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Cocktail bar R&D in Fishtown is selling bottled drinks to go.
Stephen Recchia

16 Places in Philly for Creative Cocktails Packaged To-Go

Where to get easily transportable, eminently drinkable takeout cocktails

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Cocktail bar R&D in Fishtown is selling bottled drinks to go.
| Stephen Recchia

When takeout cocktails became legal last May, Philadelphians lined up for the promise of icy alcoholic drinks from early adopters. In the year since, many more Philly bars and restaurants have developed their own menus of to-go drinks, many of which are packaged in creative ways designed to travel well. Capri Sun-like pouches? Yes. Large format pitchers for a full afternoon of backyard drinking? Of course. Bottled cocktails for storing indefinitely in the freezer? You bet. Here are 16 picks for to-go cocktails from restaurants that are rethinking the drink menu.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Martha

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2113 E York St
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 867-8881
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Satisfy cravings for both cocktails and caffeine with the iced coffee negroni at Martha in Kensington. The to-go cocktail list covers all the bases, from aromatic lavender spritzes to a sharing-sized old fashioned made with cherry bitters.

2. The International Bar

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1624 N Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19122
(215) 792-6461
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Outdoor seating is available at The International but if enjoying cocktails in your own backyard is preferable to being serenaded by the the sounds of the El passing overhead, the bar’s takeout team is mixing up everything from Sichuan-scented Negronis to a golden turmeric gin fizzes and a CBD-spiked tequila cocktail.

3. R&D Cocktail Bar

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1206 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 515-3452
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R&D is known for making some of the most creative cocktails in the city, and the to-go drinks are no exception. The bar also mixes up a wide variety of bottled beverages to serve two or six people, and is even selling its own cocktail bar calibre ice, in 1- or 2-inch cubes, in case the home freezer isn’t cutting it.

4. South

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600 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 600-0220
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Southern restaurant and music venue South is known for its celebratory jazz brunch — and while in-person live jazz is available only at a limited capacity right now, blackberry sangria, honey butter cornbread, and Nashville hot oyster sliders are still very much available.

5. Art in the Age

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116 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 922-2600
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Those looking to drink local can head to Art in the Age where the Old City spirits company is turning out sleek bottled cocktails using their own line along with help from fellow East Coast distillers Tamworth, Boyd and Blair and New Liberty. Spring brings an array of sparkling spritzes highlighting Art in the Age’s range of fruit cordials.

6. The Franklin Bar

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112 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(267) 467-3277
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The appeal of a speakeasy-style bar may be gone in the era of to-go cocktails, but the Franklin still delivers well-made drinks packaged in bottles in a variety of sizes. Stow the 18-serving old fashioned bottle in the freezer for a professionally mixed cocktail at any hour.

7. Mission Taqueria

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Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 383-1200
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Oyster Bar’s upstairs neighbor takes home the gold for most aesthetically pleasing takeout margaritas. Packaged in branded glass bottles, Mission is mixing up sharable batches of tequila cocktails in flavors like guava, pineapple-mango and green juice. Also of note is the Mission Mezcal Club, a subscription service where guests pick up samplers of mezcals complete with an invite to a monthly virtual tasting.

8. a.bar+bottles

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1737 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 825-7035
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Whipping up a simple G&T at home isn’t all that difficult, but emulating the kinds of cocktails ordinarily on offer at a.bar is another story. For those whose home bars aren’t stocked with, say, cinnamon infused Pedro Ximenez sherry and Punt e Mes, a.bar is featuring a menu of to-go cocktails like a bittersweet Molegroni, The Greenland Purchase made with Campari, Aquavit and egg whites, along with some intriguing canned concotions.

9. Friday Saturday Sunday

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261 S 21st St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 546-4232
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Months after closing its elegant dining room in Rittenhouse, Friday Saturday Sunday finally reopened, serving almost exclusively to-go cocktails — a real testament to its commitment to excellent drinking. The restaurant has since reopened for very limiting indoor dining, but the drinks, in individual and six-serving sizes, are not to be missed for those who can’t get a reservation: They’re all intricate recipes totally unlike anything the average drinker is making at home.

