Where to get easily transportable, eminently drinkable takeout cocktails.
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.
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.
2. The International Bar
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.
3. R&D Cocktail Bar
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.
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.
5. Art in the Age
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.
6. The Franklin Bar
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.