Ashton is proud to introduce the new gold standard in cigar bars and lounges. In the heart of Philadelphia’s Center City district, Ashton Cigar Bar is located on top of Philadelphia’s oldest and finest cigar store, Holt’s Cigar Company. Featuring a beautiful, contemporary design and warm, comfortable atmosphere, Ashton Cigar Bar is a sanctuary for lovers of fine cigars and spirits. With a world-class selection of 200 premium cigars, 400 whiskeys and 600 total spirits, Ashton Cigar Bar also offers an expansive selection of specialty craft cocktails. The perfect setting to enjoy a drink and a fine cigar, Ashton Cigar Bar is the ultimate oasis for indulgence in life’s pleasures. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff and custom-engineered air purification system will guarantee you enjoy the utmost in service, pleasure and relaxation.
History of Ashton
Ashton is one of the world’s premier luxury cigar brands. Made by hand in the Dominican Republic, Ashton cigars are enjoyed by cigar lovers in over 65 countries all over the world. With an infinite commitment to quality, consistency and excellence, Ashton has built a worldwide reputation for the very finest in premium cigars.
Ashton is a family owned and operated Cigar Company based in Philadelphia, PA. Founded in 1985 by Robert Levin, Ashton cigars are manufactured in the Dominican Republic in the legendary Fuente factory. Through the years, Ashton has grown into one of the most renowned and sought-after premium cigars in the world. In 2002, Ashton launched La Aroma de Cuba and in 2007, San Cristobal. Handmade in Nicaragua by rising cigar-maker, Jose “Pepin” Garcia, La Aroma de Cuba and San Cristobal are two of the hottest, fastest-growing cigar brands in the world today. In addition to being an oasis for indulgence in life’s pleasures, Ashton Cigar Bar is also a wonderful showpiece for the Ashton brand. Experience pleasure beyond expectation!
Neighborhood: Center City
Bank & Bourbon features an innovative barrel-aging program for house aged liquors
and creative cocktails under the guidance of our experienced Bourbon Masters, and an inherently American menu by Chef Joe Thomas that offers creative, seasonal interpretations of classic dishes – all in a comfortable, relaxed setting.
Capacity: 16-205 guests 138 seated or 205 reception
Directly across 11th Street from the PA Convention Center. Serving 60 draft beers & intercontinental bar food. Perfect for events and parties of up to 150+
Neighborhood: Center City
Barcade® is the Original Arcade Bar: a combination bar and arcade with a focus on classic arcade games and American craft beer. There are currently seven locations in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. All locations are owned and operated by four of the company founders; Paul Kermizian, Pete Langway, and brothers Kevin and Scott Beard along with a small group of private investors.
The original Barcade opened in 2004 in a former metal shop on Union Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. At the time, Kevin and Scott were working in graphic design, Paul in film and television, and Pete in advertising. Paul had just completed directing the feature film “American Beer”, a road trip documentary profiling the American craft beer industry, and the friends were spending time drinking craft beer and playing the classic 1980’s video games that lined the walls of Paul’s Williamsburg loft.
Those beer and game filled nights inspired the group to open a neighborhood bar focused on American craft beer and classic video games. They quit their day jobs, maxed out their credit cards, and began work on Barcade.
The friends did most of the construction themselves, keeping the look of the warehouse and garage that the space had previously been, and the bar opened in the fall of 2004 to immediate acclaim.
Looking ahead with plans for expansion, the company registered a federal trademark in 2007 for the name Barcade. In 2011 two new locations opened; one in downtown Jersey City and another in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Barcade opened two more locations in 2014, both in Manhattan: on West 24th Street in Chelsea, and on St. Mark’s Place in the East Village. The sixth location, in New Haven, Connecticut opened in 2016. The seventh location opened in Newark, New Jersey in 2017.
There are currently two locations under construction in Los Angeles and Detroit and others in the planning stages including a second Philadelphia location and a second Los Angeles location.
Barcade began utilizing the tagline “The Original Arcade Bar” in 2015 as a way to distinguish itself from the hundreds of arcade bars which have now opened across the United States. Many of these arcade bars cite Barcade as their inspiration.
Barcade locations typically have a full bar with a focus on craft spirits and cocktails. The menu consists primarily of sandwiches and sharable plates with creative variations of classic pub food and regional specialties. The beer selection is only American craft beer, featuring local, regional, and national craft breweries, and only on draft so as to reduce waste and energy.
The video game selection is mostly from the classic period of the early 1980’s and ranges through the early 1990’s, although there may be titles as early as 1975 and as recent as the mid-2000’s in rotation. Most locations will have between 40 and 60 games on the floor. The pinball selection includes many current titles as well as classic machines from the 1980’s and 1990’s.
Barcade locations are certified green by the Green Restaurant Association, a national non-profit organization that recognizes and certifies environmentally responsible restaurant and bar operations.
In 2008, Barcade in Brooklyn was named one of the best bars in America by Esquire Magazine.
In 2013, Brooklyn’s Barcade was named the best bar in New York City by social media website Foursquare.
In 2013, Barcade in Philadelphia was named the best craft beer bar in the city by the television show Brew Dogs.
Barra Rossa is a bustling burst of Italian flavor and energy. The lively atmosphere is perfect for sharing a meal with friends or family, or for a late night snack. The dynamic bar provides a vibrant venue for sampling from a selection of 50 Italian wines served by the bottle or quartino. Begin your meal with a sampling of Italian meats, cheeses and olives. Next, try several of our signature hot and cold small plates. Then, choose from a selection of our wood-fired pizzas and pastas, or one of our signature entrees.
Creative and traditional dishes are brought to life with local and fresh ingredients. An extensive wine and specialty cocktail list pairs with each dish to complete the dining experience.
Neighborhood: Center City
Capacity: 15-160 guests 80 seated or 160 reception