Village Whiskey

Whisky Bar and Burger Joint$$$$
Center City West, Philadelphia
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  • Lauren D.
    "The Village Burger is the best burger I've had in Philadelphia."(11 Tips)
    bill b.
    "Excellent cocktails and unbelievable duck fat fries!"(15 Tips)
    Brandon C.
    "The Whiskey King Burger is present day manna from heaven."(7 Tips)
    Lance L.
    "One of the best burgers in philly if not the best"(5 Tips)
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  • ben m.
    ben mAugust 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I don't live in Philly, but this is easily one of my favorite bars in the world. Great list of whiskey, scotch and rye. Always there after dinner for a rye and cask ale.
  • Philly.com
    Philly.comOctober 10, 2013
    Every list of Philly's top burgers includes Jose Garces' Rittenhouse Square bar, whose specialty burger is served on a sesame-seed roll with tomato, Bibb lettuce & Thousand Island dressing. Read more
  • Flo Flo
    Flo FloJanuary 6, 2013
    Best Restaurant Burger ever!if your stuck btwn shake shack and VW,go for VW if its ur first time in Philly or never been before.I'm from NYCand u gotta try the villageburger.The most juicy tender brgr
  • Bre B.
    Bre BonnerDecember 6, 2015
    Amazing cocktails, especially the Bee Charmer and Commodore. Don't forget to try their fried pickles as well. The space is a bit tiny so it can get a little crowded but it's absolutely wonderful.
  • Jason J.
    Jason JenkinsMarch 15, 2015
    The best shrimp and grits I have had outside grandma's kitchen... No frills or foo foo, just straight flavor.. And they even toss in an egg!
  • PureWow
    PureWowJuly 26, 2016
    This burger is yolk porn at its finest. Oh, but if you’re not in the mood for an egg, you can also get it topped with horseradish crab salad. #yesplease Read more
  • Patrick W.
    Patrick WSeptember 9, 2014
    Best burger in Philly hands down. Decadence at its finest. Foie gras, truffled mushrooms, bleu cheese, fried egg and bacon. Bring on the heart attack!
  • Steven L.
    Steven LeistApril 24, 2012
    There is a waiter who reminds me of Aaron eckhart. The burger was amazing and now a fan of scotch and whiskey. They also have fries fried in duck fat. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • David
    DavidMarch 1, 2016
    Besides the American whiskeys, they have an extensive selection of scotch, and international whiskies, e.g. Kavalan, Amrut Fusion, and some lesser known Japanese whiskies.
  • Andrew D.
    Andrew DominickSeptember 16, 2013
    Can't go wrong with any of their Prohibition and Prohibition Repeal cocktails. Get the Kentucky Hot Brown, you will not be sorry. Screw it, everything here rocks.
  • Niraj D.
    Niraj DesaiFebruary 1, 2013
    You cannot go wrong with the grilled chicken sammich. I shit you not it is deliciousness. Do it. Oh and be prepared...those long hots will make you sweat!
  • Layla A.
    Layla AlotaibiMarch 30, 2016
    OMG the Chicago dog is the best hot dog I've ever had in my life 🙌🏼 and their milkshakes are not to be missed! Amazing staff and service too.
  • Bree T.
    Bree TrooshieJuly 5, 2015
    They had an awesome Whiskey list and their house made bacons were delicious, but the menu was overpriced and it was very cramped. Would go back only for drinks and bacon, not a meal
  • Sarah F.
    Sarah FernandezNovember 12, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't be deterred by the waitlist. Leave your name, then catch the bartender's eye and wait in the back til a seat opens up at the bar. Best cocktails in the city.Enjoy an old-fashioned with a burger.
  • Billie Jo H.
    Billie Jo HayesMarch 31, 2016
    I had the Whiskey wait experience. Not worth doing it again. Drinks = awesome! Waited 3+ hrs to eat at 11:30 pm. Get on the list early to avoid wondering if they forgot to call your cell.
  • Follow F.
    Follow FoodieMay 6, 2011
    The Whiskey King burger is the epitome of decadence. Truly delicious. If you aren't into foie gras however, you can put together your own burger from the variety of available toppings.
  • Brendan R.
