Best of Philly

Best Cocktails

2017 Best Way to Live Large and Drink Cheap

Assassin’s Handbook at Friday Saturday Sunday

These days, even your corner shot-and-a-beer bar can mix up a technically perfect manhattan. (In other words, we wonder if Philly has reached maximum craft-cocktail capacity.) And then along comes barman Paul MacDonald with his zinger of a list. The star: the Assassin’s Handbook, a mixture of Jamaican rum, cognac, averna, amaro and mulled wine, with a spark of habanero at the finish. Wow.

261 South 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-546-4232 | Website

2014 Best Ela

Ela

627 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

The gin curry cocktail is icy, spicy and sweet, and it shouldn’t taste good (curry? In a cocktail?), but the flavors sing in a drink […] Read more »

2013 Best Frisco Kid at Citron and Rose

Frisco Kid at Citron and Rose

370 Montgomery Avenue, Merion Station, PA Website

Rye whiskey, ginger-lime syrup, and a touch of that bitter-bomb so many serious bartenders swear by, Luxardo Fernet. If this is what kosher drinking tastes […] Read more »

2012 Best Southwark

Southwark

701 South 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

Go to Southwark and order a Manhattan or a Sazerac. Then go anywhere else in the country and order the same cocktail. Then come home […] Read more »

2011 Best Pickled Lemon Soda at Pho 75

Pickled Lemon Soda at Pho 75

1122 Washington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA Website

Like Sprite, but exotic: Asian-style preserved lemons muddled with sugar and topped with soda. Read more »

2010 Best Chick’s Caf and Wine Bar

Chick’s Caf and Wine Bar

614 South 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

There’s a lot of drama involved in the preparation of this gin drink vigorous smacking of fresh basil leaves to release their essences, loud clashing […] Read more »

2009 Best Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa

Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa

1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, NJ Website

Sure, you get free drinks at the blackjack table. But by the time your waitress returns with your watered-down cocktail, you’ve blown a hundred bucks. […] Read more »

2009 Best Amada

Amada

217-219 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

Amada works so well because every aspect fits together seamlessly. And the well-thought-out drink list is a shining example of the understatedly cool Jose Garces […] Read more »

2009 Best Zahav

Zahav

237 St. James Place, Philadelphia, PA Website

It’s not that we’ve never had a drink that tastes like what it claims to be (peanut-butter-and-jelly shot, anyone?), but this grainy concoction mixed with […] Read more »