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Bar Crawl: Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square

Bar Crawl: Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square

This boozehound's guide through the City of Brotherly Love's Rittenhouse Square starts out with traditional brews at the city's oldest bar and concludes with martinis overlooking the city skyline.

For Great Brews, with a Side of History

Where: McGillin's Olde Ale House, 1310 Drury St., (215) 735-5562

Stop by the oldest continually running bar in Philadelphia, started in 1860, for some excellent beers ranging from local microbrews to rare imports, and sit back and enjoy the history of Philadelphia through the perspective of a bar that’s seen it all.

To Get Your Belgian Beer On

Where: Monk's Cafe, 264 S. 16th St., (215) 545-7005

This bar, equally famous for its bad luck as its fantastic beer selection, is known to house America’s foremost Belgian beer collection. Snack on the moules frites while enjoying the legendary house Flemish Sour Ale.

For More Than a Simple Rum and Coke

Where: Rum Bar, 2005 Walnut St., (215) 751-0404

This new temple to the distilled sugarcane spirit mixes some variety into the city's typically beer-centric drinking scene. Take in the casual, vintage Cuban atmosphere while sampling from the variety of mojitos, daquiris, and top-notch sipping rums.

For Cocktails Worth Hunting For

Where: Ranstead Room, 2013 Ranstead St., (215) 563-3330

This new retro speakeasy-style bar is hidden near the corner of 20th and Ranstead, and worth the little game of hide-and-seek required to find it. The glamorous décor and dark atmosphere let you know that this is a place where serious cocktails are ordered — that, and the fact that the menu set up by Sasha Petraske of New York City’s famed Milk and Honey. Of course, if you're having trouble deciding, feel free to ask for the bartender’s choice and leave your fate in their very capable hands.

To Enjoy Some Seriously Good Drinks... Seriously

Where: The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co., 112 South 18th St., (267) 467-3277

Franklin Mortgage and Investment Co. is a leader in the city's craft cocktail movement, looking to reclaim the bar scene from the flavored-vodka frat house drinks and put well-made cocktails back on the pedestal they so rightly deserve. The bar, aptly named after a bootlegging operation that ran in and out of Philadelphia during Prohibition, serves up carefully crafted cocktails that are meant to be enjoyed instead of gulped back with a grimace.

To End the Night on a High Note

Where: Nineteen, 200 S. Broad St., (215) 790-1919

This restaurantand bar perched on the 19th floor of the Park Hyatt Philadelphia has a view of the city that simply can’t be beat. Put on your classiest airs as you take the elevator up to this swank cocktail lounge and enjoy an expertly made martini as you stare out over the city skyline.


Drink Up: 7 Best Whiskey Bars in Philadelphia

Single barrel. Aged Cask. Kentucky straight. Whiskey (or whisky, as its traditionally written in Scotland and Canada) has a language all its own, and the nuanced lexicon can be daunting for a typical tippler to interpret. Essentially, whiskey is just a spirit distilled from a mash of grains like barley, rye or corn. Variations in color, taste and quality derive from a number of factors, including aging, type of grain and water source. The recent rise in domestic microdistilling &mdash look out for Dad&rsquos Hat Pennsylvania Rye &mdash and the availability of a prodigious array of small-batch whiskies is encouraging booze hounds to explore a new lingo of liquor, and Philadelphia is an ideal spot to whet that interest.

This month&rsquos Philadelphia Whiskey Festival and opening of Stephen Starr and Joe Carroll&rsquos bourbon-and-barbecue emporium Fette Sau &mdash with a rumoured 80-bottle North American whiskey selection &mdash prompts the question: which bars hold Philly&rsquos best collections of brown? Read on for seven places where the &ldquowater of life&rdquo flows freely.

Cooperage Wine & Whiskey Bar: Tucked into The Curtis Center just north of Washington Square, Cooperage stocks more than 75 varieties of both American and imported whiskies, from spicy Thomas Handy Sazerac Kentucky rye to the choice Macallan Fine Oak, a 15-year-old single-malt Speyside Scotch. What&rsquos more, the weekday happy hour offers a choice of five whiskies at just $5 per pour. Go for an Old Overholt Rye with a few ice cubes (601 Walnut St. 215-226-2667).

Khyber Pass Pub: A dimly lit Old City den, the Khyber was once known for its rowdy live-music scene. Nowadays, a well-curated jukebox pumps indie rock throughout the bar, but its the extensive selection of spirits and beer that keep patrons loyal. A chalkboard list of ever-rotating drafts may be the top draw, but another menu reveals a nice roundup of Irish whisky and a stellar list of 40 American varietals, including Benjamin Prichard&rsquos Single Malt, a spicy medium bodied sipper, and Hirsch Small Batch, which has hints of vanilla and oak (56 S. 2nd St. 215-238-5888).

Time: Three-in-one Midtown Village venue Time stocks an astounding array of bottles, with more than 100 varieties of bourbon, rye, scotch and Irish whiskey. Perch beneath the ornate chandelier in the dining room or duck into a cozy booth in the whiskey bar to sample from the interesting collection &mdash start with a buttery Blanton's Straight bourbon and work up to a smoky Glenlivet Nadurra Speyside Scotch (1315 Sansom St. 215-985-4800).

The Trestle Inn: This recently revamped cocktail bar on the outskirts of Chinatown may appear to be in ruins from its exterior, but venture inside and be rewarded with groovy lighting, go-go dancers and a long list of whiskies, 65 in all. Pay particular attention to the Kentucky bourbon assortment with such standouts as Black Maple Hill and Old Grand Dad 114 (339 N. 11th St. 267-239-0290).

The Twisted Tail: Head to this two-story South Street &ldquojuke joint&rdquo for its regularly scheduled live blues, rustic-wood furnishings and 55 types of domestic whiskey, from Kentucky straight Bulleit bourbon to &ldquotwisted styles&rdquo like Philadelphia Distilling&rsquos Shine corn whiskey. Opt for the whiskey flight to compare single barrel with small batch styles (509 S. 2nd St. 215-558-2471).