    Brendan RastetterAugust 10, 2014
    Order the Whiskey King Burger topped with foie gras, bacon and bleu cheese. Get it with a side of duck fat fries. So worth it!
  • Allie I.
    Allie IlaganJanuary 30, 2012
    Order the thick-cut, bacon-topped Whiskey King burger from Iron Chef Jose Garces' acclaimed whiskey bar, which earned 2 bells from critic Craig LaBan. You won't be disappointed.
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineFebruary 28, 2011
    Try the Tater tots. The duck fat fries may get all the attention at Jose Garces’s bar, but his version of the frozen-food-aisle favorite is the real spud-centric star. Read more
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineDecember 2, 2011
    During the off hours, this is one of the best places in the city for a classy drink paired with a surprisingly amazing $3 order of tater tots. Read more
  • josephine h.
    josephine huangMay 12, 2014
    Don't forget to get a fried egg with your burger. And the amazing Nutella milkshake!!
  • Clay W.
    Clay WilliamsOctober 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Whiskey and burgers from the Spanish chef behind Amada and Tinto. High end pub grub and a booze and beer selection to explore for hours.
  • Sophie
    SophieFebruary 9, 2013
    Everyone raves about the burger and the fries -- rightfully so -- but you MUST try their lobster mac and cheese. It is divine.
  • Caleb M.
    Caleb MarshDecember 21, 2016
    If you are there for dinner, don't think too much about what to order. Go with the Village Burger and Duck Fat Fries and call it a day.
  • Cali W.
    Cali WilderFebruary 5, 2016
    I had the burger sans bun and it was the most amazing thing I've ever eaten. You will not be disappointed!
  • Mike M.
    Mike McCarronNovember 5, 2011
    Rumor has it the Whisky King burger is the BEST BURGER EVER... I have not personally had it but their other burgers are fantastic too.
  • James
    JamesAugust 20, 2012
    The living end for Whiskey. I did pay $26 for a burger and it was worth it. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Jip v.
    Jip van KuijkFebruary 23, 2016
    Amazing cocktails! Great burgers, didn't like the cheddar cheese sauce for my fries that much though.
  • David K.
    David KrausJuly 22, 2011
    Insane selection of whiskey... Skip it all and try four roses! Village burger and herb cherry tomatoes are also a fantastic addition.
  • Brittany
    BrittanyJanuary 25, 2014
    Duck Fat Fries are amazing. Get the cheese on the side. Burger was superb. Lobster Mac was delish.
  • bill b.
    bill biskupJanuary 8, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Good selection. Excellent cocktails and unbelievable duck fat fries!
  • Chase V.
    Chase VandergriftSeptember 2, 2012
    They're not on the options list but the pickled beets are amazing on the burger. Especially good with a fried egg.
  • Megan F.
    Megan FilippApril 20, 2014
    If you are not staying for dinner, I highly recommend the shortrib and cheese fries. Life changing.
  • Renaissance Hotels
    Renaissance HotelsJanuary 8, 2014
    The Harvest Moon – made with apple brandy, warm spiced cider and honey – is perfect for seeing off this week's frigid #PolarVortex. Pair with an order of tater tots. Read more
  • Krysta K.
    Krysta KennyMarch 17, 2013
    Bloody Mary's are great! Village burger was to die for and the duck fried French fries were amazing!
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkJanuary 18, 2011
    Jose Garces' classic American bar, The Village Whiskey, serves over 80 whiskies and bar foods, like burgers paired with Duck Fat French Fries.
  • Nikolas R.
    Nikolas RofosJune 28, 2014
    The best food in town!! Not just the burgers, you have to try the lobster Mac and cheese!
  • Gary A.
    Gary AlanSeptember 17, 2014
    Good food but adequate on whiskey selections. Good service. A decent beer selection. Try the burgers!
  • Brendan O.
    Brendan O'LearyNovember 6, 2014
    Get the burger and at least two of their wide array of pickles. The whiskey list is huge!
  • RC
    RCDecember 29, 2014
    The burger are, obviously, great. But, the whiskey king is just too much. Stick to the simple fixins and get some tots.
  • Caleb M.
    Caleb MarshDecember 21, 2016
    If you find yourself here for brunch get the Chicken & Waffles, you won't be disappointed.
