The first cocktail tasting menu rolled out by the Franklin–a perfectly-pitched winter list called “Dutch Country Memories” by head bartender Sara Justice–was intriguing. This second one just looks awesome.
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Each week, we curate a perfect Philly-themed date night of the week—whether you’re longtime lovebirds or Tinder-discovered newbies. This week, we’re taking you to some of our favorite speakeasies in the Rittenhouse area that would make for perfect evening of sophisticated bar-hopping.
In the spirit of a speakeasy, there's no actual website for this Stephen Starr bar, which is located in the back of his El Rey restaurant, but don't be fooled: This dark, sexy spot is a great way to start a date night. The small watering hole features black leather booths and expert bartenders whipping up a host of memorable cocktails, plus you can snack on an assortment of goodies from the El Rey kitchen. It's not on the menu, but for a light drink that will get you buzzing, ask for the Ranstead Fruit Cup. You won't regret it. Sunday-Saturday, 6:30 pm to 2 am, Ranstead Room, 2013 Ranstead Street
1 Tippling Place is a quirky spot that feels like across between a library, an antique shop, and a bar: There are tons of cozy, worn couches to rest on while enjoying your specially made libations, and the staff is warm and friendly. The Gin Gin Mule, made of gin, lime, mint, ginger, pineapple, and soda, is a sweet way to start, and they also make a mean French 75. This is a perfect spot to cuddle up with your date: Hey, at this point, you've had a few to drink, right? Tuesday-Sunday, 5 pm to 2 am, 1 Tippling Place, 2006 Chestnut Street
Honestly, we saved the best for last: The Franklin Mortgage and Investment Company is the place of legend, and there's clearly a reason why. The bartenders are probably the best in the city and can concoct just about anything your taste buds desire, although you can't go wrong with sharing a massive order of punch (they have several varieties). The sexy marble and leather accents and candlelit space is the perfect way to bring your evening to an end (or not … ) Sunday-Saturday, 5 pm to 2 am, The Franklin Mortgage and Investment Company, 112 South 18th Street
The only downside to going out for cocktails at the Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. is choosing which cocktail to have since, you know, opting for one of each would be a bad investment. Fortunately, head bartender Sara Justice is making that selection simpler with the addition to the menu of Dutch Country Memories, a cocktail tasting menu which we recently sampled.
Check out the descriptions (and the photos) below.
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