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Vango

116 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 568-1020
Cuisine: Continental, Japanese
Price: $$$$

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  • Hours
    Monday: 5:00 PM - 2:00 AM
    Tuesday: 5:00 PM - 2:00 AM
    Wednesday: 5:00 PM - 2:00 AM
    Thursday: 5:00 PM - 2:00 AM
    Friday: 5:00 PM - 2:00 AM
    Saturday: 5:00 PM - 2:00 AM
    Sunday: 5:00 PM - 2:00 AM
    Kitchen Closed 30 Minutes Before Bar.
  • Amenities Nightly DJ, Wi-fi, Dancing, Private Party Room
  • Bar Bottle Service, Full Bar, Beer, Wines
  • Atmosphere Live Music, Scenic View, Bar Scene
  • Parking Availability Parking on Site
  • Attire Casual
  • Banquet Facilities 10 - 20 People, 20 - 50 People, 50 - 100 People, Over 100 People
  • Payment Methods Amex Cash Discover Mastercard Visa

Highlights

Two years ago, Dia Sawan started toying with the notion of a club like no other he'd ever seen.

The owner of Byblos along Philadelphia's formidable Rittenhouse Row whose family formed a dynasty of the area's best Mediterranean restaurants (Cedars, Fez) had already made his hookah lounge and restaurant a sensation before that trend commenced. Why not try to strike lightening twice. That's why two years later, there's Vango Lounge & Sky Bar at 116 S. 18th Street - the boldest of Philadelphia's restaurant lounges starring some of the best names in the food and DJ business. If the address seems familiar to Sawan watchers, it should: his intimate Byblos is below Vango at the same address. But from its massive oak doors and portal windows below to its dramatic roof deck view of the city above, no one will ever confuse the two. That's just the start. At somewhere around 8,000 square feet, Vango is as massive a space as it was an undertaking to get just the right custom made elements from around the world to fill the big rooms. "That's why it took so long," says Sawan. "Everything had to be unique. No. Everything is really and truly unique, personal even." Perhaps that's why Sawan decided to oversee the vision of Vango with help from several prominent designers.

Along the walls of its second floor walkup, there's over 200 carved out spaces into which is an illuminated vodka bottle. If that sounds strange, it's meant to. Says Sawan: "We put up the bottles. The vodka companies gave us the product." Smart. Smarter still is the crinkle-crushed-velvet along Vango's second-floor walls spectacularly speckled by a zillion inlaid lights. There's Nina Hazouri's plush custom-made and upholstered cushioned couches; set pieces tucked within private booths and below grand dramatic archways. "Everything is custom-made for Vango, says Sawan, pointing out even the littlest details.

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Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 92reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Service was GREAT the food was good and the ambience was not bad. Feb 26, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by The sushi was just as great as the service. The atmosphere was a unique mix of nightclub and restaurant. We went on a Sunday night, so it was more low-key but the music maintained a more club-like feel along with the bar and dancefloor setup. As said, the service was great; the waitress was very nice and attended to our table well and the variety of food available including the sushi gave it a more restaurant feel. I would suggest this place for couples and groups of friends looking for a night out. The parking close by was also very convenient. I would definitely visit again! Feb 17, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by The service was slow. The wine was served in plastic glasses that were dirty, cracked and chipped. Feb 2, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Very loud, food quality fair, minimal customer service / interaction with waitress. Jan 19, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5��by The staff is awesome. The place is a restaurant, and a night club. Early (before 9 pm) you have first class fun service and the food is excellent. After 9 pm the later night crowd starts to stroll in and the atmosphere changes. But the staff makes this place; Marissa, Seth and Sam make you feel like a local, and the kitchen backs them up with great food. Jan 10, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by The filet mignon, shrimp/scallop noodles, chocolate mousse, and chocolate molten cake was delicious! Oct 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great service, fresh sushi Oct 15, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by food was amazing. music great. environment chill. I've been there several times before so I knew what to expect. I just didn't know the food was so good. Aug 30, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by You guys made it seem like a restaurant on your site! Its a dance club that serves food! And since my husband and i showed up at 6:30 to an empty lounge, it was awkward and i had to apologize to my husband. The drinks and food were amazing, don't get me wrong, but the atmosphere was not restaurant and it was awkward. Aug 24, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by This is a nightclub, not a restaurant. Super super loud music, seedy vibe, not even sure why the serve food. Aug 3, 2014
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