Best of Philly

Best Bartender

2018 Best Bartender

Alison Hangen

Oloroso’s Alison Hangen is the bartender of the moment. Her cocktails are fast, unfussy and interesting. View Profile »


2017 Best Bar Staff

Watkins Drinkery

1712 South 10th Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

Refreshing: Their friendly smiles aren’t motivated by tips. Read more »

2015 Best Bartender

Jesse Cornell at Vesper

223 South Sydenham Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

Jesse is quick behind the oak. He can execute the classics with aplomb (and without excessive tinkering). And if you put him on the spot, […] Read more »

2013 Best Bartender

Kevin James Holland

229 South 45th Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

Holland is perhaps the only bartender in the world who can craft a perfect martini or manhattan, strum a banjo (check out his bluegrass outfit, […] Read more »

2012 Best Bartender

George Costa

1946 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

Standing behind the long oak at Pub and Kitchen, Costa has the three talents every great bartender needs: He makes a classic drink to your […] Read more »

2010 Best Bartender

John Doyle

1310 Drury Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

Imagine a sweet old grandpa. Now imagine that sweet old grandpa pouring you a pint of Stoudt’s while telling a dirty joke from behind a […] Read more »

2009 Best Bartender

Jos Pistola’s

263 South 15th Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

So many bartenders seem to find it difficult just to simultaneously smile and pour your drink. But this co-owner and weekend bartender (not to mention […] Read more »