Soft lighting and rustic wooden tables and chairs set the stage at Char & Stave, the uncomplicated, downright sexy new Ardmore coffee spot and cocktail bar from Bluebird Distilling’s Jared Adkins. Aside from the requisite drips, pour-overs and espressos, the foamy whiskey-tinged caramel latte will become your new best friend. Mixed with house spirits from the Phoenixville-based distillery, classic craft cocktails come out to play later in the day, in the form of the Manhattan, a tart gimlet, the Prohibition-era Bee’s Knees, a fine Old Fashioned and the absinthe-flavored Sazerac.
Pastries are available for the breakfast rush. Later in the day, you can bring your own grub to pair with your libations.
21 Rittenhouse Place, Ardmore, (610) 933-7827
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