Olde Bar (Philadelphia, PA)
Once upon a time, there was a Philadelphia institution called Old Original Bookbinder's. For six years it lay fallow. Then it sprang to life again, now called The Olde Bar and totally respectful of the history at its location. Not only did cocktail legend Charlotte Voisey curate their menu, she did so in conjunction with filmmaker Erich Weiss, the grandson of Bookbinder's old owner. In fact, much of the drinks menu bends a knee to the story of the bar, the block, and the city--which is why it displays special pride in its clover club, which is Philadelphia's flagship cocktail.
Plus, it's a great place to sup some seafood. The raw bar is lush and their "buck a shuck" oyster bar is available every day during happy hour. Every. Dang. Day.
You can feel good about it, too, because The Olde Bar is recycling those shells back into strategic locations in the sea so that baby oysters can grow up to be tomorrow's dinner. Yay!