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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Brick & Mortar Gets Some Early Pre-Opening Ink From Details (And Has Free Food At Reading Terminal Market Today)

Photo courtesy Details.com

Photo courtesy Details

Brick & Mortar–the new spot from ex-Franklin Mortgage partner Mike Welsh–isn’t open yet, but it just made Details magazine’s list of the Most Anticipated Bar Openings of 2015. Which is nice, right? It was the only Philly spot to get a mention, and got tagged for its promise of “quality drinks served quickly, [including] wine on tap, bottled and batched cocktails, and low-alcohol libations to keep locals sitting on barstools long into the night.”

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