  • Jason R.
    Jason RappaportAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you don't get the duck fat fries with cheddar sauce and short ribs, you're doing it wrong.
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineJanuary 14, 2013
    "I’ve tried a different whiskey almost every time I’ve been to Village. And I’ve been there a lot."
  • Chris K.
    Chris KellySeptember 1, 2013
    Short rib skillet at brunch: not to be missed
  • Adam K.
    Adam KayeJuly 5, 2010
    Get the Whiskey King burger, with foie gras, bacon, bleu cheese, and onions. I wouldn't really EVER say a burger is worth 26 bucks, but, well...it absolutely is.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauNovember 25, 2012
    Try the Bbq Pork Sammy - Pulled pork shoulder, whiskey BBQ, cole slaw, fried pickles
  • Jorge A.
    Jorge AvilaAugust 12, 2012
    If you come alone, just sit at bar and enjoy a tasty drink while they make your burger.
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineDecember 7, 2011
    The Harvard Girl is a great looking drink. Be sure to try it, it's one of the best drinks in Philadelphia. Read more
  • Follow F.
    Follow FoodieOctober 22, 2013
    The Whiskey King is one of the finest burgers you'll ever have the pleasure of eating.
  • Elaine L.
    Elaine LeeDecember 21, 2014
    Best burgers. Huge whiskey selection. Pulled pork sandwiches are good too.
  • Dominique C.
    Dominique ComerAugust 8, 2014
    Limited brunch menu, but a great back up if your original brunch spot has a long line
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    At chef Jose Garces's upscale pub, order the eight-ounce Village Burger served on a sesame roll with house-made Thousand Island dressing.
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineJanuary 3, 2012
    It’s small, it’s crowded, and getting through the door on a busy night can be a nightmare. But nothing in the world pairs quite so well as a $70 pour of whiskey, neat, and a $3 order of tater tots.
  • Christine W.
    Christine WongApril 15, 2014
    The burger is huge and really yummy! Get it with the bacon :)
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DoveOctober 7, 2011
    The Village Burger is the best burger I've had in Philadelphia. And I've had a lot of burgers.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauNovember 25, 2012
    Try the Shortrib And Cheddar Duck Fat Fries - Whoa. So heavy and so good.
  • Arielle
    ArielleJune 6, 2015
    Definitely the burger and share the short rib cheese fries if you have room
  • Jason G.
    Jason GibsonAugust 18, 2014
    Drinks were REALLY good. The short rib cheddar fries are proof that God wants us to be happy.
  • Adam L.
    Adam LaiacanoSeptember 21, 2011
    Don't miss the duck fat fries with cheese sauce. Pair them with an imperial stout and a nap.
  • Brandon C.
    Brandon C.May 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Whiskey King Burger is present day manna from heaven. You've not sufficiently dined until you try it.
  • John K.
    John KilvingtonApril 17, 2011
    As a vegetarian, I'm biased. But I bet the pickled vegetables are better than the burgers. The tomatoes are my favorite.
  • Meghan H.
    Meghan HallApril 16, 2014
    One of the best burgers of my life. Worth whatever the wait may be!
  • Elysia B.
    Elysia BandongJuly 7, 2016
    Good for brunch and known for foie gras stuffed burger ($26)
  • Daphne S.
    Daphne SoegijonoSeptember 2, 2013
    Cocktails are delicious! Food is amazing too. Overall great.
  • Jim K.
    Jim KennyFebruary 16, 2010
    Put your name in on the waiting list. Go grab a few drinks at Noble nearby. Village Whiskey will call when your table is ready. Best burger in Philly! Read more
  • Follow F.
    Follow FoodieMay 6, 2011
    The burgers get all the attention but don't miss out on the pickles which are very impressive.
  • Daniel F.
    Daniel FalaleyevSeptember 25, 2014
    The Village Whisky burger is the best burger I've had in a LONG time
  • Faris I.
    Faris IbraheemSeptember 3
    Burgers on sesame seeds buns? Checked. Asks for goat cheese, gets cheddar instead. Oh, well...
  • Brian A.
    Brian AndersonFebruary 17, 2013
    Get the burger with pomme frite (made in duck fat - you know you want em)
  • John W.
