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who we are

We believe you should never have to sacrifice quality for quantity, especially when it comes to the boozy side of life. Thankfully, we’re living in the golden age of cocktails, where even the most novice of drinkers knows their preference between shaken or stirred. So why settle for average service and unaffecting drinks? We’re here to bring the romance back to bartending.

A well composed drink goes beyond just taste, so attention to detail is at the forefront of everything we do - from fragrant garnishes and fresh citrus, to hand-carved ice and beautiful antique glassware. With a combined 15 years experience in the hospitality industry, we pride ourselves on exceptional and engaging service through awareness and anticipation of needs.

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 - Established 2014 -

the SF team

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Dan Hamm // Owner + Head Bartender

Dan has been an active force within the Philadelphia bar community for nearly 8 years. He’s honed his craft at notable bars, such as 1 Tippling Place, a.bar and Palizzi Social Club. His expertise ranges from classic recipes to methodology, and his passions lie within the world of unique flavor profiles and hyper-local sourcing of cocktail ingredients.



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Steph Smith // Creative Director + Bartender

Stephanie is the creative mind behind the visual voice and aesthetics of Spirit Forward. As an artist specializing in graphic design, and with a keen eye for spacial design, Stephanie ensures your cocktail experience exceeds just what’s in your glass. She's also an industry veteran, having roots in James Beard recognized Vernick Food + Drink and Palizzi Social Club.