Peep Inside Tradesman’s, Philly’s New BBQ Restaurant and Whiskey Hall

Teddy Sourias's first foray into BBQ and whiskey opens this week. Tour the space, check out the food, and sneak a peek at the menu here.

Outdoor bar seating at Tradesman’s | Society Hill Films

Tradesman’s, Teddy Sourias’s latest in his quest to conquer the 1300 block of Chestnut Street (he owns Bru Craft & Wurst and U-Bahn), will open its doors this week, on Thursday, August 9th. And with it its opening, the BBQ, whiskey and beer hall will join a new class of ‘cue joints in the city — including  Mike’s BBQ, South Philly Smökhaus, and Angry Deekin Ribs — hoping to rekindle an otherwise irrelevant food genre here in Philly.

It’s a big space. Two floors tall with 23 foot ceilings and a 200-seat dining room with a mezzanine seating area overlooking all of it. There’s an industrial-meets-historical vibe to the design — exposed brick, wire fencing, wooden panels and steel columns, all below the building’s original ceilings (way back when it used to be the Tradesman’s National Bank of Philadelphia).

Much like our other barbecue restaurants, Tradesman’s won’t specialize in any certain regional BBQ type, serving everything from Texas-style brisket to the mustard and vinegar of the Carolinas. Bar-wise, it’s heavy on the whiskey (80 labels and counting!) and, in keeping with Sourias’s restaurant group’s (Craft Concepts Group) beer-focused brand, Tradesman’s will rock 34 draft lines of American independent craft beers and ciders, 12 dedicated to the classics, four for ciders, and 16 to show off whats new and seasonal and local in the beer world — plus 40 bottles of sours, stouts and ciders.

The best thing about the bar? It’s got Stateside-esque outdoor bar stools that are serviced by oversized pull back windows allowing for bar service to the sidewalk seats.

It’ll be dinner-only to start, with lunch, brunch and happy hour following in September.

Peep the space below. Scroll a bit further for pictures of the food and menu.

Photo by Kory Aversa

Photo by Kory Aversa

Photo by Society Hill Films

Photo by Society Hill Films

And here are some pics of what you’ll be eating:

And here’s the menu: