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The Franklin Bar is coming up on a big milestone in 2017: eight years in business. Since opening back in 2009, the high-toned, trendsetting bar — known more formally as Franklin Mortgage & Investiment Co. — has been one of the city’s top spots for innovative, meticulously crafted cocktails that pack a punch. In that time, they’ve given their upstairs space a make-under, then more recently transformed it into a tiki bar. And at the end of June, they’ll unveil their new summer menu, the first in the bar’s history developed sans head bartender.
But first, they’re celebrating the eighth anniversary this weekend with a party and special menu to mark the milestone.
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Martini or Martinez
Tired of all the political talk? Here’s an election with two candidates that are a little easier to swallow.
Philadelphia Distilling is is the official gin provider of the 2016 Philadelphia Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention with their Bluecoat Gin. And in the spirit of the convention, they are hosting their own election between two drinks the “Martini” and the “Martinez.”
The “Martini” is the classic martini made with their American Dry Gin and is garnished with an orange twist or olive.
The “Martinez” is made with the Philadelphia Distilling’s Barrel Finished Gin, vermouth, bitters, luxardo, and finished with an orange twist.
The two drinks can be put to the test all over the city including some Foobooz favorites like Oyster House, Industry, Vedge, and a.bar (just to name a few).
To vote, head to the Bluecoat Gin Facebook page Drink-cision post and comment the hashtag of your favorite. Voting is open and will run until July 28th. The winner will be announced on Thursday, July 28th at 10 p.m. at The Franklin Bar.
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The first cocktail tasting menu rolled out by the Franklin–a perfectly-pitched winter list called “Dutch Country Memories” by head bartender Sara Justice–was intriguing. This second one just looks awesome.
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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.
In the spirit of a speakeasy, there's no actual website for this Stephen Starr bar, which is located in the back of his El Rey restaurant, but don't be fooled: This dark, sexy spot is a great way to start a date night. The small watering hole features black leather booths and expert bartenders whipping up a host of memorable cocktails, plus you can snack on an assortment of goodies from the El Rey kitchen. It's not on the menu, but for a light drink that will get you buzzing, ask for the Ranstead Fruit Cup. You won't regret it. Sunday-Saturday, 6:30 pm to 2 am, Ranstead Room, 2013 Ranstead Street
1 Tippling Place is a quirky spot that feels like across between a library, an antique shop, and a bar: There are tons of cozy, worn couches to rest on while enjoying your specially made libations, and the staff is warm and friendly. The Gin Gin Mule, made of gin, lime, mint, ginger, pineapple, and soda, is a sweet way to start, and they also make a mean French 75. This is a perfect spot to cuddle up with your date: Hey, at this point, you've had a few to drink, right? Tuesday-Sunday, 5 pm to 2 am, 1 Tippling Place, 2006 Chestnut Street
Honestly, we saved the best for last: The Franklin Mortgage and Investment Company is the place of legend, and there's clearly a reason why. The bartenders are probably the best in the city and can concoct just about anything your taste buds desire, although you can't go wrong with sharing a massive order of punch (they have several varieties). The sexy marble and leather accents and candlelit space is the perfect way to bring your evening to an end (or not … ) Sunday-Saturday, 5 pm to 2 am, The Franklin Mortgage and Investment Company, 112 South 18th Street
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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It’s time to forget all the chef tasting menus for a moment and have some real fun — with a cocktail tasting menu.
The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co’s head bartender Sara Justice has created a cocktail tasting menu for guests who may want to try a little bit of everything (or just want to get really boozed up).
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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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For 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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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.
Franklin Mortgage [f8b8z]
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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