December 23, 2021 — The weather outside may be frightful, but Philadelphia-based restaurants and bars are keeping imbibers warm this winter with toasty tipples. We’ve rounded up a list of sensational hot cocktails for keeping folks cozy all season long from Assembly Rooftop Lounge, Devil’s Den, MilkBoy Philly and Silk City Diner Bar and Lounge.
Assembly Rooftop Lounge, Center City’s rooftop lounge with panoramic views of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, City Hall and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, has transformed into a modern ski lodge-inspired pop-up dubbed Alpine Heights.
Guests can stay warm with blazing fire pits, cozy blankets, and winter warmers including Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate ($15) crafted with Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey, ganache, cream, and garnished with a toasted marshmallow, Mulled Hot Apple Cider ($15) composed of Stateside Black Label Bourbon, spiced cider, fresh raspberry, and topped with cinnamon, and Alpine Toddy ($15) with Jameson Whiskey, ginger liqueur, fresh lemon, and earl grey tea.
Opening hours: Tuesday through Saturday 4 – 10:30pm
1840 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | 215.963.2723 | www.assemblyrooftop.com
Devil’s Den, Philadelphia’s best craft beer bar, recently debuted a brand-new seasonal cocktail menu with two standout steamy sippers including Spiked Hot Apple Cider prepared with toasted caramel whiskey or dealer’s choice of craft spirits, and the decadent Spiked Hot Chocolate composed of house-infused candy cane vodka, dark melting chocolate, cream, sugar, and water.
Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday 4 – 9 pm, Saturday from 11 am – 9 pm, and Sunday from 11 am – 9 pm, with brunch service on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm.
1148 South 11th Street | 215.339.0855 | www.devilsdenphilly.com
MilkBoy Philly, the landmark locale of the iconic Philadelphia-born brand located in Center City, is helping cocktail enthusiasts chase away winter blues with three piping hot boozy beverages. Guests can enjoy MilkBoy Cider ($11) crafted with bourbon, apple cider, and topped with cinnamon, Gimmie S’mores ($12) composed of Baileys Irish Cream, Kahlúa, steamed milk, and drizzled with chocolate syrup, and Jesses Hot Toddy ($11) prepared with whiskey, cloves, earl grey simple syrup, and lemon.
Opening hours: Monday through Thursday from 4 –11 pm, and Friday through Sunday from 11 am – 11 pm.
1100 Chestnut Street | 215.925.6455 | www.milkboy.tv
Silk City Diner Bar & Lounge, the eclectic Northern Liberties eatery, nightclub and bar, offers an extensive craft cocktail selection with a bevy of winter warmers ideal for sipping during the chillier months. This winter, imbibers can stay toasty and satisfied with the crowd-pleasing Mulled Cider ($12) composed of Bacardi Spiced Rum, house-made cider blend, chai, lemon, and seasoned with autumn spices, and a Philly-themed riff on the classic Irish Coffee ($12) prepared with La Colombe Nizza blend and Baileys Irish Cream, topped with fresh whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
Hours of operation are Wednesday from 5 – 10pm, Thursday from 5 – 11pm, Friday from 5 – 12am, Saturday from 11am – 12am and Sunday from 11am – 9pm.
435 Spring Garden Street | 215.592.8838 | www.silkcityphilly.com