The Rittenhouse Hotel Debuts Library Bar

The Rittenhouse is known for its timeless elegance and exceptional culinary offerings, and today the hotel continues down the path of excellent service by opening its new Library Bar and expanded afternoon tea service in Mary Cassatt Tea Room. These sophisticated traditions nod to the past while ensuring guests a modern luxury experience.

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The hotel comments in a recent press release, “The Rittenhouse is entering a new phase this year, starting with the highly anticipated opening of our new Library Bar and enhanced Afternoon Tea service at Mary Cassatt Tea Room,” said Reginald Archambault, General Manager of The Rittenhouse. “As one of Philadelphia’s most cherished hotels, The Rittenhouse is the top destination to celebrate life’s special moments, and these new concepts will only elevate those experiences for our guests.”

The Library Bar is named for its collection of books and fine art and is part of the hotel’s $10M renovation. The Library Bar hosts 20 seats and serves as a cozy place for guests to lounge and have cocktails and snacks.

“The exceptional drink menu features choice spirits and seasonal house-made mixers for light, refreshing libations that blend rare ingredients with innovative technique for a refined approach to the classics.  With master mixologist Pablo “Papi” Hurtado at the helm, the contemporary cocktails offer a sense of intrigue of which highlights include the Perfect Square, a different take on the ‘Manhattan’ where the secret is a house-made Old Fashioned Bitters; and The RH, the Library Bar signature cocktail that revisits the look of the Whiskey Sour with a special preparation of “manna,” Papi’s special addition that establishes a distinctive consistency and light sweetness; dressed up with house-made dried figs. The Library Bar also offers guests a refined assortment of locally crafted beer, regional wines and only the finest spirits, including single malt and blended whiskies, rum, tequila, madeira, port, sherry, brandy, grappa and cognac, as well as vodka and gin for expertly prepared martinis. An elegant selection of coffee and infused tea is also available for guests.

“Inspired by his passion for international flavors, Executive Chef Jon Cichon created a distinct bar menu featuring a selection of shareable appetizers, salads and desserts, as well as sweet and savory wine and food pairings designed for one or two guests to share. Using only the finest, locally-sourced ingredients, highlights from the pairing menu include Foie Gras Verrine, Black Truffle and Duck Rillette paired with Hennessy Paradis Cognac; Ossetra Caviar, Fingerling Potato Chips and Crème Fraîche with Moët & Chandon, ‘Cuvée Dom Pérignon’, Brut, Epernay, 2000; and Dark Chocolate, Caramel-Orange Mousse served with Smith Woodhouse, 1985.”

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