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Barrel House Welcomes Adam Kanter

Our friend and fellow rummy, Adam Kanter, brings fine spirits and cocktails to his new beer bar gig.


Shortly after packing his bags from recently closed Rum Bar, cane spirits expert Adam Kanter brought his show over to another well known Philadelphia watering hole, Bainbridge Street Barrel House. Already noted for their outstanding craft beer selection, Adam is introducing a wider selection of spirits and fine cocktails. “We’ve always had a terrific selection of draft and bottle beers, but I felt that if we’re going to do one thing right, we should do everything right.” Kanter adds, “In addition to the new focus on spirits and cocktails, we’ve got the staff trained with a focus on the guest’s experience.”

The Barrel House takes cocktails to the next level. As its focus is on beer, there will always be one seasonal cocktail on the menu made with beer. For the winter, Adam introduced The Barrel House. This signature drink combines Buffalo Trace Bourbon with Cherry Kijafa, Honey, and a Milk Stout. The biggest overhaul of the cocktail program will be the Barrel Aged Cocktails. After recently receiving a variety of barrels previously aging various spirits, Kanter is currently working on a new way to create drinks.

“Storing drinks in an oak barrel has multiple advantages” he explains. “The oak mellows out the drink, taking out the rough edge. The cocktail gets to stay married for weeks before being served; all the ingredients, by this point, have been fully integrated. It’s also a great way to add an additional flavor component without adding the booze.”

The first two barrel aged cocktails available at the Barrel House will be the Springtime In Lyon (Citadelle Gin, Strawberry Shrubb, Cardamom, and Crème Yvette- aged in a Cognac cask) and the To Have And Have Not (Rhum Clement Blanc, Maraschino Liqueur, Lime Zest Syrup, and Grapefruit Bitters- aged in new oak). The timeline on the drinks’ readiness is all in the hands of the Cocktail Gods. Maybe 2 weeks- maybe a month.

The Bainbridge Street Barrel House is a Craft Beer Bar centered around its draft list which includes 25 beers including one cask conditioned beer, one Nitro fueled beer, one barrel aged beer, and three local beers; as well as over 200 different bottles with a niche focus on craft beers, sour ales, saisons, and barrel aged beers. To pair with their beers, Executive Chef Eric Paraskevas creates a menu completely made from scratch combining Classic American fare with a touch of Mediterranean.

Bainbridge Street Barrel House
625-27 S. 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA.
Tel: (267)324-3553