Library Bar

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Library Bar, an intimate gathering place inside the landmark Rittenhouse Hotel, is named for its carefully curated collection of books and fine art.  Located just off the lobby, the bar was newly built as part of $10 million revitalization of the property, owned by Philadelphia-based Hersha Hospitality Trust. 

A sophisticated cocktail destination for travelers and local businesspeople, the 20-seat bar is designed to balance old and new elements to create a setting that is sleek but with a patina that evokes the property's history and location on the famous square designed by Beaux Arts architect Paul Cret. Dark paneled wood, herringbone-patterned stained oak floors, and golden leather barstools create a fitting backdrop for memorable conversation, while the shelves of books evoke the dedication to learning of the late 18th century scientist and inventor David Rittenhouse, the hotel's namesake, who was the first director of the U.S. Mint.

  • Photography By :
  • Jeffrery Totaro,
  • Paul Bartholomew