PHILADELPHIA, Penn.—The Rittenhouse, a 116-room independent luxury hotel located in Philadelphia, announced the opening of the Library Bar as part of the property’s extensive renovation.
The Library Bar, named for its intimate design and carefully curated collection of books and fine art, is located just off the lobby. Open nightly for small bites and cocktail service, the 20-seat Library Bar is poised to become a sophisticated cocktail destination in the city.
The drink menu features choice spirits and seasonal house-made mixers for light libations that blend rare ingredients with innovative technique for a refined approach to the classics, with mixologist Pablo “Papi” Hurtado at the helm. The bar also offers guests a refined assortment of locally crafted beer, regional wines and only the finest spirits, including single malt and blended whiskies, rum, tequila, madeira, port, sherry, brandy, grappa and cognac, as well as vodka and gin for expertly prepared martinis.
Inspired by his passion for international flavors, Executive Chef Jon Cichon created a distinct bar menu featuring a selection of shareable appetizers, salads and desserts, as well as sweet and savory wine and food pairings designed for one or two guests to share. Using only locally-sourced ingredients, highlights from the pairing menu include Foie Gras Verrine, Black Truffle and Duck Rillette paired with Hennessy Paradis Cognac; Ossetra Caviar, Fingerling Potato Chips and Crème Fraîche with Moët & Chandon, ‘Cuvée Dom Pérignon’, Brut, Epernay, 2000; and Dark Chocolate, Caramel-Orange Mousse served with Smith Woodhouse, 1985.
The Library Bar’s design is a careful balance of old and new, allowing for a unification of sleek sensibility with classic style. The Rittenhouse selected the Alexandra Champalimaud as the designer for the bar. Dark paneled wood, herringbone patterned stained oak floors and golden leather barstools and banquettes imbue the bar with an intimate atmosphere, while the books and fine art speak to the hotel’s place in Philadelphia history and American tradition.