Bob & Barbara’s | Photo by Trevor Dixon
We asked 25 of the city’s best chefs, bartenders, beer geeks, cork dorks and professional drinkers to weigh in on the best bars in Philly. Here, in order, are the 50 best places to drink in a city made for drinking. Philadelphia, meet the 50 Best Bars Class of 2014.
Foobooz 50 Best Bars by the Numbers
13 bars are new to the list from last year.
18 bars have been on the list for all six years we’ve compiled it.
Another 4 bars have been on the Best Bars list at least 5 years.
A.bar was the biggest mover, jumping 38 spots on the list.
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At noon on July 17, Ellen Yin and chef Eli Kulp (the dynamic duo who took over both a.bar and a.kitchen a couple months back) are going to be debuting a new menu at a.bar to celebrate the Rittenhouse bar’s first anniversary. Here’s what they have to say about the change-up.
“Chef Kulp’s menu will expand upon a.bar’s already diverse fresh-shucked oyster program, and adds a globally-inspired selection of crudos, shareable snacks, more substantial salads and sandwiches [as well as] a few select whole fish. In addition, a.bar’s hours of operation will be extended, serving [the] new menu all day long, Monday through Saturday, from noon until 10 p.m, with the raw bar offerings available until 11 p.m.”
So what does Kulp have in store for this new menu? He gave us a few clues…
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Photography by Michael Persico
Over on the Insider, they’re reporting on a deal reached between a.kitchen/a.bar’s David Fields and Ellen Yin and Eli Kulp from Fork. The way things look right now, Fields and Yin are throwing in together at a.kitchen and a.bar, becoming partners in both operations, and Kulp will be taking the position of executive chef–designing menus for an as-yet-unnamed chef de cuisine.
The new Kulp-designed a.kitchen and a.bar menus will debut in March. For more details on how this all came together, check out Michael Klein’s interview with Yin and Fields below.
Fork’s Yin and Kulp partnering with Fields at a.kitchen [Insider]
This Monday, December 9th is going to be all about Sherry at a.bar. Though many people’s only experience with sherry is on the sweet side, there are dry Sherries that work very well with food.
From 3 to 6 p.m., all oysters are $1.50 each and several local wine reps will be pouring multiple Sherries, ranging from $5 to $10 a glass.
At 7 p.m. chef Terence Feury (Tavro 13) will prepare a four-course dinner with Sherry pairings. The dinner is $85 per person and there is only one seating. Contact beverage director, Tim Kweeder for reservations.
The menu and what’s happeing late night … »
In these days of small kids and early mornings, it takes live jazz or a special occasion to get me out to a bar purely for drinking. Which is why my name is absent from Foobooz ‘s annual round-up of Philly’s 50 Best Bars. But even beaten-down parents have birthdays, which is how I found myself at A.Bar this week.
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There’s a real oyster special going down at Rittenhouse Square’s a.bar. Here are the details: between 3 and 6 p.m. everyday, all oysters are $1.50. From east to west coast, from sea to shining sea, all the oysters are just a buck and a half. The second half of work for the day? Well that can wait.
David Fields posted this photo of a.bar, the new, corner addition to a.kitchen that we’re hearing will open by Tuesday, July 9th. It’s looking ready.
Back in April we gave you details on a.bar, the sister restaurant to a.kitchen that is opening this summer. Now we have a full menu, featuring some snacks, an extensive raw bar highlighted by the American white sturgeon caviar, seafood like barbecued octopus, charcuterie, and an ice cream sandwich. The menu is short and sophisticated, much like the a.kitchen menu. We have not gotten our hands on a drink menu yet, but expect we have been promised a wine list designed to match with the seafood menu.
a.bar Opening Menu (PDF)
So it’s not looking at an opening until later this summer, but some details are coming to light on the new AKA Rittenhouse project (and sister operation to a.kitchen), a.bar. Here’s what we know:
- a.bar will open this summer on the corner of 18th and Walnut
- It will be open to the public but will offer priority seating and a separate entrance to residents of the AKA property.
- The space will once again be designed by Edward Asfour–same guy who did a.kitchen. Expect “natural materials, coffered ceilings and a 17-seat pewtered bronze bar.”
- The menu will be “pared down yet sophisticated,” offering oysters, charcuterie, bar snacks and small plates ranging in price from $4 to $22. At the bar, expect craft beers, lots of cocktails, and a wine list of rarities not often offered in Philly, in addition to a selection of fino and Manzanilla sherries.
- a.bar will be open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week.