Village Whiskey: Philadelphia&rsquos &ldquoIron Chef&rdquo Jose Garces runs away with the prize for best selection. His jewel-box Rittenhouse Square saloon carries a seriously remarkable 177 options of bourbon, rye, Scotch, blended and Irish whiskies, and offers several whiskey flights for those who can&rsquot bear to chose just one dram. If the list seems overwhelming, sidle up to the bar to request advice from a member of the knowledgeable staff, who might point towards a piney Laphroaig Triple Wood single-malt Scotch or a finely aged Rittenhouse 23-year-old rye (18 S. 20th St. 215-665-1088).

Stateside: As the name suggests, Stateside is devoted to all things American. It follows, then, that the hip East Passyunk Avenue bar&rsquos substantial whiskey and spirits selection consists of a 58 American bourbons, ryes and whiskeys, including the Wisconsin-made Death&rsquos Door White Whisky, the complex Hudson Four Grain bourbon, and four bottlings of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, 12 to 23 years old. (1536 East Passyunk Ave 215-551-2500).


Drink Up: 7 Best Whiskey Bars in Philadelphia

Single barrel. Aged Cask. Kentucky straight. Whiskey (or whisky, as its traditionally written in Scotland and Canada) has a language all its own, and the nuanced lexicon can be daunting for a typical tippler to interpret. Essentially, whiskey is just a spirit distilled from a mash of grains like barley, rye or corn. Variations in color, taste and quality derive from a number of factors, including aging, type of grain and water source. The recent rise in domestic microdistilling &mdash look out for Dad&rsquos Hat Pennsylvania Rye &mdash and the availability of a prodigious array of small-batch whiskies is encouraging booze hounds to explore a new lingo of liquor, and Philadelphia is an ideal spot to whet that interest.

This month&rsquos Philadelphia Whiskey Festival and opening of Stephen Starr and Joe Carroll&rsquos bourbon-and-barbecue emporium Fette Sau &mdash with a rumoured 80-bottle North American whiskey selection &mdash prompts the question: which bars hold Philly&rsquos best collections of brown? Read on for seven places where the &ldquowater of life&rdquo flows freely.

Cooperage Wine & Whiskey Bar: Tucked into The Curtis Center just north of Washington Square, Cooperage stocks more than 75 varieties of both American and imported whiskies, from spicy Thomas Handy Sazerac Kentucky rye to the choice Macallan Fine Oak, a 15-year-old single-malt Speyside Scotch. What&rsquos more, the weekday happy hour offers a choice of five whiskies at just $5 per pour. Go for an Old Overholt Rye with a few ice cubes (601 Walnut St. 215-226-2667).

Khyber Pass Pub: A dimly lit Old City den, the Khyber was once known for its rowdy live-music scene. Nowadays, a well-curated jukebox pumps indie rock throughout the bar, but its the extensive selection of spirits and beer that keep patrons loyal. A chalkboard list of ever-rotating drafts may be the top draw, but another menu reveals a nice roundup of Irish whisky and a stellar list of 40 American varietals, including Benjamin Prichard&rsquos Single Malt, a spicy medium bodied sipper, and Hirsch Small Batch, which has hints of vanilla and oak (56 S. 2nd St. 215-238-5888).

Time: Three-in-one Midtown Village venue Time stocks an astounding array of bottles, with more than 100 varieties of bourbon, rye, scotch and Irish whiskey. Perch beneath the ornate chandelier in the dining room or duck into a cozy booth in the whiskey bar to sample from the interesting collection &mdash start with a buttery Blanton's Straight bourbon and work up to a smoky Glenlivet Nadurra Speyside Scotch (1315 Sansom St. 215-985-4800).

The Trestle Inn: This recently revamped cocktail bar on the outskirts of Chinatown may appear to be in ruins from its exterior, but venture inside and be rewarded with groovy lighting, go-go dancers and a long list of whiskies, 65 in all. Pay particular attention to the Kentucky bourbon assortment with such standouts as Black Maple Hill and Old Grand Dad 114 (339 N. 11th St. 267-239-0290).

The Twisted Tail: Head to this two-story South Street &ldquojuke joint&rdquo for its regularly scheduled live blues, rustic-wood furnishings and 55 types of domestic whiskey, from Kentucky straight Bulleit bourbon to &ldquotwisted styles&rdquo like Philadelphia Distilling&rsquos Shine corn whiskey. Opt for the whiskey flight to compare single barrel with small batch styles (509 S. 2nd St. 215-558-2471).

Village Whiskey: Philadelphia&rsquos &ldquoIron Chef&rdquo Jose Garces runs away with the prize for best selection. His jewel-box Rittenhouse Square saloon carries a seriously remarkable 177 options of bourbon, rye, Scotch, blended and Irish whiskies, and offers several whiskey flights for those who can&rsquot bear to chose just one dram. If the list seems overwhelming, sidle up to the bar to request advice from a member of the knowledgeable staff, who might point towards a piney Laphroaig Triple Wood single-malt Scotch or a finely aged Rittenhouse 23-year-old rye (18 S. 20th St. 215-665-1088).

Stateside: As the name suggests, Stateside is devoted to all things American. It follows, then, that the hip East Passyunk Avenue bar&rsquos substantial whiskey and spirits selection consists of a 58 American bourbons, ryes and whiskeys, including the Wisconsin-made Death&rsquos Door White Whisky, the complex Hudson Four Grain bourbon, and four bottlings of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, 12 to 23 years old. (1536 East Passyunk Ave 215-551-2500).


Drink Up: 7 Best Whiskey Bars in Philadelphia

Single barrel. Aged Cask. Kentucky straight. Whiskey (or whisky, as its traditionally written in Scotland and Canada) has a language all its own, and the nuanced lexicon can be daunting for a typical tippler to interpret. Essentially, whiskey is just a spirit distilled from a mash of grains like barley, rye or corn. Variations in color, taste and quality derive from a number of factors, including aging, type of grain and water source. The recent rise in domestic microdistilling &mdash look out for Dad&rsquos Hat Pennsylvania Rye &mdash and the availability of a prodigious array of small-batch whiskies is encouraging booze hounds to explore a new lingo of liquor, and Philadelphia is an ideal spot to whet that interest.

This month&rsquos Philadelphia Whiskey Festival and opening of Stephen Starr and Joe Carroll&rsquos bourbon-and-barbecue emporium Fette Sau &mdash with a rumoured 80-bottle North American whiskey selection &mdash prompts the question: which bars hold Philly&rsquos best collections of brown? Read on for seven places where the &ldquowater of life&rdquo flows freely.

Cooperage Wine & Whiskey Bar: Tucked into The Curtis Center just north of Washington Square, Cooperage stocks more than 75 varieties of both American and imported whiskies, from spicy Thomas Handy Sazerac Kentucky rye to the choice Macallan Fine Oak, a 15-year-old single-malt Speyside Scotch. What&rsquos more, the weekday happy hour offers a choice of five whiskies at just $5 per pour. Go for an Old Overholt Rye with a few ice cubes (601 Walnut St. 215-226-2667).

Khyber Pass Pub: A dimly lit Old City den, the Khyber was once known for its rowdy live-music scene. Nowadays, a well-curated jukebox pumps indie rock throughout the bar, but its the extensive selection of spirits and beer that keep patrons loyal. A chalkboard list of ever-rotating drafts may be the top draw, but another menu reveals a nice roundup of Irish whisky and a stellar list of 40 American varietals, including Benjamin Prichard&rsquos Single Malt, a spicy medium bodied sipper, and Hirsch Small Batch, which has hints of vanilla and oak (56 S. 2nd St. 215-238-5888).

Time: Three-in-one Midtown Village venue Time stocks an astounding array of bottles, with more than 100 varieties of bourbon, rye, scotch and Irish whiskey. Perch beneath the ornate chandelier in the dining room or duck into a cozy booth in the whiskey bar to sample from the interesting collection &mdash start with a buttery Blanton's Straight bourbon and work up to a smoky Glenlivet Nadurra Speyside Scotch (1315 Sansom St. 215-985-4800).

The Trestle Inn: This recently revamped cocktail bar on the outskirts of Chinatown may appear to be in ruins from its exterior, but venture inside and be rewarded with groovy lighting, go-go dancers and a long list of whiskies, 65 in all. Pay particular attention to the Kentucky bourbon assortment with such standouts as Black Maple Hill and Old Grand Dad 114 (339 N. 11th St. 267-239-0290).

The Twisted Tail: Head to this two-story South Street &ldquojuke joint&rdquo for its regularly scheduled live blues, rustic-wood furnishings and 55 types of domestic whiskey, from Kentucky straight Bulleit bourbon to &ldquotwisted styles&rdquo like Philadelphia Distilling&rsquos Shine corn whiskey. Opt for the whiskey flight to compare single barrel with small batch styles (509 S. 2nd St. 215-558-2471).

Village Whiskey: Philadelphia&rsquos &ldquoIron Chef&rdquo Jose Garces runs away with the prize for best selection. His jewel-box Rittenhouse Square saloon carries a seriously remarkable 177 options of bourbon, rye, Scotch, blended and Irish whiskies, and offers several whiskey flights for those who can&rsquot bear to chose just one dram. If the list seems overwhelming, sidle up to the bar to request advice from a member of the knowledgeable staff, who might point towards a piney Laphroaig Triple Wood single-malt Scotch or a finely aged Rittenhouse 23-year-old rye (18 S. 20th St. 215-665-1088).

Stateside: As the name suggests, Stateside is devoted to all things American. It follows, then, that the hip East Passyunk Avenue bar&rsquos substantial whiskey and spirits selection consists of a 58 American bourbons, ryes and whiskeys, including the Wisconsin-made Death&rsquos Door White Whisky, the complex Hudson Four Grain bourbon, and four bottlings of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, 12 to 23 years old. (1536 East Passyunk Ave 215-551-2500).


Drink Up: 7 Best Whiskey Bars in Philadelphia

Single barrel. Aged Cask. Kentucky straight. Whiskey (or whisky, as its traditionally written in Scotland and Canada) has a language all its own, and the nuanced lexicon can be daunting for a typical tippler to interpret. Essentially, whiskey is just a spirit distilled from a mash of grains like barley, rye or corn. Variations in color, taste and quality derive from a number of factors, including aging, type of grain and water source. The recent rise in domestic microdistilling &mdash look out for Dad&rsquos Hat Pennsylvania Rye &mdash and the availability of a prodigious array of small-batch whiskies is encouraging booze hounds to explore a new lingo of liquor, and Philadelphia is an ideal spot to whet that interest.

This month&rsquos Philadelphia Whiskey Festival and opening of Stephen Starr and Joe Carroll&rsquos bourbon-and-barbecue emporium Fette Sau &mdash with a rumoured 80-bottle North American whiskey selection &mdash prompts the question: which bars hold Philly&rsquos best collections of brown? Read on for seven places where the &ldquowater of life&rdquo flows freely.

Cooperage Wine & Whiskey Bar: Tucked into The Curtis Center just north of Washington Square, Cooperage stocks more than 75 varieties of both American and imported whiskies, from spicy Thomas Handy Sazerac Kentucky rye to the choice Macallan Fine Oak, a 15-year-old single-malt Speyside Scotch. What&rsquos more, the weekday happy hour offers a choice of five whiskies at just $5 per pour. Go for an Old Overholt Rye with a few ice cubes (601 Walnut St. 215-226-2667).

Khyber Pass Pub: A dimly lit Old City den, the Khyber was once known for its rowdy live-music scene. Nowadays, a well-curated jukebox pumps indie rock throughout the bar, but its the extensive selection of spirits and beer that keep patrons loyal. A chalkboard list of ever-rotating drafts may be the top draw, but another menu reveals a nice roundup of Irish whisky and a stellar list of 40 American varietals, including Benjamin Prichard&rsquos Single Malt, a spicy medium bodied sipper, and Hirsch Small Batch, which has hints of vanilla and oak (56 S. 2nd St. 215-238-5888).

Time: Three-in-one Midtown Village venue Time stocks an astounding array of bottles, with more than 100 varieties of bourbon, rye, scotch and Irish whiskey. Perch beneath the ornate chandelier in the dining room or duck into a cozy booth in the whiskey bar to sample from the interesting collection &mdash start with a buttery Blanton's Straight bourbon and work up to a smoky Glenlivet Nadurra Speyside Scotch (1315 Sansom St. 215-985-4800).

The Trestle Inn: This recently revamped cocktail bar on the outskirts of Chinatown may appear to be in ruins from its exterior, but venture inside and be rewarded with groovy lighting, go-go dancers and a long list of whiskies, 65 in all. Pay particular attention to the Kentucky bourbon assortment with such standouts as Black Maple Hill and Old Grand Dad 114 (339 N. 11th St. 267-239-0290).

The Twisted Tail: Head to this two-story South Street &ldquojuke joint&rdquo for its regularly scheduled live blues, rustic-wood furnishings and 55 types of domestic whiskey, from Kentucky straight Bulleit bourbon to &ldquotwisted styles&rdquo like Philadelphia Distilling&rsquos Shine corn whiskey. Opt for the whiskey flight to compare single barrel with small batch styles (509 S. 2nd St. 215-558-2471).

Village Whiskey: Philadelphia&rsquos &ldquoIron Chef&rdquo Jose Garces runs away with the prize for best selection. His jewel-box Rittenhouse Square saloon carries a seriously remarkable 177 options of bourbon, rye, Scotch, blended and Irish whiskies, and offers several whiskey flights for those who can&rsquot bear to chose just one dram. If the list seems overwhelming, sidle up to the bar to request advice from a member of the knowledgeable staff, who might point towards a piney Laphroaig Triple Wood single-malt Scotch or a finely aged Rittenhouse 23-year-old rye (18 S. 20th St. 215-665-1088).

Stateside: As the name suggests, Stateside is devoted to all things American. It follows, then, that the hip East Passyunk Avenue bar&rsquos substantial whiskey and spirits selection consists of a 58 American bourbons, ryes and whiskeys, including the Wisconsin-made Death&rsquos Door White Whisky, the complex Hudson Four Grain bourbon, and four bottlings of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, 12 to 23 years old. (1536 East Passyunk Ave 215-551-2500).


Drink Up: 7 Best Whiskey Bars in Philadelphia

Single barrel. Aged Cask. Kentucky straight. Whiskey (or whisky, as its traditionally written in Scotland and Canada) has a language all its own, and the nuanced lexicon can be daunting for a typical tippler to interpret. Essentially, whiskey is just a spirit distilled from a mash of grains like barley, rye or corn. Variations in color, taste and quality derive from a number of factors, including aging, type of grain and water source. The recent rise in domestic microdistilling &mdash look out for Dad&rsquos Hat Pennsylvania Rye &mdash and the availability of a prodigious array of small-batch whiskies is encouraging booze hounds to explore a new lingo of liquor, and Philadelphia is an ideal spot to whet that interest.

This month&rsquos Philadelphia Whiskey Festival and opening of Stephen Starr and Joe Carroll&rsquos bourbon-and-barbecue emporium Fette Sau &mdash with a rumoured 80-bottle North American whiskey selection &mdash prompts the question: which bars hold Philly&rsquos best collections of brown? Read on for seven places where the &ldquowater of life&rdquo flows freely.

Cooperage Wine & Whiskey Bar: Tucked into The Curtis Center just north of Washington Square, Cooperage stocks more than 75 varieties of both American and imported whiskies, from spicy Thomas Handy Sazerac Kentucky rye to the choice Macallan Fine Oak, a 15-year-old single-malt Speyside Scotch. What&rsquos more, the weekday happy hour offers a choice of five whiskies at just $5 per pour. Go for an Old Overholt Rye with a few ice cubes (601 Walnut St. 215-226-2667).

Khyber Pass Pub: A dimly lit Old City den, the Khyber was once known for its rowdy live-music scene. Nowadays, a well-curated jukebox pumps indie rock throughout the bar, but its the extensive selection of spirits and beer that keep patrons loyal. A chalkboard list of ever-rotating drafts may be the top draw, but another menu reveals a nice roundup of Irish whisky and a stellar list of 40 American varietals, including Benjamin Prichard&rsquos Single Malt, a spicy medium bodied sipper, and Hirsch Small Batch, which has hints of vanilla and oak (56 S. 2nd St. 215-238-5888).

Time: Three-in-one Midtown Village venue Time stocks an astounding array of bottles, with more than 100 varieties of bourbon, rye, scotch and Irish whiskey. Perch beneath the ornate chandelier in the dining room or duck into a cozy booth in the whiskey bar to sample from the interesting collection &mdash start with a buttery Blanton's Straight bourbon and work up to a smoky Glenlivet Nadurra Speyside Scotch (1315 Sansom St. 215-985-4800).

The Trestle Inn: This recently revamped cocktail bar on the outskirts of Chinatown may appear to be in ruins from its exterior, but venture inside and be rewarded with groovy lighting, go-go dancers and a long list of whiskies, 65 in all. Pay particular attention to the Kentucky bourbon assortment with such standouts as Black Maple Hill and Old Grand Dad 114 (339 N. 11th St. 267-239-0290).

