While many people stick to strictly wine or beer when they go out drinking, some of us do like to splurge on a cocktail. Most of the time, cocktails are basic. However, some bars go above and beyond to make a beautiful-looking and the best cocktails in Philly.
1. Mad Rex
Mad Rex is a restaurant and a virtual reality lounge with a post-apocalyptic theme. They are located on Frankford Avenue in Fishtown. Their Smoking Gun Shot contains Johnnie Walker Black Scotch, cinnamon, simple syrup orange liquor, a sprig of thyme, and smoke. A mini skull shot glass houses the cocktail.
2. Mission Taqueria
Mission Taqueria is a Mexican cantina located on Sansom Street in the Rittenhouse Square section of Philadelphia. Their margaritas are pretty beyond what regular margaritas look like, and they’re some of the best cocktails in Philly for that mexi-feel. They come in a variety of flavors, and their frozen margaritas can be made half one flavor and half another.
3. Art in the Age
Art in the Age is a tasting room, home bar supply, and bottle shop located on North 3rd Street in Old City. They have a tasting room on location, where they teach people how to create cocktails, and they post their cocktail recipes on their website. Vic’s Grog, pictured below, is made of one ounce of lemon juice, one ounce of pineapple juice, one ounce of BG Reynolds Passion Fruit Tropical Syrup, two ounces of Dreadnought Rum, and a dash of Angostura Bitters.
4. Double Knot
The Double Knot is located on S. 13th Street in the Gayborhood section of Philadelphia. Their signature drink, also called the Double Knot, consists of bourbon, bacon, and fire. Who can go wrong with that? The outcome is a cocktail with an almost golden color.
5. Franklin Bar
The Franklin Bar is located on S. 18 Street in Center City. They are known for their cocktails. Out Just Like A Candle, pictured below, is made of Pedro Ximenez Sherry, Smith and Cross rum, and Angostura Bitters.
6. V Street
V Street, known for some of the best cocktails in Philly and their vegan take on street food, is located on S. 19th Street in Center City. Their Bora Bora Banter is made with rum, pandan, coconut, and pineapple and is accompanied by a little umbrella.
You may have heard of root beer floats, but this Philly bar has created a liqueur alternative. A.bar is located on Walnut Street in Rittenhouse Square. Their themed parties that feature special cocktails are what make them famous. This image is of their Salted Caramel Pretzel Ice Cream Aramo Float.
8. Friday Saturday Sunday
Friday Saturday Sunday is a bar and new American eatery located on S. 21st Street in Rittenhouse Square. They are known for their signature cocktails and food options. Their Sob Story cocktail is made with Haitian rum, Torino vermouth, Nardini, Batavia Arrack, and coconut rum.
9. Good King Tavern
Good King Tavern is located on 7th Street in the Bella Vista neighborhood of Philly. They offer a wide variety of alcoholic beverages, including wine-based Spritzes. Stop by to enjoy these colorful beverages!
Southwark is located at 4th and Bainbridge in Queen’s Village. They offer a wide variety of creative cocktails, wines, beers, and foods. Their Jungle Bird cocktail consists of Appleton 12, rhubarb, Amaro Abano, lime, and salt.
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Ashley is a recent graduate from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA with her Bachelor's in journalism. She love writing articles about music and Philadelphia. Ashley would love to pursue a career in journalism in New York City.