It’s summertime and the living is easy. The relaxed vibe of summer life combined with longer days and great weather encourage time spent relaxing over food and drinks with friends and family. From intimate cocktail bars to outdoor spots with a casual feel, there’s a spot and a frozen drink to suit your mood, keep you cool and quench your thirst.
10 S. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
With an outstanding Cuban menu and an ambiance that makes you feel like you’re dining in Havana rather than Old City, it’s only natural to need a refreshing drink to complete the vacation-like experience. Cuba Libre is known year-round for its sangria, but during the summer months, you can get this popular drink blended with ice and topped with chopped pears, apples and pineapples. Another regular favorite, the mojito, is also available in frozen form. Both drinks are sure to cool you off and satisfy your thirst during those hot summer days. And if you’re headed down the shore, try the restaurant’s Atlantic City location.
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The Library Bar
The Rittenhouse Hotel
210 W. Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
You’ll find The Library Bar just off the lobby of The Rittenhouse Hotel. Recently built in the summer of 2013 as part of the landmark hotel’s revitalization project, the 20-seat cocktail bar is named for its collection of books and fine art along with its intimate atmosphere. Master mixologist Pablo (Papi) Hurtado offers three styles of daiquiris on the menu. The Original is a mixture of white rum, fresh lime juice and sugar nectar. The Hemingway is made the same way with the addition of grapefruit, and the Seasonal Daiquiri takes the Original recipe and adds fresh, seasonal fruit.
2013 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Stephen Starr’s El Rey is reminiscent of Mexico’s casual taquerias, offering dishes such as tacos, enchiladas and guacamole. El Rey doesn’t take reservations, but you can typically grab a space at the diner-style counter if there’s a wait. Chances are you won’t mind once you order one of the drinks. The frozen papaya margarita is a warm-weather favorite made with papaya, pineapple, spiced cranberry, blackberry ginger and apple canela.
4410 Main St.
Philadelphia, PA 19127
Taqueria Feliz is the third restaurant from the team that brought us Fort Washington’s Cantina Feliz and Fairmount’s La Calaca Feliz. At this Manayunk spot, Chef Tim Spinner and Co-owner Brian Sirhal serve casual Mexican dishes such as enchiladas, tacos and tortas. The large floor-to-ceiling windows in the open-air dining room make you feel like you’re dining al fresco. It’s the perfect atmosphere for summer drinks and grub. Visit between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for happy hour specials including $5 nachos, fundido and carnitas. And wash it down with the frozen mango margarita made with silver tequila, orange liquor and fresh lime juice. This favorite is also available at Cantina Feliz.
221 N. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Now open for its third season, Morgan’s Pier offers the trifecta of summer fun: food, drinks and music. And it’s all outside, just steps away from the Ben Franklin Bridge. The menu screams summer with options like lobster rolls, watermelon, burgers and elote corn. The drink menu features 14 American craft beers on draft as well as some canned beers, wine and specialty summer cocktails. The frozen margarita with tequila and fresh citrus is a hot-weather favorite, but you’ll also want to ask about the frozen drink of the day. With options like the “Shark Attack” (complete with a Swedish fish), the creative flavors will keep you coming back all season.
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Michelle Hein is the social media editor for a women’s fashion company in Bucks County by day and a self-proclaimed food and drink fanatic by night and weekend. She enjoys attending wine classes, trying new recipes in the kitchen and going to old favorites and new restaurants alike in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area. If the writing gig doesn’t pan out, she constantly dreams of owning her own bakery…perhaps connected to the restaurant/bar that her lawyer fiance would love to open.
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