Cocktails in Philadelphia #alamw14


With the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting coming to Philadelphia at the end of January, we decided to begin compiling lists of Philly-related things (probably mostly food) to help our librarian friends navigate the city. This won’t be a comprehensive list but a selection of places easy to get to from the Convention Center area.

We’ll add new posts as we cover different topics but will aggregate all our information on our Midwinter 2014 page.

If you’re coming to Philly for the conference, feel free to ask us any questions. We’d be happy to answer or point you in the right direction.


Franklin Mortgage (112 S. 18th St) speakeasy vibe. Usually a wait to get in on weekend nights. Eclectic cocktails.

Sassafras (48 S. 2nd St) a longtime favorite. A touch of class along a street that can get a bit rowdy on weekends. Good food in addition to good cocktails.

Ela (627 S. 3rd St) a new favorite. Inventive cocktails to go along with classic cocktails. Excellent food.


Martinez at Southwark

Martinez at Southwark

Southwark (701 S. 4th St) one of the best places for classic cocktails. We haven’t had the food yet but hear nothing but good things.

Stateside (1536 East Passyunk Ave.) Wonderful cocktails made with all U.S.A. ingredients as well as arguably the best whiskey selection in town along with Village Whiskey (118 S. 20th St) and Percy Street BBQ (900 South St).

Talula’s Garden (210 W. Washington Square) excellent organic and otherwise earth conscious wines and local beers. Unique and always stellar cocktails. Get a seat at the bar for a drink and one of the best cheese plates around.

For the Adventurous

Emmanuelle (1052 N. Hancock St #67 – in the Piazza, Northern Liberties) tiny and dark bar with some of the most amazing cocktails we’ve ever had.

Lemon Hill (747 N. 25th St) a bit difficult to get to but well-worth the effort. Stellar beer and wine selection and crazy good cocktails. Also crazy good food.

Rex 1516 (1516 South St) our go-to place. Unique cocktail program but also strong on the classics. Small but excellent beer and wine selection. We’re also huge fans of the food.

Sparkle Spice at Rex1516

Sparkle Spice at Rex1516

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