Philadelphia The Female Bartenders You Need to Know in Philly By While Philly has a ton of great fictional dudes that call this city home, we should really be obsessing over the slew of badass ladies who also dwell here -- especially those in the bartending world. In a male-dominated industry, these hardworking women are mixing some of the cities’ best cocktails and raking in the tips thanks to their killer drink-making expertise. Say hello to -- and then go order from -- 11 of the best female bartenders in Philadelphia.

Maria Polise

Where to find her: Ela Specialty: “I really enjoy perfecting the classics, whether they be historical like the Aviation or modern like the Penicillin... I think the best drink I make is the Vieux Carre with just a few small alterations to the original recipe.”
What she’s doing when she’s not working: “My favorite thing to do is listen to audiobooks or podcasts. I can immerse myself in a good story or catch up on what’s going on in the world while I’m doing chores or just walking around the city.”
Favorite thing about Philadelphia: “I think Philadelphia is the best of a big city and a small town combined. I usually know someone wherever I go.” By

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Philadelphia The Female Bartenders You Need to Know in Philly While Philly has a ton of great fictional dudes that call this city home, we should really be obsessing over the slew of badass ladies who also dwell here -- especially those in the bartending world. In a male-dominated industry, these hardworking women are mixing some of the cities’ best cocktails and raking in the tips thanks to their killer drink-making expertise. Say hello to -- and then go order from -- 11 of the best female bartenders in Philadelphia.

Maria Polise

Where to find her: Ela Specialty: “I really enjoy perfecting the classics, whether they be historical like the Aviation or modern like the Penicillin... I think the best drink I make is the Vieux Carre with just a few small alterations to the original recipe.”
What she’s doing when she’s not working: “My favorite thing to do is listen to audiobooks or podcasts. I can immerse myself in a good story or catch up on what’s going on in the world while I’m doing chores or just walking around the city.”
Favorite thing about Philadelphia: “I think Philadelphia is the best of a big city and a small town combined. I usually know someone wherever I go.” More Stuff You Will Like

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Lana Barnes

Where to find her: Isabella   Specialty: “I love making up cocktails with fresh fruits and whatever is in season. Berries, sage, and rosemary are some of my favorite ingredients.”
What she’s doing when she’s not working: “I am always trying new restaurants and new types of food.”
Favorite thing about Philadelphia: “It’s a happening city, and the dining scene is exploding.” Continue Reading

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Alison Hangen

Where to find her: The Olde Bar   Specialty: Classic cocktails and her award-winning invention, the “Meyer Lansky.”
What she’s doing when she’s not working: “Drinking whiskey and planning Arts in the Industry events.”
Favorite thing about Philadelphia: “The tight-knit restaurant and bar community. And the Phillies!”

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Lauryn Obozian

Where to find her: Library Bar   Specialty: “I love infusing spirits and making unique shrubs with home-grown ingredients. Bourbon and rye are my secret loves.”
What she’s doing when she’s not working: “Pursuing acting and singing, as well as working on my master’s from Temple.”
Favorite thing about Philadelphia: “I love my city for all of its raw elegance and rustic vivacity. I’m a true Philly girl, filled with passion and fervor and quick with retort.”

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Amy Farrell

Where to find her: Bar 210 at Lacroix   Specialty: “My Blackberry Bourbon. I put it on the menu at Lacroix over five years ago and just can’t take it off.”
What she’s doing when she’s not working: “I’m usually doing something involving sports. I’m my fantasy football league’s reigning champion!”
Favorite thing about Philadelphia: “It’s got everything you need from a big city with a small town feel. The sense of community is really important here, especially in the bar and restaurant world.”

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Valerie Bryant

Where to find her: Village Whiskey   Specialty: “The Red Devil. Penn 1681, Creme Yvette, ginger and lemon. It’s actually pink.”
What she’s doing when she’s not working: “I bounce around to different bars and restaurants. I guess you could call it research -- when a guest wants recommendations on where to go in the city, I need to have answers. Except when the Eagles are playing -- then I’m at Woolly Mammoth.”
Favorite thing about Philadelphia: “Philly’s been my home for 13 years; it’s a big small town, and I love it. You can go from one end to the other in an evening, have a nice dinner, see a drag show, or cheer for your favorite team. There’s something for everyone.”

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Diane Riscavage

Where to find her: Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, Spruce St Harbor Park
Specialty: “Keeping with our seasonal themes, I’ll try any liquor with the hot drink mixers. I’m working on a white hot chocolate drink now and introduced many people to the mango rum concoctions this summer!”
What she’s doing when she’s not working: “I am enjoying my family, a concert, or going to any of the local breweries.”
Favorite thing about Philadelphia: “The people are second to none and know how to have a good time. It is always fun meeting people from all over the Delaware Valley.”

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Ashley Fox

Where to find her: U-Bahn   Specialty: “Hendrick's gin with Saint Germain with fresh lime juice and a splash of sour.”
What she’s doing when she’s not working: “Going to sporting events, concerts, and exploring the city.”
Favorite thing about Philly: “There's always something going on. There's never a dull moment in Philly.”

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Gabrielle Fenerty

Where to find her: Kensington Quarters   Specialty: “I make a killer old fashioned.”
What she’s doing when she’s not working: “I have open afternoons to fill with adventuring around the city, bike rides, hiking, beaching in the summer. I love to happy hour, and brunch... well, actually I love to dine-n-booze at any hour.”
Favorite thing about Philadelphia: “I love the diversity of the city. Working at Kensington Quarters has been a great experience... customers range from local professionals, blue collar workers, and other industry people. It’s what gives Philadelphia its eclectic vibe.”

