Top 5 Best Seasonal Cocktail Bars in Philadelphia

Top 5 Best Cocktail Bars in Philadelphia

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Philadelphia, PAPhiladelphia Cocktail Bars - A slight chill has crept into the air – meaning it's time for sweater weather and fall-flavored tipples and spirits. In honor of chilly temps and the start of autumn, we've rounded up a bevy of seasonal cocktails to sip on in the City of Brotherly Love, decadent recipes to craft at home, and more.


The Ultimate Guide to Autumn Cocktails


Chef Lee Styer's acclaimed French-focused restaurant on East Passyunk Avenue boasts a pumpkin-centric tasty tipple ideal for sipping all autumn long while taking in sights of falling leaves surrounding the Singing Fountain. The expert in-house mixologists created Pumpkin Flip ($14) crafted with pumpkin purée, rum, cognac, maple syrup, a whole egg, and evaporated milk. In addition to autumnal libations, Chef Styer offers an ever-evolving menu of seasonal, rich in flavor, French-inspired dishes. Hours of operation: Wednesday through Sunday from 5 – 10 pm. 1537 S 11th St.

Forsythia, Old City

The modern French bar and restaurant helmed by Chef Christopher Kearse have executed one sexy and sophisticated, autumnal-inspired cocktail this season, featuring the Smoking Carrot ($14), composed of mezcal, carrot, turmeric cordial, and lemon. This root vegetable-focused tipple — crafted by General Manager Jennifer Camela — pairs perfectly with an array of brand-new, artfully crafted French plates on the ever-evolving dinner menu. Hours of operation are Wednesday through Sunday from 5 – 10 pm. 233 Chestnut Street

Red Owl Tavern

The modern American tavern on Independence Mall offers imbibers a decadent pie in liquid form, crafted by lead Bartender Christopher Devern, with Apple, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie... ($15) composed of rye whiskey, Calvados, house pumpkin cream, apple cider, apricot liqueur, and egg white. Savor the classic fall flavors of apples and pumpkin in this dessert-like cocktail while taking in views of historic Independence Mall and scenic Old City. Hours of operation are breakfast served Monday, Thursday. Friday from 8 am – 11 am, lunch served Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 12 – 4:30 pm, dinner served Monday from 4:30 – 9 pm, Thursday and Friday from 4:30 – 10 pm, Saturday from 5 – 10 pm, and weekend brunch served Saturday from 9 am – 4:30 pm, and Sunday from 9 am – 3 pm. Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. 433 Chestnut St.

Stratus Rooftop Lounge

The swanky rooftop venue on the 11th floor of the Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Old City and Lead Bartender Christopher Devern has crafted a cozy, fall-focused libation for folks to enjoy in the recently renovated, modern alfresco venue. The Butterscotch Old Fashioned ($15) is infused with a brown-buttered scotch, molasses syrup, angostura bitters, Amaro, and garnished with sage – ideal for sipping atop the outdoor, breezy venue. This tipple is among many brand-new, seasonal beverages available at Philadelphia's premier lounge on the fall menu. Hours of operation are Thursday 5—12 am, Friday 7—2 am, and Saturday 8—2 am. 433 Chestnut St., 11th Floor of Kimpton Hotel Monaco

The Twisted Tail

Headhouse Square's popular Southern-inspired restaurant, bar, and live music venue is known for its progressive cocktail program and an extensive array of brown spirits. Twisted Tail has imbiber's new favorite libations for the season, with #Toastthetrees ($17) composed of Angel's Envy Bourbon, roasted pear, Carpano Antica, and bitters. Honey Apple Sidecar ($14) crafted with Jefferson Bourbon, applejack, honey, lemon, and Cointreau. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 4—10 pm, Friday 4—12 am, Saturday 11—12 am, and Sunday 10—10 pm. 509 S. 2nd St.

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