The Franklin Bar

The Franklin Bar

(Now Closed)
Cocktail Bar, Speakeasy, and Bar$$$$
Center City West, Philadelphia
  • Stars
    The experts at Eater and Philadelphia Magazine recommend this place
    • Eater
    • Philadelphia Magazine
  • Tips
    Brendan R.
    "The Cowboy Killer is my favorite!"(4 Tips)
    "Come here for magical nights and mixological delights."(12 Tips)
    Danya H.
    "The Conquistadora may be the best Tequila drink you've ever tried."(2 Tips)
    "We recommend the Regime Change Punch and the Little Love Caster."(2 Tips)
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  • cocktails
  • good for dates
  • trendy
  • regime change punch
  • cowboy killer
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  • Robert A.heart icon on user image
    Robert AmezquitaJune 21, 2015
    The most unique and amazing "punches" you'll ever have to your palate..the bartenders are friendly, the atmosphere is laid back yet sophisticated, well worth any line you may encounter. Drinkeasy.
  • Eater
    EaterMay 28, 2014
    While the feeling is speakeasy-esque, the drinks are all over the map with classics, punches and adventurous selections that include ingredients like Arbequina olive oil-washed mescal and cardamaro. Read more
  • Pablo V.
    Pablo VladimirMay 18, 2015
    I got the punch bowl with 3 other friends and it was a great experience. It is meant to be an intimate experience but there was a pretty rowdy group when I last went. Definitely would go back.
  • Erin G.heart icon on user image
    Erin GreenawaldApril 28, 2015
    GET THE BLOOD RED MOON. Or a punch. Or anything--you won't be disappointed. Some of the best cocktails I've had ever. Plus fun staff and atmosphere.
  • Candace S.heart icon on user image
    Candace SelphJuly 25, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    If you are unsure what to order, ask for suggestions. They will ask you a few questions and give you a few options. The staff is well educated on the menus.
    CITY GRITAugust 1, 2014
    At one point, this spot served as the front for the country's largest alcohol ring. Now it's a speakeasy (with limited seating) celebrating cocktails and the golden age of the pre-prohibition era.
  • Casey C.heart icon on user image
    Casey ChesterOctober 21, 2013
    This was worth the wait and probably only sat for about 15-20 minutes outside. The drinks are incredible. We were seated upstairs at first. It was nice, but moved downstairs and like it better.
  • Clay W.
    Clay WilliamsOctober 3, 2012
    The hidden downstairs cocktail bar thing is a little passe these days, but Philly manages to keep even this unpretentious and fun. Tell them what you like & they'll make something wonderful.
  • Ron D.
    Ron DizonDecember 8, 2013
    They were out of the porter beer on the menu and recommended this Perkulator beer. Loved it! It is a must try if you love dark beer and coffee!
  • Long C.heart icon on user image
    Long CaoMarch 7, 2016
    Heavy influence from the NYC cocktail bar Death + Co, go on a weekday if you want to enjoy a lowkey night with fantastic cocktails.
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineJanuary 3, 2012
    Drinks like the Cowboy Killer and Oh, Sweet Nothing will change the way you think about cocktails. And the fact that you get to drink them underground and in the dark just makes them double-awesome.
  • Erica J.
    Erica JulinJune 30, 2013
    Very nice place to get specialty drinks. Try the "sorry for partying" punch. Also the "little fury" is very delicious, tastes like an orange creamsicle!
  • OkCupid Daters' Choice
    The Franklin Bar was voted the Best Boozy Date Spot by OkCupid users in the first-ever Daters' Choice Awards! Tap Read more for additional date spot categories in Philadelphia. #daterschoice Read more
  • Alex H.heart icon on user image
    Alex HennesseyJuly 7, 2015
    Superb cocktails. Awesome vibe. They'll make you something great based on your tastes but their specials are worth trying.
  • Julia R.heart icon on user image
    Julia RDecember 9, 2014
    They know exactly what they're doing when it comes to making a stiff drink! Love this place for the ambiance too.
  • Timur A.
    Timur AsarJuly 15, 2011
    My favourite bar in Philly, went back twice!! Ask the waiters to make a cocktail that's not on the menu and they come up with some funky mixes. Great place, crazy doorman and good atmosphere
  • Nathan F.
    Nathan FFebruary 16, 2012
    One of the few bars in the Philadelphia area that carries George Dickel. Yes, there are more Tennessee Whiskeys than Jack Daniels! Dickel is the better of the two anyway.
  • HomeSpeakeasy
    HomeSpeakeasyFebruary 3, 2012
    There isn't much to say about the Franklin that hasn't already been said. The drinks are phenomenal, and the menu changes every season, so make sure to stop in regularly to keep up!
  • Joe C.heart icon on user image
    Joe CFebruary 14, 2015
    Call me a stickler, but I think if you're running a modern speakeasy, its silly to have a line out the front with a bouncer. Inside is cramped and noisy, and not at all the upscale vibe.
