Village Whiskey PHL

4.6
36 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Featuring a comprehensive selection of more than 200 whiskeys alongside what has been called the country’s best burger, Village Whiskey is an instant classic. Envisioned by Chef Garces as a spot where he and his team could enjoy a drink and a snack after a long night in the kitchen, the restaurant’s focal point is the central bar that is home to their near-encyclopedic catalogue of Chef Garces’ favorite spirit, whiskey. Our able bartenders shake and stir classic and contemporary cocktails in a space evocative of a Prohibition-era speakeasy.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
We operate on a first come first served basis, we do not accept reservations.
All Day Menu
Mon—Thur 11:30am—10:30pm
Fri 11:30am—11:00pm
Sat 2:30pm—11:00pm
Sun 2:30pm—10:30pm
Brunch
Sat & Sun 10:30am—2:30pm
Late Night
Fri & Sat 11:00pm—1:00am
Happy Hour
Mon—Fri 5:00pm—7:00pm
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Phone number
(215) 665-1088
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jose Malave & (Jose Garces Chef Owner)
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Private party facilities
A buyout is available for large parties.
http://philadelphia.villagewhiskey.com/events/philadelphia
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
20th & Sansom
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Public transit
Septa bus #17 & #2
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 36 People Are Saying
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MO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

Well I hate to ever give a poor review...but, I drove an hour to Village Wiskey and have been to every Iron Chefs restaurants other then Morimoto...and many celebrity chefs restaurants as well... by far I'm sticking with Wolfgang...I ordered the burger of the month no build of flavor just blah. ..the duck fat fries super soggy I'm a crispy fry fan....but I had the best cheese curds ever...they took the baked Alaska off the menu and only have milkshakes bummer...great whiskey menu hence the name...Sorry José just expected more!!!!

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CT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent server: attentive and courteous. Ready to serve but did not put pressure on us to make up our minds or rush the order.

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B
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great and our server was amazing, very helpful w/ menu items and drink selections.

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OT
Philadelphia
72 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Known for their burgers...they are good. Quite pricey though for the size. And they are pretty much impossible to eat as a sandwich...between the thickness and grease/juice ruining the bun. For $20 (not even the most expensive burger), you can't even get a few fries. They are extra.
Love their cocktails though! Especially the commodore.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lunch special is a good value

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VF
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great burger, tasty appetizers, relaxed environment for catching up with a friend!

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MD
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met up with a friend for brunch. I’m a “whiskey” guy and appreciate a solid “cocktail” so I was excited. The drinks did impress as did the food. It’s a little annoying to pay for every additional fixing on a sandwich (e.g. cheese, etc) and sides (e.g fries) but it was worth it. The spacing is VERY tight so be prepared for an intimate date with your other diners. Absolutely recommend.

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WJ
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Burgers are great , toppings get pricey

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

the decor is cute and suits the location and cuisine. our server seemed knowledgeable and the food was flavorful and beautifully presented. my only gripe is that the portions were much smaller than i anticipated. i ordered the shrimp and grits; it came with chard, andouille sausage and a fried egg. i honestly had a hard time getting a full bite of grits onto my fork at any point because there was so little of it in the dish, and there were only three shrimp on the plate; it felt more like a small plate than an $18 entree. even after ordering a side of toast i still left a bit hungry. i’m told that the burgers here are phenomenal, and i would definitely come back to try one, but i wouldn’t return for brunch.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Burgers were overcooked. Wasn’t always the case. An anomaly? You be the judge. For the price they charge burgers should always be on point.

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LC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is great , (friendly and efficient) .The atmosphere is cozy and the handcrafted coctails are very good. I love to try new savory drinks, often with some spice and The Village Whisky doesn’t disappoint. There’s something about bourbon and bacon at brunch -it’s decadent! This is to be one of our favorite go to spots for great drinks and food.

