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Tiki bar review # 7 the yachtsman philadelphia, pa.

If you know your US history, you will know that Philadelphia is one of America’s oldest cities. It was built during Colonial times and needless to say cars, busses, and trains didn’t exist when it first started growing. People lived close to where they worked because, well, they had to. They were walking. Philadelphia back in the 1700’s was tight and compact. Most streets were wide enough for a horse and wagon to travel on and row homes lined every street. Actually, that pretty much describes Philadelphia now!

Fishtown is one of Philly’s newest and coolest neighborhoods. A couple years ago, people started moving to Fishtown because rent was cheap. Then cool places to eat and drink started popping up. The Yachtsman was one of those cool places.

This is the street The Yachtsman is on…

As you can tell, it’s a very tiny street and at first glance, not much to look at. If any place needed a Tiki escape, this would be it.

Walk through the front door of the Yachtsman and bam! You’re no longer in the concrete jungle of Philly. You’re in a Tiki oasis!

If you look to your right, you will have this big guy staring at you…

If you don’t want to sit at the bar, there is cool seating in the back…

Here is the drink menu…

It’s not a very long list, but the drinks they have are great. While I was there, I ordered the Mr. Bali Hai…

It’s first Tiki drink I ever had that had Kahlua in it. I was skeptical at first, but the drink was great! I highly recommend it.

My buddy Jeff ordered a virgin Pina Colada. He loved it!

What I like most about the Yachtsman is that it has a warm and cozy feel to it. If I was living in Philly and it was the dead of winter, a warm and cozy Tiki bar is where I would want to be. The Yachtsman is exactly that!

Here is the Yachtsman’s website .

And the Yachtsman’s Facebook page .

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Posted by George Koroneos | Apr 14, 2015 | Tiki | 0 |

The Yachtsman Philadelphia | Tiki Bar Review

Sometimes the bars closest to home are the ones that take the longer for us to get to. After being open almost an entire year, we finally made the hour-and-a-half journey to Philadelphia hipster territory (affectionately known as Fishtown) to down a libation or two at The Yachtsman , Philly’s only Tiki bar.

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The only thing questionable about The Yachtsman is its decision to charge upwards of $14 for a Tiki drink in a town that is used to paying $2 for a PBR. But here’s the good news. The drinks are worth the money. We showed up around 5pm on a warm Saturday afternoon and the place had a decent amount of frat boys meandering around the bar drinking an assortment of liquid concoctions. The bar itself is not overly Tiki; most of the decor is island chic and wouldn’t be out of place at a Jimmy Buffet bar. But there’s something to be said about sipping on a Zombie in the heart of an urban jungle with the spring breeze wafting through the door and the sounds of the tropics in the air.

I typically order a Mai Tai to gauge the drink quality at a Polynesian-themed bar, but I was feeling a little more dickish and ordered a Painkiller, since most bars won’t put it on the menu fearing legal repercussions from Pussers . The bartender did not flinch at my request, and shook up a near-perfect mix of coconut cream, rum, nutmeg and pineapple. The Navy Grog and Pina Colada were just as flawless, served with a healthy portion of fresh fruits and top-shelf rums.

We spent three solid hours at The Yachtsman, talking about high school reunions that shouldn’t happen and the survival of journalistic integrity while watching the steady flow of fratastic millennials pondering the definition of tiki while getting hammered on Zombie Punch. In order words, it was the perfect Philly Tiki bar. All in all, this was well worth the trip to the City of Brotherly Love and we will more than likely be back.

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Just opened in the great tiki deprived NE. Located in the Fishtown neighborhood Phila. seems to have surf/ thatch re-claimed/ re-purposed motif with a classic tiki/ craft cocktail list greeting you with The Caribe Welcome Coconut served in actual coconut. Place has tremendous potential!


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I'll be in Philly between January 9-11... Anyone have have any reviews or recommendations for The Yachtsman? Things I gotta try, things I gotta avoid. Do they have a mug yet?

great drinks. it gets crowded on the weekend. drinks are served in mugs but no signature mugs. low TIPSY score.

for other great non-tiki cocktail drinks in philly check out: southwark, ramstead room, hop sing, and emanuelle.

