Sonny’s Cocktail Joint- A fun new place to raise a glass!

-Brenda Hillegas

Chris Fetfatzes and Heather Annechiarico, the husband-wife duo behind some great Philly businesses like Hawthornes Beer Cafe, Pivot Coffee and Soupery, Quicksip, Tio Flores, (and the soon-to-open Grace & Proper) have been working hard for the past year to open up Sonny’s Cocktail Joint- the perfect next door neighbor to their super cool Wine Dive cocktail bar at 1506 South Street in Graduate Hospital.

Wine Dive was only open for a few weeks before the pandemic shut it down. Last summer, it became the first place I bought a to-go cocktail in Center City when that was a thing! This is a really great spot, so of course at last night’s media preview event for Sonny’s Cocktail Joint, everyone was encouraged to stop at Wine Dive first for a celebratory reopening drink. Their inside dining room and bar is open again and it’s a must see! We tried the Strawberry Sage Paloma and the Bangarang Frose.

If you think the vibe at Wine Dive is great (and it really is), wait until you see Sonny’s! You know your friend who always finds the greatest thrift store treasures and decorates their apartment with all of it so well that you think they must have paid big bucks to an interior designer? That’s Sonny’s! The inside lounge and the outdoor courtyard are filled with eye candy oddities. Look at every nook and cranny, then find the perfect spot for a photo op!

Sonny’s has a really cool dive-y feel, just like big sister Wine Dive. And the drinks are unique and of this world delicious. Last night, the options to sample included a Negroni, DJ Saved My Life, the House Highball, Gimlet and my favorite- Drink of Fortunes. Check out the descriptions for each below!

Drink of Fortunes was amazing!

Chef D. DeMarco nails it with incredible pub fare and happy-hour type snacks…but with a twist to match Sonny’s atmosphere. The mini hot dogs with snake river wagyu, tallow, sweet heat mustard, and pickled celery (yum!) was excellent. So were the crispy shitake bites. These are a must try! Think fried chicken but with mushroom instead. I could eat the vegan buttermilk coating all day. Also on the menu were very tasty mini tartare grilled cheeses and mac & cheese. For dessert- a Dunkaroo type treat with chocolate chip cookies and a bourbon old fashioned buttercream. Wow.

Wine Dive and Sonny’s are perfectly located just off Broad St., so they’re great options to grab a drink before (or after) a show on the “Avenue of the Arts”. Not too far away from the theatres, but just enough that the crowds won’t follow you over (well, I guess they will after reading this!). For me, I can hop on Septa’s bus 27 right in front of my house and get dropped off right at Broad and South, so I look forward to coming back with friends soon. Everything at Wine Dive and Sonny’s Cocktail Joint is made with love, quality ingredients, and a quirky flare. You’ll love it, I promise! Sonny’s opens officially tomorrow, August 6th. Wine Dive is open now.

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