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The Bar at Avance

14 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
  • Notable Wine List

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The Bar at Avance is a bar also serving contemporary American cuisine in Philadelphia. The place has a friendly atmosphere and is a good option for weekend nights to hang out with friends. The place has a comfortable setup and elegantly decorated interiors with comfortable furnishings. The Bar at Avance has a vibrant vibe and a good place to grab a few drinks. The bar has television and free Wi-Fi.

Some of the famous cocktails at The Bar at Avance include see you around the bend, scotch cup #7, scofflaw, coffee cocktail and the ford. The bar also serves bottled beers such as petrus aged pale, founders all day IPA, victory dirtwolf and miller high life.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, or later!
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Phone number
(215) 405-0700
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Justin Bogle
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Cross street
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Parking details
Valet parking is available curbside for $18 per vehicle. You and your guests will find our valet waiting on the left side of Walnut just before the restaurant at Sydenham St (between 15th and 16th).
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Private Room, Wine
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4.2  based on all time ratings
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipvamosrafa04 (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on April 28, 2014

Everything was wonderful, the food, the service and the atmosphere. My only complaint, some of the appetizers, are way too small for the price!

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on April 3, 2014

Food and service are very good - even if over priced. (Lamb burger at $18 is good - though heavily salted and the least expensive entrée.) The wine list is untouchable absent an expense account. Low cost options - reds and whites under $80 are listed separately - that "low cost" option are deceiving. Olivier Leflaive's 2011 white burgundy is $17 a glass and $70 a bottle. National average bottle price is $20 (LCB special order price is $23.59) and the wine is readily available in New Jersey from $16 to $23 with most bottle prices under $20. I can appreciate that the restaurant is trying to attract a well healed corporate crowd, but these types of mark ups make one eager to get up and go after looking at the drink prices.

ispyjms (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on March 29, 2014

Had a lovely time sitting at the bar. Bartender/server was a little too eager and "bouncy", and despite a very expensive wine list, our food was phenomenal. We had the 5 course cheese plate, the lamb burger and the steak. I would definitely recommend after a day of sightseeing/shopping. Very casual and elegant atmosphere. A very nice experience w/ delicious food.

vipMaria (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on March 14, 2014

Best new burger in town. Border Springs farm lamb shines here w/layers and layers of flavor.

vipRaven (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on March 8, 2014

At the Bar at Avance, you encounter a lot that's right and wrong about today's dining scene. The darkness is not so much romantic as annoying. The buzz is exciting enough to make you forget that whatever intimate conversation you might be having is being shared with nearby couples in the closeted space. The drink list includes names such as PANDA AT THE DISCO, which is either humorous or pretentious, according to how it hits you. The drink itself is good and also costs $14. Overall the food is creative and tasty, although in the case of the wild striped bass disappointingly small. Be prepared to spend a lot more money for dining in a "bar" than you would in a lot of restaurants.

vipUnsatisfied (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on February 22, 2014

The menu is limited, and they try to do far too much with their selections. They describe their cuisine as Contemporary American, however the dishes appear to be more complex than any such cuisine we've sampled, with odd flavor combinations.
The atmosphere in the bar downstairs is intimate, with low lighting and pleasing decor. The server was very professional, friendly and knowledgeable, and was appropriately attentive. We might return for a drink, but not for the menu.

PhiliFoodie (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 20, 2014

Made it to this bar for a late night dinner and found a gem of a bar! Amazing bourbon selections, excellent service, and the food was delicious. I'll be coming back here for sure

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2014

Come here if you want to impress a date. This place is a great update to the dreary Le Bec Fin. It's now super posh and classy. Service is excellent and they have some really tasty cocktails. I also want to highlight that their wines by the glass are pretty special; I'd might say the list is one of the best in the city. I can't say much for the food because we were there for Valentine's Day and the dinner bar menu was super limited. Got a cheese plate which wasn't impressive because the cheeses are mostly domestic cheeses that can be found at Di Bruno Bros. I'd come here again to try the food.

vipfiji (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2014

an odd place: EVERYONE seems to have to go downstairs to wait for their tables - ALL the servers have to trot up and down those stairs all night - and I was not given the option of an elevator, though I have trouble with stairs

that said, the food was just fine, though puzzling - our server said The Bar serves the same food as upstairs with two additions: the lamburger and oysters. But we asked to see a menu for upstairs which had a much greater selection of appetizers and entrees - huh?

what we had was very good (mackerel and beef), but these were the only entree-size things on the menu and, given the minimalist portions, we both thought we would be hungry by the end of the Phila Orch concert - and Andrew was

over to you given this

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2014

The bar is more casual than the main dining room but the service is still impeccable. Amazing food.

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2014

Just go - the food, drinks and presentation are amazing. Kudos to the chef - he's fabulous.

vipGood (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2014

My friend from DC was blown away by the atmosphere, food and excellent service. He is a foodie & was amazed be each dish & the presentation. Very happy we decided to come to Avance!

vippamk (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 17, 2014

Wonderful menu. Would love to see at least one more modestly priced entree, but there were two. The oysters were the best we have had in a while - they were perfect! The place is beautiful. Bar tables are difficult for service however.

vipCharlie (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on January 10, 2014

Maybe our expectations were too high. Maybe it was because we dined in the bar and the bar menu was very limited and not very
fetching. My wife had a fish entree that was very tasty, but very small (38.00 small ? had better be tasty). I had a under-cooked
and uninspired lamb burger (came with some weird little side), which at 18.00 should be so much more.