Cocktails / South Street West

Negroni Week Celebration at Rex at the Royal

PHILADELPHIA, PARex at The Royal, Philadelphia’s home for elevated Lowcountry fare housed in the historic and newly rejuvenated Royal Theater, is celebrating Imbibe‘s tenth annual Negroni Week from Monday, September 12 through Sunday, September 18 with a special Negroni Menu, courtesy of Beverage Manager Joshua Scheid.

The Negroni Week menu boasts five variations on the classic, including a Boulevardier featuring the Official Bourbon of Negroni Week, Coopers’ Craft Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Additionally, on Wednesday, September 14, Rex at The Royal will host an exclusive Negroni Hour, where guests can sip on five cocktails paired with light hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Executive Chef Aaron Paik.

Rex at The Royal will be crafting cocktails for a cause during Negroni Week with hundreds of other restaurants and bars around the world to support Imbibe and Campari in raising money for this year’s giving partner Slow Food, a global organization that promotes local food and traditional cooking. Slow Food represents the ethos of Negroni Week, as it aims to cultivate community, foster equity and justice, and seek a better world for all through food and beverage. To date, Negroni Week’s fundraising totals over $3 million.

The Classic ($14) — Gin, Campari, Sweet Vermouth

The Royal ($18) — Chicory-Infused Bluecoat Barrel Aged Gin, Forthave Red, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino

Summer Child ($14) — Muddy River Spiced Carolina Rum, Gran Classico, Rainwater Madiera, House Orange Bitters

Wear After Labor Day ($16) — Forthave Blue Gin, Letherbee Besk, Lo-Fi Sweet Vermouth

Boulevardier ($15) — Coopers’ Craft Barrel Reserve, Campari, Sweet Vermouth

Rex at The Royal will also be hosting a Negroni Hour on Wednesday, September 14 from 8 – 10 pm in the mezzanine lounge. In addition to The Classic, The Royal, Summer Child, and Wear After Labor Day variations available on the week-long menu, event attendees can taste another riff on the Negroni available exclusively during Negroni Hour dubbed After Dark, a fruity and sweet cocktail fashioned with peach and strawberry infused gin, Becherovka, and sweet vermouth. Guests can enjoy a tasting of these Negronis alongside light hors d’oeuvres, and purchase additional full cocktails while cozied up in velvet-upholstered armchairs and sofas, or perched at high-top tables overlooking the sweeping archways and high ceilings of the main dining floor.

Tickets are available for purchase on OpenTable, or in person at the bar. Hours of operation are as follows: Sunday through Thursday from 5–9pm, Friday and Saturday from 5-11pm, with brunch available on Sunday from 11 am–2:30pm and dinner 5–9pm. The café space is now open beginning at 9am, Tuesday through Saturday.

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