I am visiting Philly for a conference in October. Three co-workers (and friends) and I have one night before the boss comes into town. We want to go out for a dinner at a place with good food and a fun atmosphere. We are from the NYC area, but we all have small kids and don't get out a lot. Nothing too expensive - we'll hit the high end place the following night with our boss. We like all foods - Italian, asian, spanish, cuban, mexican, etc.
After living in NYC for 10 years, I love the idea of a BYO so if there are any good reccos, have at it. My question is, if you are visiting from out of town, are there liquor stores everywhere to pick up a bottle? I wont be hauling one with me on Amtrak.
We are staying in Center City and would love a place to walk to, but dont mind cabbing for a good meal.
Also, any funky/interesting bars/dives/lounge recommendations are appreciated. Would love to see Martha Graham Cracker but I dont think she performs that night. Did I mention we dont get out much?