The Twisted Tail: Head to this two-story South Street &ldquojuke joint&rdquo for its regularly scheduled live blues, rustic-wood furnishings and 55 types of domestic whiskey, from Kentucky straight Bulleit bourbon to &ldquotwisted styles&rdquo like Philadelphia Distilling&rsquos Shine corn whiskey. Opt for the whiskey flight to compare single barrel with small batch styles (509 S. 2nd St. 215-558-2471).

Village Whiskey: Philadelphia&rsquos &ldquoIron Chef&rdquo Jose Garces runs away with the prize for best selection. His jewel-box Rittenhouse Square saloon carries a seriously remarkable 177 options of bourbon, rye, Scotch, blended and Irish whiskies, and offers several whiskey flights for those who can&rsquot bear to chose just one dram. If the list seems overwhelming, sidle up to the bar to request advice from a member of the knowledgeable staff, who might point towards a piney Laphroaig Triple Wood single-malt Scotch or a finely aged Rittenhouse 23-year-old rye (18 S. 20th St. 215-665-1088).

Stateside: As the name suggests, Stateside is devoted to all things American. It follows, then, that the hip East Passyunk Avenue bar&rsquos substantial whiskey and spirits selection consists of a 58 American bourbons, ryes and whiskeys, including the Wisconsin-made Death&rsquos Door White Whisky, the complex Hudson Four Grain bourbon, and four bottlings of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, 12 to 23 years old. (1536 East Passyunk Ave 215-551-2500).


Drink Up: 7 Best Whiskey Bars in Philadelphia

Single barrel. Aged Cask. Kentucky straight. Whiskey (or whisky, as its traditionally written in Scotland and Canada) has a language all its own, and the nuanced lexicon can be daunting for a typical tippler to interpret. Essentially, whiskey is just a spirit distilled from a mash of grains like barley, rye or corn. Variations in color, taste and quality derive from a number of factors, including aging, type of grain and water source. The recent rise in domestic microdistilling &mdash look out for Dad&rsquos Hat Pennsylvania Rye &mdash and the availability of a prodigious array of small-batch whiskies is encouraging booze hounds to explore a new lingo of liquor, and Philadelphia is an ideal spot to whet that interest.

This month&rsquos Philadelphia Whiskey Festival and opening of Stephen Starr and Joe Carroll&rsquos bourbon-and-barbecue emporium Fette Sau &mdash with a rumoured 80-bottle North American whiskey selection &mdash prompts the question: which bars hold Philly&rsquos best collections of brown? Read on for seven places where the &ldquowater of life&rdquo flows freely.

Cooperage Wine & Whiskey Bar: Tucked into The Curtis Center just north of Washington Square, Cooperage stocks more than 75 varieties of both American and imported whiskies, from spicy Thomas Handy Sazerac Kentucky rye to the choice Macallan Fine Oak, a 15-year-old single-malt Speyside Scotch. What&rsquos more, the weekday happy hour offers a choice of five whiskies at just $5 per pour. Go for an Old Overholt Rye with a few ice cubes (601 Walnut St. 215-226-2667).

Khyber Pass Pub: A dimly lit Old City den, the Khyber was once known for its rowdy live-music scene. Nowadays, a well-curated jukebox pumps indie rock throughout the bar, but its the extensive selection of spirits and beer that keep patrons loyal. A chalkboard list of ever-rotating drafts may be the top draw, but another menu reveals a nice roundup of Irish whisky and a stellar list of 40 American varietals, including Benjamin Prichard&rsquos Single Malt, a spicy medium bodied sipper, and Hirsch Small Batch, which has hints of vanilla and oak (56 S. 2nd St. 215-238-5888).

Time: Three-in-one Midtown Village venue Time stocks an astounding array of bottles, with more than 100 varieties of bourbon, rye, scotch and Irish whiskey. Perch beneath the ornate chandelier in the dining room or duck into a cozy booth in the whiskey bar to sample from the interesting collection &mdash start with a buttery Blanton's Straight bourbon and work up to a smoky Glenlivet Nadurra Speyside Scotch (1315 Sansom St. 215-985-4800).

The Trestle Inn: This recently revamped cocktail bar on the outskirts of Chinatown may appear to be in ruins from its exterior, but venture inside and be rewarded with groovy lighting, go-go dancers and a long list of whiskies, 65 in all. Pay particular attention to the Kentucky bourbon assortment with such standouts as Black Maple Hill and Old Grand Dad 114 (339 N. 11th St. 267-239-0290).

The Twisted Tail: Head to this two-story South Street &ldquojuke joint&rdquo for its regularly scheduled live blues, rustic-wood furnishings and 55 types of domestic whiskey, from Kentucky straight Bulleit bourbon to &ldquotwisted styles&rdquo like Philadelphia Distilling&rsquos Shine corn whiskey. Opt for the whiskey flight to compare single barrel with small batch styles (509 S. 2nd St. 215-558-2471).

Village Whiskey: Philadelphia&rsquos &ldquoIron Chef&rdquo Jose Garces runs away with the prize for best selection. His jewel-box Rittenhouse Square saloon carries a seriously remarkable 177 options of bourbon, rye, Scotch, blended and Irish whiskies, and offers several whiskey flights for those who can&rsquot bear to chose just one dram. If the list seems overwhelming, sidle up to the bar to request advice from a member of the knowledgeable staff, who might point towards a piney Laphroaig Triple Wood single-malt Scotch or a finely aged Rittenhouse 23-year-old rye (18 S. 20th St. 215-665-1088).

Stateside: As the name suggests, Stateside is devoted to all things American. It follows, then, that the hip East Passyunk Avenue bar&rsquos substantial whiskey and spirits selection consists of a 58 American bourbons, ryes and whiskeys, including the Wisconsin-made Death&rsquos Door White Whisky, the complex Hudson Four Grain bourbon, and four bottlings of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, 12 to 23 years old. (1536 East Passyunk Ave 215-551-2500).


