Bob & Barbara’s | Photo by Trevor Dixon
We asked 25 of the city’s best chefs, bartenders, beer geeks, cork dorks and professional drinkers to weigh in on the best bars in Philly. Here, in order, are the 50 best places to drink in a city made for drinking. Philadelphia, meet the 50 Best Bars Class of 2014.
Foobooz 50 Best Bars by the Numbers
13 bars are new to the list from last year.
18 bars have been on the list for all six years we’ve compiled it.
Another 4 bars have been on the Best Bars list at least 5 years.
A.bar was the biggest mover, jumping 38 spots on the list.
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Jose Garces is rolling out big changes for the second season at Volvér, his restaurant at the Kimmel Center. Effective immediately, the ticketing requirement has been abolished and starting Wednesday, September 24th, the menu format will change.
As of today the restaurant will no longer require tickets purchased in advance. Reservations can now be made through OpenTable or by calling the restaurant directly. A credit card is required to hold a reservation, similar to how some other restaurants do.
Starting on September 24th, the dining options also change. Gone is the pre-theater and performance menus. The restaurant will have two tiers, a six-course tasting menu for $75 or a twelve-course tasting for $150, not including tax tip or beverages. An optional beverage pairing will be begin at $95.
This marks a drop in price for Volvér where the performance tasting for two would set a couple back $448 with tax and tip. Now the twelve-course dinner for two would come in at $384 with tax and tip but no alcohol.
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Last week, we wrote about the new “Short Range Missiles” Happy Hour program at Hop Sing Laundromat–the all-shots based deal where you can get a pour of Maestro Dobel Reposado Tequila for $3.50 or some Yamazaki single-malt for $9.99.
Well, there have been some changes since then…
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UPDATE: Apparently, it’s not entirely legal for Lê and Hop Sing to do their happy hour the way it was originally proposed–as a progressive tasting menu–because the law sees that as an enticement to make people drink more, which is a no-no. Thus, things have changed slightly. Now you can go in and order anything you want off the happy hour shots menu, in any order, and the prices and availability have been adjusted slightly to account for the change in format. Lee sez: “This is now the revised and correct prices for our Happy Hour as we’ve decided that maybe it isn’t a good idea to let our guests consume 4 shots in a row. After all, you both know that I am a huge fan of responsible drinking and the last thing that I wanted to see is drunk guests.” Check out the NEW menu below. Read more »
With Thanksgiving looming and the holiday season descending upon us, we bet you’re going to need some new drink recipes. In the December, 2013 issue of Philadelphia magazine we asked George Reilly of Twisted Tail, Phoebe Esmon of Emmanuelle and Lê of Hop Sing Laundromat to help us create twelve winter holiday drinks.
The 12 Best Winter Holiday Drinks [Philadelphia Magazine]
Lee from Hop Sing Laundromat is going to be bringing his cocktails to Jamonera tonight, August 12th at 10 p.m. So the long-pant and shoe averse can enjoy Lee’s cocktails without Hop Sing’s rules and dress code.
We’ve got Lee’s drink list and what Marcie Turney is making in the kitchen.
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Clear your schedules for Monday, August 12 (and probably the morning after, too) because for one night only, from 10pm ’til 1am, Lee from Hop Sing is going to descend on Marcie Turney and Val Safran’s Jamonera for a party.
Hop Sing will be doing the cocktails (natch) and Turney’s kitchen crew will be doing “Marcie’s late night staff snacks” for all in attendance. The price tag is modest with bar snacks going for just $5, cocktails running $10 each (which, if you know the kind of liquor Lee slings, is just ridiculously cheap) and wine, sangria and beers going for $5, $4 and $3, respectively.
What else do we know? No gate. No dress code. And no photos, so leave the cell phones in your pockets.
But hey, this will probably be more fun than anyone should be allowed to have on a Monday so maybe photographic evidence might not be the best idea anyhow…
Lee from Hop Sing Laundromat floated the idea of loosening up his dress code to allow men to wear dress shorts. After all, he does allow women to wear them. When he floated the idea on Twitter, he received mostly howls of protest from devotees who saw the loosening of the dress code as the top of a slippery slope. So Lee, being Lee, set up a “Supreme Court of Hop Sing Laundromat” to weigh in on the subject. The justices ranged from Phillie, Kevin Frandsen to Marc Vetri to yours truly. The nine justices wrote in their opinions and the results were overwhelming.
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Tonight is another edition of the Alla Spina Industry Night. This month features Ben Puchowitz and Shawn Darragh of Cheu Noodle Bar providing their take on Asian fare, including barbecue pig tails, foie gras buns and sesame noodles. Alla Spina chef, Mike Deganis will be pitching in with Japanese squash pancakes and red bean cakes for dessert.
Lee from Hop Sing Laundromat will also be helping out with some easy-drinking summer fruit cocktails.
All the food is free, the cocktails are $7 and Shiner Ruby Redbird and Bock beers will be just $3.
As always, bring a paystub to show at the door for access. It all starts at 10 p.m.
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We were impressed back in October 2012 when we learned that Center City red meat emporium Del Frisco’s had purchased nearly $900,000 worth of wine and spirits through the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board the year prior. But in our most recent report, Del Frisco’s (and two other spots) break the $1 million mark.
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