There are hipster bars, and there are bars that just happen to be hipster. This bar is the latter. This bar does not have a sign expect for a very small one on an opposing wall. Similarly, if you look through the window it seems to be something akin to a café (or maybe your grandmother’s living room). This makes it so nobody goes. Well nobody goes expect for the elite: the few real hipsters. There is going to be a girl in a full length dress reading Kurt Vonnegut’s memoirs and sipping a cocktail waiting for her boyfriend to arrive. She will not call herself a hipster; this is just her natural resting state. She will inevitably be cooler than you will ever hope to be. This is the crowd that goes to 1 Tippling Place.

This bar does not play music. People come to this bar to sit one of many couches and talk. You may be asking yourself, “why wouldn’t I just stay in my living room then? That sounds like a living room.” And to that I say one word. Drinks. This bar barely has a website (it is literally just the address and a picture of a couch) but  if they were to list their drink menu you would be amazed. Their coctails range from about $9-$15 and have about 7 ingredients each on average. The drinks are amazingly fancy and well worth a try even if they are pricy (and yes they are pricy). This is place is not a “turn up zone” but the drinks (especially with dark alcohols) are anything but weak. In all, if you can find it, this place is well worth the effort.


Location: 20th and Chestnut

Cost: $$$$

Ambience: Literary and relaxed

Order: Anything as long as it is a cocktail. (The Mexican Strawberry is especially addicting)