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Opened and run by one/some of Philly's more notable Craft Cocktail mixologists, they have taken a neighborhood dive and done a very decent Tiki makeover. It is in a neighborhood that has seen better days, and is across the street from an industrial yard that buys scrap metal. They say that it is a quickly gentrifying neighborhood, and if that is so, it can't happen soon enough. Parking is tight on the weekends, so if you plan a visit, I'd recommend using cab/Uber/public transportation to get there.

Walking in, we finally see a Tiki bar!

Myself and three friends sampled most of the drinks on the two drink menus (regular and happy hour), and there wasn't a false note. These bartenders know how to mix up a vacation in a glass. Superior to premium liquors and house made mixers and syrups. The main menu has several great takes on Tiki classics, like the Mai Tai, Suffering Bastard, Zombie Punch, Missionary's Downfall, as well as several original potent potables well worth trying out. I found their Agricole and Smith and Cross Mai Tai especially great. Happy Hour is 6 - 8 pm every day. They have a 8 for $8 special list of Happy Hour drink specials. Several are from the regular menu, but some seem to be specials.

The only disappointment was the lack, at least that night, of any tiki people besides ourselves. As the Saturday night crowd filtered in, I noticed that most of the room was very young (early-mid twenties), mostly non-tiki drinkers (many more beers than cocktail glasses). Seemed to me that they would be there regardless of the bar theme. If you were to judge it on the crowd it draws, the place would be more Grunge than Tiki.

No custom mugs yet. It would be great to see that in the future. I'd make a special extra trip just for a mug run if they did. But I'm guessing that this will depend on whether or not the Tiki theme really takes root or not. Because it doesn't appear that Tiki is what is drawing people there, I'm not sure a custom mug would be worth it to them.

The GM and head bartender on that day was great to our small party, even giving us the full Tiki by switching the music from the Ubiquitous Bar Rock to a really good Exotica mix for about 45 minutes - until the Saturday night crowd started filtering in, then they switched back to UBR to match up with the PBR set.

No kitchen. This is a straight up bar, but they do have menus from all of the local delivery places and they don't mind if you order for them to enjoy at the bar. Also, there are some great food trucks that make the rounds right outside the door, so there are some food options for those who do not like to rum up on an empty stomach.

I do hope that they find or create a Tiki following for the place. If they eventually find and keep that, they will finally have a full blown Tiki bar that will merit inclusion on some future edition of "Tiki Road Trip."

Overall, highly recommended and worth a trip.

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Nui 'umi 'umi - when you're out this way, let me know. Maybe I can arrange to meet up with you at the Yachtsman. I'm not familiar with that area of Philly but I'm less than an hour away.

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Mahalo Ex! I’m gonna attend a Marine Corps reunion later this year and I’m looking forward to visiting The Yachtsman.
Cheers

happy 240th.
ps. please tell everyone at the reunion of my idea of placing a toynbee style tile commemorating the birthplace of the marines on I-95.

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Mahalo Ex! I’m gonna attend a Marine Corps reunion later this year and I’m looking forward to visiting The Yachtsman.
Cheers

happy 240th.
ps. please tell everyone at the reunion of my idea of placing a toynbee style tile commemorating the birthplace of the marines on I-95.

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they figured out who is making the toynbee tiles - maybe you can ask him :D

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Exq, folks like you are what makes this site so freakin awesome!
Cheersen.
wikipedia.org/wiki/Toynbee_tiles‎

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since the documentary came out a lot of talentless hacks have been placing their own tiles next to the originals overwelming them or others are straight up cutting them out of the pavement and stealing them.

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For our second round I ordered an Aurora Bora Borealis for the hubby (gold rhum agricole, gold ouerto rican rum, oregeat, coconut cream and lime) which was served in a large glass bowl on a stem, like a red wine glass, sort of. It looked creamy and had a purple orchid for garnish but really didn't taste like much of anything. For myself I ordered a Zombie Punch. This wasn't good either.

The decor is barely tiki with a few fishing floats, some bamboo and one large Moai statue. I'm so happy someone in my area opened anything remotely tiki and maybe, just maybe the drinks will improve. If I go back I'd probably try to stick with the Kona beers on tap. (But being a hopeless optimist I'd probably try a mixed drink again.)

Sorry to be a downer but you've been warned!

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The drinks were HORRIBLE. Seriously bad. For our first round we both had a Trader Vic's Mai Tai for $14. On first sip I was assaulted by an overwhelming limey-ness and then the strong flavor of cheap rum. The drinks were served in bucket mugs packed with ice cubes.

