Best Cocktail Bar

Hop Sing Laundromat

Youve heard the hype, the rumors about mysterious owner/operator Le, the jokes about the dress code and the hidden door. But forget about that. All you need to know is that in an age in which the mustachioed and be-vested cocktail slinger has risen to the same level of cultural importance as the celebrity chef, Hop Sing Laundromat opened as one of the best cocktail bars any of us had ever been to, anywhere. And since then, it has only gotten better.

1029 Race Street, Philadelphia, PAWebsite


2012 WINNER, Cocktail Bar

Hop Sing Laundromat

1029 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA

Not just for the list of spirits in use (amazing) or the method of their dispersal (unique), but because the single best drink we had all year was made at this bar, out of just two obsessively chosen and prepared ingredients-one of them rum, the other grape juice. Yes, grape juice. Read more »

2012 WINNER, Cocktail Bar

The Franklin Mortgage and Investment Co.

112 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA

This subterranean 18th Street lounge might seem too obvious a choice, but do you know why that is? Because all those people who say they’ve never had the kinds of cocktails the bartenders at the Franklin invent every few months are telling the truth. Read more »

2011 WINNER, New Cocktail Bar

The Farmers’ Cabinet

1113 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

Walk through the front door of this gas-lamp-lit retro restaurant in WashWest and you’ll see one bar on your left and one on your right. For beer, turn left. For the best damned old-school drinks in the city, hang a right and ask for Phoebe. Read more »

2011 WINNER, Place to Drink at the Shore

The Ebbitt Room

25 Jackson Street, Cape May, NJ

Homemade syrups + farm-fresh herbs + boutique and top-shelf spirits + polished bartenders = a much-needed antidote to the standard Shore drinking scene. Read more »