The Continental Midtown opened in the summer of 2004 and has been pretty much full ever since. It's a lot bigger than the original Continental in Olde City and has a few additional nice touches.
The menu is still the same and you can get a really good "feed up" for a lot less than you'd expect. For a weekend night "Out On The Town" there's always plenty of people and a good atmoshere. Drinks aren't exactly cheap, so be prepared.
Ground floor is predominantly for dining, although there's a small bar here aswell. On this level the booth seating looks like a whole bunch of pale blue leather seats taken from the inside of a 1972 Cadillac.
The second floor also has dining, where at the tables for two you sit in hanging straw seats / baskets. This floor is where a lot of people come to just to drink and socialize. The bar here is larger and there's a cool seating area where the seats are actually small animals, whose backs you sit on and the ceiling is covered with fake grass.
There is also a roof-top bar that you have to access from a seperate door on 18th street. This is great during the summer months, although it does also have heaters and a fireplace for when the weather gets cooler.
Dress Code: Trendy.
The Continental is located on the corner of 2nd Street and Market Street in the Olde City district of Philadelphia. Some people feel that it has a little bit of a pretentious feel to it and I certainly wouldn't disagree.
It specializes in high priced martinis, however, where things balance out is in the food. The service is family style. In other words, once you order the items just come out in any old order as they are prepared and the idea is that eveyone just shares from the middle of the table. The food is generally pretty light and healthy and when your check arrives you'll be surprised that you didn't pay twice as much.
Typically if there are 4 or more of you the check shouldn't come to more than $20 - $25 per person. THIS IS FOR FOOD ONLY. Start drinking martinis at the check will start to look like a Titan V rocket leaving the launch pad.
Dress Code: Trendy and stylish.
The Continental on Market St. now has a sister club over towards Rittenhouse Square, but the one I've been to is on Market, which is the old diner looking one. It is trendy, and admittance is tight. Guys, do not go here as a group of four or five and expect to get in. Without females, you're not getting in. Also, don't go with jeans, sneakers, or anything less than a button down shirt. I went here with tie on simply to make sure I dressed the part - not many others were wearing ties except for the after work dinner crowd. Since they serve dinner, then it automatically cuts down on the number of people they're going to let in if the dinner goers stay for drinks. Speaking of drinks...they're good, but it's expensive. Music is good, and the people are good looking. Don't try to start a conversation with the girl behind the bar either. They're not interested. This isn't everyone's scene.
Dress Code: Look good or you're not getting in.
Must go to the Continental Martini Bar, 2nd and Market.
Great food, trendy, great martinis and tapas style food.
Their chicken radna thai is great, as is their sushi rolls.
Dress Code: mostly wearing black. very trendy.