Once upon a time, Le Bar Lyonnais was a sexy hideaway beneath Le Bec-Fin. But that time has passed. Le Bec-Fin has given way to Avance. And beneath Avance is its bar—still clandestine, still sexy, but now modern rather than hung with blue velvet drapes and mirrors. The space shares the same theme as the dining room upstairs—black-walnut-topped bar and high tables—but downstairs, the gray walls and low ceilings combine for a darker, more intimate space, ideal for pre-dinner drinks or a late-night rendezvous. The drinks are creative and playfully named; “A Roll of Quarters in a Clutch Purse” and “See You Around the Bend” are among the most clever. Besides the signature cocktails, drinkers can peruse the long menu of liquors, wines and beers. Diners can order from the regular Avance à la carte menu or try one of the bar-only dishes, including the lamb burger—a two-handed sandwich featuring Border Springs Farm lamb topped with red onion marmalade and feta cheese. Ordered at medium-rare, this juicy burger teases at just what chef Justin Bogle has in store upstairs.
First appeared in the March, 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine.
Pizzeria Vetri is rolling out a new batch of its barrel-aged Brooklyn cocktails today. The cocktails are made with Dad’s Hat Rye, vermouth, luxardo and ramazzotti and then aged five weeks in a barrel.
Order one today and you’ll get a free rotolo. Offer runs all day.
Pizzeria Vetri [Foobooz]
Photo by Vanessa Beahn
The Fat Ham has rightfully been getting early love for its hot chicken, fried oyster sliders and Southern hummus. But that’s not to say the beverage program has been slacking. The Fat Apple is a star on the bar’s cocktail list. The bourbon-based cocktail is dangerously easy to drink and could easily be a gateway cocktail to a love of brown liquors.
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Every Sunday from 10 p.m. to midnight the Khyber Pass Pub is offering a special Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey happy hour. During that time, the Old City bar will be offering $6 Old Fashioned and $7 Manhattan cocktails.
Khyber Pass Pub [Foobooz]
Photo by Drew Lazor
It’s not a cocktail for everyone. The Inquirer’s Craig LaBan said of High Street on Market’s broccoli rabe cocktail, it could ”grow chest hair on a kale martini” but food writer Drew Lazor appears to be a fan. Lazor writes up the cocktail for Serious Eats’ drink blog.
So This Exists: A Broccoli Rabe Cocktail at High Street on Market, in Philadelphia [Serious Eats]
High Street on Market [Foobooz]
In December, they did Top Gun–a classic of American cinema–with excellent themed cocktails based on the movie. And now, the crew from Franklin Mortgage is going back to the well once again for a Sunday Movie Night event featuring the completely insane Cage/Travolta masterpiece Face/Off. There’s gonna be cool drinks for just $11 a pop, pizza from the guys at Pitruco, Mike Treffehn and Catherine Manning behind the stick, and all the madness that comes of anything involving Nicolas Cage.
So, Sunday night, January 26. Make your plans now. And check out the cocktail menu below to get you in the mood.
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Bartender and cocktail book author Katie Loeb has recently revamped the list at the Trestle Inn. The Happy Hour, Flower Power and Whiskey Sours remain but Loeb’s stamp is over the rest of the menu. Especially in the Cathouse Punch and the classic Blood and Sand.
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On Thursday, November 21st, Elixr Coffee is hosting coffee and cocktail competitions featuring bars and coffee shops around the city.
On this special night, a latte art throwdown featuring top baristas from sixteen coffee bars in Philadelphia will compete. That will be followed by a coffee-centric cocktail competition featuring bartenders from cocktail bars and restaurants (Vedge, The Corner, 1 Tippling Place, Farmers’ Cabinet and more) around town. It all goes down at Elixr Coffee, 207 Sydenham Street (between 15th and 16th Streets) at 6:30 p.m. As Elixr says, “Come to Taste the Magic. Come, and we All Win.”
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Daiquiri at Jerry’s Bar
Jerry’s Bar loves its industry people. And to prove its love, every Sunday through Tuesday, the Northern Liberties bar is offering 20% off the entire check.
Jerry’s Bar [Foobooz]
For the whole month of November, the Continental in Old City is celebrating Spirit Month. And if you order a cocktail that features local spirits, including those from Philadelphia Distilling, the drinks are just $7.
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