60 Second Critic: Boot & Saddle


There are few things that get a young man like me as excited as loud rock-and-roll and fine booze—especially in combination. Fortunately, South Broad Street’s Boot & Saddle nails that exacta. Reopened after nearly 20 years of dormancy by the folks behind overnight success Union Transfer, B&S hosts live shows that are loud but also pristinely clear, an unusual quality in a rock club of this size. (Boot & Saddle holds 150 in the performance area, which is sectioned off from the always-crowded bar.) On the downside, there’s virtually no seating, which after a few of the strong cocktails or high-ABV beers might get a bit old. But in a town lacking well-equipped small music venues where you can see up-and-coming acts that aren’t all over the radio, Boot & Saddle is a godsend.

Grade: A-


Photo courtesy of Jenna Stamm.

Photo courtesy of Jenna Stamm.

BARTENDER: Ashley Coleman, Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar

After slinging drinks for nearly four years at the now-shuttered Sisters, this gorgeous ray of sunshine has found a new home around the corner. You’ll usually find her working the upstairs bar, beaming and pouring her delish signature drink, the Ashley Punch, a fruity vodka-and-rum-based version of the Long Island Iced Tea. 200 S. 12th St., 215-964-9675, tabuphilly.com

Yuengling Toasts Philadelphia with 10,000 Free Beers

Yuengling, the oldest and largest American brewery is raising a glass to the awesome beer city of Philadelphia. On Friday, September 28th at exactly 6:30 p.m. a toast from fifth-generation owner Dick Yuengling will go out across the city at almost 250 bars. You could watch the toast be given from the Pottsville brewery on Comcast SportsNet, or you could be a real card-carrying Philadelphian and go get some free beer.

Here’s how. Read more »

Playboy Lists Franklin Mortgage as One of Nation’s Top Bars (For Those Of You Who Actually Do Want To Read Playboy For The Articles)

Playboy (yes, that Playboy) has announced its list of the best bars in the country and Philadelphia’s own Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. has made the cut. Under the four categories named on the list (Dive Bars, Seduction Spots, Classics and Mixology), the Franklin came in under “Mixology” (of course), sharing space with nine other joints where the cocktail is king.

All told, Playboy’s editors named about forty bars, and the Franklin shared space with some serious national heavy hitters like The Violet Hour and Aviary in Chicago, Sazerac in New Orleans, and Drink in Boston. Playboy had much to say on the Franklin’s classic aesthetic:

Named for the company that served as the front for what was once the largest illicit booze ring in the country, this establishment is an homage to the pre-Prohibition era: the style, architecture, music, even the lightbulbs—and, yes, the drinks.

Cheers to you, Franklin Mortgage.

Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co [Official Site]

America’s Best Bars 2012 [Playboy]



Celebrate National Margarita Day at Distrito in University City (And Elsewhere)

Happy National Margarita Day everyone!

As far as made-up holiday go, National Margarita Day always features prominently on the calendars ’round Foobooz World HQ–a day ordained by the agave gods for the drinking of high-proof cactus juice and getting weird in public. And while Philadelphia as a whole doesn’t go nuts for the day, there are a few places around town throwing down in South of the Border fashion.

Show me the list (and a video)