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineOctober 11, 2010
    Should your mood dictate something classic, there’s the rum daiquiri (served up); if it dictates something smooth, perhaps the Purple Prose (gin, dry vermouth, blueberry syrup, absinthe, orange bitter Read more
  • B. S.heart icon on user image
    Skybar- outdoor rooftop, great ambience, drinks mixed well, decent DJs
  • chinselheart icon on user image
    chinselJanuary 5, 2015
    every drink is absolutely scrumptious. sit at the bar to chat with the bartenders to get the inside scoop!
  • Ricky S.heart icon on user image
    Ricky SherrillJuly 28, 2015
    They make some very good bourbon drinks. I sampled the "Midnight's Child" & recommend you do the same.
  • A. C.heart icon on user image
    A. CanSeptember 17, 2016
    really good, cozy bar! 🎉 you don't need something more.. remember to drink enough water 💦 in between cocktails!🍹
  • Ian L.heart icon on user image
    Ian LazzaraAugust 11, 2014
    Get here early to get a seat there's sometimes a wait. Knowledgeable bartenders will make you any type of drink.
  • Victoria
    VictoriaSeptember 15, 2018
    One of the best spicy mezcal drinks I’ve had... and it’s usually my go to cocktails 😍
  • Spike
    SpikeFebruary 7, 2013
    Between its speak-easy vibe, seasonal menus and creative cocktails, The Franklin is one of the most bustling bars in Philly.
  • Lindsayheart icon on user image
    LindsaySeptember 27, 2013
    Lindsey was great! I had the Sneaky Feelings- really nicely balanced, spicy but not at all overwhelming. Highly recommend.
  • Raymond K.
    Raymond KingJuly 11, 2011
    Esquires top 10 best bars in America. Friendly crowd, without douchebags, and mixology drinks. Looks like a mortgage company door, but underneath we find a nice little speakeasy
  • Ben H.
    Ben HennesyAugust 23, 2011
    Don't bother with the food but ask for the Billy Penn Club and the (Dead Cowboy?) ... can't remember the name of that last one, BT will be able to tell you, though. Best mixed drinks, bar none.
  • Emilie F.heart icon on user image
    Emilie FuttermanApril 17, 2015
    Great for dates! Lovely booths are super comfy, and they don't let it feel crowded.
  • Diana F.
    Diana FuFebruary 4, 2015
    Very cute, great for dates. Gets busy even on weeknights so be prepared for a wait.
  • Ramyaheart icon on user image
    RamyaMay 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Close your eyes and pick any drink, each one is a winner!
  • Jay C.heart icon on user image
    Jay CNovember 12, 2016
    The AC Expressway reminds me of a drier Negroni! Magnificent!!!!
  • Kyle F.heart icon on user image
    Kyle FlowersFebruary 17, 2017
    Authentic SpeakEasy feel, off the beaten path, Great drinks and atmosphere!
  • Melissa W.heart icon on user image
    Melissa WallaceFebruary 28, 2015
    Service is well done. However: Thinking people come to say they have "been" here. Good tables for a date who likes a good drink.
  • Kevin G.
    Kevin GardnerJanuary 26, 2014
    Pricey drinks but the quality is ALWAYS there. The drink list always changes so there is always something new to try
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineNovember 18, 2013
    Rock-solid booze, and an inspirational level of polish and expertise.” Read more
  • Cameron B.heart icon on user image
    Cameron BlankDecember 23, 2014
    Everything. The drink menu is top tier with regards to creativity. Don't go here if your favorite liquor is vodka.
  • Matthew P.heart icon on user image
    Matthew PalmerAugust 9, 2014
    Start with the classic cocktail (an Old Fashion) then get an unique drink from the menu.
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineDecember 2, 2011
    The Cowboy Killer and Oh, Sweet Nothing are just the kind of unforgettable classy cocktails you want to sip on in this underground getaway. Read more
  • Anneliese K.heart icon on user image
    Anneliese KingFebruary 4, 2015
    Don't belabor too long on the options, they're all good. Camomile infused whiskey 😁
  • James
    JamesAugust 19, 2012
    Friendly service, nicely decorated. Cocktails were a bit overdone. Some cocktails had 10 plus ingredients. (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • JP
    JPAugust 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    ask for something off-menu if you're feeling adventurous. if you fear certain flavors, they'll exclude those for you (but it's not quite as fun)!
  • Brendan R.heart icon on user image
    Brendan RastetterAugust 23, 2014
    The Cowboy Killer is my favorite! Give it a try.
  • Taylor V.heart icon on user image
    Taylor VANovember 15, 2014
    Try the Perpetual Motion Machine! Not on the menu.
  • Jenna F.heart icon on user image
    Jenna Flateman PosnerOctober 18, 2012
    Be patient when visiting FMI, there's usually a wait...and it's well worth it!
  • Hari P.heart icon on user image
    Hari PatelDecember 21, 2014
    Large list of cocktails. Great variety. Speakeasy feel
  • Rob M.
    Rob McGowanJuly 17, 2018
    Underground bar considered by many to be Philly's premiere spot for craft cocktails.
  • Ms E.heart icon on user image
    Ms EmMarch 18, 2018
    Cocktail flight is a beautiful journey curated by a master mixologist.
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