The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co.

Image: Facebook/Franklin Bar
EVERY DAY: 5 P.M. - 2 A.M.
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Named after a business front run by Prohibition-era bootlegger Max “Boo Boo” Hoff, The Franklin is probably Philly’s most recognized cocktail bar, a beacon of erudite intoxication run by a fleet of whiz-kid drinkmakers. The dim, narrow subterranean lair—subsidized by a more casual upstairs room focused on traditional tiki drinks and service—is slight in size, meaning waits can stretch at premium times. The drinks, spirituous sticker shock be damned, are worth it.

Known For
  • craft cocktails
  • lots of whiskey
  • lots of rum
  • lots of tequila/mezcal
  • singles scene
  • tiki
What to drink
Upstairs, they make a mean Jungle Bird. Downstairs, go for anything listed in the “Lethal Weapons” section, reserved for unapologetically strong options.
Rittenhouse Square
Get there early for a chance at securing one of the scant handful of downstairs bar seats.