Drinking Cocktails at La Colombe

La Colombe is putting its rum and draft coffee to good use.

La Colombe is putting its rum and draft coffee to good use.

With each Philadelphia location of La Colombe now offering the sweet, creamy and impossible to resist Draft Latte (City Hall location gets it Friday) as well as flaky biscuits from the Fishtown flagship, I thought I might have less reason to head to Fishtown. But a liquor license is a fluorescent orange siren to us at Foobooz, and La Colombe’s cocktail list, empowered by the Draft Latte as well as the Pure Black on draft makes the coffee shop a must-visit cocktail spot.

La Colombe’s current  drink list makes use of those draft coffee offerings as well as the coffee-based beer, Yards’ Brewing’s Snorri’s Awakening. Of particular note, the Carte Blanche, a Different Drum Rum and Draft Latte version of the White Russian provides a delicious and amped way to salute Jeff Lebowski.

La Colombe Cocktail List »

Dog Days of Summer at Johnny Brenda’s

dog days summer johnny brendasToday, Wednesday, August 19th, Johnny Brenda’s is celebrating the dog days of summer with Philadelphia Brewing, Commonwealth Ciders and Rowhouse Spirits. The Fishtown fixture is hosting a summer evening of cocktails, beer cocktails and beer and cider from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A portion of all proceeds will benefit the Pennsylvania SPCA which just opened a satellite location on Frankford Avenue.

In addition to all the drinks, Johnny Brenda’s will also be grilling hot dogs, and with every donation to the SPCA, you get a hot dog.

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Tonight: Bartender Series Continues at Volver

bar-volver-pouring-400Volver’s monthly bartender collaboration series continues tonight. Stephen Warner of Lo Spiedo will be mixing up three seasonally-inspired (and local) cocktails from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

  • THE GEISHA
    la colombe different drum rum, rose orange syrup, angostura, orange twist
  • THE BARRIQUE
    bluecoat barrel aged gin, lo spiedo americano, lo spiedo smoked orange bitters, lemon twist
  • SUMMER SHOWERS
    art in the age sage, cucumber, melon, sage, cava

You cannot live on boozy cocktails alone »

About Last Night: What Do You Mean You People Have Never Seen Barfly?

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No, seriously. It is a great goddamn movie–probably the single drinkiest film ever, and features a young Mickey Rourke (before he became a poster child for plastic surgery gone wrong) playing Charles Bukowski, in a movie written by Charles Bukowski. And what’s more, it has a serious Philly connection: Bukowski spent three years living, working, drinking and getting his teeth punched out here before writing the screenplay, and used his time in our fair city as the basis for all the action that happens in the film. The L.A. bar in which most of the film takes place? Based on a place where Bukowski drank at 17th and Fairmount.

And what stunned me last night was that during the trivia portion of last night’s all-cocktails Open Stove battle at COOK, I asked for a show of hands from the crowd.

“How many of you here have seen Barfly?” I asked.

No hands went up.

“What about the bartenders. You guys have seen Barfly, right?”

No hands went up.  The only two people in the entire place who’d ever seen it were me and Art.

So much for the trivia…

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Ranstead Room Kicks Off Cocktail Classes

ranstead-room-cocktail-classes-400Starting on Monday, February 16th, the Ranstead Room is kicking off a series of cocktail classes. Each class focuses on a different spirit and participants will learn the fundamentals and techniques involved in making the drinks.

Classes are $44 per person and includes two drinks, snacks and tip. Classes are limited to 12 people per week, so call El Rey (215-563-3330) now to make your reservation.

The classes are taught by Ranstead Room bartenders Anna Henderer and Derek Moorer. The first week’s spirit is gin.

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Check Out the Menus for Franky Bradley’s

franky-bradleys-940Mark Bee who has already experienced success at N. 3rd and Silk City is opening Franky Bradley’s tomorrow at Juniper and Chancellor. The former Sisters Nightclub promises a retro experience, connecting to the space’s past as Frankie Bradley’s, a well known restaurant that catered to entertainers, that was opened from 1933 to 1986.

The interior definitely has a Mark Bee vibe, complete with a Foxy Brown portrait made out of dollar bills. The walls are also adorn with vintage sexy Pan Am ads and more than a few nudes.

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Six Drinks To Take You Away from This Cold Weather

yachtsman-mai-tai-940There are a lot of ways to battle single degree lows. Burrow under your heaviest comforter and wait for spring. Enjoy a Hot Toddy or whiskey shots. But there’s another way to battle the cold that we’re particularly fond of, DENIAL.

Here are six drinks being poured around town that will take you back (or forward) to summer.

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Trestle Inn Has a Menu of Hot Toddys

trestle-toddys-trestle-innThis past Saturday we enjoyed more than one Hot Toddy at the local bar and made a note then to drink more Hot Toddys. And now comes word that the Trestle Inn has a whole menu of Hot Toddy’s for the season and best of all, they are named for members of the Village People.

The Toddys are designed by bartender Katie Loeb and are available Wednesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Hot Toddy Menu »

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