Tale of the Tape: Ranstead Room

When Stephen Starr’s El Rey opens this weekend it will be coming with a companion project, the Ranstead Room, a 36-seat cocktail lounge with a cocktail list by New York’s acclaimed mixologist, Sasha Petraske.


  • The entrance to the Ranstead Room is off inconspicuous Ranstead Street
  • Opens nightly at 7pm
  • Designed by Shawn Hausman Design
    • Parc
    • Butcher & Singer
    • Los Angeles’ Chateau Marmont and the Standard
  • Gilded chandelier
  • Deep wine-colored walls
  • Vintage wallpaper
  • Polished golden tiling
  • Risqué artwork
  • Black vinyl, padded bar
  • Plush, red leather booths.


  • Sasha Petraske designed cocktail list
  • Sasha Petraske
  • Drink list that offers a taste of the 1940s and 50s
  • Among the cocktails:
    • Boulevardier, bourbon, campari, sweet vermouth
    • Williams Fizz, cognac, Poire William, lemon juice, sugar, egg white
    • The Sands Cocktail, gin, grapefruit and lemon juices, maraschino liqueur
  • Cocktails will feature hand-cut ice, house-made mixers and fresh-squeezed juices

El Rey/Ranstead Room
2013 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA