When the weather gets cold, there’s nothing more satisfying than a warm meal—except maybe a hot cocktail. Check out these destinations around the city where you can cozy up, enjoy a piping, boozy drink with your meal, and escape the bitter temps for a little while.
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This British-inspired tavern is comfortable and friendly all year round, but it seems even more so during the colder months. The hot chai apple cider is a sweet, steamy combination of Bulleit Rye, chai tea, apple, honey, and lemon. Pair it with one of the many comfort foods on the menu, such as the classic lamb shepherd’s pie with mashed potatoes, cheddar, and root vegetables. We also love the savory crab risotto, with zucchini, charred leeks, saffron, and chillies.
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Head to Passyunk Square to enjoy the warm small-plates and cocktails at this small gastropub. To fend off the wintry weather, try the spiked apple ciders and hot toddies; be sure to check with your server about the daily specials. Don’t forget to peruse the snack menu—from warm pretzels to crispy fingerling potatoes with bacon gravy and cheese curds, there are plenty of satisfying options.
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After you’ve hit the ice, the Lodge at Winterfest is the best place to thaw your toes. The beverage menu rotates, but there’s always something delicious (and usually hot-chocolate-based) on tap. Check out the sweet, boozy treat “S’mores,” made of hot chocolate, whipped pinnacle vodka, marshmallows, and a crumbled graham cracker, or the “Cookies and Cream” with chocolate cookie crumbles and drizzle. The Lodge area also offers a variety of gut-warming food including: a Cuban Chili Dog with picadillo chili, cheddar, and an espresso crema; french fries with braised short ribs, jus gravy, and queso fresco; and the classic combo offering of tomato soup and a grilled cheese.
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Frankford Hall may be an indoor-outdoor German beer garden, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t a respite from the cool winter air. Yes, heaters make the outdoor area (complete with ping pong tables and other games) fun all year round, but the mulled wine and hot apple cider with schnapps also do the trick. The spiced wine is a traditional recipe that offers a pleasant balance of sweet and savory. Pair it with the potato pancakes, cheese spätzle with caramelized onions, or any of the six different sausage options.