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Katie Loeb

Where to find her: The Trestle Inn, Parlor
Specialty: “Drinks that contain something I’ve made myself: a syrup, cordial, or a garnish I’ve cooked up on my own.”
What she’s doing when she’s not working: “Shopping and cooking myself a nice meal, working on new cocktail recipes, and hanging out with my cats.”
Favorite thing about Philadelphia: “How vibrant and diverse the restaurants and bars are here, as well as how vibrant and diverse the residents are.”

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Maria DiMeo

Where to find her: Taproom on 19th   Specialty: “A Long Island iced tea. I put a secret ingredient in it and for some reason people eat (drink) it up!”
What she’s doing when she’s not working: “I love spending my time with my puppy Moose.”
Favorite thing about Philadelphia: “How close-knit everyone is. People look out for one another. Another thing would be all the amazing places to eat and drink -- there really are some creative things going on.”

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Marielle Mondon is a Philly-born writer and editor who will gladly sample all these ladies’ signature cocktails in the name of sisterhood. Follow her @MarielleMondon on Twitter and Instagram.

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1. Ela 627 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (Society Hillqueen Village)

An American restaurant directed by the steady hand of acclaimed chef Jason Chichonski, Ela serves cuisine that changes seasonally but is consistently innovative and crafted to perfection. With an extensive wine list and large collection of craft beers, something is bound to go well with your whipped foie gras.

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2. Isabella 382 E Elm St, Philadelphia, PA 19428 (Montco)

Isabella's an airy multi-level joint serving share-happy portions of Mediterranean comfort fare in a two-level interior with a balcony and an exterior hosting a stone dining area that's surprisingly not a Taco Bell.

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3. The Olde Bar 125 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Old City)

Jose Garces brought some much-needed life into the old stomping grounds of the locally loved Bookbinder’s, which closed during the not-great-economically year of 2009. Garces' reincarnation of the place is a nice polish to the original, and includes an open banquet room complete with dimly lit red booths, candles, and an oyster saloon serving snapper soup and fried belly clams. In addition to the nouveaux riche aperitif menu, the seafood-centric restaurant serves classics like dungeness crab, Maine lobster, and of course, champagne cocktails to pair.

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4. Library Bar 210 W Rittenhouse Sq, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

The Library Bar is a two-room cocktail palace, cozily tucked into the ground floor of the Rittenhouse Hotel. With huge volumes of literature on display, and including a tome-like, 17 page long drink menu, make yourself comfortable in the spacious cocktail haven with a meticulously crafted Old Fashioned or seasonal option like the El Presidente with bacardi rum, red wine, vermouth, and grenadine.

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5. Bar 210 at Lacroix 210 W Rittenhouse, Philadelphia, PA 19103

This is one of our favorite bars in Philly, with one of our favorite bar tenders, Amy Farrell.

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6. Village Whiskey 118 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Center City West)

Village Whiskey is an American gastropub vision of James Beard Award-winning Chef Jose Garces. Standing proudly on a bustling corner of Rittenhouse, this old-school pub with a masculine air does two things best: Burgers and Whiskey. Together. There are a few bar snacks and entrees on the menu alongside a full raw bar, but what the people really want from this place is the simple yet entirely indulgent All-American Burger with (of course) whiskey-cured bacon to match their 200+ bottle selection of whiskeys and prohibition-era cocktails.

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7. Spruce Street Harbor 121 N. Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Depending on the time of year, the Waterfront boasts dozens of activities thanks to the Spruce Street Harbor Park. Beer gardens pop up in the summer, and the views of nature impress regardless of the season. The waterfront park has everything from hammocks to an outpost of Federal Donuts (Port FedNuts).

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8. U-Bahn 1320 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Market East)

Just one floor below the expansive beer-list and gravy-fry paradise that is Brü comes U-Bahn, inspired by German underground transit. The spot sports two bars and has the cuisine covered by Brü’s chef, which means the street food-inspired bar snacks will not disappoint. This is also a great place to catch some entertainment while you’re drinking and eating -- local DJs and musicians perform a couple times a week on the in-house stage.

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9. Kensington Quarters 1310 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125 (Kensington)

Meat is taken seriously at this industrial chic butcher/restaurant in Fishtown, where every animal is used head-to-tail, and every diner leaves not only full, but with a primer in butchery and meat-curing. Right when you enter Kensington Quarters, you'll see the on-site butcher counter and retail section. Once seated, order the mixed house-made charcuterie followed by braised pork shoulder, a hulking pork chop, or a ribeye with smoked cheddar. Don’t be a meathead and remember to grab a salami for home on your way out.

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10. The Trestle Inn 339 N 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Loft District)

Trestle's the thankfully cleaner iteration of infamously gritty J & J Trestle Inn, which closed in '09 before catching fire last summer; it’s reemerged while keeping much of the dark-wood-heavy, dimly lit digs that weren't charred, and also the lovely, be-tasseled dancers, whose costumes have been updated to give off a “'60s-'70s vibe”, whose covers only ever featured Teddy Pendergrass and Billy "White Shoes" Johnson.

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11. Parlor Suburban Square 30 Parking Plz, Ardmore, PA 19003

The only thing better than the food and drink here are the fantastic bartenders and wait staff.

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12. Taproom on 19th 2400 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19145

If you've ever been curious about what "upscale stoner fare" might taste like, head down to Tap Room on 19th. This tavern serves up farm-to-table fare that draws inspiration from South Philly traditions and southern eats, and includes fried cheese curds, Ponzu dumplings, and a curated list of craft beers. If you come in during brunch hours, you can even choose from a list of breakfast shots, like the Honeynut Cheerio made with Jack Daniels Honey whiskey and Horchata.

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