Drink Up: 7 Best Whiskey Bars in Philadelphia

Single barrel. Aged Cask. Kentucky straight. Whiskey (or whisky, as its traditionally written in Scotland and Canada) has a language all its own, and the nuanced lexicon can be daunting for a typical tippler to interpret. Essentially, whiskey is just a spirit distilled from a mash of grains like barley, rye or corn. Variations in color, taste and quality derive from a number of factors, including aging, type of grain and water source. The recent rise in domestic microdistilling &mdash look out for Dad&rsquos Hat Pennsylvania Rye &mdash and the availability of a prodigious array of small-batch whiskies is encouraging booze hounds to explore a new lingo of liquor, and Philadelphia is an ideal spot to whet that interest.

This month&rsquos Philadelphia Whiskey Festival and opening of Stephen Starr and Joe Carroll&rsquos bourbon-and-barbecue emporium Fette Sau &mdash with a rumoured 80-bottle North American whiskey selection &mdash prompts the question: which bars hold Philly&rsquos best collections of brown? Read on for seven places where the &ldquowater of life&rdquo flows freely.

Cooperage Wine & Whiskey Bar: Tucked into The Curtis Center just north of Washington Square, Cooperage stocks more than 75 varieties of both American and imported whiskies, from spicy Thomas Handy Sazerac Kentucky rye to the choice Macallan Fine Oak, a 15-year-old single-malt Speyside Scotch. What&rsquos more, the weekday happy hour offers a choice of five whiskies at just $5 per pour. Go for an Old Overholt Rye with a few ice cubes (601 Walnut St. 215-226-2667).

Khyber Pass Pub: A dimly lit Old City den, the Khyber was once known for its rowdy live-music scene. Nowadays, a well-curated jukebox pumps indie rock throughout the bar, but its the extensive selection of spirits and beer that keep patrons loyal. A chalkboard list of ever-rotating drafts may be the top draw, but another menu reveals a nice roundup of Irish whisky and a stellar list of 40 American varietals, including Benjamin Prichard&rsquos Single Malt, a spicy medium bodied sipper, and Hirsch Small Batch, which has hints of vanilla and oak (56 S. 2nd St. 215-238-5888).

Time: Three-in-one Midtown Village venue Time stocks an astounding array of bottles, with more than 100 varieties of bourbon, rye, scotch and Irish whiskey. Perch beneath the ornate chandelier in the dining room or duck into a cozy booth in the whiskey bar to sample from the interesting collection &mdash start with a buttery Blanton's Straight bourbon and work up to a smoky Glenlivet Nadurra Speyside Scotch (1315 Sansom St. 215-985-4800).

The Trestle Inn: This recently revamped cocktail bar on the outskirts of Chinatown may appear to be in ruins from its exterior, but venture inside and be rewarded with groovy lighting, go-go dancers and a long list of whiskies, 65 in all. Pay particular attention to the Kentucky bourbon assortment with such standouts as Black Maple Hill and Old Grand Dad 114 (339 N. 11th St. 267-239-0290).

The Twisted Tail: Head to this two-story South Street &ldquojuke joint&rdquo for its regularly scheduled live blues, rustic-wood furnishings and 55 types of domestic whiskey, from Kentucky straight Bulleit bourbon to &ldquotwisted styles&rdquo like Philadelphia Distilling&rsquos Shine corn whiskey. Opt for the whiskey flight to compare single barrel with small batch styles (509 S. 2nd St. 215-558-2471).

Village Whiskey: Philadelphia&rsquos &ldquoIron Chef&rdquo Jose Garces runs away with the prize for best selection. His jewel-box Rittenhouse Square saloon carries a seriously remarkable 177 options of bourbon, rye, Scotch, blended and Irish whiskies, and offers several whiskey flights for those who can&rsquot bear to chose just one dram. If the list seems overwhelming, sidle up to the bar to request advice from a member of the knowledgeable staff, who might point towards a piney Laphroaig Triple Wood single-malt Scotch or a finely aged Rittenhouse 23-year-old rye (18 S. 20th St. 215-665-1088).

Stateside: As the name suggests, Stateside is devoted to all things American. It follows, then, that the hip East Passyunk Avenue bar&rsquos substantial whiskey and spirits selection consists of a 58 American bourbons, ryes and whiskeys, including the Wisconsin-made Death&rsquos Door White Whisky, the complex Hudson Four Grain bourbon, and four bottlings of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, 12 to 23 years old. (1536 East Passyunk Ave 215-551-2500).


Drink Up: 7 Best Whiskey Bars in Philadelphia

Single barrel. Aged Cask. Kentucky straight. Whiskey (or whisky, as its traditionally written in Scotland and Canada) has a language all its own, and the nuanced lexicon can be daunting for a typical tippler to interpret. Essentially, whiskey is just a spirit distilled from a mash of grains like barley, rye or corn. Variations in color, taste and quality derive from a number of factors, including aging, type of grain and water source. The recent rise in domestic microdistilling &mdash look out for Dad&rsquos Hat Pennsylvania Rye &mdash and the availability of a prodigious array of small-batch whiskies is encouraging booze hounds to explore a new lingo of liquor, and Philadelphia is an ideal spot to whet that interest.

This month&rsquos Philadelphia Whiskey Festival and opening of Stephen Starr and Joe Carroll&rsquos bourbon-and-barbecue emporium Fette Sau &mdash with a rumoured 80-bottle North American whiskey selection &mdash prompts the question: which bars hold Philly&rsquos best collections of brown? Read on for seven places where the &ldquowater of life&rdquo flows freely.

Cooperage Wine & Whiskey Bar: Tucked into The Curtis Center just north of Washington Square, Cooperage stocks more than 75 varieties of both American and imported whiskies, from spicy Thomas Handy Sazerac Kentucky rye to the choice Macallan Fine Oak, a 15-year-old single-malt Speyside Scotch. What&rsquos more, the weekday happy hour offers a choice of five whiskies at just $5 per pour. Go for an Old Overholt Rye with a few ice cubes (601 Walnut St. 215-226-2667).

Khyber Pass Pub: A dimly lit Old City den, the Khyber was once known for its rowdy live-music scene. Nowadays, a well-curated jukebox pumps indie rock throughout the bar, but its the extensive selection of spirits and beer that keep patrons loyal. A chalkboard list of ever-rotating drafts may be the top draw, but another menu reveals a nice roundup of Irish whisky and a stellar list of 40 American varietals, including Benjamin Prichard&rsquos Single Malt, a spicy medium bodied sipper, and Hirsch Small Batch, which has hints of vanilla and oak (56 S. 2nd St. 215-238-5888).

Time: Three-in-one Midtown Village venue Time stocks an astounding array of bottles, with more than 100 varieties of bourbon, rye, scotch and Irish whiskey. Perch beneath the ornate chandelier in the dining room or duck into a cozy booth in the whiskey bar to sample from the interesting collection &mdash start with a buttery Blanton's Straight bourbon and work up to a smoky Glenlivet Nadurra Speyside Scotch (1315 Sansom St. 215-985-4800).

The Trestle Inn: This recently revamped cocktail bar on the outskirts of Chinatown may appear to be in ruins from its exterior, but venture inside and be rewarded with groovy lighting, go-go dancers and a long list of whiskies, 65 in all. Pay particular attention to the Kentucky bourbon assortment with such standouts as Black Maple Hill and Old Grand Dad 114 (339 N. 11th St. 267-239-0290).

The Twisted Tail: Head to this two-story South Street &ldquojuke joint&rdquo for its regularly scheduled live blues, rustic-wood furnishings and 55 types of domestic whiskey, from Kentucky straight Bulleit bourbon to &ldquotwisted styles&rdquo like Philadelphia Distilling&rsquos Shine corn whiskey. Opt for the whiskey flight to compare single barrel with small batch styles (509 S. 2nd St. 215-558-2471).

Village Whiskey: Philadelphia&rsquos &ldquoIron Chef&rdquo Jose Garces runs away with the prize for best selection. His jewel-box Rittenhouse Square saloon carries a seriously remarkable 177 options of bourbon, rye, Scotch, blended and Irish whiskies, and offers several whiskey flights for those who can&rsquot bear to chose just one dram. If the list seems overwhelming, sidle up to the bar to request advice from a member of the knowledgeable staff, who might point towards a piney Laphroaig Triple Wood single-malt Scotch or a finely aged Rittenhouse 23-year-old rye (18 S. 20th St. 215-665-1088).

Stateside: As the name suggests, Stateside is devoted to all things American. It follows, then, that the hip East Passyunk Avenue bar&rsquos substantial whiskey and spirits selection consists of a 58 American bourbons, ryes and whiskeys, including the Wisconsin-made Death&rsquos Door White Whisky, the complex Hudson Four Grain bourbon, and four bottlings of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, 12 to 23 years old. (1536 East Passyunk Ave 215-551-2500).


Drink Up: 7 Best Whiskey Bars in Philadelphia

Single barrel. Aged Cask. Kentucky straight. Whiskey (or whisky, as its traditionally written in Scotland and Canada) has a language all its own, and the nuanced lexicon can be daunting for a typical tippler to interpret. Essentially, whiskey is just a spirit distilled from a mash of grains like barley, rye or corn. Variations in color, taste and quality derive from a number of factors, including aging, type of grain and water source. The recent rise in domestic microdistilling &mdash look out for Dad&rsquos Hat Pennsylvania Rye &mdash and the availability of a prodigious array of small-batch whiskies is encouraging booze hounds to explore a new lingo of liquor, and Philadelphia is an ideal spot to whet that interest.

This month&rsquos Philadelphia Whiskey Festival and opening of Stephen Starr and Joe Carroll&rsquos bourbon-and-barbecue emporium Fette Sau &mdash with a rumoured 80-bottle North American whiskey selection &mdash prompts the question: which bars hold Philly&rsquos best collections of brown? Read on for seven places where the &ldquowater of life&rdquo flows freely.

Cooperage Wine & Whiskey Bar: Tucked into The Curtis Center just north of Washington Square, Cooperage stocks more than 75 varieties of both American and imported whiskies, from spicy Thomas Handy Sazerac Kentucky rye to the choice Macallan Fine Oak, a 15-year-old single-malt Speyside Scotch. What&rsquos more, the weekday happy hour offers a choice of five whiskies at just $5 per pour. Go for an Old Overholt Rye with a few ice cubes (601 Walnut St. 215-226-2667).

Khyber Pass Pub: A dimly lit Old City den, the Khyber was once known for its rowdy live-music scene. Nowadays, a well-curated jukebox pumps indie rock throughout the bar, but its the extensive selection of spirits and beer that keep patrons loyal. A chalkboard list of ever-rotating drafts may be the top draw, but another menu reveals a nice roundup of Irish whisky and a stellar list of 40 American varietals, including Benjamin Prichard&rsquos Single Malt, a spicy medium bodied sipper, and Hirsch Small Batch, which has hints of vanilla and oak (56 S. 2nd St. 215-238-5888).

Time: Three-in-one Midtown Village venue Time stocks an astounding array of bottles, with more than 100 varieties of bourbon, rye, scotch and Irish whiskey. Perch beneath the ornate chandelier in the dining room or duck into a cozy booth in the whiskey bar to sample from the interesting collection &mdash start with a buttery Blanton's Straight bourbon and work up to a smoky Glenlivet Nadurra Speyside Scotch (1315 Sansom St. 215-985-4800).

The Trestle Inn: This recently revamped cocktail bar on the outskirts of Chinatown may appear to be in ruins from its exterior, but venture inside and be rewarded with groovy lighting, go-go dancers and a long list of whiskies, 65 in all. Pay particular attention to the Kentucky bourbon assortment with such standouts as Black Maple Hill and Old Grand Dad 114 (339 N. 11th St. 267-239-0290).

