I was in Philadelphia last month for the wedding of one of my longest and best friends. Although preoccupied with wedding festivities for most of the short weekend, I managed to find a cocktail at a neighborhood watering hole around the corner from my hotel in downtown Philadelphia.
The Dandelion occupies the first floor of what looks like a Victorian townhouse, and my friend and I entered under the large lantern above the door. Walking in feels somewhat like entering a clubhouse, with the mounted boar heads on the walls, hardwood floors under your feet, and exposed wood beams up above. The bar was short and every seat was occupied, so we grabbed a menu and took a quick look.
Within seconds my choice was made based on the name of the cocktail alone. We were in town for the wedding of my friend Ben, so the Big Ben was the natural choice for what I would be drinking to kick off the weekend celebration.
The Big Ben arrived a few minutes later, served neat in coupe glasses. The drink was relatively simple: old overholt rye, honey, lemon, and egg white and garnished with a sprig of thyme. The drink was fragrant and sweet, yet relatively thick due to the egg white. We took a place near the fireplace in the adjoining room and rather quickly gulped down our cocktails to make it to the rehearsal dinner on time.
Although our stay was short, I very much enjoyed our quick cocktail in honor of our friend Ben. The Dandelion provides a homey pub-like atmosphere serving straightforward cocktails in the heart of Philadelphia.
124 S. 18th Street