Speakeasy Style Bar Opens in Doylestown

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A Mechanic Street Mule at the Still in Doylestown

Out in Bucks County, just above the Doylestown Brewing Co. (52 East State Street, Doylestown), a speakeasy has been operating almost unnoticed for almost a month.

Run by Chris Hall, The Still is self-proclaimed Prohibition-style cocktail bar that is apparently still a pretty well kept secret.

The bar only uses spirits from local PA distilleries and have nine homemade infusions made with all local ingredients. The cocktail list covers the basics and includes some historically accurate drinks as well (which come with a lengthy explanation of their origins).

And while it’s no Hop Sing, this is definitely a cool addition to ‘burbs.

The Still is open Thursday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to midnight.

The Still Menu (PDF)

Sneak Peek at Nicholas Elmi’s Bar, ITV

Top Chef winner Nicholas Elmi opens ITV next to his Laurel on East Passyunk.

Top Chef winner Nicholas Elmi opens ITV next to his Laurel on East Passyunk.

ITV, the bar from Laurel’s Nicholas Elmi officially opens this Saturday, July 2nd at 1615 East Passyunk Avenue. Elmi has been planning the bar next to his restaurant Laurel, for more than a year. The name ITV comes from “In the Valley” which is what the Lenape word Passyunk means.

The dark and attractive marble bar seats around 12 at leather bar stools. The backbar and walls are off-black with gold gold piping. The design, done by Eimer Design also includes floral wallpaper made of thinly rolled wood. Beyond the bar is a banquette with seating for eight plus a lone table for two.

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Where to Find the Best Cocktails During Center City Sips

center city sips 4002 Gingers Irish Whiskey is an official sponsor of Center City Sips and you can find the blended, slightly sweet whiskey at just about every bar and restaurant participating in all-over-Center-City Wednesday night happy hour. Most spots are pouring a Big Ginger, a whiskey and ginger ale that is certainly less offensive than some other flavored vodka concoctions whipped up in past years. But our crack staff or researchers are looking beyond the 2 Gingers drinks and at other cocktails that are worth $5.

Here are some of the cocktails that stand out »

La Colombe Adds Weekend Night Menu

Hummus with wood-fired pita bread

Hummus with wood-fired pita bread

Starting this Friday, La Colombe’s Fishtown flagship is kicking off a night menu of pizzas, hummus and a selection of desserts. The menu takes full advantage of the cafe’s baking operation and wood-fired oven. The pita, made by head baker John McGrath is finished in the wood-fired oven and makes a perfect vehicle for scooping up the hummus and accompanying pickled vegetables.

There is no such thing as too many good pizza options and on weekends, La Colombe will now offer its own Neapolitan pizzas. In addition to a 10″ Margherita pizza, there will be rotating red and white pies.

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Pay Homage to Fromage at the Twisted Tail with Tenaya Darlington

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Tenaya Darlington will be at Twisted Tail

Love cheese? Well, on Sunday, May 1, George Reilly of the Twisted Tail will be hosting a cheese and cocktail tasting with food writer and cheese aficionado Tenaya Darlington, aka Madame Fromage.

From 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. there will be a sampling of Darlington’s favorite cheeses along with three cocktails inspired by her book, The New Cocktail HourShe is also the author of another book, DiBruno Bros House of Cheese: A Guide to Wedges, Recipes, and Pairings

Tickets are $45 and include a signed copy of The New Cocktail Hour. They can be purchased online or by phone at (215) 558-2741.

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Philly Cocktail Bar, 1 Tippling Place, has a Pop-up in Mumbai

One of the cocktails 1 Tippling Place is serving in India

One of the cocktails 1 Tippling Place is serving in India

Here’s something you don’t hear every day: Philadelphia cocktail bar, 1 Tippling Place, named one of the 24 best cocktail bars in America by Food & Wine Magazine, is hosting a pop-up in Mumbai, India. They’re serving their finest cocktails to a city with an almost non-existent cocktail scene.

Owner of 1 Tippling Place Anne Frey and mixologist Myles Carroll have been at Olive Restaurant in Mumbai, India during the second annual Mumbai Cocktail Week, which began on March 14th and continues through tomorrow. The restaurant is a popular bar in the Bandra neighborhood of Mumbai, where many Bollywood stars live.

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New Spring Cocktails At A.Bar

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While winter calls for boozier, slow-sipping beverages, the warming weather is inspiring drinks with more dilution–ones that you can drink with abandon. The theme of spring at a.bar? Beverages that are either shaken, swizzled, or stirred. Bar manager Dan Hamm (formerly at 1 Tippling Place and one of the brains behind the pop-up cocktail events at Spirit Forward) has created a mix of offerings, many of which include seasonal elements.

Yes, we tried them. And yes, we came home with pictures.

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New Spring Cocktails at Oyster House

Photo by Jason Varney

Photo by Jason Varney

On a recent unseasonably warm March afternoon, I stopped in to Sansom Street’s Oyster House to try out several of the restaurant’s new cocktails. Head bartender/bar manager Lindsey Krueger, a Franklin Mortgage and Village Whiskey vet has been at Oyster House for four years and has built up quite the selection of gins behind the bar, a collection that is put to good use in the latest Oyster House cocktail list.

Bartender Colin O’Neill, himself a Franklin Mortgage alum mixed up the cocktails as I sampled the day’s oysters, house-cured gravalax and decided to wear the delicious barbecue oysters.

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Esmon and Gaal on Goodbye Tour

restaurant-neuf-window-940Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal, bartenders and couple about town are heading out of town. The pair is North Carolina bound but before they leave, they’ll be popping up at three bars before they bid us “ta ta.”

First up for the pair who oversaw the drink program at Emmanuelle is Neuf. This Wednesday, March 16th, the couple will be the guests of Joncarl Lachman and head bartender Jesse Cornell. Esmon and Gaal will join Cornell behind the bar starting at 9 p.m.

Esmon and Gall will also be at Ashton Cigar Bar on Sunday, March 20th and at Franklin Bar Tuesday, March 22nd.

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Fitler Dining Room Adds Liquor Options

fitler-dining-room-daytime-interiorWhen Fitler Dining Room was just a rendering and a concept, the team that brought us Pub & Kitchen agreed to initially only offer beer and wine as a concession to the neighborhood association. But now, just after three years of brightening the corner of 22nd and Spruce with seasonal plantings and flowers, the restaurant is now offering a cocktail list including original and classic cocktails. Included in the list is FDR Tiki Rum Punch served in a traditional tiki mug and a very traditional Vesper Martini, “stirred, not shaken.”

The intimate restaurant isn’t a stocking a vast selection of liquor but enough to mix up most cocktails.

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