Published on December 1, 2015

Toast to the Holidays in Philadelphia

Looking for a way to celebrate the holidays and a great 2015? Try sipping on some bubbly, discovering a unique seasonal cocktail or getting cozy with a warm glass of red paired with exceptional cuisine. Searching for a fun non-alcoholic option? Explore house-made drinks you’ve never seen before. Here are Reserve’s picks for some great Philadelphia spots to ring in the holidays.  

CHAMPAGNE TOAST (THE OLDE BAR - OLD CITY)

The Olde Bar is a contemporary oyster bar and cocktail lounge with extensive raw bar offerings, hearty plates and bar snacks by Chef de Cuisine Dave Conn and Executive Chef Jose Garces. Both classic and innovative, the notable cocktail program complements the cuisine, as does a wide selection of bubbly. Located inside the building that once belonged to the landmark Old Original Bookbinder’s seafood restaurant, the space is cozy and chic, the ideal place to raise a glass.

CRAFT COCKTAILS (BING BING DIM SUM - EAST PASSYUNK)

Chinese plates with a Jewish-American twist form the cornerstone of Bing Bing Dim Sum. Small plates are meant to be enjoyed alongside its extensive list of beverages, which includes classic wines and beers along with creative cocktails served family-style. The cozy, bustling spot features art in every detail, from the mural wall art to the specially designed stools.

EXCEPTIONAL WINES (TINTO - RITTENHOUSE SQUARE)

With cuisine and drinks inspired and informed by the Basque region of Spain, Tinto is award-winning Chef Jose Garces’ intimate tapas bar and restaurant, serving up authentic small plates from Chef de Cuisine Jose Olmeda. An array of Spanish ciders and sangrias, as well as an extensive wine list spotlighting bottles from the Basque region, round out the beverage program. Reminiscent of a wine cellar, the elegant space –– composed of two dining rooms and an underground lounge –– is filled with rustic decor and sleek booths.

INVENTIVE SOFT DRINKS (ABE FISHER - OLD CITY)

Inspired by the cuisine of the Jewish diaspora, Abe Fisher serves up small plates and prix fixe, family-style meals. The notable drink program includes a selection of unique cocktails, local and international wines and beers, and inventive soft drinks The retro space is a throwback to classic Jewish delis, with a black and white checkerboard floor, a sleek black bar and dark green banquettes. 

Happy dining,
Lisa Ganz, Reserve Philadelphia

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