Rittenhouse Square real-estate agent Anne Frey is aiming for Tuesday, Aug. 21 for the unveiling of 1 Tippling Pl, a cleverly named cocktail bar that has a certain Mad Men appeal. It's at 2006 Chestnut St., which last was Jolly's piano bar.
It's done up in a style that would seem straight out of a mid-20th-century parlor - antique paintings, table lamps, comfy seating - next to a bar. Frey said focus is on fairly priced craft cocktails, "both classic and some inventions of our own. We are barrel-aging three different cocktails in house and will also have a selection of seasonal punches. Fish House punch (from the original recipe from State in Schuylkill) will always be available. Also a selection of craft beers and wines by the glass are available."
Frey's general manager David Tang previously managed the Ranstead Room, behind El Rey across the street. He trained with Sasha Petraskie (Milk & Honey).
Despite some early thoughts that 1 Tippling Pl would be geared only to the boomer crowd, Frey and Tang said they wanted to attract all ages. Earlier in the evening, yes, the mood and music will be mellow. Later, not as much.
The menu will be decidedly easy to execute and describe - retro items that Frey used to serve at her Christmas parties, such as artichoke dip, figs wrapped in prosciutto, hot beef spread, dates and water chestnuts wrapped in bacon, tapenade bruscetta, sausage rolls with Colman's mustard, Scottish smoked salmon, olives & feta, and honey chipotle pecans.