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Heatmap: Where to Drink Booze in Philly RIGHT NOW

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Figuring out where you're going to grab post-work cocktails isn't as simple as it seems. While there are true happy hour staples with good deals, the level of quality among those bars is pretty inconsistent. And that's what we're here for. Whether you're into the classics or something newfangled and cutting edge, Philly has it all. So we put together a short list of the hottest quality spots of the moment right here on the Cocktail Week Heatmap.

This isn't the 38, which is a list of the best of the best, this is a selection of the hot new spots or stalwarts that have recently overhauled their programs or brought in some hired guns. So, while places like Hop Sing and Lemon Hill are surely some of the best boozers in town, they won't be found on this here list.

Did we miss your favorite new spot or your favorite new drink? Leave us a comment and tell us where your fellow readers can find it.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Verdad Restaurant & Tequila Bar

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818 W Lancaster Ave
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
(610) 520-9100
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Cocktailer Nick Farina is going crazy at Verdad, using cutting edge techniques for extracting flavors and eye-popping presentations. Absolutely worth the trip.

2. Supper

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926 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 592-8180
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Supper just brought on Tara Przybyszewski, the brilliant mind behind some of Zahav and Tria's most popular tipples. She aligned Supper's drinks with their farm-to-table mentality featuring lots of fresh produce and juices.

3. a.bar

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135 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 825-7030
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One of Philly's newest addition to the cocktail scene is David Fields' un-Google-able a.bar. While everyone knows how great the wine is, don't sleep on the cocktail list, which is 28 tipples deep and quite creative.

4. Vernick

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2031 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(267) 639-6644
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Bartender Vincent Stipo at Vernick has a cult following in Philly and for good reason. He's found a way to create simply delicious cocktails that live up to the quality of Greg Vernick's food, which is no small feat.

5. REX 1516

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1516 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 735-1116
Rex 1516 is truly one of the most underrated cocktail bars in Philly, but Heather Rodkey's newest menu should bring in the crowds. Especially the High Tea, which is a gin-based concoction framed with smoky Lapsang Souchong teasimple syrup, milk, and orange blossom water.

6. Lloyd Whiskey Bar

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529 E Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 425-4600
Known for its impeccable selection of brown booze, Lloyd has a real-deal cocktail menu, too. The autumn menu has a whole Shining vibe to it, too, with tipples aptly given names like "The Jack and Wendy" and "The Overlook."

7. The Twisted Tail

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509 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 558-2471
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After a rocky start, the Twisted Tail overhauled the whole operation from top to bottom, including the bar. And there is plenty of buzz around the deliciously amazing spirit infusions and cocktails that are drawing in the crowds at the Headhouse establishment.

8. Fond

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1537 S 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 551-5000
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As Fond settles into their new digs, they've certainly cashed in on their new liquor license. The fall overhaul is fantastic, and there's no doubt that it'll soon become a happy hour must on EPX.

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1. Verdad Restaurant & Tequila Bar

818 W Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Cocktailer Nick Farina is going crazy at Verdad, using cutting edge techniques for extracting flavors and eye-popping presentations. Absolutely worth the trip.
818 W Lancaster Ave
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

2. Supper

926 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Supper just brought on Tara Przybyszewski, the brilliant mind behind some of Zahav and Tria's most popular tipples. She aligned Supper's drinks with their farm-to-table mentality featuring lots of fresh produce and juices.
926 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

3. a.bar

135 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
One of Philly's newest addition to the cocktail scene is David Fields' un-Google-able a.bar. While everyone knows how great the wine is, don't sleep on the cocktail list, which is 28 tipples deep and quite creative.
135 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

4. Vernick

2031 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Bartender Vincent Stipo at Vernick has a cult following in Philly and for good reason. He's found a way to create simply delicious cocktails that live up to the quality of Greg Vernick's food, which is no small feat.
2031 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

5. REX 1516

1516 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146
Rex 1516 is truly one of the most underrated cocktail bars in Philly, but Heather Rodkey's newest menu should bring in the crowds. Especially the High Tea, which is a gin-based concoction framed with smoky Lapsang Souchong teasimple syrup, milk, and orange blossom water.
1516 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

6. Lloyd Whiskey Bar

529 E Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Known for its impeccable selection of brown booze, Lloyd has a real-deal cocktail menu, too. The autumn menu has a whole Shining vibe to it, too, with tipples aptly given names like "The Jack and Wendy" and "The Overlook."
529 E Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

7. The Twisted Tail

509 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
After a rocky start, the Twisted Tail overhauled the whole operation from top to bottom, including the bar. And there is plenty of buzz around the deliciously amazing spirit infusions and cocktails that are drawing in the crowds at the Headhouse establishment.
509 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

8. Fond

1537 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
As Fond settles into their new digs, they've certainly cashed in on their new liquor license. The fall overhaul is fantastic, and there's no doubt that it'll soon become a happy hour must on EPX.
1537 S 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

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