Best of Philly

Best Cocktails

2018 Best Cocktails

Han Dynasty

Yes, you read that right. Han Dynasty has some of the best cocktails in Philly right now thanks to Lê of Hop Sing Laundromat, who swooped in and upgraded the bar menu with a handful of new, truly inventive elixirs. You’ll have almost as much fun sipping on the green matcha and vanilla Phat Phuc as you will ordering it. Read More »

123 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-922-1888 | Website

2017 Best Cocktail

Assassin’s Handbook at Friday Saturday Sunday

These days, even your corner shot-and-a-beer bar can mix up a technically perfect manhattan. (In other words, we wonder if Philly has reached maximum craft-cocktail capacity.) And then along comes barman Paul MacDonald with his zinger of a list. The star: the Assassin’s Handbook, a mixture of Jamaican rum, cognac, averna, amaro and mulled wine, with a spark of habanero at the finish. Wow. Read More »

261 South 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-546-4232 | Website

2015 Best Summer Cocktail

Mai Tai at the Yachtsman

Because a mai tai, done properly, is always going to be the best cocktail of any summer. And until this one came along, nobody around here was doing mai tais in a way that even approached "properly." Read More »

1444 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA | 267-909-8740

2014 Best Cocktail

Ela

The gin curry cocktail is icy, spicy and sweet, and it shouldn't taste good (curry? In a cocktail?), but the flavors sing in a drink that stands out even in this gin-soaked town. Read More »

627 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA | 267-687-8512 | Website

2013 Best Cocktail (Suburbs)

Frisco Kid at Citron and Rose

Rye whiskey, ginger-lime syrup, and a touch of that bitter-bomb so many serious bartenders swear by, Luxardo Fernet. If this is what kosher drinking tastes like, well be sailing into our Hebrew lessons 15 minutes early and three sheets to the wind. Read More »

370 Montgomery Avenue, Merion Station, PA | 610-664-4919 | Website

2012 Best Classic Cocktails

Southwark

Go to Southwark and order a Manhattan or a Sazerac. Then go anywhere else in the country and order the same cocktail. Then come home to Southwark, because the quaint Queen Village bar and restaurant does classic better than anyone. Read More »

701 South 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-238-1888 | Website

2011 Best Nonalcoholic Summer Drink Involving Pickles

Pickled Lemon Soda at Pho 75

Like Sprite, but exotic: Asian-style preserved lemons muddled with sugar and topped with soda. Read More »

1122 Washington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA | 215-271-5866

2010 Best Cocktail

Chick’s Caf and Wine Bar

There's a lot of drama involved in the preparation of this gin drink vigorous smacking of fresh basil leaves to release their essences, loud clashing of ice in the shaker but the end result is a lightly fragrant (from the rose-petal-infused simple syrup) and lemony concoction that will convince even the most avid gin-haters to reconsider. Read More »

614 South 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-625-3700

2009 Best Way to Live Large and Drink Cheap

Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa

Sure, you get free drinks at the blackjack table. But by the time your waitress returns with your watered-down cocktail, you've blown a hundred bucks. In the Borgata's horse-betting lounge (how retro!), a $2 wager gets you a drink ticket (you may have to ask for it) good for most top-shelf liquor, including normally $10-a-shot Patrn. And by the time your (hopefully winning) race goes off, you'll be ready for another bet and another round. Even if you lose all your bets, you're only paying $2 a drink plus tip. Try scoring that deal at Churchill Downs. Read More »

1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, NJ | 609-317-1000 | Website

2009 Best Cocktail List

Amada

Amada works so well because every aspect fits together seamlessly. And the well-thought-out drink list is a shining example of the understatedly cool Jose Garces touch. The three varieties of sangrias are a hallmark, and the cocktails are infused with flavors you find on the menu: ginger in the bourbon smash, apricot rye in the manhattan, lemon and rosemary in the martini, and thyme and elderflower in the mojito. It's why drinking here is as much a culinary delight as eating. Read More »

217-219 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-625-2450 | Website

2009 Best Cocktail

Zahav

It's not that we've never had a drink that tastes like what it claims to be (peanut-butter-and-jelly shot, anyone?), but this grainy concoction mixed with pumpernickel-and-caraway-infused rye and celery soda truly tastes like a fresh loaf of yummy, anise-y bread. Only better, 'cause it has booze. Read More »

237 St. James Place, Philadelphia, PA | 215-625-8800 | Website

2013 Best Low-Cal Cocktail

Chiquita Margarita at La Calaca Feliz

It must have been a total Eureka! moment the day someone in the kitchen at this Fairmount Mexican eatery perfected the Splenda simple syrup that would then go into its skinny margarita. Once you sip this limey drink of perfection, which reportedly has half the calories of regular margs, you'll have a moment, too—of the "I'll have what she's having" variety. Don't say we didn't warn you. Read More »

2321 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA | 215-787-9930 | Website