — they may not be delivered

There are a few rules for customers, too. You have to be 21, obviously, and you’re not allowed to consume the drinks on the spot after pickup; you have to take them home. There is no limit to the number of drinks you can buy at once, however, and you don’t have to buy food at the same time.

Few pieces of Pennsylvania booze-related legislation moved as quickly as this one. The Pa. House passed the bill on April 29 with an overwhelming vote of 193 to 9, and the Pa. Senate followed with unanimous passage exactly two weeks later. It took Gov. Wolf another two weeks to give it his stamp of approval.

Bars offering to-go cocktails in Philly

Here’s an alphabetical list of establishments offering cocktails to go.

Know another spot or want to add yours? Send us an email.

1 Tippling Place

2006 Chestnut St., 215-665-0456 (Rittenhouse)

12 Steps Down

831 Christian St., 215-238-0379 (Italian Market)

The 700 Club

700 N. 2nd St., 215-413-3181 (Northern Liberties) + bar

135 S. 18th St., 215-825-7030 (Rittenhouse)

Alimentari at Di Bruno Bros.

1730 Chestnut St., 267-764-5146 (Rittenhouse)


219 S. Broad St. (rooftop), 267-536-5725

Bar Hygge

1720 Fairmount Ave., 215-765-2274 (Fairmount)


101 N. 11th St., 215-922-2688 (Chinatown)


110 S. 13th St., 215-546-9300 (Midtown Village)

Billy Murphy’s Irish Saloon

3335 Conrad St., 215-844-9683 (East Falls)

Bistrot La Minette

623 S. 6th St., 215-925-8000 (Bella Vista)

Bonner’s Irish Pub

120 S. 23rd St., 215-567-5748 (Logan)

Bottle Bar East

1308 Frankford Ave., 267-909-8867 (Fishtown)

Bourbon & Branch

705 N. 2nd St., 215-238-0600 (Northern Liberties)

Bud & Marilyn’s

1234 Locust St., 215-546-2220 (Gayborhood)

The Penn’s Woods cocktail at Philadelphia Distilling Credit: Danya Henninger / Billy Penn

