Spend a beautiful fall night amongst friends with the perfect seasonal drink at any of these outstanding Philadelphia establishments. Whether you are craving a mixed drink, a micro-brewed seasonal beer, a glass of wine or a whiskey, you can find some of Philly’s best fall drinks at these five bars and restaurants.
Bank & Bourbon
1200 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Bank & Bourbon has over 75 ryes and international whiskeys, as well as a large selection of craft beers and wines on the menu. It also has its own in-house barrel-aging program, and the bourbon is aged in charred American oak wood barrels. Guests are welcome to age their own barrel of bourbon through Bank & Bourbon’s exclusive private barrel-aging locker membership program. If you are not that serious about bourbon, then stop in and try its Bang for the Buck cocktail made with Laird’s bonded apple brandy and ginger beer. It’s sure to delight your senses during the fall season.
Hop Sing Laundromat
1029 Race St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Hop Sing Laundromat is the throwback speakeasy that is the talk of Philly as of late. The mysterious establishment with its hidden location is the place to go — if you can find it and if you can pass the test to get in. There are strict rules at Hop Sing – no cell phones, no track shoes, no credit cards and no children. If you arrive with a party of over four people, you will be denied access. There is also no picture taking or talking on cell phones while at the bar. Apparently it is all worth it for the exceptional cocktails. Hop Sing will also make a drink to your specifications as well. For a nice fall treat, try the General Tso’s, made with vodka, chocolate and espresso liqueur.
Jet Wine Bar
1525 South St.
Philadelphia PA, 19146
There are plenty of wines that will complement a beautiful autumn night out in the city at Jet Wine Bar. The global wine selection is constantly changing, bringing in new selections and offering guaranteed favorites on the menu at all times. Small plates of meats, cheese and sandwiches are available to accompany your wine of choice. On Tuesdays, you can build your own flights of wines or try half glasses for half the price.
2005 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Tria Taproom is a popular spot for wine and beer connoisseurs throughout the city. The wait staff is well versed on the full menu and pairings. For a delicious autumn beer, ask to try the Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale. Brewed locally in Delaware, Punkin Ale is made with pumpkin meat and organic brown sugar and spices — because nothing says fall like pumpkin and spice.
The Twisted Tail
509 S. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Enjoy your fall excursion in the city with fine cocktails and some good old fashioned blues at The Twisted Tail on South Street. This “juke joint” serves up some great whiskey drinks and offers 55 domestic varieties of the spirit, with everything from Kentucky straight Bulleit bourbon to “twisted styles” like Philadelphia Distilling Shine corn whiskey. Plus, the rustic setting will set the mood for autumn.
Christina Thompson is a freelance writer living in Philadelphia. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.