August 17, 2022 — Make way for the hottest new trend of the summer: the ever-dazzling, all-pink Barbiecore aesthetic. Trendsetters everywhere are making a statement and embracing hyper-femininity while clad in vibrant pink, monochromatic outfits. Here in Philly, Barbiecore observers are not only sporting glamorous Barbie-esque outfits, but they’re also drinking glamorous (and delicious) pink cocktails. Compiled below is a list of Philadelphia’s most beautiful and refreshing pink concoctions from local dollhouses such as Forsythia, Assembly Rooftop Lounge, Stratus Rooftop Lounge, Rex at The Royal, Red Owl Tavern, Royal Boucherie, The Dutch, Franky Bradley’s, Art in the Age, and Patchwork.
Forsythia, Old City’s contemporary French bar and restaurant helmed by Chef Christopher Kearse, boasts an array of equally vibrant and flavorful cocktails. Notably rose-tinted, the La Vie en Rose is a magenta elixir made of gin, luxardo bitter bianco, lime cordial, and Lillet rose.
Hours of operation: Wednesday through Sunday, 5pm – 10pm for dinner service, and Saturday and Sunday, 10:30am – 2pm for brunch service
233 Chestnut St | 215.644.9395 | www.forsythiaphilly.com
The Grove at Assembly Rooftop Lounge is a tropical bungalow-inspired pop-up boasting island cocktails, exotic plant life, and a relaxing ambiance paired with unparalleled views perfect for any Malibu Barbie. The pop-up bar’s cocktail menu features a rosy spin on a summertime favorite: the Rose Gold Margarita ($15) is delicious as it is beautiful with its thoughtfully curated blend of reposado, dry curaçao, lime, agave, orange blossom, and rose petal garnish.
Additionally, the rooftop bar offers an icy pastel pink Frosé ($16) blended to perfection with rosé, cocchi rosa, dry vermouth, strawberry, and lemon.
Hours of operation: Tuesday through Saturday from 4 pm with last seating at 10:30 pm
1840 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy | 215.783.4171 | www.assemblyrooftop.com
Stratus Rooftop Lounge, the chic rooftop venue on the 11th floor of the Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Old City, offers the Pink Robin, a flavorful twist on a Barbie Girl classic, the Cosmopolitan. This vibrant pink sensation is comprised of Grey Goose, dragon fruit, Licor 43, and lime juice, and is served up in a martini glass (sans plastic).
Additionally, imbibers can indulge in a glamorous and bubbly Midnight Red. Being a Barbie girl in a Barbie world takes up a lot of energy, and the Midnight Red cocktail is sure to provide the necessary boost needed to keep the party going all night long with its blend of Grey Goose watermelon & basil, Redbull watermelon, Ancho Reyes, and lime juice.
Hours of operation: Wednesday: 4pm-10pm. Thursday: 5pm-12pm. Friday 5pm-2am. Saturday 5pm-2am.
433 Chestnut St | 215.925.2889 | www.stratuslounge.com
Rex at The Royal, Philly’s destination for elevated Southern and Lowcountry cuisine, offers a sprightful cocktail menu any refined pink-drink connoisseur would love. The menu features the ever-saturated Groundbreaking cocktail, made with herb and flower-infused gin, luxardo maraschino, lavender, and lemon.
Hours: Sunday through Thursday: 5pm–10pm. Friday through Saturday 5pm–11pm. Sunday Brunch: 11am–2:30pm.
1524 South St | 267.319.1366 | www.rexphl.com
Red Owl Tavern, the contemporary kitchen and bar located across from Independence Hall in Old City, recently released its new summer menu with curated seasonal cocktails. The most pink of the new libations proves Barbiecore drinks don’t always have to the sweet– they can also be spicy. The Snap Dragon ($16) packs a smoky punch with its blend of mezcal, cachaça, dragon fruit, Ancho Reyes Verde, smoked chili, lime, and tajin.
Hours of operation: Monday through Tuesday 8am – 9pm, Wednesday 8am – 3pm, Thursday and Friday 8am – 10pm, Saturday 9am – 10pm, Sunday 9am – 3pm
433 Chestnut St | 215.923.2267 | www.redowltavern.com
Royal Boucherie, Old City’s lively and atmospheric neighborhood bistro, features the Rue de Fraises, French for the euro-centric hotspot’s home address, Strawberry Street. This rose-tinted infusion is comprised of tequila, Montenegro, creme de Pamplemousse, lime juice, peach bitters, and strawberry syrup, from which it gets its coral-pink hue.
Hours of operation: Tuesday through Sunday from 4pm to 10pm for dinner service, and Sunday from 10am to 3pm for brunch service.
52 S. 2nd Street | 267.606.6313 | www.royalboucherie.com
The Dutch, the popular breakfast, lunch and dinner eatery with a focus on reinventing the Pennsylvania Dutch classics, provides guests with a full bar complete with a cocktail menu boasting a wide array of pigmented drinks. For Barbiecore enthusiasts, the Spicy Watermelon Margarita is a rose-tinted fantasy come to life made with fresh watermelon puree, watermelon jalapeño cordial, citrus, and tequila.
Hours of operation: Wednesday through Friday from 8am – 9pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 8am – 3pm, and 5 – 9pm
1537 S 11th St | 215.551.5000 | www.thedutchphilly.com
Franky Bradley’s, Mark Bee’s effervescent funk-and-kitsch-filled nostalgic restaurant and bar in the heart of Center City’s Midtown Village, is the perfect spot for the old-school barbie at heart who’s not afraid to put on her (or his) dancing shoes. This colorful nightlife hotspot offers the mother of all Barbiecore cocktails, the Atomic Dollhouse, made with a hot pink mix of Espolon tequila, Ancho Reyes chile liqueur, watermelon liqueur, slow gin, and lemon, topped off with bright, bubbly Champagne.
Hours of Operation: Wednesday through Sunday 5pm – 2am
1320 Chancellor Street | 215.735.0735 | www.frankybradleys.com/
Art in the Age, Philadelphia’s one-of-a-kind tasting room, home bar supply, and bottle shop, offers a variety of vibrant concoctions perfect for indulging in a pretty pink Barbiecore cocktail, such as the tart and refreshing Blood Orange Spritz, made with vodka, Dolin blanc vermouth, Lillet, tonic water, Dashfire grapefruit bitters, and spritz orange flower water. For extra Barbiecore flare, the Blood Orange Spritz is garnished with a blood orange crisp.
Hours of Operation: Tuesday through Thursday, 12pm to 7pm, Friday and Saturday, 12pm to 8pm, and Sunday, 12pm to 6pm.
116 N 3rd St | 215.922.2600 | www.artintheage.com
Patchwork, a lively restaurant and bar focused on New American cuisine, located on the second floor of Hyatt Centric Center City, is the perfect spot for Barbie Girls who brunch, especially now more than ever with its newest brunch cocktails. Notably, the Ballroom Spritz is a pink bubbly dream complete with St. Germain, sparkling rosé, and seltzer.
Hours of operation: Wednesday through Thursday from 6:30 am – 11:30 am and 5 pm – 10 pm, Friday from 6:30 am – 11:30 am and 5 pm – 11 pm, Saturday 8 am – 2 pm and 5 pm – 11 pm, and Sunday from 8 am – 2 pm
1620 Chancellor St | 215.985.1234 | www.patchworkphilly.com