Best of Philly

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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. View Profile »

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

2017 Best Cocktail

Assassin’s Handbook at Friday Saturday Sunday

261 South 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2014 Best Cocktail


627 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2013 Best Cocktail (Suburbs)

Frisco Kid at Citron and Rose

370 Montgomery Avenue, Merion Station, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2012 Best Classic Cocktails


701 South 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2011 Best Nonalcoholic Summer Drink Involving Pickles

Pickled Lemon Soda at Pho 75

1122 Washington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA Website

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

2010 Best Cocktail

Chick’s Caf and Wine Bar

614 South 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2009 Best Way to Live Large and Drink Cheap

Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa

1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, NJ Website

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. […] Read more »

2009 Best Cocktail List


217-219 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »

2009 Best Cocktail


237 St. James Place, Philadelphia, PA Website

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 […] Read more »