Thursday, August 20, 2009

Center City Sips Review Week 5 (for us): APO

It has also been a few weeks since we went here, so bear with me. APO (Apothecary is apparently against PA laws for a bar's name) Bar and Lounge is the new upscale (read fancy pants) cocktail lounge from the same people who brought Philly 1225 Raw Sushi and Sake Lounge. Specials: $2 Victory Prima Pils on draft and Modelo Especial cans (they ran out of the Pils when we were there and substituted Yards Brawler which is Matty's new favorite beer so he was very happy). $3 House red and white. $4 Moscow Mule (vodka, fresh lime juice and gingerbeer); John Collins (bourbon, fresh lemon juice, house seltzer); and something with gin and house grenadine. $5 shrimp shumai, pork gyoza and crispy chicken bites (from Raw).

So this place is WAY out of our range of normal places to hang out. I don't deal with dress codes, $15 cocktails, etiquette rules and complete lack of food. So Sips was our chance to check it out. And it was lovely. We managed to get a table on the roof deck which was beautiful. And the cocktails were all extremely tasty. The Moscow Mule (my choice) was deliciously spicy at the beginning and refreshing all the way through. And the food was very good (especially considering it was being provided by a bar across the street since they do not have a food menu) though it was unfortunate that they did not have a vegetarian option. Would I go back? For Sips maybe. But while my drinks were very good, they were not $15 apiece good. And they only serve food during Sips. And while I am willing to make sure that I am dressed appropriately for a place, I am not willing to get dressed up for it. So probably not outside of Sips.

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