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It might just be the cheesiest idea to come out of a bar since the paper umbrella, but I have to admit, I sorta like it. Center City’s Alfa just unveiled a drink-buying gimmick that allows patrons to buy drinks for an absentee drinker. Which means that I can buy a drink for say, Shane Victorino, and the barkeep will write his name up on the chalkboard so that the next time Shane happens to walk into the bar, he’ll know he has a drink waiting for him from his good friend, Christy.

A Phillie, a friend, a love interest, it doesn’t really matter who I’m buying for — there’s something that is at once thoughtful and also so very James Bond about dispensing with the de rigueur sending of the cocktail, and instead, simply having it there, waiting. The trick is knowing that the recipient of said cocktail will actually be going to Alfa in the 30 days before the drink’s redemption date expires. Of course, Alfa regulars needn’t worry about that — and would-be regulars, including me, have a reason to drop in a little more often. I mean, my name could be on the board right now. And, Shane — when he comes in — will probably want to thank me for that drink.