Ranstead Room

Ranstead Room

Speakeasy, Cocktail Bar, and Lounge$$$$
Center City West, Philadelphia
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    The experts at Philadelphia Magazine and Visit Philly recommend this place
    • Philadelphia Magazine
    • Visit Philly
  • Tips
    John W.
    "Get the bartender's choice!"(10 Tips)
    Betty M.
    "It's not all about the drinks, they have snacks from El Rey."(6 Tips)
    "Forget the pretense of Hop Sing and the smell of Franklin Mortgage."(4 Tips)
    STARR Restaurants
    "Enjoy your cocktail in an environment with a speakeasy feel."(3 Tips)
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  • cocktails
  • good for dates
  • trendy
  • el rey
  • franklin mortgage
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  • Jessica P.heart icon on user image
    Jessica PuglieseJune 7, 2018
    The cocktail list is creative and hits all the right notes. There’s definitely a cocktail for everyone, and the place has a 20s speakeasy feel. The food is also great and is perfect for snacking.
  • Donovan D.heart icon on user image
    Donovan DasherMarch 30, 2016
    Such a cool spot. Great music and drinks, personable staff, all around great vibes. Let the bartenders do their thing, but be ready for a few questions to steer them in the right direction for you.
  • Kelly A.heart icon on user image
    Kelly AApril 29, 2017
    Love the interior and the vibe. The cocktail I had was nasty though. Way way to strong, and I am never one to complain about strong drinks. I like that they have beer here, though.
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    RCDecember 29, 2014
    This is the best "speakeasy" in philly. Forget the pretense of Hop Sing and the smell of Franklin Mortgage. Sit at the bar and enjoy your stay. It's worth it.
  • Rob M.
    Rob McGowanJuly 17, 2018
    Speakeasy-style bar with an often long wait. Tip: have dinner at El Rey and ask to be added to the waiting list. Once you finish dinner the staff will sneak you in.
  • Matt D.heart icon on user image
    Matt DermodyDecember 11, 2018
    The Carver's 106th peanut butter bonded bourbon cocktail was incredible. Great cozy and intimate atmosphere with knowledgeable mixologists.
  • Ricardo S.heart icon on user image
    Ricardo SeixasOctober 25, 2015
    Cool, friendly and quiet speakeasy bar with mostly cocktails. Good with 4 friends or date.
  • HomeSpeakeasy
    HomeSpeakeasyFebruary 3, 2012
    Dim and cozy, the Ranstead Room is a real treat for those willing to go out of their way to find the place. Let go of the reigns and go for the Bartender's Choice, they won't let you down!
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineJanuary 3, 2012
    A more authentic backup for when you can’t get into Franklin Mortgage. A perfect makeout bar because it’s pitch-black and has pictures of boobs everywhere. (Plus, the craft cocktails are delicious.)
  • Julia R.heart icon on user image
    Julia RDecember 9, 2014
    VERY comfy cozy. Bring a hot date. I ordered the "Ash Wednesday" - never disappoints if you fancy blackberries!
  • Kelly B.
    Kelly By.May 18, 2015
    Dine at El Rey and let your server know that you wanna go to Ranstead Room. I don't want to reveal the rest, but you're gonna find a secret passage way to Ranstead Room from there.
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineDecember 7, 2011
    Put yourself in the excellent care of the bartenders at Ranstead Room. Order the Bartender's Choice, it'll be one of the best drinks in town. No matter what winds up in your glass. Read more
  • Bullfrog & Baum
    Bullfrog & BaumJanuary 24, 2011
    Definitely a place to try and have a interesting delicious cocktail with their hand-cut ice. Try a Casino Cocktail or leave it to the bartender (mixologist) to make your own personal drink.
  • Betty M.
    Betty MakSeptember 21, 2012
    It's not all about the drinks, they have snacks from El Rey. Guacamole Dip is good and excellent to share, but skip the Shrimp Cocktail - you might have to rock, scissors, paper to see who gets one.
  • Dominique C.
    Dominique ComerAugust 8, 2014
    Blown away by this spot. Very intimate, not good for groups. But the mixologists know their stuff. Order the Bartender's choice :-)
  • James
    JamesAugust 19, 2012
    A must for cocktails if in Philly. Great decor, off the beaten track, simple and excellent cocktails. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
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    DavidMay 23, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Super cosy and dark. Paintings of naked ladies on the wall. Great bartenders and awesome cocktails.
  • Ben K.
    Ben K.May 18, 2010
    The menu is small but don't be afraid to ask them to mix you up some custom cocktails. Don't forget to eat with all that alcohol, there are a few tasty morsels on the menu from the El Rey kitchen.
  • Shahrzad S.heart icon on user image
    Shahrzad ShamsJuly 13, 2017
    The interior design is dark and cosy. The hangings on the wall a bit creepy. Nothing to die for tbh! But worth a visit.
