Colder months bring out the bourbon—and these spots have a delicious dark side.
Center City’s Bank & Bourbon cures the charred oak barrels it uses to age its whiskeys in different spirits, such as aged rum, Chardonnay, and port, to impart further flavor.
Azie on Main
For its aptly named Main Line Manhattan, this suburban haunt mixes Maker’s Mark bourbon, Licor 43, and maple syrup to create a warming, homey cocktail. It’s the perfect sip before specialties like miso broiled sea bass, pan-roasted diver scallops, and an array of fresh sushi rolls from chef Kazuyuki Mitsui. 789 E. Lancaster Ave., Villanova, 610-527-5700
Bank & Bourbon
“[We offer] a diverse collection of bourbon,” says bourbon master Brian Bevilacqua. “And we have our own barrel-aging program on site that uses charred American oak wood barrels.” 1200 Market St., 215-231-7300
Citron and Rose
This kosher dining destination serves everything from pasta to rib eye and even offers a long list of kosher cocktails to accompany your meal. The Tea and Sympathy is a signature libation made with bourbon, honey, lemon, and black tea. Try one during happy hour, Monday through Thursday. 370 Montgomery Ave., Merion Station, 610-664-4919
The Rittenhouse Library Bar
Cozy up in the Rittenhouse Hotel’s Library Bar with a Perfect Square cocktail and an assortment of light bites and charcuterie. “The Perfect Square is an interpretation of a Perfect Manhattan,” says mixologist Papi Hurtado. “[It is] made with Amarena nectar from Italian cherries marinated in bourbon.” 210 W. Rittenhouse Sq., 215-546-9000
Unique items like sliced pig head, raw fluke, and deep-fried duck leg fill the menu at this Stephen Starr hideaway. Whet your palate inside a plush booth while sipping on a Woodsworth—small-batch bourbon, black mission fig shrub, lemon juice, and bitters, served over a single king-size ice cube. 604 South St., 215-925-3001
Chip Roman, of Blackfish and Ela fame, leads the kitchen here, grilling up small plates like chickpea fritters and standout entrées such as the lamb saddle with fermented barley and wild onions. Order the bar’s spot-on Noble Bachelor—Averna, Demerara sugar, and citrus, the perfect bourbon drink for a winter night. 231 S. 15th St., 267-687-2237
Lounge music, contemporary décor, and a perpetually busy bar serving specialty cocktails all add up to one of the city’s most enduring nighttime getaways. Soak in the scene with The Loaded Gun, a drink of Bulleit bourbon, muddled orange, brandy-soaked cherries, and Domaine de Canton liqueur. 1229 Spruce St., 215-790-9494
White Dog Cafe
Try the Ol’ Red, made with Old Forrester bourbon, honey syrup, and cinnamon Bing cherry, or choose your favorite bourbon from White Dog’s long list—including Maker’s Mark, Knob Creek, and Eagle Rare 10-year—to enjoy neat or on the rocks. Then, tuck into a hearty winter dish like the 14-ounce Duroc pork chop, served with candied sweet potatoes and homemade applesauce. 3420 Sansom St., 215-386-9224; 200 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, 610-225-3700
Stay warm this season with the Winter Fashioned, a take on the classic old-fashioned, mixed with bourbon, winter spices, and muddled brandied cranberries. Pair it with The Joey—a fresh baked pizza topped with Berkshire pork sausage, chili flakes, spinach, and garlic. 112 S. 13th St., 215-732-2400; 3200 Chestnut St., 215-823-6897