The Olde Bar
125 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
The Olde Bar is located in the historic Old Original Bookbinder’s and pays tribute to times past, but with its own updated version. It is at its heart an oyster bar and cocktail lounge, steeped in Bookbinder’s long-standing seafood tradition. Come in during happy hour for some of the best specials around, including Buck-a-Shuck oysters, $5 snacks and drink specials. The kitchen is also open late (until midnight during the week and 1 a.m. on the weekend) serving cheap snacks like beef fat fries and a full raw bar. The Olde Bar also serves innovative and classic cocktails such as the Fish House Punch.
914 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Heritage is located in Northern Liberties on 2nd Street and is the sixth restaurant by Jason Evenchick of Time and Vintage fame. Heritage has a classic American menu, an urban garden and live music every night of the week. Open for dinner seven nights a week and brunch on Saturday and Sunday, Heritage serves delicious brunch items and both small and large plates, including brisket, trout and kale salad. The bar will whip you up an innovative cocktail or serve you a glass of wine or craft beer. Live music, mostly jazz and Sunday bluegrass, accompanies your dinner and brunch and goes into late night.
824 S. 8th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Coeur is a new restaurant and cozy neighborhood joint in the Bella Vista area opened by the entrepreneurs behind Local 44 and Strangelove. Coeur is opened for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch and serves an array of food including rotisserie chicken and bacon wrapped rabbit porchetta. Coeur also has a full bar. Come in on Sunday for Virtue Sunday when 25-ounce bottles of Virtue’s Normandy styled 2013 cider, Percheron, are only $10. Coeur also hosts wine school for the budding wine enthusiasts and Mommy juice weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. when stay-at-home mothers can enjoy midday drink specials. Have a VHS tape you’ve had an inkling to watch, but don’t have a VHS player? Bring it to Coeur, and they will play it behind the bar.
Bud And Marilyn’s
1234 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Chef Marcie Blaine Turney and Valerie Safron have helped with the transformation of Midtown Village into a dining and shopping hotspot. Together, they own nine restaurants and boutiques in the area, including Jamonera, Little Nonna’s and Bud & Marilyn’s. Bud & Marilyn’s is a throw-back American restaurant with classic comfort food and retro cocktails. Off the menu, you’ll want to try fried cheese curds, cheese and chard stuffed meatloaf (served with mashed potatoes, gravy and peas) or the rotisserie chicken. From the bar, enjoy perfectly concocted cocktails, like a gin fizz, or something from its extensive wine and beer list.
315 N. 12th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Brick and Mortar opened in the spring at the base of the Goldtex apartment building and is owned by Michael Welsh, formerly of Franklin Mortgage. Chef Brian Ricci has been making a name for himself with his seasonally inspired menu that includes such delicacies as rotisserie and slow roasted brisket. Each week, the chef features a unique animal in 3-4 different preparations. Come in for brunch to enjoy eggs and pancakes. The products of the bar here are just as good as the food. BAM has a full bar of cocktails, beer and wine. Try the Little Sparrow, made with rosemary honey, lemon juice, club soda, calvados and Averna.
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