10. Vietnam Café

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816 S 47th St
Philadelphia, PA 19143
(215) 729-0260
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In University City, Vietnam Cafe is where to go for a bottled Zombie or Mai Tai perfect for drinking at home. The strong, fruity tiki cocktails are also available at sister spot Vietnam Restaurant in Chinatown.

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11. Bud & Marilyn's

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1234 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 546-2220
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Bud & Marilyn’s cocktails pouches are basically the grown-up version of a Capri Sun, which fits the restaurant’s retro vibes. The cleverly names drinks — like the Let’s Get Schitt-Faced and Look Out Liver! — can be consumed right way or stowed in the freezer for a semi-frozen treat later on.

hand holding drink pouch with drawing of man and text reading the fauci facepalm Maddy Sweitzer-Lamme

12. Tattooed Mom

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530 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 238-9880
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It is pretty difficult to recreate the iconic dive bar experience with outdoor dining or to-go cocktails, but Tattooed Mom is definitely trying. The South Street bar has a few takeout cocktails available in easily transportable pouches — and, yes, the pickletini is on the menu.

13. 9th Street Bottle Shop

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920 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 560-8745
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Di Bruno Bros Bottle Shop offers an expertly-curated selection of the city’s most intriguing wines as well as a fridge stocked with house batched and bottled cocktails to take away. The current roster includes an eye-catching Empress Sour, a white Negroni featuring aromatic French vermouth, plus a few more spring season adds as the temperatures continue to rise.

14. Blue Corn Restaurant and Bar

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940 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 925-1010
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There’s not much that compares to the joy of a very well-made margarita, and Blue Corn consistently delivers just that out of a small restaurant (now open for outdoor dining) in the Italian Market, where few restaurants have liquor licenses. In addition to the menu of Mexican dishes, which goes way beyond tacos, the to-go cocktail game is strong, seasonal, and varied.

15. Bing Bing Dim Sum

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1648 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 279-7702
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Bing Bing’s perfectly packaged takeout has been a pandemic lifesaver, and their small list of rotating cocktails travels equally well. Balanced and refreshing, these 16-ounce refreshers tend to rely on savory, herbal flavors packed just enough citrus to compliment Bing Bing’s multi-faceted menu.

16. South Philadelphia Tap Room

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1509 Mifflin St
Philadelphia, PA 19145
(215) 271-7787
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Takeout cocktails are all about drinking something that is difficult to recreate at home, which South Philly Tap Room clearly understands. The crew here is spinning five different frozen cocktails, all available to go. They’re also doing their own hard seltzers made with fresh fruit puree, seltzer water, and vodka, which nicely complement the upscale pub food.

1. Martha

2113 E York St, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Satisfy cravings for both cocktails and caffeine with the iced coffee negroni at Martha in Kensington. The to-go cocktail list covers all the bases, from aromatic lavender spritzes to a sharing-sized old fashioned made with cherry bitters.

2113 E York St
Philadelphia, PA 19125

2. The International Bar

1624 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19122

Outdoor seating is available at The International but if enjoying cocktails in your own backyard is preferable to being serenaded by the the sounds of the El passing overhead, the bar’s takeout team is mixing up everything from Sichuan-scented Negronis to a golden turmeric gin fizzes and a CBD-spiked tequila cocktail.

1624 N Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19122

3. R&D Cocktail Bar

1206 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

R&D is known for making some of the most creative cocktails in the city, and the to-go drinks are no exception. The bar also mixes up a wide variety of bottled beverages to serve two or six people, and is even selling its own cocktail bar calibre ice, in 1- or 2-inch cubes, in case the home freezer isn’t cutting it.

1206 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

4. South

600 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Southern restaurant and music venue South is known for its celebratory jazz brunch — and while in-person live jazz is available only at a limited capacity right now, blackberry sangria, honey butter cornbread, and Nashville hot oyster sliders are still very much available.

600 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19130

5. Art in the Age

116 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Those looking to drink local can head to Art in the Age where the Old City spirits company is turning out sleek bottled cocktails using their own line along with help from fellow East Coast distillers Tamworth, Boyd and Blair and New Liberty. Spring brings an array of sparkling spritzes highlighting Art in the Age’s range of fruit cordials.

116 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

6. The Franklin Bar

112 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

The appeal of a speakeasy-style bar may be gone in the era of to-go cocktails, but the Franklin still delivers well-made drinks packaged in bottles in a variety of sizes. Stow the 18-serving old fashioned bottle in the freezer for a professionally mixed cocktail at any hour.

