FYI Philly: Here are some of the 50 best bars in Philadelphia

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Friday, November 20, 2015

FISHTOWN (WPVI) -- If you're looking for a watering hole - or just a new spot for a cocktail - our partners at Philadelphia Magazine may have found the perfect spot for you!

This week on FYI Philly we profiled some of the 50 Best Bars!

Arthur Etchells, the Senior Editor at Philadelphia Magazine's Foobooz, had the tough task of judging the establishments.

"The problem isn't coming up with a list of 50 best bars. The problem is coming up with a list of only 50 bars," said Art.

New spots like Heritage and The Franklin Bar made the list, and old favorites like Jose Pistola's and Fergie's Pub remained some of the city's best.

"There are so many great places to drink in Philadelphia. It's something we do rather well as a city!" Art said.

He and group of industry insiders with, quote, "impressive drinking stamina," researched in the field for more than a year.

"I would not call it hard," he said. "You do have to have a strong liver for it."

This year's top pick? American Sardine Bar.

The Point Breeze hangout offers revolving microbrews and adventurous eats daily until 2 a.m.

"I think epitomizes what we've seen repeatedly in Philadelphia in great bars," Art said. "It became the living room of the neighborhood."

"We do things our own way here," said Eric Rillstone, the bartender/manager of American Sardine Bar. "You don't win number one by not doing things your way."

That includes preparing their namesake dish.

"You can't go wrong with sardines. We're constantly changing how we do them," Rillstone said.

"Any place in Philly you can get good food and good beer, but the staff here - we're all really phenomenal and we're dedicated to this," Rillstone added.

Runner-up is Old City's Khyber Pass. It's been a staple on the list since Art started judging eight years ago.

"It's gone through a complete transformation during this time. It got new ownership... and now it's a gastropub known for its Cajun and New Orleans inspired cuisine and a top-notch beer list," Art said.

New to the list at #4: Townsend Restaurant in East Passyunk, which is also #7 on Philly Mag's 2015 Best Restaurants List!

"When we started the place, we decided we were going to keep the bar open until 2 a.m. and we wanted to become a neighborhood place, and we feel like it has," said Townsend bar manager Keith Raimondi.

"You can have a great meal, with a great glass of wine, with a great cocktail and some semi-witty banter from the bar staff," Raimondi said.

At #7: Franky Bradley's in Midtown Village is the perfect place to hang out and do more than just drink.

"It's an old school bar, and it can feel like a place where you can settle down for an evening out and people watching," Art said.

Speakeasy Hop Sing Laundromat and suburban brewer Forest & Main are also in the top 50.

Rounding it all out is McGilinn's at number 50.

"It's the oldest bar in Philadelphia and its more than just karaoke on the weekend," Art said. He said it shows how Philadelphia has changed, with local craft beer up and down the list.

Art offers no apologies for the list!

"If you go to those bars and you can't have a good time it's probably on you, not us!"

To see the rest of Philadelphia Magazine's best bars list, click here.