Usually the Mai-Tai's are on point. i had a few of them on sunday.
i HATE the way the unglazed bucket mug feels in my hand; it reminds me of nails on a wet chalkboard.
they will pour your drink in a different mug if you ask, i always opt for the dynasty mermaid mug; in any event they both hold the same volume.

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Mahalo!

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They didn't have any mugs at that point. I asked the bartender, and he said it was in the works, and they would have them eventually, but he didn't have a timeline. So I doubt they'd have them yet, but it might be worth a phone call.

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let us know your plans, KahikiGuy... we want to get up there sometime soon as well.

Will do Good sir!

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Owned and operated by the same team that runs Emmanuelle, The Yachtsman is Philly’s only tiki bar. Despite its casual aloha-shirt trappings, the bar staff is quite serious when it comes to constructing the drinks, which call for housemade everything and no bottom-shelf shortcuts.

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Becoming recent fans of " Best Bars in America ", a show on Esquire , comedians/hosts Jay Larson and Sean Patton reintroduced us to the Tiki Bar via their stops in cities across the nation. We have an affinity for anything Polynesian due to time spent in Maui, Hawaii and Disney's Polynesian Resort. A "Tiki Bar" is typically outfitted with Polynesian decor and serves elaborate, tropical cocktails. When we heard about the opening of " The Yachtsman " at 1444 Frankford Ave in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia it was imperative that we paid tribute to the Moai.

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The Yachtsman is a product of the same people that brought you PYT Burger , one of our favorite spots for a burger in the city (you must try a Doh! Nut Burger). Inside the Fishtown bar you'll find a Moai Head, Hula Girl, bamboo, thatching, and more retro tiki-kitsch decor. No detail was forgotten but you'll easily forget what city you're actually in.

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One of The Yachtsman's signature drinks is the "Caribe Welcome Coconut", which is served in a fresh, young green coconut. The Mai Tai (pictured above) is served in a ceramic tiki mug and accompanied with a parasol and a plastic sword! Don't forget to order a round of Rivertowne Hala Kahiki (Hah-lah-kah-hee-kee). Properly labeled as "nectar from the Gods", the Hala Kahiki is a pineapple beer, or "liquid aloha", in a 12 oz. can.

We definitely recommend The Yachtsman, our new favorite spot in Philadelphia.

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The Yachtsman  is officially open on Frankford Avenue in Fishtown and we’ve got the drink and beer menus for you to peruse. The tiki drinks range from $8 to $15 and yes, you can get a rum drink in a coconut.

The bar opens at 6 p.m.

The Yachtsman Drink Menu

Caribe Welcome $15 Refils $9 Don Q Gold, Apricot Liqueur, Coconut Water, Coconut Cream, Lime Served in a fresh young coconut

Phoebe’s Pina Colada $11 Do you like pina coladas? Do you like getting caught in the rain?

Tree Frog $12 Don Q Gold, Banana, Lime, All Spice, Galangal Syrup

Bahia Bikini Bottom $10 Cabana Cachaca, Damson Liqueur, Blue Curacao, Lemon, Coconut Creme, Dab

Trader Vic’s Mai Tai $14 Duquesne Gold, Smith & Cross Jamaican Rum, Curacao, Orgeat, Lime

Pete’s Embrace $8 Sailor Jerry, Don Q Anejo, Papaya, Lime, Cherry Bark Bitters

Aurora Bora Borealis $13 Duquesne Gold, Don Q Gold, Orgeat, Coconut Creme, Orange Juice, Lime

Missionary’s Downfall $8 Don Q Silver, Creme de Peche, honey, Lime, Pineapple, Mint

Bird of Paradise Fizz $12 London Dry Gin, Lime, Cream Soda, Raspberry Syrup, Egg White, Orange Flower Water

Zombie Punch $14 Don Q Gold, Smith & Cross Jamaican Rum, El Dorado, Falernum, Lime, Grenadine, Pernod, Dab

The Yachtsman Beer Menu

Pabst Blue Ribbon $2

Miller Lite $3

Yuengling Lager $3

Red Stripe $4

Kona Big Wave Golden Ale $4

Carib Lager $4

MacKenson’s XXX Milk Stout $5

Hala Kahiki Pineapple $5

Cisco Grey Lady, Ace Cider $5

Anchor Summer Wheat $5

Cerveza Berber Pilsner $5

Heavy Seas Ale $5

Free Will Community Kolsch $6

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