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f
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Our group of four enjoyed our brunch orders - Distrito burger (special), Patty Melt, French Toast, and Chicken & Waffles, duck fat fries - but didn't think much of the service. The hostess was very friendly and welcoming, but our server seemed a bit pretentious. His attitude toward us became visibly more condescending when all we wanted to drink was water, but hey, we were sweaty and thirsty from walking to VW on a muggy summer day. With that said, he and another member of the wait staff always made sure our drinks were full. At one point the server splashed water on the table and down my leg and said "oh!" but didn't apologize, and then walked away.

It's a shame that one server's treatment overshadowed our experience as the food was good. The distrito burger and patty melt were filling, but the french toast and chicken & waffles weren't the most filling options, so some people in our party ended up supplementing their meals elsewhere, making for a somewhat pricier meal out.

For me it's a toss up as to whether or not I'd recommend VW. I've had better experiences at Garces' other restaurants (Amada, Distrito, Tinto, etc.).

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VL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great all around

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MB
Philadelphia
369 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The AC was out, so they were seating customers next door for lunch in the Tinto space--which was actually nicer than if we stayed at Village Whiskey. Great burger and fries lunch special. Not cheap, but you get what you pay for. When I crave a good burger, this is one of the first places on my list.

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RB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Very noisy, food was bland and not worth the price.

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e
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and great food, as well as one of the best gluten free burgers anywhere.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always love this place

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CI
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Everyone was very nice, and very accommodating. We were not rushed out, and able to have a couple drinks after lunch. The pulled pork was awesome. I definitely recommend this for everyday dining.

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KB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

It was an okay experience based on what I ordered which was the chicken sandwich. The fruit punch drink was a waste, order the commodore that was good.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cocktail of the month was delicious and as always the truffles pickled cauliflower is my favorite!

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ER
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The burgers were excellent. Our reservation was for 2pm, and the brunch menu was still in effect, so there were really only two burgers to choose from, which was a bit of a disappointment. We loved the ambiance of the place, and the pricing was quite reasonable.

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KT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Fathers Day brunch and had a great experience- loved the food, drinks, atmosphere and service. Would go back for sure!

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OT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Bacon flight was great!

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DB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We loved the ambiance. The special cocktails were fun.

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z
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

High top seating uncomfortable for 3
Service great. Prices good
Burger ordered medium was close to well. No pink at all.

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AC
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food and drinks were great BUT the staff seemed like they were in a daze, perhaps the shenanigans of Garces has taken its toll on the staff

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CA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food just exceptional. The person that served us was so friendly and knowledgeable with the food. Great experience over all

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4
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Ordered chicken and waffles on bartenders recommendation. Asked for no bacon butter. Came with bacon butter I asked for a fresh order which they assured. Quickly a cold version arrived. It arrived so quickly I questioned and of course they claimed they gave me a different one that was in the window. Really??? Will never go back

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A
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience! Great menu and unbelievably large whiskey list. The staff were wonderful and very knowledgeable too. We will be back!

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C
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best wait staff. She was knowledgeable, friendly, and provided just the right amount of attention.
The food was excellent and I will tell everyone about the adult milkshakes that are fabulous!

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OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent burger and better cocktails

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h
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We had a very disappointing meal today. After enjoying the best burgers there a few years ago, today’s burgers and fries were all over cooked. A wedge salad was a poorly disguised wedge of iceberg. Additionally it took about 40 minutes to get our food while there was only one other table of two diners. Won’t return.

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c
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent location, food, drinks, and service. A great place to celebrate a monumental birthday with family!

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MF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really welcoming. Great food. Brunch after a half marathon. Burgers pancakes. Local brews

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DS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Burger was over cooked. Ordered medium and it came very well done.

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CC
Philadelphia
310 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

VW is a world class whiskey (& whisky!) bar with the right food to keep you comfortable while trying whiskey (and whisky) that you never saw in the flesh before & didn't know existed outside of magazine articles. Yes, it's "just" a corner bar - but you'll find great distillates from around the world, some truly rare & many available but in generally short supply. You won't find Paul John malt whisky from India just anywhere! The food's good enough for us to go there for an actual meal, too. The pickled beets are fabulous, the burgers great, the duck fat fries fantastic, and the sides beyond excellent. The veggie burger is delicious and my staple. The great staff & service make it feel like home, too.

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