Holiday Hangout

Mifflin Tavern helps make the season bright

The holidays are approaching, and this neighborhood bar and restaurant is ready to celebrate! Mifflin Tavern, located in the heart of South Philly, is a one-stop shop for festive cocktails, food, and family events. 🎄🎅⛄🍸🍔💃🎶

When Kelly and Joe Lamplugh took over a few years ago, they brought along their vision for a neighborhood bar “done better,” which includes plenty of events, such as drag queen brunches, karaoke and bingo nights, frequent live music performances, and assorted community events such as South Philly NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) meetings.

During the holidays, the Tavern amps up the seasonal spirit with events such as Meet and Greets with Santa and the Grinch, as well as wreath-making classes with local florist Quinn’s Flower Shop, ornament making, holiday drives, and more. One of their largest events this year will be their Holiday Drag Brunch on December 9 at 11AM, hosted by Stefani Steel. While some of these events go on sale months in advance, you might still find tickets available on Mifflin Tavern’s website (linked below).

When it comes to cocktails, the Tavern’s seasonal menu rivals any bar in the city. Tasty and beautiful, they whip up holiday classics with a twist, such as the Gingerbread Espresso Martini, Jack Frost Mimosa, White Cranberry Cosmo, Peppermint White Russian, and the Star Cookie Martini, which is a favorite of Kelly’s because it reminds her of the chocolate stars from her local bakery when she was a kid.

All the drinks are decorated with holiday sprinkles, confetti, and even gingerbread men, making them delicious and picture-perfect! We had a chance to sample the drinks before they officially hit the menu on Black Friday. If you’re looking for festive flavors that are different from the typical corner bar menu, the Mifflin’s a must!

As for food, Joseph Lamplugh creates classic bar dishes like fried pickles, potato skins, and burgers, and more unusual items like Brussels sprouts with parmesan, filet mignon sandwiches, and brisket pizza. The brisket is roasted in-house and is juicy and tender, paired with long hots on a flatbread crust. You can also try their take on the Philly cheesesteak, the Brisket Cheesesteak.

If you’re into Korean food, you’re in luck. The kitchen is known for its Korean dishes, like Korean chicken and broccoli, their most popular dish. My partner and I were blown away from the first bite, ranking it above any Korean takeout dish we’ve tried.

Mifflin believes in supporting Philly businesses, using locally sourced ingredients and produce whenever possible. The fried pickles, for instance, are made with Zayda’s Pickles in Mayfair. The same local focus goes for their extensive beer list, which features favorites from Dock Street, Love City, Sly Fox, Delco’s 2SP Brewing, and King of Prussia’s Workhorse Brewing.

Mifflin Tavern also has a private event space available for events of all shapes and sizes, which you should keep in mind for your next office holiday party or family gathering. (More info on their website’s event page or inquire via contact info provided.)

Meanwhile, as the holiday season continues, I will dream of sugar plum fairies and Jack Frost Mimosas. I may even ask Santa to leave some chicken and broccoli under my tree! 😋🎁

Mifflin Tavern
1843 South 2nd Street, South Philly
mifflintavern.com | (267) 273-0811
Brunch Menu | Lunch/Dinner Menu | Drink Menu
Open Mon – Thurs, 4PM – 12AM (kitchen closes at 10PM); Fri 3PM – 2AM (kitchen closes at 11PM); Sat 12PM – 2AM (kitchen closes 11PM); Sun 11:30AM – 12AM (kitchen closes 9PM)
Private parties & events, email Kelliamplugh@gmail.com or call (267) 258-1647

COMMENTS WELCOME! Have you been to the Mifflin Tavern? Do you have your own favorite holiday spot(s) in the city?  Let us know in the Comments below, or catch up with me on Instagram @gingersliketoeat. If you enjoyed this feature, please check out last month’s column comparing two great local city steakhouses, one Brazilian and the other Argentinian.

About Eleni Finkelstein 25 Articles
Eleni Finkelstein (aka @gingersliketoeat on Instagram) is a South Jersey and Philadelphia-based food blogger and journalist. She loves traveling, trying new foods, and cheering on Philly sports teams. You can check out her book, "Eat Like a Local: South Jersey" on Amazon.

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