Philly’s 20 Best Drinks


As part of Philadelphia magazine’s Bar issue we list Philly’s 20 Best Drinks. Check out the slideshow of top drinks and where to get them. And be sure to check out the special 21st slide, Philadelphia’s Signature Cocktail.

All Photography by Trevor Dixon

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  • Uncklejason

    Have you actually tasted the Anjou Yvette? Really? It tastes like ‘Tussin.

  • BenJaroo Green-Ellman

    WHAT? NO PARAMOORE?!!!!!1!!!

  • Snake

    I’ve seen this drink that is budweiser mixed with bloody mary mix on some menus recently. Called a michelada. Has anyone tried one of these things? I generally like anything with tomato juice, but I don’t know about drinking Bud.

  • JerseyGirl

    Micheladas should be made with Tecate I think, or a Mexican beer at least. Very good if they are spicy enough!

  • rebecca

    I love micheladas. Best I’ve had here in Philly is at El Rey (they make it spicy with Negra Modelo — and it comes in a boot!), though the one at Xochitl was pretty good too. I’ve never seen one made with Bud…that seems really weird. Definitely stick to the Mexican beers.

  • Snake

    Here’s the Bud product. The Negro Modelo version sounds very good.

    • Snake, different animal. A Clamato is beer + tomato juice + clam juice. Which to me is just plain creepy. A Michelada is much more of a Bloody Mary with beer instead of vodka. As for the beer, doesn’t make much of a difference when most that are used are mass-produced light lagers. But that’s fine, the flavor comes from the mix not the beer. Beer just gives it a light effervescence.

  • Karim

    I beg to differ with the editor. A Michelada is not just beer with bloody mary mix, it also has clam juice, and usually no horseradish. At least that is the case in California, where I first tasted them.

  • Snake

    Clamato is available in grocery stores. It doesn’t have beer in it. Some folks prefer it to make bloody marys. I’ve also seen Beefamato using beef broth.

  • From what I’ve experienced and looked up online it seems there are almost as many michelada recipes as there are bloody mary concoctions.

  • Michelada Man

    A Michelada traditionally does not have clam juice in it, just tomato, but the closer you get to the coast, addition of clams becomes more prevalent. So both preparations are acceptable.

    The drink first appeared in Mexico on the Texas border, and was adopted by the rest of Central America soon after, but not so much in the U.S., where it has gained in popularity only recently.

    The versions in Costa Rica usually have clam juice, but the ones found in Belize (where lobster is the big export) don’t have clam juice.

    The only consistency you’ll find in every version is the use of golden light lager, which adds almost no flavor, but good bubble. Thank the European missionaries for that. Since the flavor of the drink is dominated by the tomato and spice, might as well save money on the quality of the beer.

  • Ben Franklin

    For a philly cocktail maybe you should have philadelphia’a own distillery in th slideshow! Jacquin’s blackbery brandy or using any of the products america’s oldest cordial makes? Philly Since 1884

  • Stoutfan

    What about the stout ice cream floats at Doobies Bar? While the stouts rotate (the current one is made with Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout), the outcome is the same…you get to quench your beer thirst while having dessert! How can you go wrong? (BTW, Doobies version of the Citywide is WAY better…Sly Fox Phoenix Pale Ale & a shot of Heaven Hill $ 5)

  • Katie

    Clamato is made by Mott’s. In Mexico it’s used for micheladas and in Canada it’s used for Bloody Caesar’s. We make our Bloody Caesar mix from scratch at Oyster House. Much tastier.

  • Sure wish I coulda computer printed this Entire list all at once, ’cause Then I could take it wit me from bar to bar, checking off the drinks as I go. THEN I could tell youse all My opinion on these here cocktails.

    Clamato makes an interesting change to the ‘basic’ Bloody Mary..wonder if Snockey’s uses it for their signature drink With the raw clams on top od the ice? Truth be told, I think the best Bloody Mary type drink starts with V8.

    • PPABootSquad, when we released the drink list it was available in a handy version that you could carry around. We call it a magazine.

  • heather

    Pure Madness cocktail made with lacolombe’s cold-pressed coffee Pure Black at Baume & Brix. You can start with this and make your own:

  • heather

    Pure Madness cocktail made with our cold-pressed coffee Pure Black at Baume & Brix. You can start with this and make your own: