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Where to Wine and Dine Pre- and Post Hamilton

By Alex McDonough | September 12, 2019 | Food & Drink

Just a few blocks away from where our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, Forrest Theatre is hosting theatre and history aficionados alike for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s world-renowned Hamilton (through November 17). But before (or after) enjoying the performance sure to enlighten and entertain, stop by for a bite at any of these Philadelphia favorites for a juicy steak or Federalist Ale. There’s nothing quite like dinner and a revolutionary show!



For a meal to keep you satisfied for the musical’s two-hour and fifty-minute runtime, you can’t beat Oloroso: a tapas and sherry bar equipped with a three-course pre-theatre menu. Launched in tune with the opening of the show, the new menu gives guests the chance to swoon over roasted beets in lemon crema, pulpo oloroso dotted with chickpeas, smoked cinnamon sugar churros and more. 1121 Walnut St., 267.324.3014,

Ocean Prime

Cap off the night at Ocean Prime post-show for a continued celebration of Alexander Hamilton with The Revolution cocktail: the singular drink that will inspire you to revolt against your Imperialist oppressors. Blaze your own trail with the cocktail’s enticing blend of Woodford Reserve Ocean Prime Philadelphia Private Barrel, Carpano Antica Vermouth, Nonino Amaro and Rosemary Grapefruit Peppercorn Bitters. There’s never been a better time to be a Patriot. 124 S. 15th St., 215.563.0163,

Rex 1516

Based on a letter written by a teenaged Hamilton to his father, the Divine Rebuke to Pomposity cocktail combines Colonial charm with a refreshing Caribbean rum and pineapple juice mix. The loquacious name comes from a line in Hamilton’s letter-turned-essay about the equalizing nature of alcohol in conviviality. 1516 South St., 267.319.1366,

The Olde Bar

For a quiet night before a raucous evening at the theater, there are few locations better than The Olde Bar. Their wide assortment of cocktails guarantees that there is something for everyone. Try their Fish House Punch, concocted from the original recipe from the Schuylkill Fishing Company. Consisting of Smith & Cross Rum, dark rum, white rum, brandy, peach cordial and lemon—the libation was rumored to be one of George Washington’s favorites. 516 South St., 215.253.3777,

City Tavern

Established in 1773, City Tavern is your best bet if you’re looking for something a little more authentically colonial. City Tavern has no shortage of meals and ales to get you into the Revolutionary spirit. Try their Medallions of Beef Tenderloin served over seasonal vegetables; as well as their Pepperpot and Sweet Potato Biscuits. Don’t forget to order a pint of the Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist Ale in order to really get yourself in the mood for the show. 138 South Second St., 215.413.1443,

Photography by: Photo by Eric Ashleigh