Becoming recent fans of "Best Bars in America", a show on Esquire, comedians/hosts Jay Larson and Sean Patton reintroduced us to the Tiki Bar via their stops in cities across the nation. We have an affinity for anything Polynesian due to time spent in Maui, Hawaii and Disney's Polynesian Resort. A "Tiki Bar" is typically outfitted with Polynesian decor and serves elaborate, tropical cocktails. When we heard about the opening of "The Yachtsman" at 1444 Frankford Ave in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia it was imperative that we paid tribute to the Moai.

The Yachtsman is a product of the same people that brought you PYT Burger, one of our favorite spots for a burger in the city (you must try a Doh! Nut Burger). Inside the Fishtown bar you'll find a Moai Head, Hula Girl, bamboo, thatching, and more retro tiki-kitsch decor. No detail was forgotten but you'll easily forget what city you're actually in.

One of The Yachtsman's signature drinks is the "Caribe Welcome Coconut", which is served in a fresh, young green coconut. The Mai Tai (pictured above) is served in a ceramic tiki mug and accompanied with a parasol and a plastic sword! Don't forget to order a round of Rivertowne Hala Kahiki (Hah-lah-kah-hee-kee). Properly labeled as "nectar from the Gods", the Hala Kahiki is a pineapple beer, or "liquid aloha", in a 12 oz. can.

We definitely recommend The Yachtsman, our new favorite spot in Philadelphia.

Stephen Thompson
Stephen Thompson


Chronically late. Dangerous around a cheese pump at the fixin's bar.