Spirit Cruises January 2023 Leaderboard

Rarest Is Now Open in Washington Square

On Tuesday, November 1, Rarest, a venture from Anthony Marini and Thomas & Stephen Finley (of Finley Catering), opened in the AKA Washington Square space (formerly the Ben Franklin) at 9th and Chestnut.
 
Rarest’s focus is on raw and seasonal foods, and its main culinary draw is the large variety of raw or lightly cooked foods on offer, including a large raw bar, crudo, charcuterie, ceviche, and tartare. They do also offer large plates like braised chicken thighs, pork chops and hangar steaks to complement the lighter, small-plate options.
 
Alexandra Cherniavsky, formerly of Garces, who is serving as both general and beverage manager, created a menu alongside head bartender Kevin Lopez that is “ingredient-driven,” meaning that the drinks are built around seasonal ingredients rather than the base spirit. Alongside this cocktail list, the bar will offer a bottle list with around 85 different options.
 
Lopez's cocktail list ranges from classics to inventive cocktails of his own creation, offering fresh new twists on spirits all guests already love.
 
Cherniavsky's approach to the wine list was to create an approachable yet diverse list, where guests can try something new without being intimidated. She is especially proud of the tableside amaro service, which entails a cart of 30 or so amaros being wheeled over to a table for tastings and flights.
 
Lopez's approach to the cocktails, beyond being "spirit driven," include fresh-squeezed juices, house-made syrups, and interesting combinations. 
 
The menu includes selections like the Man of a Thousand Voices (carrot, Pinnacle vodka, lemon, cinnamon tincture), Don't Beet a Dead Horse (Courvoisier VS, beet & horseradish syrup, lime, Campari, balsamic), and the Bait & Switch (pumpkin seed washed Old Overholt Rye, Laird's Apple Brandy, Ethiopian spiced tincture).
 
They also offer a featured cocktail on draft — currently, that cocktail is a classic Vieux Carré, but both Cherniavsky and Lopez say that will change from time to time.
 
Be sure to also stop by a.lounge, the small cocktail lounge in the building's lobby just outside of Rarest, which offers classic cocktails (like Sazeracs and Seelbachs) alongside a small, selective wine list.
 
Stop by Rarest today for seasonal cocktails, raw bites, and to see what Philadelphia’s newest restaurants have to offer. 
 
Photos via Drink Philly
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:
 
Inflation Hits PA Wine & Spirits with 4% Price Increase Across 3,500 Products

Inflation Hits PA Wine & Spirits with 4% Price Increase Across 3,500 Products

The PLCB, announced that a 4% price increase would go into effect on 3,554 of its most popular wine and spirit...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Jan 9, 2023
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
The Philly Distiller Who Got Laid Off and Moved to Hawaii to Make Gin

The Philly Distiller Who Got Laid Off and Moved to Hawaii to Make Gin

In this segment we speak to Olivia Babiec, the former Philadelphia Distiller who moved to Hawaii to make gin...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Jan 5, 2023
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
Bars & Restaurants that Host Private Events in Philadelphia

Bars & Restaurants that Host Private Events in Philadelphia

Holidays, birthdays, weddings, or any private event - Philadelphia has you covered...read more ›

by Drink Philly Dec 5, 2022
Where to Celebrate Philly Cider Week 2022, October 23-30

Where to Celebrate Philly Cider Week 2022, October 23-30

The fourth annual Philadelphia Cider Week is being celebrated from Sunday, October 23 through Sunday, October 30...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Oct 21, 2022
Enjoy Fall Weather & PA Ciders in a Historic Setting at CiderFest, October 15 & 16

Enjoy Fall Weather & PA Ciders in a Historic Setting at CiderFest, October 15 & 16

Fall is here and what better way to celebrate than at CiderFest at the historic Woodford Mansion in Fairmount ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Oct 13, 2022
WitchCraft: Halloween Themed Beer Fest in the Middle of the NJ Woods Returns October 14 & 15

WitchCraft: Halloween Themed Beer Fest in the Middle of the NJ Woods Returns October 14 & 15

The team behind the Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival have conjured up a spellbinding event - WitchCraft - a...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Oct 12, 2022
LMNO: An Inside Look at Their 'Choose Your Own Adventure' Cocktail Menu

LMNO: An Inside Look at Their 'Choose Your Own Adventure' Cocktail Menu

Fishtown has a new Baja Mexican destination for tequila and mezcal fans...read more ›

by Drink Philly Feb 14, 2022
Behind the Bar: Bartender Barry (Johnson)

Behind the Bar: Bartender Barry (Johnson)

In this installment of Behind the Bar, we sit down with Barry Johnson, better known as "Bartender Barry" of Instagram and as cocktail catering special...read more ›

by Drink Philly Feb 9, 2022
SPONSORED
View all Articles

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

Close