Late this summer, Sofitel Philadelphia’s Liberté Lounge partnered with Bluecoat Gin on a seasonal sidewalk seating area called Liberté Blue. This extension of the hotel restaurant’s urban chic lounge is located on Sansom Street and features a special menu of Bluecoat Gin based cocktails and dishes. What may be most special, is that the rooftop of the hotel is home to over 480,000 honey bees and over 3,000 lbs of soil where organic vegetables and herbs are planted each year. Executive Chef Edward Hancock uses the honey and garden items to create organic dishes and drinks that are featured the seasonal menus.
“We have this lovely outdoor space on Sansom Street that is perfect for outdoor seating,” explained Sofitel Philadelphia General Manager Angela Bauer. “Liberté Blue allows us to expand our distinctive cocktail program and incorporate Philadelphia-based Bluecoat Gin.”
Liberté Blue opens daily until 10 p.m. (weather permitting) and also offers the “Apero Chic” Happy Hour with $7 wines, $5 beers and a $7 weekly special creation cocktail Monday through Thursday, 5 – 7 pm and 5 – 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Cocktails and menu items at Liberté Blue incorporate Bluecoat Gin with honey and herbs from Sofitel’s rooftop garden and bee hives for unique and delicious combinations.
Bluecoat Gin is a revolutionary spirit that leads with refreshingly sweet aromatics, giving way to soft and earthy juniper notes. The body is intensely smooth with a complex depth of flavors that reveal themselves as they permeate the palate. The bright finish is exceptionally long and completes an experience that is incredibly pleasing to the senses. As the original American dry gin, Bluecoat is in a class by itself. Unique in flavor profile and unsurpassed in character, five times distilled in the birthplace of America – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Some of the featured cocktails and menu items include the Dutch Courage Cocktail made with Bluecoat Barrel Finish Gin, honey, bitters and Bees Knees Cocktail mixed up with Bluecoat American Dry Gin, lemon, and honey. We also enjoyed the Carthusian G&T with Bluecoat American Dry Gin, yellow chartreuse, Grand Marnier, bitters, and tonic water.
The Sofitel Philadelphia blends French elegance with American style providing a refined environment for upscale business and leisure travel in center city. The downtown hotel is conveniently situated near historic attractions, museums, shopping, and restaurants. Aesthetic highlights of the hotel include a geometric lobby floor design inspired by Shaker quilts crafted from seven types of stone and French-inspired works of art adorning the walls. Sofitel Philadelphia offers 306 elegant rooms on 14 floors, including 67 luxurious suites all featuring Sofitel’s signature feathertop and duvet sleep system— SoBed. The luxury experience is accentuated by the delicious cuisine of Liberté Lounge, a stylish restaurant and bar that brings back a bygone era with contemporary French-inspired food served in one of the city’s loveliest settings. Sofitel Philadelphia ranked number nine on Conde Nast Traveler’s Top 20 Hotels in NY State & the Mid-Atlantic: Readers’ Choice Awards 2015, and is a Best Hotel in Philadelphia on the 2016 and 2017 Best Hotel Rankings from U.S. News & World Report.
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