Drinking Seasonally: Cool-Weather Cocktails In Philly

Fall Cocktails at Heritage | Photo via Heritage

Fall Cocktails at Heritage | Photo via Heritage

A man can’t live on gin and tonic alone.

Well, he can, I suppose. And god knows I try. But the changing seasons here don’t just affect what’s for dinner at Philly’s better bars and restaurants, they also mean changes to cocktail lists across the city. We poked around a little bit, and here’s what we found: Almost a dozen cool-weather cocktails that you should be drinking this weekend.

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“Amadaversary” Celebrates 10 Years Of Amada In Philly


10 years is a long time. In the restaurant world (where we celebrate a 1-year anniversary like its remarkable and 5 like its unheard of), it’s damn near forever.

So it’s definitely worth mentioning that this month, The Garces Group is presenting “Amadaversary” as three different events celebrating Amada’s 10th Anniversary.

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Wine Tasting Class at Amada


Amada” basically translates to “beloved” or “sweetheart,” so it’s very fitting that Amada is hosting a class for people to learn all about my sweetheart: wine. On Sunday, Apr. 26 from 2:30-3:30 pm, Alexandra Cherniavsky (Amada’s Sommelier) is teaching a wine tasting class.

The class will feature wines intended to perk you up after a dreary winter, so you can expect sparkling wine from Raventos i Blanc, a rosé from Amestoi, and other bright, white wines. Also, light tapas will be served, and the whole thing only costs $25, which is a pretty good deal for wine and tapas.

You can call (215)625-2450 to make reservations.

UPDATE: This event is now sold out. Amada says to stay tuned for the next one.

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Justin Bogle Named Corporate Executive Chef For Garces Group


So for those of you who’ve been wondering whatever happened to the guy who used to run the kitchen at Avance, now you know. The weird thing? This is a sort of homecoming for Justin Bogle, because prior to his running off to New York City to earn his Michelin stars while cooking at Gilt, he got started as a cook under Jose Garces at Alma de Cuba.

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Amada Launches New Happy Hour

amada-happy-hour-940Earlier this month, we told you about Tinto’s new happy hour. Now, Jose Garces’s other Spanish restaurant in Philadelphia is getting a similar happy hour makeover.

Beginning today, Amada is offering a $5 tapas and drink specials from 5 to 7 p.m. on weekdays. Look for favorites like Piquillos Rellenos (crab-stuffed peppers), Patatas Bravas (spicy potatoes), and Croquetas de Jamon (ham croquettes) all to be on the happy hour menu.

In the drinks department, Amada will be offering $4 beers, $5 sangria, $6 wine and $8 cocktails.

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Pig Out at Amada

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, Iron Chef Jose Garces’ Old City Spanish tapas bar and restaurant, is hosting its bi-annual Pig Out on Sunday, September 28th. There will be two seatings for the dinner; the first is at 3:30 p.m. and the second at 6:30 p.m.

The dinner itself will feature a three-course meal starring endless amounts of the Amada’s signature dish, Cochinillo Asado, or roasted whole suckling pig.  The pig is carved table-side by a chef and is accompanied by side dishes including rosemary scented white beans, crispy roasted fingerling potatoes and for dessert, indulgent bacon and peanut butter macarons.

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Revel Is Done, And Jose Garces Is Down Four Restaurants


The news came down today: Atlantic City’s Revel Resort is shutting down next month.

Oh, sure. They’re still trying to sell the place. But they’ve been trying to sell it pretty much since the day it opened. Or at least since the first bankruptcy filing, which happened just a little over a year after it opened. As things stand now, the resort has never made a dime in profit, and the current owners are admitting that even if a buyer is found, Revel will still close before anyone can come in to save the day.

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