by rachel p. on
if you find yourself in philly it is essential that you go here. trust me. it's one of the best things this city has to offer. grab a seat at the bar, or in one of the cozy red booths and order the bartender's choice. because you likely have never met someone who knows the ins and outs of booze like the bartender here. he will ask what you like and what you don't, and then he'll spout off endless variations of your favorite cocktail until you say one sounds good. at that point he will expertly mix it and then be incredibly humble when you discover it's one of the best drinks you ever had. i liked it better than the franklin mortgage and investment company, and here's why--it actually feels like it's been here forever. i love that it's down an ally, a hidden gem, quietly mixing some amazing cocktails in dim reddish lighting, like some forbidden bordello, while some seriously sexy soul music plays in the background. my bartender was wearing a vest, which made me feel that all bartenders should wear vests. it lends a certain authenticity to the whole affair. and make you feel less like a drunk and more like a sophisticated imbiber.
by Michael Alan on
I used to really like this when the food was cheap and my friends worked there and gave me take-out boxes full of Southern goodies and a milkshake. or I'd come in with friends after a show-- a place to end your night or sober up a little. Everyone in Atlanta from prostitutes, sci-fi conventions, cops, dates, you name it, has been here at least once for a late-night breakfast, a cup of coffee, or just people watching. A lot of memories here. I was disappointed, though, after the smoking ban, raising the prices on the same quality of food, accepting credit cards now--it lost most of it's charm. I still go back, but only to meet friends and to fill my stomach late at 3 am when nothing else is open.