    John WagnerFebruary 29, 2012
    Try the Whiskey King Burger - Arguable misuse of foie gras, but who cares? =)
  • Lance J.
    Lance JonesMay 10, 2014
    Arrive early, hold down a spot at the bar, eat burger, drink whiskey...good times!
  • Seung-Jin H.
    Seung-Jin HamOctober 9, 2013
    one of the best burgers of my life!! drinks were good too.
  • Michal P.
    Michal PochéNovember 14, 2013
    Try the pickled radish and black kale! Oh and a whiskey flight 😁
  • Taylor V.
    Taylor VAJuly 18, 2013
    Fries are the best! Especially the cheddar and SHORTRIB
  • Melissa S.
    Melissa SachsOctober 31, 2010
    The de rigeur is delish! As are the fried shrimp, the pickled tomatoes, & the pulled pork sandwich.
  • Caroline D.
    Caroline DilsheimerApril 5, 2013
    Get a burger and a pork Sammy and squeeze both meats in one bun
  • Follow F.
    Follow FoodieAugust 2, 2015
    They put time and care into their old fashioned. You can taste the difference.
  • Follow F.
    Follow FoodieMay 6, 2011
    The tater tots are light, crispy and airy. Well worth a try for the price.
  • Lance L.
    Lance LacoffAugust 9, 2014
    One of the best burgers in philly if not the best
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineSeptember 15, 2010
    Diet Buster: This is the reason you passed up the glazed doughnut at work and took that extra spinning class this week. Totally worth it. Read more
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 27, 2014
    Check out Village Whiskey as seen on Meat And Potatoes , Unique Eats Read more
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauNovember 25, 2012
    Try the Village Burger - With cheddar and bacon added
  • Scott L.
    Scott LoebSeptember 20, 2014
    Whiskey, clearly. The burger was killer. Don't balk at the price
  • Greta B.
    Greta BaithJune 10, 2010
    The Whiskey King Burger is worth every penny ($26). Think of it as a gourmet meal, not just a burger.
  • Mike L.
    Mike LillisJune 24, 2016
    Burgers and Duck fat fries oh and Whiskey
  • Jacqui K.
    Jacqui KatesAugust 31, 2012
    Stay away from the chicken sandwich, it's quite bland. Sammy bbq sandwich is delicious!
  • Jazmin A.
    Jazmin AlegreSeptember 3, 2012
    The added fried egg was perfect on my village burger!
  • Rachelle D.
    Rachelle DApril 1, 2014
    $26 Whiskey king tastes the same as their $12 regular burger. Good but not a $14 difference.
  • James
    JamesMarch 13, 2011
    The Duck Fat Fries are mandatory. Stop reading this and order them... What are you waiting for??
  • Rachel
    RachelJuly 6, 2011
    The chees fries... yummo!!! And the burger to die for!
  • Rita C.
    Rita CavalliSeptember 14, 2012
    The Village burger with bacon and egg will change your life
  • jordan l.
    jordan levineMay 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The Kuba Kula. Light rum, dark rum, high strength rum, absinthe. Get it.
  • Gwen M.
    Gwen MescoAugust 21, 2011
    The gin smash (off menu) is so good!
  • Scottiegus
    ScottiegusMarch 12, 2011
    How am I the first to recommend the Kentucky Hot Brown? Delicious. Whiskey does the body good.
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BurchAugust 17, 2011
    Don't wuss out go ahead and pay the full $26 for the Whiskey burger with Frois Gras
  • Dan T.
    Dan TorresAugust 22, 2016
    Get the duck fat fries with cheese and short ribs.
  • Leo O.
    Leo OliveiraAugust 30, 2011
    Great burger, awesome cheddar fries and good beer! Read more
  • Marc
    MarcJanuary 27, 2015
    Veggie Burger listed on Food Networks "Best. Burger. Ever."
  • DrinkPhilly.com
    DrinkPhilly.comFebruary 17, 2011
    Enjoy 1/2 price sangria during happy hour M-F from 5-7pm! Check out our review! Read more
  • Daphne P.
    Daphne PapapolyzouMarch 29, 2015
    The burger is heavenly.
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