The Bok building in South Philly — the former technical high school turned retail and studio space — gets another tenant this week when Irwin’s opens its doors on Wednesday, July 18. The new cocktail bar is on the eighth floor of the building (1901 S. 9th Street), across from the seasonal Bok Bar, known for its expansive city views. Like Bok Bar, Irwin’s gives Philadelphians a chance to step outside: There’s a rooftop terrace.
The bar, which is kid-free (patrons must be 21 and up), is named for Irwin Thornton Catharine, the building’s architect — he was the chief architect of Philly’s public schools in the 1920s and 1930s. Rohe Creative, the design firm behind eye-catching restaurants like Cheu Fishtown, Bud & Marilyn’s, Harp & Crown, Double Knot and the new Louie Louie, gave the space its funky 2018 look.
Reservations are being accepted now, but Irwin’s will have limited seatings as it gets settled in. Hours are Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 5-10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5-11 p.m.