Thursday, July 24, 2008

Old Timey Cocktail

I've talked about Southwark before. It is one of my favorite spots in the city.

Kip Waide is the bartender and tend to the bar is what he does best (he's also owner along with his Chefy wife). In fact, I am willing to bet that he is the best bartender in the city. Kip knows his shit... and by shit I mean booze.

He is a flawless example of someone who knows about, respects, and loves what he does... an artist armed with a jigger and ready to use it.

If you're in the mood for a cocktail, particularly a classic cocktail (Think Martini, Old Fashioned, Tom Collins, Dark & Stormy, Sidecar, Gin Fizz, etc.), then this is the bar at which to perch. His right hand man - George - is also a wiz with a shaker.

Kip's wife Sheri mans the kitchen. She is also a master at her trade and the two pride themselves in sourcing local ingredients.

The place also has the oh-so-coveted outdoor area, but that's just for dining. If you know what's good for you you'll eat at the bar and spend your time picking Kip's big brain... Exactly what's the difference between a dry and a sweet Vermouth....???

Uncle Jimmy says - Cheers, Salute, Prost... whatever your flavor.

Southwark Restaurant - 701 S 4th St. Philadelphia, PA 19147-3101
(215) 238-1888

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