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10 Places to Celebrate National Bourbon Day

By Claudia Langella | June 12, 2019 | Food & Drink

June 14 is National Bourbon Day. Celebrate with signature cocktails at these bars and restaurants around the city.

Bank & Bourbon

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This Center City restaurant is a great place to visit on National Bourbon Day. Bank & Bourbon offers private tastings with their Bourbon Master. Choose from three tasting experiences, complete with an hour tasting and specially crafted cheese and charcuterie boards. Once you’ve tried out the Master’s picks, enjoy a three-course meal with beverage pairings. 1200 Market St., 215.231.7300, bankandbourbon.com

Rex 1516

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Cocktails are served with Southern hospitality at Rex 1516. Enjoy something sweet like the Prescription Julep, a cocktail made with whiskey, cognac, raw sugar and Angostura. And for something on the fruitier side? Order the Let’s Plant a Strawberry—Coopers’ Craft Kentucky bourbon mixed with lemon and house-made strawberry-coriander syrup. 1516 South St., 267.319.1366, rex1516.com

The Twisted Tail

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The Twisted Tail’s drink menu changes seasonally, so try the Granny’s Flannel cocktail while you can—smooth Pig’s Nose whiskey, Dolin Blanc vermouth, granny smith, honey and all spice. Stop in on National Bourbon Day to try their signature bourbon flights, or choose from 120 whiskeys to create your own. 509 S. Second St., 215.558.2471, thetwistedtail.com

Rouge

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Enjoy two standout bourbon cocktails at the newly renovated Rittenhouse staple. Try the Shanghai Tea cocktail, made with Maker’s Mark, Oolong tea, passionfruit syrup, lemon and mint. Or try Jim Beam’s only small-batch rye in The Kentucky Pope cocktail. 205 S. 18th St., 215.732.6622, rouge98.com

Barclay Prime

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Grab a seat at this Rittenhouse steakhouse’s intimate bar and relax with one of their signature cocktails. Signature cocktails include the Manhattan and the Old Fashioned, among other bourbon drinks like Lose the Night and Yo! Grand-Daddy. 237 S. 18th St., 215.732.7560, barclayprime.com

Butcher & Singer

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House-made ginger beer tops off the Kentucky Mule at Butcher & Singer. This spot’s exclusive Manhattan cocktail is also worth a try, made with Maker’s Mark Starr Private Select Bourbon, Nonino Quintessentia amaro, Vermouth Mata Tinto and Butcher Bitter’s Blend. 1500 Walnut St., 215.732.4444, butcherandsinger.com

Del Frisco’s Grille

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Belly up at Del Frisco’s Grille with The Redeemer: a mix of rye whiskey and Domaine de Canton liqueur flavored with ginger, pomegranate and lemon. On the more bitter side, try the Molé Manhattan, made with Kentucky Woodford Rye and Italian amaro, and finished off with black cherries and Bittermens Molé Bitters. 225 S. Broad St., 215.309.1154, delfriscosgrille.com

Royal Boucherie

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Royal Boucherie offers local spirits on their cocktail menu from Boardroom Spirits, lased in Lansdale, PA. Their Cocktail a la Philly is made with Boardroom’s Northbound Rye and mixed with benedictine liquor, vermouth and absinthe. Try the Pennsyltucky bourbon cocktail, infused with lemon, honey, genepy liqueur and cider. 52 S. Second St., 267.606.6313, royalboucherie.com

Time Restaurant

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Time Restaurant in Center City has over 100 small batch bourbons, whiskeys and ryes on their menu. Their classic cocktails include the Time Signature Old Fashioned and the Vintage Syndicate Private Select Manhattan. Want to try something new? Check out the Pear-ly Legal cocktail, made with Jim Beam Black Bourbon, roasted pear, lemon and rosemary. 1315 Sansom St., 215.985.4800, timerestaurant.net

XIX (Nineteen) Lounge

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The Bellevue Hotel’s 19th floor lounge is celebrating National Bourbon Day with a new set of specialty cocktails. Bourbon, sage & peppercorn syrup, lemon juice, and basil combine to make the Bourbon Smash, while bourbon and bitters with a burnt orange flavoring come together for the Smoking the Old-Fashioned Way. 200 S. Broad St., 19th Floor, 215.790.1919, hyatt.com



Photography by: From Top to Bottom: Photography by Bank & Bourbon, Courtesy of Bank & Bourbon; Photography by "Sweet" Lou DiNunzio, Courtesy of Rex 1516; Photography by The Twisted Tail, Courtesy of The Twisted Tail; Photography by Rouge, Courtesy of Rouge; Photography by Max Grudzinski, Courtesy of Barclay Prime; Photography by STARR Restaurants, Courtesy of Butcher & Singer; Photography by Cashman & Associate's, Courtesy of Del Frisco's Grille; Photography by Punch Media, Courtesy of Royal Boucherie; Photography by Bonafide Media, Courtesy of Time Restaurant; Photography by The Bellevue Hotel, Courtesy of XIX (Nineteen) Lounge