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Royal Boucherie in Old City Launches New Negroni Bar and Relaunches Happy Hour

Marilyn Johnson

As temperatures fall, Royal Boucherie, Old City’s atmospheric and lively neighborhood bar and restaurant, is right on time with its new Negroni Bar—a cold-weather riff on this summer’s über-popular Spritzer Bar. The setup is similar, but flavors are flipped and couldn’t be more perfect for cooler temperatures and fall/winter imbibing. Additionally, for the first time since the start of the pandemic, Royal Boucherie has brought back Happy Hour.

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Royal Boucherie’s Negroni Bar, the brainchild of beverage expert Samantha Seltzer, is the latest addition to a carefully curated cocktail program. Rife with brand-new seasonal offerings, the Negroni Bar provides a unique twist on the classic cocktail where guests can select a preferred Gin (Step One), an Amaro (Step Two), and a Fortifier (Step Three) to build their ideal libation—priced at $16 per cocktail—with virtually endless possibilities.

  • Step 1: Guests choose a gin from an impressive list of noted distilleries including Aviation, Bar Hill, Beefeater, Bluecoat, Barrel-Aged Bluecoat, Boardroom, Bol’s Genever, Bombay Sapphire, Botanist, Dolin Genepy, Great Grey, Hendricks, Plymouth, Roku, and Tanqueray.
  • Step 2: Choose an Amaro (bittersweet liqueur): Amaro Tonico Ferro-Kina, Aperol, Averna, ATXA Pacharan, Bonal-Compari, Cappeletti, Cynar, Oubonnet Rouge, Fernet Branca, Kina L’aero D’or, Luxardo Amaro Abano Lo-Fi Genetian, M&R Apertivo, Montenegro, Nonino, Sfumato, and Vigo.  
  • Step 3: Choice of Fortifier: Carpano [Antica, Punt E Mes], Cocchi [Americano, Rosa, Torino], Dolin [Blanc, Dry, Rouge], or Lillet [Blanc, Rosé, Rouge].
“The Spritzer Bar was a fun twist for us and our guests, so we figured what better way to spice up our fall menu than with a Negroni Bar?” said Seltzer. “The addition of the Negroni Bar and the return of happy hour is just some of what has us excited for what’s ahead this fall and winter.”

Royal Boucherie's New Happy Hour will feature:

  • $5 draft beer
  • $6 house wine [Côté Mas Rouge, Cabrials Chardonnay, Morandé Rosé]
  • $10 craft cocktails

Plus an array of small plates from Executive Chef Matt Buehler:

  • Happy Hour Cheese Board ($12)
  • Happy Hour Charcuterie Board ($12)
  • Half Dozen Oysters ($12)
  • Half Dozen Chef’s Choice Oysters + Crémant Blanc ($15)
  • Prosciutto Cotto ($10) with Marcona almond, pickled peppers, and parmesan
  • Macaroni Gratin ($8)
  • Fingerling Potatoes ($6) with n’duja
  • Bay Scallops ($12) with chistorra and red wine
  • Steak Tartare ($10) with bottarga and parmesan
  • Castelvetrano Olives ($6) with citrus and rosemary

Royal Boucherie is a lively brasserie led by Chef Matt Buehler from local bar owners Stephen Simons,  David Frank, and company CEO Suzanne O’Brien (Cantina Los Caballitos, Dos Segundos, Royal Tavern, Royal Sushi Izakaya, Khyber Pass Pub, Triangle Tavern).

The restaurant, located in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic Old City district, serves a French-inspired menu with a focus on house-made charcuterie, raw bar specialties, and classic cocktails. 

The bi-level, 150-seat space features restored finishes such as original pine flooring dating back to the 1830s, as well as tin ceilings, antique light fixtures, and exposed brick walls. An outdoor garden terrace off the second-level dining room can accommodate up to 35 in the warmer months. Royal Boucherie offers a second-floor private dining room that’s perfect for small weddings, showers, and other special events. Royal Boucherie is located at 52 S. Second Street, in the heart of Old City Philadelphia, and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 4–10 pm.

Marilyn Johnson is a freelance food and travel writer covering the food and drink scene of Philadelphia, South Jersey, and beyond. Food news: phillygrub@gmail.com. Travel tips: phillygrubtrips@gmail.com.

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Marilyn Johnson is a Philadelphia area-based food and travel writer focusing on food & drink in the Mid-Atlantic region. Email phillygrub@gmail.com for Philly area news; phillygrubtrips@gmail.com for travel tips and opportunities.

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