Let’s face it: we’re all busy. Sometimes, getting in those quick get-togethers with friends can be hard, because meeting up at most places in the city can turn into quite an event. While coffee is usually a perfect half hour, 45 minute catch up idea, for those who work a day-time job outside the city (me), there are simply not enough acceptable hours to drink java in the day. In order to help all of us get in a few more casual meet ups with our pals, I’m sharing my five go-to Center City catch up spots (plus a few extra, if you read til the end!).
Tria Taproom (2005 Walnut Street)
Let’s be honest: this place is amazing on its own merit. But with beer and wine on tap (via their iPad menu – I kid you not), delicious small plates to snack on, and indoor and outdoor seating, it’s a perfect spot for all of your catching up needs.
Honeygrow (110 South 16th Street)
This build-your-own meal spot is my go-to when I’m in a rush, buuuut they also have an abundance of tables, for when you and your bud are both in a rush. Plus, you pay when you order, so there’s no time wasted figuring out a check.
Foodery (1710 Sansom Street)
If you’re looking for a stellar beer selection (650 isn’t too many to choose from, right?) in a low-key setting, this is your place. You order your beers at the counter, grab a table, and pop them open right there. Let the tipsy talking begin. 😉
Devil’s Alley (1907 Chestnut Street)
This spot makes my list because whenever I need a table at a bar, I know I can depend on Devil’s Alley. The upstairs gives you plenty of room, the beer selection is good, and the food is solid.
Magpie (1622 South Street)
A dessert themed meet up sounds like something everyone can agree on, right? Magpie has a counter (and tables), so you and your buddy are free to pull up a stool in this adorable shop and sample slices to your heart’s content.
When I am brainstorming for some of my posts, I like to ask my Philly friends for their suggestions, and they had a lot for this one (they’re pretty great). While I only like to vouch for places I have tried and tested for you all, I thought it only fair to give you the places they suggested (that I have not frequented), for some additional Philly lady inspiration: Paris Wine Bar (2303 Fairmount Avenue), Honest Tom’s Taco Shop (261 South 44th Street), Wrap Shack (120 South 18th Street), Strangelove’s (216 South 11th Street) & Continental Midtown (1801 Chestnut Street).
I hope these quick & easy catch up suggestions gave you plenty of ideas to go meet up with a friend you haven’t seen in awhile! If I missed your favorite go-to, let me know in the comments below. xx