112 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

7. Mission Taqueria

above Oyster House, 1516 Sansom St 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Oyster Bar’s upstairs neighbor takes home the gold for most aesthetically pleasing takeout margaritas. Packaged in branded glass bottles, Mission is mixing up sharable batches of tequila cocktails in flavors like guava, pineapple-mango and green juice. Also of note is the Mission Mezcal Club, a subscription service where guests pick up samplers of mezcals complete with an invite to a monthly virtual tasting.

above Oyster House, 1516 Sansom St 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

8. a.bar+bottles

1737 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Whipping up a simple G&T at home isn’t all that difficult, but emulating the kinds of cocktails ordinarily on offer at a.bar is another story. For those whose home bars aren’t stocked with, say, cinnamon infused Pedro Ximenez sherry and Punt e Mes, a.bar is featuring a menu of to-go cocktails like a bittersweet Molegroni, The Greenland Purchase made with Campari, Aquavit and egg whites, along with some intriguing canned concotions.

1737 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

9. Friday Saturday Sunday

261 S 21st St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Months after closing its elegant dining room in Rittenhouse, Friday Saturday Sunday finally reopened, serving almost exclusively to-go cocktails — a real testament to its commitment to excellent drinking. The restaurant has since reopened for very limiting indoor dining, but the drinks, in individual and six-serving sizes, are not to be missed for those who can’t get a reservation: They’re all intricate recipes totally unlike anything the average drinker is making at home.

261 S 21st St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

10. Vietnam Café

816 S 47th St, Philadelphia, PA 19143
row of juice containers with labels on a bar Vietnam Restaurant

In University City, Vietnam Cafe is where to go for a bottled Zombie or Mai Tai perfect for drinking at home. The strong, fruity tiki cocktails are also available at sister spot Vietnam Restaurant in Chinatown.

816 S 47th St
Philadelphia, PA 19143

11. Bud & Marilyn's

1234 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
hand holding drink pouch with drawing of man and text reading the fauci facepalm Maddy Sweitzer-Lamme

Bud & Marilyn’s cocktails pouches are basically the grown-up version of a Capri Sun, which fits the restaurant’s retro vibes. The cleverly names drinks — like the Let’s Get Schitt-Faced and Look Out Liver! — can be consumed right way or stowed in the freezer for a semi-frozen treat later on.

1234 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

12. Tattooed Mom

530 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

It is pretty difficult to recreate the iconic dive bar experience with outdoor dining or to-go cocktails, but Tattooed Mom is definitely trying. The South Street bar has a few takeout cocktails available in easily transportable pouches — and, yes, the pickletini is on the menu.

530 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

13. 9th Street Bottle Shop

920 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Di Bruno Bros Bottle Shop offers an expertly-curated selection of the city’s most intriguing wines as well as a fridge stocked with house batched and bottled cocktails to take away. The current roster includes an eye-catching Empress Sour, a white Negroni featuring aromatic French vermouth, plus a few more spring season adds as the temperatures continue to rise.

920 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

14. Blue Corn Restaurant and Bar

940 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

There’s not much that compares to the joy of a very well-made margarita, and Blue Corn consistently delivers just that out of a small restaurant (now open for outdoor dining) in the Italian Market, where few restaurants have liquor licenses. In addition to the menu of Mexican dishes, which goes way beyond tacos, the to-go cocktail game is strong, seasonal, and varied.

940 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

15. Bing Bing Dim Sum

1648 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Bing Bing’s perfectly packaged takeout has been a pandemic lifesaver, and their small list of rotating cocktails travels equally well. Balanced and refreshing, these 16-ounce refreshers tend to rely on savory, herbal flavors packed just enough citrus to compliment Bing Bing’s multi-faceted menu.

1648 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148

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16. South Philadelphia Tap Room

1509 Mifflin St, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Takeout cocktails are all about drinking something that is difficult to recreate at home, which South Philly Tap Room clearly understands. The crew here is spinning five different frozen cocktails, all available to go. They’re also doing their own hard seltzers made with fresh fruit puree, seltzer water, and vodka, which nicely complement the upscale pub food.

1509 Mifflin St
Philadelphia, PA 19145

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