Keeping with the whiskey theme from yesterday here are some fantastic cocktails to try around the city.
Old Fashioned at Southwark: One of the best cocktail bars in the city, not just for the quality of the drinks, but also for an amicable staff and jovial atmosphere. My friends and I dropped in around 1:40 a.m. and they gave us no fuss about ordering a drink. In my experience some places’ staff members can be really outwardly rude if you drop in that late to try and order something. They didn’t rush us out at 2:00 a.m on the dot either. Things like that really make a difference to the customer experience.
Rust Belt Punch at Franklin Bar: Wild Turkey Rye, Galliano liquer, tropical fruit tea, lemon juice, Demerara rum along with angostura and peychauds bitters; make up this super tasty punch. Franklin Bar is nationally recognized as one of the best bars in the country. The doorman situation could easily get to be obnoxious, but the staff there is always very respectful and makes customers feel comfortable. Basically when you go, you have to wait for the doorman to escort you to an open table, if they aren’t any you have to wait outside until someone leaves. The place is super small and narrow but really fun to hang out in. This bar was one of the big reasons that the quality of cocktails in the city got elevated in regards to ingredients and care in preparation; they keep everyone on their toes. This is definitely a special occasion place unless you’re ballin’ since cocktails range from about $12-$15+
Bulleit Old Fashioned at Tapestry: I was a huge fan of this place under its previous incarnation Adsum. They closed down for a few months last fall and reopened with a new menu, sick beer list and very affordable cocktails; the prices range from $8-$11. I always thought Adsum’s cocktail program was underrated and I can say the same for Tapestry. I liked that the waitress offered up a selection of bourbons to choose from, this Bulleit one was exceptionally smooth and tasty.
Kentucky Straight Orange at XIX: Kentucky bourbon, blood orange bitters, Saint Germain elderflower liquor, fresh orange. A really approachable whiskey cocktail for those who aren’t used to drinking it yet. Super smooth and delicious. Plus the atmosphere of the bar at XIX can’t be beat, you get spectacular views of Philly’s skyline. They also have some of my favorite oysters in town.
Sowing Season at Ela: scotch-whiskey, Yards Love Stout, amaretto, maraschino liqueur. A sweet combo of two of my favorite things, stout and whiskey! Ela is a relatively new spot in the Queen Village neighborhood. I haven’t eaten here yet, however we ended up popping in around midnight on a Saturday because Southwark was too full, and this place was literally empty in comparison. It was kinda awkward hanging out there while all the staff was unwinding from the evening service, you sorta feel like you’re intruding even tho their bar is open until 2 a.m. I need to go back another time to check it out.
Dixie at Franklin Bar: Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Grand Marnier, Marie Brizzard Mente liqueur, angostura bitters, served on a rock. They really aren’t kidding about it being served on a rock, that’s one giant piece of ice! Haha.