It served a Lagavulin under a glass bell full of tobacco smoke, with a cigar on the side. Had a wonderful meal and server came back advising us the desserts were on the house. When all the seats are filled, the host will take down names and text when something opens up. In a neighborhood that is sometimes overrun with over-served suburbanites when the sun goes down, 1 Tippling Place is a bar for grown-ups. Stop by for afternoon tea for an elegant spread of boozy tea-based cocktails and tiers of sweets and sandwiches. Chef Daniel Stern is well known for putting his personal culinary spin on the ordinary and transforming it into an unexpected pleasure. Plus, the menu reaches beyond the standard wings and fried food to offer tacos, shumai, fish-ball skewers and more — appropriate for the only sports bar in Chinatown.
The spectacular view of Liberty Place is not to be outdone by the posh drink concoctions, such as Highball in the Sky or the Bourbon Smash, a sweet concoction of bourbon, apricot syrup, lemon juice, and basil. Follow our guide to make sure you find them all. Swing by on Friday nights April through June, World Café Live hosts live music and a selection of beers, including a limited-release brew each week. And yes, this leads to some esoteric weirdness sometimes, but it also makes for a scene where experimentation is encouraged and the best successes stand out. Philly already knows the best , , , , , , and. And now, with its new ish cannery and lounge pouring great cocktails and drafts, its whole brand is, somehow, fresh and exciting again.
But the current menu of vegan cocktails includes things like the Champagne Poppy, a Mai Tai made with Thai chile orgeat and a mix of gin, poppy seed amaro, and sparkling wine. The Cowboy Killer, served here back when it was still called Franklin Mortage and Investment Co. Specials abound, with various deals offered during pretty much any hometeam game. With its sleek and open floor plan, muted color scheme, and tasteful exposed brick walls, this business-casual watering hole has serious class. With reliable hours and a variety of reservation options for events including a birthday-specific package , Vango is a standout rooftop lounge option near Rittenhouse Square.
The rest is history: Now dozens of local watering holes serve the duo. If you're from out of town, don't waste time going to a bar you're unsure of. Cozy, semi-circular booths surround beautiful fire pits and create perfect little nooks for conversation as you look out over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. And the space is big, bright, comfortable and casual. Standard Tap remains unflappable, sticking to what it does best local, quality products; great service but never resting on its laurels.
But the little hints of Middle Eastern flavor woven through the cocktail menu anise, cardamom, Ceylon tea are amazing, and the crew are both friendly and knowledgeable enough to discuss them at length. Thank you for making our experience go from a low to a high! Oyster House is a gin bar. It has a much, much bigger — and more interesting — beer selection than a bar of its size should be able to handle, plus an impressive whiskey list. Sometimes you just need a friendly place to get a shot and a beer at 7 a. It draws a big, loud, fun crowd; pours the drinks strong; and shakes the dust from the rafters with show tunes, Broadway standards and pop hits.
And get your camera ready. The hangout boasts a Hawaiian vibe with tropical plants, tiki torches and music pumping out of the speakers. The winter cocktail menu includes a lineup of creative artisanal drinks such as Love on the Rum, made with rye, rum, brown butter maple syrup, apple juice and egg yolk; Goonies Never Say Rye, made with rye, curacao, lemon and pistachio orgeat; and the Cheese Louise, a concoction of rye, apple brandy, quince and ricotta. The rooftop is also, by way of being atop a school building, enormous. But through serious research, alchemy, and a freakish talent for flavor combinations, owner Lê and his crew have created some of the best cocktails in the entire city behind their unmarked door.
And with a recent expansion into the space next door, they now offer cocktails, live music, room for larger groups, and a short, tight menu of bar snacks and small plates. And even the house cocktails, while new and original, feel as though they were plucked from alcoholic antiquity. Leave your baseball caps and flip flops at home, though: Stratus enforces a casual yet upscale dress code. Believe us, there are so many to try. Even the house favorite shot of Cynar and bourbon is a little bit strange. With the nicest front-door greeters in town and bartenders who are more than happy to explain the esoteric ingredients that pepper their extensive cocktail menu, this subterranean Rittenhouse speakeasy feels like the fanciest neighborhood bar—just with seriously inventive drinks. For a long time, these folks were schlepping their cider door-to-door and from event to event.
But they can also do smart, balanced things with artichoke bitters and rhubarb and avocado oil-washed cachaça. Yes, it has a bar. The menu features refreshing cocktails such as an Eternal Springtime, concocted with locally distilled Stateside vodka and a combo of St. . And I appreciate that kind of honesty on a cocktail menu.