With the cold months upon us, there’s no better way to keep warm than with a hot drink and good conversation with your pals. Regardless if it’s a hot toddy, Irish coffee, hot buttered rum, apple cider or mulled wine you seek, Philadelphia has you covered. Read on for the top bars with hot cocktails in Philly.
124 S. 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
The Dandelion is Stephen Starr’s cozy British pub on 18th and Sansom. This place is guaranteed to warm your bones – grab a seat next to the roaring fire and order the hot chai apple cider, a drink concocted with chai tea, Buck County’s Dad’s Hat Rye, cinnamon and fresh apple juice. For those not in a hot-cocktail mood, The Dandelion has an extensive cocktail list, which features the classic Pimm’s Cup and Dark and Stormy, along with multiple cask ales, draughts, bottles and ciders. Its alcoholic beverages go well with its menu full of British classics.
1210 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Another member of the Stephen Starr family, Frankford Hall is a favorite among Fishtown residents. This place has a menu full of hearty German food (think Bavarian pretzels and sausages), games to keep you entertained for days (ping pong, jenga, foosball) and, in true beer garden fashion, a huge drink list, including a few hot drinks, like its $8 mulled wine or its hot apple cider ($3 for non alcoholic and $9 with schnapps). Frankford Hall, with its communal wooden picnic tables, is great for a big group of friends.
121 S. 17th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Rittenhouse Square is home to Square 1682, a classy bar located adjacent to the Hotel Palomar. The bar creates some of the freshest, seasonal and creative cocktails in the area and is a great place to come for a hot toddy. Try the Ginger Toddy, crafted with Maker’s Mark, ginger, lemon and chamomile citrus tea, or the Apple toddy, made with Laird’s bonded applejack, grout calvados, cinnamon and cider. Square 1682 also has a delicious hot buttered rum, perfect to pair with its locally sourced cuisine.
Tashan Restaurant and Lounge
777 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Tashan is a stylish Indian restaurant on South Broad. It offers hot mulled wine, red or white, and its own take on the classic hot buttered rum, made with Old Port Rum, butter, sugar and spices. Tashan also has an extensive beverage list of beer, wine and creative cocktails. Its menu features small plates and some of the best Indian flavors in the city. Want to try it all and can’t decide? Order the chef’s tasting menu, a unique meal created by the chef to be shared with your friends, which can also be paired with wine.
White Dog Cafe
3420 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
White Dog Café is known for its use of fresh and organic ingredients, supplied locally, to create an ever-changing, seasonal and flavorful menu. Just like the food, the cocktails are also made with local liquors and ingredients. Try the Nana’s Private Stash, a drink made with New Jersey’s Laird’s Applejack Brandy, hot apple cider, rye whiskey, rosemary and seasonal spices. The drink is also made sans alcohol, with hot apple cider and seasonal spices.
Kelly Neilson is a freelance writer living and working in Philadelphia. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.