The Twisted Tail: Head to this two-story South Street &ldquojuke joint&rdquo for its regularly scheduled live blues, rustic-wood furnishings and 55 types of domestic whiskey, from Kentucky straight Bulleit bourbon to &ldquotwisted styles&rdquo like Philadelphia Distilling&rsquos Shine corn whiskey. Opt for the whiskey flight to compare single barrel with small batch styles (509 S. 2nd St. 215-558-2471).

Village Whiskey: Philadelphia&rsquos &ldquoIron Chef&rdquo Jose Garces runs away with the prize for best selection. His jewel-box Rittenhouse Square saloon carries a seriously remarkable 177 options of bourbon, rye, Scotch, blended and Irish whiskies, and offers several whiskey flights for those who can&rsquot bear to chose just one dram. If the list seems overwhelming, sidle up to the bar to request advice from a member of the knowledgeable staff, who might point towards a piney Laphroaig Triple Wood single-malt Scotch or a finely aged Rittenhouse 23-year-old rye (18 S. 20th St. 215-665-1088).

Stateside: As the name suggests, Stateside is devoted to all things American. It follows, then, that the hip East Passyunk Avenue bar&rsquos substantial whiskey and spirits selection consists of a 58 American bourbons, ryes and whiskeys, including the Wisconsin-made Death&rsquos Door White Whisky, the complex Hudson Four Grain bourbon, and four bottlings of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, 12 to 23 years old. (1536 East Passyunk Ave 215-551-2500).


Drink Up: 7 Best Whiskey Bars in Philadelphia

Single barrel. Aged Cask. Kentucky straight. Whiskey (or whisky, as its traditionally written in Scotland and Canada) has a language all its own, and the nuanced lexicon can be daunting for a typical tippler to interpret. Essentially, whiskey is just a spirit distilled from a mash of grains like barley, rye or corn. Variations in color, taste and quality derive from a number of factors, including aging, type of grain and water source. The recent rise in domestic microdistilling &mdash look out for Dad&rsquos Hat Pennsylvania Rye &mdash and the availability of a prodigious array of small-batch whiskies is encouraging booze hounds to explore a new lingo of liquor, and Philadelphia is an ideal spot to whet that interest.

This month&rsquos Philadelphia Whiskey Festival and opening of Stephen Starr and Joe Carroll&rsquos bourbon-and-barbecue emporium Fette Sau &mdash with a rumoured 80-bottle North American whiskey selection &mdash prompts the question: which bars hold Philly&rsquos best collections of brown? Read on for seven places where the &ldquowater of life&rdquo flows freely.

Cooperage Wine & Whiskey Bar: Tucked into The Curtis Center just north of Washington Square, Cooperage stocks more than 75 varieties of both American and imported whiskies, from spicy Thomas Handy Sazerac Kentucky rye to the choice Macallan Fine Oak, a 15-year-old single-malt Speyside Scotch. What&rsquos more, the weekday happy hour offers a choice of five whiskies at just $5 per pour. Go for an Old Overholt Rye with a few ice cubes (601 Walnut St. 215-226-2667).

Khyber Pass Pub: A dimly lit Old City den, the Khyber was once known for its rowdy live-music scene. Nowadays, a well-curated jukebox pumps indie rock throughout the bar, but its the extensive selection of spirits and beer that keep patrons loyal. A chalkboard list of ever-rotating drafts may be the top draw, but another menu reveals a nice roundup of Irish whisky and a stellar list of 40 American varietals, including Benjamin Prichard&rsquos Single Malt, a spicy medium bodied sipper, and Hirsch Small Batch, which has hints of vanilla and oak (56 S. 2nd St. 215-238-5888).

Time: Three-in-one Midtown Village venue Time stocks an astounding array of bottles, with more than 100 varieties of bourbon, rye, scotch and Irish whiskey. Perch beneath the ornate chandelier in the dining room or duck into a cozy booth in the whiskey bar to sample from the interesting collection &mdash start with a buttery Blanton's Straight bourbon and work up to a smoky Glenlivet Nadurra Speyside Scotch (1315 Sansom St. 215-985-4800).

The Trestle Inn: This recently revamped cocktail bar on the outskirts of Chinatown may appear to be in ruins from its exterior, but venture inside and be rewarded with groovy lighting, go-go dancers and a long list of whiskies, 65 in all. Pay particular attention to the Kentucky bourbon assortment with such standouts as Black Maple Hill and Old Grand Dad 114 (339 N. 11th St. 267-239-0290).

The Twisted Tail: Head to this two-story South Street &ldquojuke joint&rdquo for its regularly scheduled live blues, rustic-wood furnishings and 55 types of domestic whiskey, from Kentucky straight Bulleit bourbon to &ldquotwisted styles&rdquo like Philadelphia Distilling&rsquos Shine corn whiskey. Opt for the whiskey flight to compare single barrel with small batch styles (509 S. 2nd St. 215-558-2471).

Village Whiskey: Philadelphia&rsquos &ldquoIron Chef&rdquo Jose Garces runs away with the prize for best selection. His jewel-box Rittenhouse Square saloon carries a seriously remarkable 177 options of bourbon, rye, Scotch, blended and Irish whiskies, and offers several whiskey flights for those who can&rsquot bear to chose just one dram. If the list seems overwhelming, sidle up to the bar to request advice from a member of the knowledgeable staff, who might point towards a piney Laphroaig Triple Wood single-malt Scotch or a finely aged Rittenhouse 23-year-old rye (18 S. 20th St. 215-665-1088).

Stateside: As the name suggests, Stateside is devoted to all things American. It follows, then, that the hip East Passyunk Avenue bar&rsquos substantial whiskey and spirits selection consists of a 58 American bourbons, ryes and whiskeys, including the Wisconsin-made Death&rsquos Door White Whisky, the complex Hudson Four Grain bourbon, and four bottlings of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, 12 to 23 years old. (1536 East Passyunk Ave 215-551-2500).


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