BerksLuxury.com is going to take you through some of the best cocktail bars in Berks County. There are hundreds of bars around Berks, but these places are some of the sexiest places to grab your cocktail dress and socialize. We have the bars, the drinks, and the recipes!
Winedown Cafe and Wine Bar
The Winedown Cafe is located at 645 Penn Ave and features a hip and stylish setting for patrons to mingle. Winedown Cafe is almost always busy with the stylish crowds after 5 pm. They serve a host of delectable finger foods to pair with your vino or cocktail. Outdoor patio seating is available during the summer months. The Windedown Cafe General Manager, RG Kreider recommends the Smoked Manhattan:
“Our signature smoked manhattan adds a smokey twist to a classic. Using rye whiskey, sweet vermouth and a dash of bitters we create a whiskey forward cocktail with a smooth smokey finish.”
- 2.5 oz rye whiskey
- 1 oz sweet vermouth
- dash Angostura bitters
- cocktail cherry, for garnish
Combine the rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters in a shaker with ice. Shake or stir Fill your smoking gun with the wood of your choice. Turn the fan on and light the wood with a lighter. Place the hose end of the smoker gun in a martini glass with a cocktail cherry. While the smoke is filling the glass, strain the cocktail into the glass. Cover the glass with plastic wrap and fill the top of the glass with smoke. Remove the hose and seal the plastic wrap to trap the smoke. Let sit for one minute. Remove the plastic wrap.
The Winedown Cafe is located at:
622 Penn Ave, West Reading, PA (610) 373-4907 www.winedowncafe.net
Sly Fox Taphouse
The Sly Fox Taphouse is Berks County’s newest entry into casual dining and craft beer, which is located in the new Knitting Mills complex. This is a full-service restaurant with a modern feel. They provide a number of their own craft brews along with some great cocktails! Sly Fox Taphouse’s General Manager, Randy Mckinley recommends the Orange Crush:
“Orange Crush is a timeless classic that a lot of people forget about, we’ve got two large juicers at the front of our center bar and folks can’t miss them. On a busy Friday / Saturday night…our bartenders get a great workout using the juicers.”
Belly @ the GoggleWorks
Belly @ the GoggleWorks – Belly is the newly raved about restaurant and bar located inside the GoggleWorks main complex. If you are craving the art bar experience there is nowhere better to dress a little sexy and look good next to some great art. Belly’s Owner, Jim Churchman recommends Viva la Vida:
“Viva la Vida is inspired by Frida Kahlo’s work, this cocktail featuring Boyd & Blair Vodka is sweet with fresh watermelon agua fresca, crisp and refreshing with sparkling cucumber water, slightly spiced with fresh ginger, kaffir lime leaf, and bright flavorful pickled watermelon”.
According to Karen Delp Loveless who recommended the bar to us, the best time to go is for their Saturday Brunch DJ Sessions around 4-7pm on Saturdays.
Belly Kitchen & Drinkery is located at:
201 Washington Street Reading, PA 610.374.4600 bellykitchen.com
Willoughbys On Park
If you are into the luxury dining experience then you are familiar with Willoughby’s. We were chatting with Sabrina Grande-Cirandine, the Owner of Russo’s Market, and she suggested Willoughby’s.
Willoughby’s originally started as a steakhouse concept which, they seem to have mastered, but over the last few years it has evolved into so much more. Live entertainment, DJ night on Wednesdays, and a host of events have given Willoughby’s a fantastic social atmosphere for those looking for cocktails. Willoughby’s GM, Erika Shifflett recommends the Classic Martini:
- 2 ¾ oz Pennsylvania Blue Coat American Dry Gin
- ¾ oz Dry vermouth
- Combine all ingredients in mixing glass with ice.
- Strain into a chilled martini glass.
- Garnish with lemon peel rose
Willoughby’s on Park is located at:
305 N Park Rd, Wyomissing, PA (610) 816-7473 willoughbysonpark.com
Beverly Hills Tavern
You can’t seem to talk about after-work drinks without mentioning Beverly Hills Tavern. This beach themed venue is probably one of the largest in Berks County and the owner keeps the entertainment coming all week long. Stop by and enjoy live music, DJ’s, barbecue’s corn hole tournaments and they even have a pet-friendly Sunday afternoon. Beverly Hills Tavern’s Owner, Jimmy Guifrida gave us two recommendations:
- 1 oz. coconut rum
- 1 oz. Bacardi Superior
- 1/2 oz. banana liquor
- 1 banana
- Coconut cream
- Pineapple juice
- 4-6 Strawberries
- Whipped cream
- Pineapple slices
Mix coconut rum, Bacardi, and banana liquor in a blender with 4-6 fresh strawberries. Pour into 16 oz. glass. Clean the blender, then add ice, pineapple juice, coconut cream and 3/4 banana and blend. Pour on top of your mixer in 16 oz. glass. Top with whipped cream and garnish with pineapple slice, rest of your banana and orange slice.
- 2 oz. Bacardi Coconut Rum
- 2 oz. Bacardi Superior Rum
- 1 oz. Blue Caracao
- Sour mix
- Pineapple juice
- Lemon lime soda
Mix ingredients together and garnish.
Beverly Hills Tavern is located at:
710 Old Fritztown Rd, Reading, PA (610) 777-4516 beverlyhillstavern.biz
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