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The Yachtsman, Philadelphia, PA (bar)
tikimug
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Joined: Apr 01, 2002
Posts: 752
From: 1217 mi. North of the Mai Kai
Posted: 2014-08-15 8:40 pm   Permalink

Name:The Yachtsman
Type:bar
Street:1444 Frankford Ave
City:Philadelphia
State:PA
Zip:19125
country:USA
Phone: 267-251-3234
Status:operational

Description:
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!

https://www.facebook.com/yachtsmanbar?hc_location=timeline
http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/the-insider/The-Yachtsman-sets-sail-in-Fishtown.html



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Kanu
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Joined: May 17, 2011
Posts: 22
From: Michigan
Posted: 2015-01-03 2:58 pm   Permalink

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?

 
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exquisitecorpse
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Joined: Feb 26, 2009
Posts: 260
From: philadelphia
Posted: 2015-01-03 4:44 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2015-01-03 14:58, Kanu wrote:
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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Kanu
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Joined: May 17, 2011
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From: Michigan
Posted: 2015-01-05 07:49 am   Permalink

Thanks for the head's up... I will probably pop in and check it out.

 
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Dr. Coruba
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Joined: Jun 02, 2008
Posts: 210
Posted: 28 days ago; 09:29 am   Permalink

Had a great time at the Yachtsman last weekend.

Opened and run by one/some of Phillys 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.


From the outside, it is hard to know what the place is inside. I'm sure the name Yachtsman means something to the creators, but if I were scanning a list of bars looking for a Tiki bar, or Mai Tais/Exotic cocktails, Yachtsman would not blip on my radar. On the outside of the building it has a very stylized wave painted across the front and side - very reminiscent of the famous Japanese woodcut, "The Great Wave off Kanagawa." It is interesting to be sure, but along with the name adds to a very mixed message.

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 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 don't mind at all 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
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Joined: Feb 21, 2011
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From: La Mirada Atoll
Posted: 28 days ago; 1:22 pm   Permalink

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


 
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LoriLovesTiki
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Joined: Jul 03, 2011
Posts: 1042
From: NJ
Posted: 28 days ago; 4:23 pm   Permalink

I've been holding out going because I was hoping a custom mug was coming. They said it was "in the works" when I asked on FB but after reading your excellent post I think I'd better get there sooner than later. I don't want to have missed out if the tikiness goes by the wayside.

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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nui 'umi 'umi
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From: La Mirada Atoll
Posted: 28 days ago; 8:15 pm   Permalink

Lori, we池e looking forward to it. Keep you posted.
David


 
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exquisitecorpse
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Joined: Feb 26, 2009
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From: philadelphia
Posted: 27 days ago; 07:52 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2015-02-05 13:22, nui 'umi 'umi wrote:
Mahalo Ex! I知 gonna attend a Marine Corps reunion later this year and I知 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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Johnny Dollar
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Joined: Oct 01, 2003
Posts: 2971
From: Baltimore, Maryland, PNG
Posted: 27 days ago; 08:18 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2015-02-06 07:52, exquisitecorpse wrote:
Quote:

On 2015-02-05 13:22, nui 'umi 'umi wrote:
Mahalo Ex! I知 gonna attend a Marine Corps reunion later this year and I知 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.

[ This Message was edited by: exquisitecorpse 2015-02-06 07:56 ]



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

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nui 'umi 'umi
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From: La Mirada Atoll
Posted: 27 days ago; 09:21 am   Permalink

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

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exquisitecorpse
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Joined: Feb 26, 2009
Posts: 260
From: philadelphia
Posted: 27 days ago; 3:38 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2015-02-06 09:21, nui 'umi 'umi wrote:
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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