There’s a great front lounge area at this Starr steakhouse on Rittenhouse Square, and the mixologists have come up with a new assortment of drinks as classy as the large leather seats. The Felix Leiter (named after James Bond’s American pal) is a superspy-level mix of pear Grey Goose with Death’s Door white whiskey and sweet vermouth, and the Seersucker sparkles with ginger beer, mint and Bombay Sapphire ($13-$16; 215-732-7560).
Satiate your thirst and hunger at the same time with the new Caprese Martini at this East Passyunk tavern. Absolut vodka is muddled with fresh basil and served with a skewer of housemade mozzarella, cherry tomato and olive for $8 (additional caprese skewers are $1 each). If that doesn’t fill you up, try the new buckets of Montreal hot wings, tossed with a sweet chili butter sauce after a crisp fry ($6; 267-319-1678).
The Saint James
Chef Michael Schulson and new chef de cuisine Dave Clark just launched happy hour at this Ardmore New American, with food and drink specials available 3:30-6:30 PM and again from 9 PM-close, seven days a week. Look for $1, $3 and $5 bites like crispy pickles, shrimp rolls, flatbread and tempura green beans. Pair them with $3 craft drafts, $5 wines and $7 cocktails, including a margarita with strawberry and basil (610-649-6200).