  • Nina P.heart icon on user image
    Nina PaparattoDecember 31, 2015
    Great hidden gem. Had the oui oui cheri and it was awesome. Boobs on the walls for boob enthusiasts ;)
  • Red & Brownheart icon on user image
    Red & BrownAugust 13, 2015
    A speakeasy style cocktail bar with a good mix of originals and classics. Don't be afraid to go off menu.
  • Davidheart icon on user image
    DavidMay 23, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Cosy booths, and sexy paintings. Come with a special someone, but midweek is better for avoiding the crowd.
  • Kathryn
    KathrynNovember 2, 2012
    Sexy dark bar with delish cheese plate and popcorn and even better drinks. Applejack 75 is my new go to drink
  • Hannah G.heart icon on user image
    Hannah GMJune 2, 2016
    Excellent cocktails, but I've found the bartender's choice to be hit or miss. Food from El Rey is a welcome addition.
  • Addisonheart icon on user image
    AddisonDecember 3, 2016
    Amazing drinks and in a very unique setting
  • STARR Restaurants
    STARR RestaurantsJune 17, 2011
    Enjoy your cocktail in an environment with a speakeasy feel. Each cocktail will feature hand-cut ice, house-made mixers and fresh-squeezed juices.
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah ChambersJune 13, 2012
    Let them make up your drinks. My favorite spot for drinks with 1 or two people. Get there early. No seats no entrance.
  • Joe C.heart icon on user image
    Joe CFebruary 14, 2015
    Bring a date, order a Bartender's Choice, put your phone away and enjoy the best bar in town
  • Rachel S.heart icon on user image
    Rachel SmithMarch 11, 2016
    Have the bartender make a specialty drink based on your tastes
  • John K.
    John KhuuDecember 20, 2014
    Drinks are spot on. Space is very limited. Have your phone ready to read the menu because the place is super dark.
  • Peter W.heart icon on user image
    Peter WuJanuary 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Perfect, cozy, late-night date spot. Better than Franklin Mortgage.
  • Christine S.
    Christine ShepherdSeptember 15, 2012
    Nice speakeasy feel. Dimly lit and naked paintings. The staff knows their alcohol... go for Bartender's choice.
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistMay 11, 2010
    Find this back alley bar w/ old-school libations: From 20th, turn left onto Ranstead past 2 trees. Look for a dark door on red-bricked facade with side-by-side, backwards & forwards "R"s. Act cool. Read more
  • Roniel T.heart icon on user image
    Roniel TesslerNovember 25, 2015
    LOVE this place. Delicious cocktails AND food options. Sexy setting.
  • Lucas F.
    Lucas FeijóSeptember 14, 2017
    A little too fancy for what I was going for that day, but the drinks are well made.
  • Bre B.heart icon on user image
    Bre BonnerMarch 3, 2017
    Try to sit at the bar if you can. Order bartenders choice and the nachos from El Rey!
  • Adeline A.heart icon on user image
    Adeline A.July 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite drink here is the Water Lily! Try one and you will understand why!
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineDecember 2, 2011
    The drinks are strong, the lights are low, and breasts are the decoration theme. What better make-out bar could you looking for? Read more
  • Adrian
    AdrianAugust 13, 2013
    The drinks were very good, but to be honest I'm not sure what all the fuss is about. If you can't get in right away, I'd checkout (and I prefer) Franklin Mortgage Investment Co. Just a few min away
  • Karen F.
    Karen FlamMarch 30, 2012
    Love it here. Try the Blackmail, Meloni Swizzle or a simple Marquis de la Tour with Raspberry.
  • ᴡ S.
    ᴡ SungSeptember 27, 2012
    Love this speakeasy - bartenders choice is the way to go
  • Campbell B.heart icon on user image
    Campbell BirdJuly 26, 2015
    Solid cocktails. Try the Italian Market.
  • Shannon
    ShannonJanuary 20, 2013
    My new favorite - nice staff, casual but classy vibe, great drinks.
  • April A.
    April AnnetteJune 22, 2012
    Great atmosphere and the bartenders are great. Get the bartenders choice.
  • Sean M.heart icon on user image
    Sean MahoneyAugust 6, 2014
    Great cocktails in a trendy speakeasy.
  • Michael J.
    Michael J.May 23, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Beat the crowd. Come when they open at 7p or on any night that ISN'T Friday or Saturday
  • Myerheart icon on user image
    MyerNovember 1, 2015
    Secluded, dark bar for late night drinking.
  • John K.heart icon on user image
    John KilvingtonJune 4, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Talk to your bartender and do a Bartender's Choice. They're more knowledgable and adventerous than Stephen Starr's cocktail menu lets on.
  • Jamie W.heart icon on user image
    Jamie WalkerMarch 8, 2016
    Any drink, except the Old Fashioned
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineNovember 18, 2013
    Dark and sexy, a perfect date spot. Read more
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