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July 19th, 2019- Heatwave madness has officially arrived in Philadelphia with temperatures rising to 100+ degrees this week.

For those not escaping to the beach, these Philly bars and restaurants are offering locals a respite from the heat with frozen treats and heatwave specials — from special citywides and oyster granita to frozen gin + tonics and other delicious treats to escape the heat.


The Bar by Bluebird Distilling, located inside The Bourse Food Hall, invites guests to cool down after exploring Philadelphia with air conditioning and $5 frozen gin + tonics from Bluebird Distilling’s state-of-the-art frozen drink machine  every time the thermometer hits 95+ degrees.

111 S Independence Mall E |


Royal Boucherie, Old City’s lively American brasserie from award-winning chef Nicholas Elmi, is prepared for the heat wave with an  off-menu John Daly cocktail  created by bar manager Ezequiel Rudy, boasting house made lemonade, iced tea and vodka served over crushed ice. The refreshing cocktail costs $10 and will be available all week.

52 South 2nd St. | 267.606.6313 |


Philadelphia Brewing Company, one of the oldest and largest brewing facilities in Philadelphia, knows the best way to forget about the heat is with a  special citywide. Every time the temperatures rise up to 95+ degrees, guests can look forward to a  pint  and  chilled well shot for $7.

2240 Frankford Ave | 215.427.2739 |


Ocean Prime, Center City’s most gorgeous seafood restaurant and steakhouse,   provides a cool respite from the heat with its new ‘Schramsberg and Oyster‘ offering. All summer long, guests can look forward to a glass or bottle of either blanc or rosé paired with half dozen oysters furnished with frozen granita. And just in time for the 90+ degrees temperatures, the special pairing will be half off every Friday from  4:30-6pm.

Regular pricing is $25 for a glass/$125 for a bottle of blanc and $30 for a glass/$150 for a bottle of rosé. The frozen oyster granita are available for $23.

124 South 15th St. | 215.563.0163 |

Some other cool ideas for beating the heat:  Champagne pops, frozen Aperol Spritz and refreshing shrimp ceviche available all summer long at the below restaurants and bars.


The Twisted Tail, located in the historic Headhouse Square, is offering imbibers  Champagne Pops ($15) to help them cool off during the heat wave in Philly. Made by pouring Champagne over fruity frozen pops, the flavors will vary throughout the summer, rotating through delicious options such as watermelon, honey dew, cantaloupe, pineapple, blueberry, strawberry, and mixed berry.

509 S. 2nd St. | 215.558.2471 |


Jet Wine Garden, Jet Wine Bar’s brand new outdoor summer oasis, invites guests to take a break from the sun and relax in the shadows with special strawberry rosé wine pops ($5) available all summer long.

1525 South St. | 215.735.1116 |


Assembly Rooftop Lounge offers Philadelphians an expansive rooftop experience with stunning views of Benjamin Franklin Parkway and not one but two frozen cocktail creations. Guests are invited to sip on a  Frosé ($14) with rosé, cocchi rosa, dry vermouth, strawberry, lemon and an Aperol Spritz ($14) with Aperol, elderflower, orange, grapefruit, lemon and Prosecco to unwind from the hot temperatures.

1840 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | 215.783.4171 |


Red Owl Tavern, located across the street from Independence Hall, provides patrons with historic views and delicious cold boards and platters, including  Charcuterie Boards ($18) featuring Chef’s selection of cured meats with house-made mustards, cornichons, caper berries, house-pickled vegetables and  Cheese Boards ($16) made with Chef’s selection of cheese with macron almonds, grapes, fig spread and membrillo. Pair the boards with an ice cold beer or glass of sparkling wine for the perfect heatwave treat.

433 Chestnut St. | 215.923.2267 |


Cafe Ynez, the Mexico City inspired all-day cafe and BYOB in Point Breeze, invites guests to escape the heat with a delicious and refreshing lime-marinated  Shrimp Cevice ($13),  made with pico de gallo, pickled jicama, cucumbers in Choulala sauce, avocados and served with corn tortilla chips.

2025 Washington Ave | 215.278.7579 |


Art in the Age, the workshop and testing ground for Quaker City Mercantile, knows the best way to beat the heat wave is with a cool and refreshing cocktail. Imbibers are invited to cool down after exploring Old City and sip on a  Skinny Dipper ($12) boasting Powderhorn Rye Vodka, Lo-Fi Dry Vermouth, Cucumber Sea Salt Brine and Black Pepper Bitters.

Photo Credits: Quaker City Mercantile

116 North 3rd St. | 215.922.2600 |


CO-OP Restaurant and Lounge, the lively corner restaurant and bar in University City, is well prepared for the hot temperatures and is beating the heat in style with  Rosé Popsicles ($13) — rosé, fresh blueberries and fresh strawberries  — all summer long.

20 South 33rd Street | 215.398.1874 |



– Tobias Fischer