Tippler's Tour

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Tippler's Tour: Colonial Pub Crawl

Now known as one of the best beer drinking cities in the nation, Philadelphia didn’t earn this reputation overnight. From the brewing of the first American Porter to the tavern traditions of days gone by, learn the history behind Philadelphia’s storied beer drinking past on the famous Tippler's Tour Colonial Pub Crawl!

This weekly tour takes visitors on an adventure into the heart of Colonial Philadelphia’s pub culture with stops at modern day watering holes and a Colonial tavern. Along the way, visitors will indulge in a sip of history while enjoying drinks and snacks at Salon 401 at The Franklin, National Mechanics, plus the historical City Tavern. Now complete with three seasonal flavors, there is always something new to discover on the Tippler’s Tour.


See a preview of the 2017 Tippler's Tour here!

Ben's Kites & Flights

Benjamin Franklin is missing, rumor has it he’s been spotted wandering in and out of various local pubs. Join a colonial guide and search for the electrifying statesman through three modern day watering holes and a colonial tavern. Learn facts about Dr. Franklin’s life and even raise a toast with Philadelphia’s favorite Founding Father at the historic City Tavern.



  • May 25 - August 10: 5:30 pm, Thursdays


  • Tours depart from the Independence Visitor Center, 6th & Market Streets (unless otherwise noted)


  • Tours last approximately 2 hours.

Additional Information

  • For additional information regarding ticketing, special accommodations, or other inquiries, please contact Visitor Services, by email at visitorservices@historicphiladelphia.org or call 215.629.5801 x305.

Group Tours

  • To plan a private Tippler's Tour for a group of 20 or more, contact Melissa Rucci, Group Sales Coordinator, by email at mrucci@historicphiladelphia.org or call 215.629.5801 x209.

Additional Information

  • Tour concludes at the historic City Tavern at about 7:30pm.
  • Please notify our team and tavern/location staff of any allergies or special needs.
  • For directions, parking information, cab information, and mass transit information, please visit our Getting Here & Directions page
  • Call 215.629.4026 if you have further unanswered questions