July 18, 2019
How should you stay cool this summer when temperatures near 100 degrees?
One option (maybe the best option) is to head to an air conditioned bar and sip a refreshing alcoholic beverage, like an Aperol spritz, frozen cocktail or Pimm's Cup.
If that sounds good to you, read on for where to find drinks in Philadelphia to help you cool off, plus heatwave specials. We'll update the specials as they are announced.
Porta: Time to make brunch plans. At Porta in Center City you can order an Aperol Spritz carafe to sip with your pizza, pasta or more traditional breakfast dish, like chocolate french toast and crab Benedict.
Location: 1216 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19107
Scarpetta: For a new take on the classic Aperol spritz, visit Scarpetta in the Rittenhouse Hotel. The upscale Italian restaurant offers a pear-infused variation. During happy hour, 4 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, bar and lounge guests can enjoy $7 sips and $7 Italian bites.
Location: 210 W. Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Gran Caffe L’Aquila: On Tuesdays, between 5 and 7 p.m., your first Aperol spritz is complimentary of Campari Group, which makes the Italian apéritif. After sipping on spritzes, make sure to also indulge in dessert. Gran Caffe is known for its gelato.
Location: 1716 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19103
The Dandelion: One of the most delightful British drinks is the Pimm's Cup. At The Dandelion in Rittenhouse, you can pretend you're spending a summer day in London while sipping on the warm weather cocktail. The drink is made with Pimm's No. 1, fresh cucumber, orange, lemon and strawberry. It's available by the glass or by the pitcher.
Location: 124 S. 18th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103
Assembly Rooftop Lounge: Head up to the rooftop bar for frosé, made with rosé, Cocchi Rosa, dry vermouth, strawberry and lemon, or a frozen Aperol spritz, made with Aperol, elderflower, orange, grapefruit, lemon and prosecco.
Location: 1840 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103
The Twisted Tail: Order a Champagne pop to cool off. The treat is made by pouring Champagne over fruity frozen pops. The flavors will vary throughout the summer, rotating through options like watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, pineapple, blueberry, strawberry and mixed berry.
Location: 509 S. Second St., Philadelphia, PA 19147
Townsend: At the French restaurant on East Passyunk Avenue, try the cocktail What Does the Fox Say. It includes blanco tequila, aloe liqueur, cucumber, lemon, pineapple, Cocchi Americano and green chanteuse.
Location: 1623 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19148
Location: 111 S. Independence Mall E., Philadelphia, PA 19106
Philadelphia Brewing Co.: Every time the temperatures rise to 95 degrees or higher guests can look forward to a pint and chilled well shot for $7.
Location: 2440 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19125
Royal Boucherie: Through Friday, July 19, sip on an off-menu cocktail created by bar manager Ezequiel Rudy. The John Daly cocktail is made with lemonade, iced tea and vodka, served over ice. The price is $10.
Location: 52 S. Second St., Philadelphia, PA 19106
Aqimero: A current special at the bar in the Ritz-Carlton is the $10 Right Here Right Now cocktail. It's made with a raspberry-lemonade popsicle from Lil' Pop Shop, prosecco, raspberry and mint.
Location: 10 Ave Of The Arts, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Thirsty Dice: Through the weekend, the board game cafe in Fairmount is offering its boozy and regular milkshakes at half price, including the "Stranger Things"-inspired shake.
Location: 1642 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130