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Consider the halls decked: Butcher Bar, the Rittenhouse hub for American comfort food, grilled fare, and an expansive brown spirits collection (located at 2034 Chestnut St) is excited to announce the launch of holiday pop-up, Yule Whiskey Lodge! Butcher Bar’s iconic Patio and Whiskey Garden spaces have been transformed into a winter wonderland — Guests are welcomed in to celebrate the official start of the holiday season in the cozy gathering space brimming with celebratory cocktails, festive fare, and plenty of cheer ideal for casual hangs between friends, date nights, holiday parties, and plenty of other spirited occasions.

The Yule Whiskey Lodge is adorned with plenty of holiday decor; including a cabin-esque scene of rocking chairs by a mantle christened with stockings and selfie-friendly mirror complete with reindeer antlers; perfectly wrapped gifts perched atop the bustling bar; pillows and blankets of red, white, and green cast across chairs and booths; crackling fireplaces, and more, evoking cozy holiday living room vibes. The Yule Whiskey Lodge also boasts its own holiday-centric food and beverage menu, including winter warmers like an original recipe for Mulled Wine that was passed down from Chef John Strain’s grandfather, a bevy of holiday cocktails including and bites including Bone Marrow Whiskey Luges, Bourbon and Cheese pairings, and even Shotskis, made using sweet Shanky’s Whip Liqueur and Bailey’s.

“I’m excited to share this menu because it contains my own family’s traditional German recipes, including my Opa’s recipe for mulled wine, and my mom’s recipe for Black Forest Cake – a cake so rich and time-consuming to prepare, that growing up she only made it for our birthday celebrations,” commented Chef John Strain. “It’s a joy to share my family’s holiday traditions with our guests.” (Opa is the German word for grandfather.)

See the full menu of yuletide beverages, curated by Beverage Manager Michael Marino, and festive fare via Chef John Strain, listed below.


· Ron Swanson Special ($39) – Lagavulin 16 Year, housemade beef jerky

· Shotski ($18, serves two) – Shanky’s Whip liqueur, Bailey’s

· Back in My Day ($16) – Bacon washed 100-proof bourbon, maple syrup, black walnut bitters

· Yule Mule ($13) – House infused apple ginger vodka, burnet honey simple syrup, lime, ginger beer

· Mulled Wine ($12) – Served warm! Red wine, brandy, orange, lemon, cinnamon, allspice, clove, vanilla bean

· Winter Paradise ($14) – Pineapple spiced rum, tequila, pear liqueur, pineapple simple syrup, lemon, coconut cream, vanilla bitters, nutmeg

· It’s a Beaut ($13) – Prosecco, crème de cacao, elderflower, mole bitters

· Black Castle ($16) – Barrel aged, Yellowstone Select Bourbon, Averna, maple simple syrup, angostura bitters


· The Bone Lude Abides ($14) – 1 oz. Clyde Mays Bourbon, bone marrow luge

· Bourbon & Cheese Pairing ($16) – Moon Rabbit Cheddar, hot chili honey, served with 1 oz. Coopers’ Craft Bourbon

· Applewood Smoked Pork Wings ($16) – Whiskey infused house barbecue sauce

· Black Forest Cake ($13) – Chocolate buttercream, dark chocolate ganache, brandied cherries

“Our Yule Whiskey Lodge cocktail and beverage menu has a variety of options for every imbiber, but we do love any opportunity to show off our killer whiskey collection and brown spirits cocktails,” said General Manager and Beverage Director Michael Marino. “I’m especially loving the Ron Swanson Special, a pour of Lagavulin 16 Year Old Whiskey served alongside our housemade beef jerky.”

Guests can enjoy Happy Hour in the Yule Whiskey Lodge (and the front bar area) Monday – Friday from 4 – 6:30 pm. Groups smaller than six can now reserve a table inside the Yule Whiskey Lodge for brunch or dinner online here. For parties of 6 or more, please call 215.563.6328.

Butcher Bar hours of operation include dinner service Monday – Wednesday 4 – 9 pm, Thursday 4 – 10 pm, Friday 4 – 11 pm, Saturday 11:30 am – 11 pm and Sunday 11:30 am – 8:30 pm, with Happy Hour served Monday – Friday 4 – 6:30pm. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm. For private events inquiries contact 215-454-6460 or email More information on private events can be found at the link here.

Home of scratch-made sausage, American comfort foods and an expansive brown spirits collection that comprise its seasonally rotating, whiskey-based cocktail program, as well as the crowd-favorite Trough (the communal-style, over-the-top meal that serves up to eight people toppling with Nashville hot fried game hen, IPA sausages, baby back ribs, royale slider’s, chef’s choice of meat, house-smoked bacon, confit duck wings, roasted bone marrow, Korean short ribs, and house-cut parmesan truffle fries), Butcher Bar is nestled in a two-story house and fueled by a wood-burning grill. The restaurant’s open kitchen invites guests to ‘Meat, Drink & Be Merry’ among hanging meat hooks, butcher shop scales, throwback photographs and other whimsical details that recall the family butcher’s revered place in American culture. Keep up with Butcher Bar on Instagram at @butcherbarphl for news on upcoming events and programming.


Following nearly 20 years focused on careful growth, owner George Anni and the Anni Restaurant Family set their sights on expanding into Philadelphia’s foodie haven, Rittenhouse. Located on bustling Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Butcher Bar is fueled by a wood-burning grill, and the open kitchen design invites guests to meat, drink & be merry among hanging meat hooks, butcher shop scales, throwback photographs and other whimsical details that recall the family butcher’s revered place in American culture. Renowned for their stylish touch and ability to set a definitive scene, the Anni Restaurant Family are the guiding forces

behind some of Philadelphia’s most successful bars and restaurants, including: Valanni, a hip neighborhood restaurant offering distinctive Mediterranean and Latin cuisine and expertly crafted cocktails; Mercato, a popular contemporary Italian BYOB; and Varga Bar, an all-American, pin-up themed bar and restaurant. | 2034 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA | (215)-563-6328 | Instagram: @butcherbarphl