Here’s What You’ll Be Drinking This Summer at The Franklin

The Smokestack // Photo by Sean Alvarez

The Franklin has been having a busy season.

A few weeks back, they turned the upstairs bar into a tiki lounge complete with its own cocktail menu.

Then there was the 8th anniversary, which the Franklin Bar (Formerly Franklin Mortgage) celebrated with a solar system of booze — a menu which, it should be noted, will be available all summer long.

And now, they’re releasing the official summer 2017 cocktail menu. It’s an impressive list, assembled in a new way, rigorously tasted and tested by the staff. And we’ve got the whole thing for you right here — along with some pictures.

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The Franklin Bar’s Anniversary Menu Is a Solar System of Booze

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Yesterday, we told you about the big party the present (and former) crew of the Franklin Bar were going to be throwing this weekend to celebrate their 8th anniversary. But we talked to Jason Elliott at the Franklin yesterday and he had a little more information to share — namely the cocktail menu and who the brains are behind each drink that’s going to be on the menu this weekend, starting on Friday, June 16.

Eight planets, eight cocktails, signifying eight years in business, put together by eight different Franklin bartenders. Here’s what that kind of thing looks like.

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The Franklin Bar Celebrates 8 Years This Weekend

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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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The Franklin’s Upstairs Bar Goes Tiki Starting Friday

If I were to look back at all the posts Foobooz has done over the past five years or so, I’ll bet that more than a quarter of them were inspired by conversations that began, “You know what Philly needs more of right now…?”

You know what Philly needs more of? Ramen shops. You know what we need? More dumplings. Less crudo. Better pizza. More gin.

Over and over, Art and I or Alex and I or me and whoever happened to be walking by in the hall would get into these arguments about what this city really needed next. And more often than not, we weren’t the only ones thinking these things. Because Philly got ramen. We got gin. And starting this Friday, May 26, guess what else we’re getting just in time for summer.

A new tiki bar.

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The Upstairs Bar At The Franklin Hosting Fundraiser for Injured Bartender


Broken ankles stink—especially if you’re a bartender who’s out of work for months with no health insurance.

Davey Jones, a bartender at The Upstairs Bar and The Franklin, broke his ankle in the big snowstorm in January and is struggling to make ends meet. To help him out, on Sunday, March 13th from 6 p.m.-10 p.m., The Upstairs Bar is hosting a benefit for Davey that will include a handful of drink specials for the evening:

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New Multi-Course Cocktail Tasting Menus For The Franklin Bar


This is the time of year when literally everybody in town jumps on the fancy wagon. Champagne toasts, tasting menus, prix fixe options…you get the idea. Because that’s right folks, we’re in an official count-down to New Years Eve.

Thing is, plenty of places around town are already plenty fancy–and fancy in the way that Philly goes for more than one night a year. The Franklin Bar’s tasting menus are the prime example, and now they’re offering some new options to calibrate your desired level of fanciness. The cocktail spot, helmed by Sara Justice, now has two different tasting menu options, a three-course and a five-course, plus a list of reserve cocktails made with rare and top-shelf spirits.

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Going Down The Shore At The Franklin Bar


Back to school is around the corner for most Philadelphia families, but the parents at least can still enjoy a little summer in a glass–four actually, at the Franklin Bar.

Down the Shore is head bartender Sara Justice’s latest edition of the bar’s cocktail tasting menu. Like her winter tasting Dutch Country Memories, this menu plays on seasonal flavors. One change to this menu is that Justice has edited it down to three drinks as well as an amuse bouche, which helps to keep each distinctive and it keeps the price point at a reasonable $35.

All the drinks, right this way

Franklin Mortgage Is Getting A Make-Under: Meet The Franklin Bar


It’s not that we’re over a great cocktail, but that we’re a little tired of the performance of exclusivity that has so often gone hand-in-hand with the revival of cocktail culture. This is Philly, after all, and we like it when things are great, but we get a little prickly when things are too self-conscious about how great they are.

It’s in this spirit that head bartender Sara Justice and the team at The Franklin Bar (a shortened moniker for the Franklin Mortgage & Investment Company) are currently undertaking a makeover of their upstairs space to bring things back down to earth and plunk the drinks back where they belong: on a beloved bar, one that’s even a little divey.

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


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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