Cantina Dos Segundos

931 N. 2nd St., 215-629-0500 (Northern Liberties)

Cantina Los Caballitos

1651 E. Passyunk Ave., 215-755-3550 (East Passyunk)

Capriccio Cafe and Bar

110 N. 16th St., 215-735-9797 (Logan)

Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen

2370 E. Norris St., 215-423-5400(Fishtown)

Charlie was a sinner

131 S. 13th St., 267-758-5372 (Midtown Village)


1805 Washington Ave., 215-546-2233 (Graduate Hospital)

Craftsman Row Saloon

112 S. 8th St., 215-923-0123 (East Market)

Crazy Leprechaun Bar & Grill

3589 Richmond St., 267-318-7591 (Port Richmond)

Crybaby Pasta

627 S. 3rd St., 267-972-9496 (Queen Village)

Devil’s Den

1148 S 11th St., 215-339-0855 (Bella Vista)

Doobie’s Bar

2201 Lombard St., 215-546-0316 (Fitler Square)

Dos Segundos

931 N. 2nd St., 215-629-0500 (Northern Liberties)

El Bar

1356 N Front St., 215-634-6430 (Fishtown)

El Camino Real

1040 N. 2nd St., 215-925-1110 (Northern Liberties)

For Pete’s Sake Pub

900 S. Front St., 215-462-2230 (Queen Village)

Founding Fathers

1612 South St., 267-519-0253 (South Street West)

The Franklin

112 S. 18th St., 267-467-3277 (Rittenhouse)


339 N. Broad St., 215-377-9407 (North Broad)

Garage Passyunk

1231 E. Passyunk Ave., 215-278-2429 (Italian Market)

Good Dog Bar

224 S. 15th St., 215-985-9600 (Center City)

Margaritas at Rosy’s Tacos Credit: Danya Henninger / Billy Penn

Green Rock Tavern

2546 E. Lehigh Ave., 215-515-3072 (Port Richmond)


306 Market St., 215-625-9425 (Old City)

Hawthornes Beer Cafe

738 S. 11th St., 215-627-3012 (Bella Vista)

High Street on Market

308 Market St., 215-625-0988 (Old City)

The Institute

525 N. 11th St., 267-273-0548 (Eraserhood)


205 S 13th St., 215-545-4633 (Midtown Village)

Interstate Drafthouse

1235 E. Palmer St., 267-455-0045 (Fishtown)

ITV Philly

1615 E. Passyunk Ave., 267-858-0669 (East Passyunk)

Jake’s & Cooper’s

4365 Main St., 215-483-0444 (Manayunk)

Jose Pistola’s

263 S. 15th St., 215-545-4101 (Center City)

Khyber Pass Pub

56 S. 2nd St., 215-238-5888 (Old City)

La Calaca Feliz

2321 Fairmount Ave., 215-787-9930 (Fairmount)

La Fusion Lounge

1136 S. 11th St., 215-279-7970 (South Philly)

La Peg

140 N. Columbus Blvd., 215-375-7744 (Old City)

Le Virtu

1927 E. Passyunk Ave., 215-271-5626 (East Passyunk)

Leda and the Swan

223 S. Sydenham St., 267-214-0086 (Rittenhouse)

Little Nonna’s

1234 Locust St., 215-546-2100 (Gayborhood)

Lloyd Whiskey Bar

529 E. Girard Ave., 215-425-4600 (Fishtown)


106 S. 13th St., 215-546-7100 (Midtown Village)

Lucha Cartel

207 Chestnut St., 267-761-9209 (Old City)

Lucky’s Last Chance

4421 Main St., 215-509-6005 (Manayunk)
848 S. 2nd St., 267-519-2080 (Queen Village)

Cocktails at Manatawny’s tasting room Credit: Danya Henninger / Billy Penn

Manatawny Still Works

1603 E. Passyunk Ave., 267-687-8772

Moonshine Philly

1825 E. Moyamensing Ave., 267-639-9720 (Pennsport)

Mount Airy Tap Room

300 W. Mt. Pleasant Ave., 267-766-6668 (West Mount Airy)

New Wave Cafe

784 S. 3rd St., 215-922-8484 (Queen Village)

Nick’s Roast Beef

4501 Woodhaven Rd., 215-637-5151 (Normandy)


847 N. 3rd St., 267-324-3348 (Northern Liberties)

Oyster House

1516 Sansom St., 215-567-7683 (Center City)

Philadelphia Distilling

25 E. Allen St., 215-671-0346 (Fishtown)

Pistolas Del Sur

1934 E. Passyunk Ave., 267-519-2329 (East Passyunk)

Plough and the Stars

123 Chestnut St., 215-733-0300 (Old City)

Positano Coast

212 Walnut St., 215-238-0499 (Society Hill)

Raven Lounge

1718 Sansom St., 215-840-3577 (Rittenhouse)

Rex 1516

1516 South St., 267-319-1366 (South Street West)

Rosy’s Taco Bar

2220 Walnut St., 267-858-4561 (Center City)

Sancho Pistola’s

19 W. Girard Ave., 267-324-3530 (Fishtown)

Sidecar Bar & Grille

2201 Christian St., 215-732-3429 (Graduate Hospital)

Cocktails at Southgate Credit: Danya Henninger / Billy Penn


1801 Lombard St., 215-560-8443 (Rittenhouse)


2535 S. 13th St., 267-314-5937 (Lower Moyamensing)

Spice 28

1228 Chestnut St., 215-928-8880 (Market East)

Standard Tap

901 N. 2nd St., 215-238-0630 (Northern Liberties)

Tattooed Mom

530 South St., 215-238-9880 (South Street)

Tavern on Camac

243 S. Camac St., 215-545-0900 (Gayborhood)

Tio Flores

1600 South St., 267-687-2220 (South Street West)

Toll Man Joe’s

26 E. Oregon Ave., 215-644-8388 (Whitman)

Top Tomato

1107 Walnut St., 215-592-8242 (Washington Square West)


1322 Chestnut St., 267-457-3994 (Midtown Village)


1137 Spruce St., 215-629-9200 (Washington Square West)
123 S 18th St., 215-972-8742 (Rittenhouse)

Triangle Tavern

1338 S. 10th St., 215-800-1992 (Bella Vista)


1220 Locust St., 215-546-6660 (Gayborhood)

Vietnam Cafe

816 S. 47th St., 215-729-0260 (University City)

Vietnam Restaurant

221 N. 11th St., 215-592-1163 (Chinatown)

Wine Dive

1506 South St., 267-900-9463 (South Street West)

Wrap Shack

112 S. 11th St., 267-758-2446 (Midtown Village)

LCB guidance on Act 21 of 2020

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