Philadelphia Has One Of The Best Speakeasies In America
Fifty Grande recently named the best speakeasies in America, and a unique Philadelphia destination was featured. Like most speakeasies, it certainly takes some effort to find. Although once you do, the name of the place may lead you to walk right past it.
These days it is challenging to determine whether or not establishments that brand themselves as speakeasies truly qualify as that. Most likely they do have a proper liquor license (which is a good thing). However, a true speakeasy remains a place that prefers not have to bright signage or its own social media accounts. These are lounges that are somewhat hidden, reclusive, and comfortable. There’s certainly nothing wrong with a secret door as well.
Once you are inside, each speakeasy has its own character. Still, it is common to be graced with an old-fashioned look. Wooden bar stools, small liquor shelves, historical photos, and maybe even some velvet often make up the décor. Nonetheless, the theme is often simplicity which may give a nod to the prohibition era.
“There’s something to be said for the speakeasies that still remain a little hidden, that don’t advertise and offer a little salacious adventure with their Sazeracs,” Fifty Grande states.
That’s exactly what you will find at 1715 Rittenhouse Square.
Franklin Mortgage & Investment Company
Although this iconic bar is on a list of the greatest speakeasies, it stands alone for having the greatest speakeasy name. It contains everything you would want. A confusing name that references history, while attracting those it is intended for. “The speakeasy just off Rittenhouse Square is a tribute to the largest liquor distribution ring of the Prohibition era, which used the financial-sounding moniker as a front,” Fifty Grande explained.
The Franklin offers drinks such as “Destroyed By Fire” which comes steaming. Or there’s the “Italian Leather Sofa” that is filled with traditional speakeasy spirits such as rum, Genever, and espresso.
Small plates and sharables (pimento dip for example), are also served at this unique Philadelphia gathering spot that is ranked as one of the best speakeasies in America.