New Cocktail lounge to open in Old City
A new music-themed bar is poised to open its doors in Old City, catering to both music aficionados and cocktail connoisseurs.
Dubbed 48 Record Bar, the intimate venue will feature a 37-seat vinyl listening room and cocktail lounge, nestled above the iconic Sassafras Bar near the corner of 2nd and Chestnut streets. Scheduled to debut in early December, the bar will tantalize taste buds with a menu of 16 carefully crafted cocktails, alongside a selection of beers and wines. To further elevate the auditory experience, 48 Record Bar will boast a state-of-the-art high-fidelity sound system specifically designed for spinning vinyl records.
The new cocktail lounge will not only serve up delectable libations but also host a diverse array of events, including electrifying DJ sets, record release parties, live podcast tapings, and immersive vinyl listening sessions. Curating the bar’s event programming is creative director Joey Sweeney, the mastermind behind the local culture blog Philebrity and a former member of Philadelphia Weekly’s editorial staff in the early 2000s. At the helm of 48 Record Bar stands Donal McCoy, the owner of both Sassafras Bar and Tin Angel, the music venue that once occupied the same space above Sassafras Bar.
For those seeking a more exclusive experience, 48 Record Bar will offer an optional tiered membership program. Membership benefits include enrollment in a record-of-the-month club, early access to ticketed events, and invitations to members-only gatherings.
Complementing the enticing beverage menu, the bar will also serve up a selection of delectable small bites, such as deviled eggs, dainty finger sandwiches, and the classic Welsh rabbit. 48 Record Bar is conveniently located at 48 S. 2nd St., occupying the second-floor space above Sassafras Bar. The bar will welcome guests Wednesday through Sunday, operating from 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM.