The Upstairs Bar

Philadelphia, PA
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112 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA
Opened in May 2017
Daily 6pm-2am
21+ only
(267) 467-3277

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The Upstairs Bar



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Everyone You
Decor 7.3
Drink Quality 8.2
Drink Selection 7.5
Mood 7.9
Music 6
Service 7.9
Tikiness 6.9
Tilt 7.3
Vibe 6.9

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Humuhumu’s description

The Upstairs Bar is a tiki-themed hideaway, above The Franklin Bar, which is a speakeasy-style craft cocktail bar. The walls are lined with lauhala matting and thatch, with private booth seating and a bar. There are a few tiki masks on the walls. The menu is a mix of classic tiki drinks and newer creations, served in the craft cocktail style.


C-Monkey has visited The Upstairs Bar.
May 23, 2018, 1:17 PM
Nice little place! I visited while on a business trip to Philly, and it was a quiet weeknight, so I can't speak to what it's normally like. But, when I was there it was dark, inviting, and pleasantly quiet. The service was friendly, and the drinks (of which there was a good selection) were definitely above average. In particular, the Zombie was excellent, and they also had a few interesting house takes on the classic tiki drink. And, while the place is pretty small, they did a nice job with the decor, which is nicely tikified. The only significant hit I give this place is the music. They were playing 80s rock, which I like, but which clashes with everything else about this place.
Angelina Sofia
Angelina Sofia is a semi-regular at The Upstairs Bar.
April 28, 2018, 9:37 AM
This place is a gem. It's got a dark, but welcoming vibe. You are immediately greeted by bartenders who treat you like an old friend, even if it's your first time. They truly care about what they do, and there's all kinds of cocktail science put into their drinks. It's a little pricey but the drinks are super strong so you get your money's worth. People circulate in & out so sometimes it's empty and sometimes it's packed. The music is usually pretty good (last night was more dancehall/reggae for a special event but it was still better than Top 40). The only downside is that it's in a very yuppie area of Philly, so there are a lot of "basics". The bar downstairs is more mainstream and more crowded, so sometimes the overflow comes upstairs. BUT, no one is ever problematic or ruins my good time.
fun4robots has visited The Upstairs Bar.
March 10, 2018, 3:47 PM
I've read a lot of the reviews saying the music here was a lot of loud rap/trap but we arrived just as Upstairs Bar opened and it was all exotica. Maybe it's a late night thing? The drinks were tasty and strong and the bartenders were knowledgeable and fun. All syrups and juices are house made. Definitely has a "Philly" vibe, which is great.
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