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Jul 24, 2007 10:25 AM

Philadelphia Classic Cocktails

I will be in Philadelphia this weekend and I am wondering if there are any places in Philadelphia that serve classic/old-school cocktails?

I'm looking for places that would know how to make the drink and have the proper ingredients. I'm looking for drinks like Sazerac, Jack Rose, Red Hook, Aviation, etc. I'm coming up from Boston so if anyone is familiar with Boston I am looking for someplace that makes drinks like 9 Park, Green Street, B-Side or Eastern Standard. Or places similar to Flatiron, Pegu Club or Milk & Honey in NYC.


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  1. Check out Southwark 701 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, (215) 238-1888. The bartenders make the best classic cocktails in Philly. They have a great selection of gins and rye whiskeys.

    1. I second the last response. Southwark makes classic cocktails with an excellent selection of liquors; stick to the classics as they don't make "modern" or gimmicky cocktails. Also, the food is excellent!

      1. Southwark is the place to go... end your search there! It truly is the quintessential bar for classic cocktails served by fine people enjoyed amongst fine people!

        1. Wow...I have never even heard of this place. I love what my sister and I call 'old people drinks'. Hardly anyone knows how to make these. Can you describe the food a little bit more?

          1. It's unanimous--Southwark. I think they have something like 18 different brands of rye whiskey. Have a rye Manhattan. This is what I would call the "wonton soup in a chinese restaurant test". It was like rediscovering Manhattans for the first time. Gin fizzes--really--egg whites and all. Vespers, Sazeracs, Negronis, etc., etc. This is the real deal.

            I was with an out of town guest (an elderly lady) and she asked for a Mohito. I was mortified. The bartender begrudgingly mouled some mint and sugar, and it was the best Mohito she had ever had. If only she could have ordered a real drink!

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            1. re: clairvaux

              Please, now I am dying to try this place. LOVE those 'old people cocktails' . Can you describe the food/appetizers. As far as a Mojito goes, my grandma only drank Manhattans. We thought this was a lame drink until we tried one! Wow. Grandma could put away 4 of them and walk a straight line. Then again, she was 14 when she immigrated to the US from Ireland (by herself) back in 1928.

              1. re: mschow

                The food at Southwark is fantastic. I love it there and I don't drink cocktails at all. They have great beers on draft as well as one of the best bars in the city.