DATE NIGHT OF THE WEEK: A Boozy Speakeasy Romp Through Rittenhouse

Each week, we curate a perfect Philly-themed date night of the week—whether you’re longtime lovebirds or Tinder-discovered newbies. This week, we’re taking you to some of our favorite speakeasies in the Rittenhouse area that would make for perfect evening of sophisticated bar-hopping.



Dutch Country Memories: Checking Out Sara Justice’s First Cocktail Tasting Menu

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The only downside to going out for cocktails at the Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. is choosing which cocktail to have since, you know, opting for one of each would be a bad investment. Fortunately, head bartender Sara Justice is making that selection simpler with the addition to the menu of Dutch Country Memories, a cocktail tasting menu which we recently sampled.

Check out the descriptions (and the photos) below.

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New August Happy Hour Menu At Franklin Mortgage

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It’s August and the crew over at the Franklin have a new “Extra Credit” menu at the bar. This time they’re highlighting mint with five cool, classic, mint-heavy cocktails for this hottest month of the year.

The Extra Credit menu is available all the time, but the Franklin also uses it like their happy hour menu–and everything on it is just $11 between 5-7pm, Sunday through Thursday. There are also $2 High Life ponies and a $7 daily punch, just to sweeten the deal.

Check out the full menu below.

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DIY Down the Shore: Better Than A G+T

Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 2.00.40 PMFor the past couple weeks, we’ve been talking to a variety of Philly chefs and bartenders, asking them what they bring with them to eat and drink when they go down the shore. And now, for the next couple weeks, we’re going to be sharing with you their favorite recipes for snacks, cocktails and other delicious things so that you, too, can eat and drink like a pro.

In the words of Franklin Mortgage’s head bartender, Mike Treffehn, “In the dog days of summer, the G+T is king. And while I’ll never say no to a standard well gin and gun tonic, at home and at my bar I like to step it up a notch.” 

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Learn About Whiskey at The Franklin Bar

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Finally, a class that combines learning and alcohol. On Monday, June 23rd, The Franklin Bar is hosting an Introduction to American Whiskey class. From 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. attendees will learn about the development and transformation of whiskey from its earliest days to now, engage in a Q&A with head bartender Mike “Juice” Treffehn and sample a wide range of styles of whiskey, including white, bourbon and more.

Attendees will get hands-on experience learning about American whiskey and, while there is an “agenda” (beyond getting people to drink more whiskey, we assume, which isn’t so much an agenda as the Lord’s work), Treffehn made it clear that the event is just as much about the whiskey as it is the people. This intimate class of 12 (and sometimes fewer), is meant to “cater to who is actually there,” according to Treffehn.

To learn more about the event (or to buy tickets), visit online.

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Franklin Mortgage Is Celebrating 5 Years Of Pouring Hooch

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So it’s been five years since the Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. first opened its subterranean doors and started slinging some of the strongest and most creatively-named drinks in the city. And this week, the people who have put their stamps on dozens of menus over a half-decade are coming back for special anniversary shifts behind the bar.

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Lemon Hill Shuts Its Doors

lemon-hill-bar-400Lemon Hill at 25th and Aspen Streets in Fairmount closed suddenly last night. The bar and restaurant from the Franklin Mortgage team came onto the scene back in early 2012 with Mitch Prensky in the kitchen. Prensky didn’t last too long and there always seemed to be movement in and out of the kitchen and management of the establishment.

General manager Aaron Siak posted the following on Facebook:

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Long Hots, Cinnamon and Noilly Pratt: New Cocktail Menu At Franklin Mortgage

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I will say one thing about the crew at the Franklin. They have never, in 18 iterations, put out a dull cocktail menu.

This one is their spring board, mixing all manner of things that shouldn’t be in drinks (like olive oil) with other things that shouldn’t be in drinks (like maple-balsamic gastrique) and, if history repeats, somehow coming out the other side with something notable, occasionally remarkable, and sometimes just plain strange.

Anyway, I love these guys primarily because they’re nuts. And because I always know that I’ve been drinking when I try to walk back up the stairs again. So now that the new menu is out, you know where to find me.

Check out the new cocktail list after the jump.

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