May 17, 2017
By Lydia Geisel | October 18, 2016 | Food & Drink
Want to learn more about the City of Brotherly Love, all while savoring a post-work drink? Opt for happy hour or a nightcap at any one of these charming watering holes that not only offer inventive libations but also preserve the city's rich history.
Built in 1787, the Morris House Hotel—also home to M Restaurant—focuses on maintaining its original Colonial architecture, and serves inventive, veggie-centric cocktails crafted with ingredients straight from their own garden. Modeled closely after the original "White House," this Washington Square resto prides itself on having hosted great names like Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Sip on the fiery Hot Lips (jalapeño-infused tequila, Sriracha, agave, and blood orange), while you revel in the founding of our nation. 231 Eighth St., 215-625-6666
De-stress with a sweet concoction in hand amid a warm atmosphere at this stylish cocktail lounge that puts tradition first. Formerly the space of the Old Original Bookbinders (a famed seafood saloon that opened its doors in 1893), The Olde Bar pays tribute to the building's storied past by maintaining its antique feel, and offering a raw bar and retro drinks. Pair your oysters with their newest addition, "Harissa Explains It All"—a mix of vodka, Harissa syrup, lime, and grapefruit—as you revel in the saloon's colorful history. 125 Walnut St., 215-253-3777
This local two-story watering hole traces its roots all the way back to 1798, when it served as the Quaker Friends Meetinghouse. The restaurant’s decor continues to pay homage to its foundations today, boasting floor-to-ceiling walls made from reclaimed wood, an antique American flag, and grand chandeliers. Kickback with co-workers or friends on the deck this season, and savor The Holy Experiment, which is crafted with black cherry vodka, lemon sour, and prosecco. 200 Market St., 215-625-4566
Established in 1682 by William Penn, Rittenhouse Square has become one of the country’s most iconic plazas. Encircling the square sits a stunning Art Deco building, which hosts Hotel Palomar and its modern-American eatery, Square 1682—all of which pays homage to Penn and the lavish history of the area. Let loose after a long week of work with Bananas and Blow, a name inspired by Pennsylvania-born band, Ween. Toast your beloved city with this drink made with Bacardi, crushed banana chips, Jerk Bitters, ginger syrup, and pineapple. 121 S. 17th St., 215-563-5008
Located in the heart of Philly's business district, this opulent hotel bar is tucked away in a Georgian revival-style structure that originally served as a YMCA in 1912. The wood-paneled lobby, elaborate crown molding, and massive archways make you feel as if you've traveled back in time. Le Bar—located next to the hotel's luxe eatery Amuse—offers a full menu of enticing signature cocktails, including Live or Let Die, a tantalizing vodka-based drink with grapefruit, orange, and lemon-lime soda for the perfect nightcap. 1421 Arch St., 215-422-8222