Where do bartenders drink?

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The Good King Tavern

Who knows bars better than those who tend them?

The editors of the guidebook Where Chefs Eat quizzed 300 of bartenders in 60 countries on their favorite off-the-clock destinations for the new follow-up volume, Where Bartenders Drink.

Four Philly bars are included among the 750 destinations worldwide:

The 700 at Second Street and Fairmount Avenue in Northern Liberties, writes contributor/bartender Phoebe Esmon, has "invariably a mixed bag of characters. ... No one takes themselves too seriously, and there is a decent lineup of amari, whiskeys, and a great beer list. One of my favorite parts is that there is almost always someone there (sometimes a DJ, sometimes the bartender) playing really good records."

The Good King Tavern (614 S. Seventh St.) in Queen Village has "seasoned professionals who love nothing more than stirring a Sazerac, while pouring a draft and yelling over an album from The Roots playing in the background," writes Vincent Stipo, a bartender, real estate professional, and boyfriend of co-owner Chloe Grigri.  

Mace's Crossing, off the Parkway at 17th and Cherry Streets, is "a classic shotgun-barrel bar in the middle of Center City. After 9 p.m., the neighborhood is empty except for everyone who’s at Mace’s, mostly industry people," writes Will Hollingsworth.

Loco Pez in Fishtown is blurbed simply: "A casual taco joint and bar specializing in Mexican and local beers, and over 25 tequilas."

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