Four Seasons isn’t exactly the kind of place you think of on St. Patrick’s Day. Even more, it’s not the type of bar you’d expect to find Irish whiskey and beer in one glass - often consumed as a boilermaker-style Irish Car Bomb during St. Pat’s festivities. Adam Reed, chief mixologist at the Swann Lounge, has created a drink that channels the liquor-loving leanings of March 17, albeit with expected style.
The Commodore Barry combines two ounces of Jameson with a bottle Victory HopDevil in a tall pilsner glass. The citrus flavors of the IPA are brought out by the addition of Licor 43 and an orange peel garnish. The drink is named for John Barry, an Irish-born naval officer who adopted Philly as his home port and became known as “the father of the American Navy” in the 18th century (there’s a bridge to NJ named after the guy, too).
Instead of slobbering around the pub with cheap green beer this weekend, step inside the lounge on the Ben Franklin Parkway and toast to St. Patrick with Philadelphia pride ($15; 215-963-1500).