The start of Prohibiiton marked a time in America when underground speakeasy bars reigned supreme. Where the bon vivants quietly celebrated behind the unsuspecting walls of their password-guarded watering holes. On Monday and Tuesday night, Yelp elites reignited the old-school tradtion and filtered into Philadelphia's modern speakeasy, The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co.
Michael W says it best: "Contained behind the heavy black door is a world unlike any other in
Philadelphia. It hearkens back to a better time when leisure was valued
over all, especially work, and indulgence in the finer vices was not
only fashionable, but encouraged." It was under this inconspicuous setting that Philadelphia's most prolific yelpers celebrated in most exclusive way possible. The Franklin's crafty mixologists concocted classic cocktails with origins dating back to the 1800s: Old Fashioneds, dazzling daquiris, and sparkling Seelbachs. Thanks to our liquor sponsor, Jim Beam, for providing Old Grandad 100-proof bourbon and Cruzan rum for the impecable libations.
"It's not everyday you get to practice your password whispering skills," but for those, like Brian C, who managed to remember "piccadilly" or "liquidity," they were met with an ambiance fit for The Great Gatsby.
As they tucked themselves into the dim-lighting and leather banquettes, elites imbibed on the classics and enjoyed flawless service. As Jim H can attest, "everyone who worked here fit the part: eye pleasing, efficient,
knowledgeable, friendly…my opinion of them only solidified the
more libations they provided me with." Yelpers didn't leave empty handed either, their elite metal lunchboxes hit the passenger seat for the ride home. What does Walter K think? " Definitely a five star event."
Check out more of the speakeasy snaps taken by our very own yelper, Michael F (Ferry), and scope all the recaps of the night's festivities. For more chatter, hit up the official Talk thread, and mark your calendars, the next elite event, on December 8th, is going to get UGLY…hey, we can't always be classy.
Until next time, SYOY,
Yelp Philadelphia Community Manager