Vegan Bar Charlie Was a Sinner Arrives on the 13th Street Scene

Nicole Marquis, the entrepreneurial powerhouse behind the smash hit all-vegan fast casual concept, HipCityVeg, arrives on the bustling 13th Street scene with her latest, Charlie Was a Sinner.

The new bar and restaurant, which like her previous efforts puts forth a menu of drinks and eats that are completely free of any animal-based products and ingredients, takes up residence at 131 South 13th St. in the long vacant property that was last home to the skeevey and sleazy strip joint Full Moon Saloon. It opens daily at 8 AM, serving coffee and vegan pastries, and keeps service going into the evening, serving a full spread of all-vegan dishes created by The Mildred’s Chef Michael Santoro and a long list of clever cocktails from former Ranstead Room bar guru, Pete Venuto.

Marquis hired Canno Design to create the candle-lit space’s sexy mood, which was set with plush, button-tufted banquettes, antique furnishings and lighting fixtures, a gorgeous brass bar top and custom-built leather stools.

As has become customary, the bar program relies of fresh-squeezed juices and where possible, housemade ingredients. Venuto’s cocktail list includes a mix of old and new creations that range from classics like Singapore Sling, Bluecoat Gin, Cherry Heering, Combier, Benedictine, grenadine, pineapple, lime, and Angostura bitters; and Penicillin, Dewars, Laphroaig, ginger, lemon, and agave to the Dr. Steangelove-inspired Purity of Essence, Bombay Sapphire, cucumber, mint and aloe vera; and Pablo Picasso, Leblon Cachaca, enhanced blueberry wine and orange spice tea.

In addition to cocktails, Charlie Was a Sinner offers four beers on draft, another five in bottles, and a dozen wines — white, red and sparkling — by the glass and bottle.

Santoro and his kitchen crew kick out a selection of meatless dishes that includes everything from Korean fried tofu and beetroot dumplings to a Maryland style “crabcake” and bucatini and “meatballs.”

Charlie Was a Sinner, 131 S. 13th St., charliewasasinner.com

 


Tags: Beer, Cocktails, Dinner, Food, Spirits, Whiskey, Wine
Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
The History of The Boulevardier Cocktail - and How You Can Make it at Home

The History of The Boulevardier Cocktail - and How You Can Make it at Home

In this history segment, we take a closer look at a classic cocktail: The Boulevardier....read more ›

by The Drink Nation Nov 2, 2020
Best Bars for Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia, 2019

Best Bars for Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia, 2019

Whether it's to enjoy the first warm breezes of spring or the unexpected sunshine of a crisp day in fall, Philadelphia is full of great places to drin...read more ›

by Drink Philly Apr 11, 2019
PA Voter Project Seeks to Pay Unemployed Restaurant Workers to Work Election Polls

PA Voter Project Seeks to Pay Unemployed Restaurant Workers to Work Election Polls

Power the Polls PA is looking for unemployed restaurant workers to work the polls and will pay for their time....read more ›

by Drink Philly Sep 16, 2020
SPONSORED
The Best Cocktail Bars in Philadelphia

The Best Cocktail Bars in Philadelphia

Here it is - the definitive list of Philadelphia's best cocktail bars....read more ›

by Drink Philly Dec 13, 2017
You Can Now Get Cocktails To-Go in Center City Philadelphia

You Can Now Get Cocktails To-Go in Center City Philadelphia

Restaurants throughout the Center City limits are offering pre-made cocktails in special take out containers...read more ›

by Drink Philly Jul 18, 2020
Cocktails to Go in Bars & Restaurants Legalized in PA During Lockdown: Here's Where to Get Them in Philadelphia

Cocktails to Go in Bars & Restaurants Legalized in PA During Lockdown: Here's Where to Get Them in Philadelphia

Bars & restaurants in PA can now sell cocktails-to-go. Here's where to find them in Philadelphia...read more ›

by Drink Philly May 21, 2020
Relief for the Bar, Restaurant, & Hospitality Industry in Philadelphia

Relief for the Bar, Restaurant, & Hospitality Industry in Philadelphia

Right now the hospitality industry is—to put it lightly—struggling. We created a resource directory for an...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Mar 20, 2020
Where to Find Beer, Wine, & Liquor To Go in Philadelphia During the Pandemic

Where to Find Beer, Wine, & Liquor To Go in Philadelphia During the Pandemic

Bars and restaurants are officially closed (and offering take-out and delivery only), so your favorite bartend...read more ›

by Drink Philly Mar 18, 2020
Where to Host a Private Event in Philadelphia

Where to Host a Private Event in Philadelphia

Whether it's for the holidays or you have a special birthday coming up, Philadelphia has some amazing options when it comes to event spaces. ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Nov 26, 2018
Suits & Sazeracs Returns for Second Year to Benefit Career Wardrobe, February 24

Suits & Sazeracs Returns for Second Year to Benefit Career Wardrobe, February 24

At this NOLA-style event benefiting Career Wardrobe, you'll be able to sample unique Sazerac-inspired cocktail...read more ›

by Drink Philly Feb 20, 2020
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close