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Bar Review: Local 44

Finding a good bar is like finding a soul mate. The very air around you should sing softly of future memories forged on the strength of the bond created upon that first fateful meeting. When your foot crosses the threshold for the first time, the force of the atmosphere should drag you forward like a willing victim into Dracula’s castle. The personality of the bar should fold itself around you, whispering assurances that you have indeed entered a space that is alive: with excitement, with curiosity, with warmth.

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Five Great Porters and Stouts

The stouts we sip on today are chock full of fun additives: chocolate, espresso, molasses, maple syrup and chipotle, to name a few. But the ingredients could be added to a porter and it would be the same difference.

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Mix-a-Six: Beers for Spring

Warm weather and sunshine are back. Time to put those heavy winter beers away and spring into something lighter and tasty!

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Beer Shift

The beer list at Monk’s offers this explanation: “We no longer carry products from the Victory Brewing conglomerate due to their business practices.” Downingtown’s Victory Brewing Co. recently switch…

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Philly Beer Week: Opening Tap

“We are the greatest beer drinking city in the United States of America!” announced Mayor Nutter just before the initial swing.

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It’s Tony’s Way, and Tony Means It

Antonio “Tony” Santiago Jr. is a born glad-hander, ebullient and irrepressible, much like his old employer, Ed Rendell. Before he bought the bar, Tony was then-Mayor Rendell’s driver and bodyguard, and while Tony is far shorter and less corpulent, they share the same warm physicality and democratic plentitude of belly. He works the barroom like a ward heeler, hugging the regulars, announcing that a peddler of bootleg DVDs has good stuff, squashing a beef from a guy who thought it was still Happy Hour.

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PW’s Guide to Sazerac Cocktails

Invented in 1830s New Orleans by Antoine Peychaud when he mixed his namesake with cognac, the Sazerac has evolved to include rye whiskey and an anise flavored liqueur. Here’s Philly’s best places to get it.

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Mix-A-Six: Holiday Party Beers

Headed to a friend’s apartment to do a little drinking under the mistletoe? Suzanne Woods, PW’s Beer Lass, offers up her suggestion for the best brews to carry along for all the best parties.

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Mix-A-Six: The Newbie Edition

The Beer Lass offers up a half-dozen new brews to carry you through the fall and into the holidays.

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Absinthe Cocktail Recipes from Philly Bartenders

The cradle of liberty has become the cradle of the absinthe revolution. But while we imbibe absinthe with Wilde abandon at the city’s best bars, la fée verte can be a bitch for the home bartender that doesn’t know how to charm her.

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