August 21, 2019 – The Broadway smash Hamilton will take over the Forrest Theater for three months, spanning August 27 through November 17 and the below restaurants and bars are celebrating the impending Hamilton frenzy with pre-theater menus, themed fare, and historical cocktails — perfect for those who have already scored a ticket, are saving up for one, or are history buffs or enthusiasts.
Oloroso, Townsend Wentz’s three-bell Spanish tapas restaurant at 1121 Walnut St., is conveniently located across the street from Hamilton’s home at the Forrest Theater. To celebrate the broadway hit in Philadelphia, Wentz and his team are launching Oloroso’s first-ever pre-theater menu in conjunction with the launch of the show. Starting next week, guests can enjoy a three-course pre-fixe menu for $35, boasting Bacalao Croquetas (salted cod, saffron, aioli), Gammas Al Ajillo (shrimp, chili, lemon, chickpea), Albondigas (pork meatballs, tomato sauce, manchego), and Creme Catalan (orange, cardamom), among the mix. Additionally pre-theater diners can enjoy $8 house red and white as well as $8 sangria. The pre-theater menu will be available Tuesday-Sunday from 5-7 pm.
Ocean Prime, Center City’s stunning seafood and steakhouse, boasts one of the city’s best elevated pre-theater dining experiences. Guests can enjoy a three-course pre-fixe menu for $55/person, boasting two courses and a dessert. Selections include White Truffle Caviar Deviled Eggs, a Filet with fixings, Sea Scallops and Crème Brûlée. To celebrate Hamilton in Philadelphia, Ocean Prime is offering an exclusive themed pre-theatre menu with aptly named dessert and cocktails, including Betsy’s Buttercake, served with vanilla bean ice cream, fresh berries and raspberry sauce (fun fact: ice cream was new to America in the 1700s and Hamilton’s wife, Elizabeth “Betsy” Hamilton, served ice cream to George Washington at a dinner party in 1789 — and it was a hit!); Rum Punch, a historical cocktail, and The Revolution, served with Woodford Reserve Private Barrel, Carpano Antica Vermouth, Nonino Amaro, Rosemary Grapefruit Peppercorn Bitters. Both cocktails will be available at a discounted price of $10 for pre-theater diners. The Hamilton pre-theater menu will be available Monday-Friday 4:30-6:30 pm through November 17.
Square 1682, Rittenhouse’s modern American kitchen and cocktails, is launching its first-ever pre-theater menu in conjunction with Hamilton in Philadelphia, including a pre-fixe menu comprised of one small plate, one large plate and one cocktail, glass of wine or desert for $36. Guests can choose between Duck Wings, Kale Salad, a Meat & Cheeseboard, among other small plates. Large plates include Cauliflower Curry, Jerk Short Rib and Lemon Pepper Chicken, among the mix. If guests choose to indulge in dessert, showstoppers include a chocolate affogato and peach cobbler. Imbibers can also enjoy a themed Hamilton cocktail, “You’ll Be Back,” ($13) inspired by Hamilton’s place of birth in the British West Indies. The cocktail boasts ingredients that would have been familiar to our founding fathers, such as oat infused bourbon, raisin rum, East India Sherry, demarara sugar and spiced tincture. Square 1682’s pre-theater menu will be available daily from 5-7 pm.
CO-OP Restaurant & Lounge, the bustling modern restaurant located on the corner of 33rd and Chestnut Sts, invites Hamilton lovers in to enjoy a 1787 Punch ($10). This clarified milk punch cocktail is an old English preparation dating back nearly three centuries boasting brandy and a citrus base with nodes of warm spices. The cocktail will be available through November 17. Additionally, guests can show their ticket to receive 10% off their bill through the duration of Hamilton’s run.
Urban Farmer, The Logan Hotel’s modern American “chic” steakhouse, is offering theatergoers a twist on the Founder’s Fizz, the official lobby cocktail of the original Hamilton production in NYC with Lin-Manuel Miranda. From August 27-November 17, imbibers can enjoy a Founder’s Fizz, served with gin, simple syrup, fresh lime juice and seltzer for $14. Guests who show their ticket stub will receive $2 off the cocktail.