We know you had to endure all the “cute” and “adorable” pics of couples on your Facebook timeline all fall, winter, and spring. Well now that it’s summer, or in other words single people season. That’s right it’s the time when singles bombard social media with wild and outrageous photos of adventures and new “friends” (That’s right Drake there is always room for new friends).
So if you are entering the summer season single like a dollar bill we got a list of 5 places you should be. Everything from casual drinking to artsy scenes. So whatever your comfort zone is, we are here to help. One thing you will notice is that all of these places are outdoors so you can enjoy the warm summer nights as you try your hand at courtship. Now remember we can only lead you to these places, whatever happens after that is up to you. However, we do plan to post some articles to help those that need a little boost in their game. Without further adieu here are the places singles should be this summer in Philly.
Stratus Rooftop Lounge
433 Chestnut St. | 215.925.2889 | Mon.-Wed. 5 pm -1 am, Thurs. – Sat. 5 pm – 2 am, Sun. 1 – 9 pm
Although I’ve come to despise the term “grown & sexy,” this place embodies just that. There are a lot of outdoor beer gardens and lounges throughout the city but rarely do you come across rooftop lounges, especially with the class of this spot. If you’re a single girl or guy looking to get away from the run of the mill party scene this is your stop. Striking up a good convo here should be fairly easy as the place is cozy so it isn’t too sparse and there are plenty of things to comment on to break the ice. The crowd itself is a mix of young professionals and casual cool people so finding someone with a career or actual goals aside from wanting a rap career at 32, should be fairly easy.
221 N. Columbus Blvd. | 215.279.7134 | Mon.- Fri. 4 pm – 2 am, Sat. 12 am – 2 pm, Sun. 11 am – 2 am
For locals this is a great Sunday Funday spot due to its more than reasonably priced drinks and cheap cover charge (get there early enough and there is no cover). The crowed is the “I’m letting my hair down, not wearing my best outfit but I did put thought into what I am wearing” crowd. In other words this place is as casual as it comes. People tend to frequent this place in groups so bring a wingman or wingwoman if you plan to work the room here. If you are lucky enough to strike up a good convo at the bar there is plenty of seating for more private talks and getting to know each other. The views at any point here are amazing and overall the atmosphere is lively and very chill.
2nd St. from Vine to Market | Every First Friday of the Month 5pm – 9 pm
Switching gears a bit, the list isn’t all about booze and partying. Okay it is about booze to a degree. But no other event in Philly mixes booze with art & culture like First Fridays. If you are not familiar with First Friday basically it is an arts bazaar along 2nd St. where visitors gallery hop while indulging on wine. Although this runs all-year-round, it’s best enjoyed in the summer months. For guys if you’re looking for a girl that knows more about Rembrandt & Monet than Prada and Louboutin this is your spot and for the ladies the likelihood of finding a refined man here exponentially increases here when you venture from the club scene. A place where art and wine lovers mesh together the beginnings of a possible courtship could not start from a better atmosphere.
North Shore Beach Club
1031 Germantown Ave. | 215.600-2584 | Mon.-Wed. 10 am – 8 pm, Thurs. 10 am – 2 am, Fri.-Sun. 10 am – 8 pm
I know, I know this place is a private swim club. However, if you’re single and in town it’s worth the price. If you’re shy about shelling out the cash I am sure you have a friend that can get you in as a guest. If you can’t manage that, then you need new friends. This place is an oasis in the city where patrons look to get away from rowdy crowds and relax in pool side cabanas and lounge chairs. Bottle service here is fairly cheap so going in a group and mingling with others is easy and a great way to meet new and interesting potential suitors. Even if you don’t manage a hook up, at least you walk away with an awesome tan.
124 S. 13th St. | 215.732.3501 | Mon.-Tues. 4 pm – 10 pm, Wed.-Thurs. 4 pm – 11 pm, Fri.- Sat. 4 pm – 12 am, Sun. 4 pm – 9 pm
Looking for a cool & hip spot that doesn’t try too hard? Well this place accomplishes just that. Let’s forget the fact that Sampan offers up some of the best Asian eats in the city. Let’s focus on the task at hand and talk about the Graffiti bar. Tucked away in the heart of downtown this colorful space is open so it gives the outdoor experience infused with a neighborhood corner bar. As for the crowed, it’s a perfect balance where you won’t find overly bougie people or overly laxed people (always in flip flops and a tank). The crowd is very chill and the long tables are perfect for socializing and mingling with others. If you strike out here you just might need to get yourself a coach.