It’s the time of year when the Eagles... OMG NOT AGAIN! ARRRRRGGGH!!!! Oh, and it's also time to put on your sensible coat and tackle Philly's best winter events. Either way, you're gonna need something to drink, so we rounded up the five best new winter cocktails in Philly...
Estia (address and info)
The cozy Greek restaurant on Locust gets cozier with three new holiday drinks on the menu, including the Merry Manhattan, a mix of bourbon, cranberry-ginger-orange syrup, and ginger liquor for an extra kick that’s like Christmas in a cup.
Harvest Cranberry Bourbon
Harvest Seasonal Grill (address and info)
Harvest is all about seasonal ingredients and organic farm-to-table dining, and holiday drinks are no exception. The Harvest Cranberry Bourbon, with Woodford Reserve bourbon, agave nectar, ginger ale, and muddled cranberries, will give you a sustainable buzz while also being, you know, sustainable.
Cuba Libre (address and info)
From now through New Year’s, Cuba Libre serves an authentic Cuban specialty loved by festive islanders. El Coquito rings in the holiday season with coconut spiced rum, toasted coconut, cinnamon, vanilla, condensed milk, and even more coconut.
Verdad Restaurant & Tequila Bar (address and info)
Nothing will get you singing "Feliz Navidad" faster than the tequila-toting cranberry margarita at this Latin-fusion gem of a Main Line restaurant. Plus every Tuesday leading up to Christmas their tacos come with a free festive drink.
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The cozy Greek restaurant on Locust is a laid-back neighborhood spot with seafood & traditional Greek dishes, plus Mediterranean-style decor.
We’re not sure how Harvest Seasonal Grill and Wine Bar does it, but the University City restaurant manages to offer a menu almost exclusively of under-500-calorie dishes, featuring flatbreads, brick oven pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and large poultry and meat plates. While most dishes rotate with the seasons, menu staples include seared tuna salade nicoise with roasted sweet potatoes, roasted spaghetti squash with toasted pistachios, garlic, and truffle oil, and Vietnamese chicken tacos with sweet-and-sour carrots, jalapeno, sweet chili-lime mayo, and pea tendrils. Harvest’s brightest dining highlight is its take on dessert: shrunken-down, mousse versions of favorites like chocolate salted caramel, zucchini bread cake, and peanut butter cups.
Get a taste of Peru this Fri night when Old City rum bar Cuba Libre celebrates National Pisco Day with a 2hr happy hour offering three $5 takes on the brandy 'tail, (including a garapa sugar cane punch), plus $5 ceviche samplers and discount beer, wine, and sangria 'til 7p. Drink it all and you'll likely have machu pee...chu.
Serial restaurateur Howard Taylor's teamed up with CIA alum Nick Farina to open a Euro-Latin tapas restaurant & tequila bar, occupying a seductively dimmed 85-seater with soft drapery and wrought iron dividers separating front and rear dining rooms from the central bar area and its smattering of banquettes covered in leopard print. Stop in for their weekly brunch offerings as well.
Imagine: the year was 1860, Lincoln was elected, and McGillin's Olde Ale House first opened. It's safe to say they place is doing something right, because generations of people can't be wrong. This is the oldest continuously operating tavern in Philly. They have since changed the beer taps, we promise.