Wm. Mulherin’s Sons
It doesn’t get more Fishtown than a former whiskey bottling facility under the El, painted with a mural honoring local indie rock musician Kurt Vile.
Such is the setting for Wm. Mulherin’s Sons, a restaurant and boutique hotel that exemplifies Philly’s enterprising spirit, turning industrial history into a dazzling dining destination.
With no detail overlooked, the midcentury modern décor sets an inviting tone and provides the first clues that this experience will be transporting. Effortless service and friendly sommeliers ensure customer comfort and ease.
The kitchen specializes in stylish, earthy fare that takes cues from Italian cuisine but creates something entirely its own. Romantic, convivial and eminently hip, Wm. Mulherin’s Sons enchants at every turn.
The brick-front building with huge arching windows bears the name of its predecessor.
Inside, three rooms allow for an expansive 107 seats. The modern décor emphasizes wood, with exposed timber ceilings, sculptural lighting fixtures and colorful artwork, stretching across two dining rooms and a bar area.
Upstairs, four similarly outfitted hotel rooms with vintage furniture and rich color palettes offer overnight accommodations for anyone who wants to make it a longer evening — or stay for the next morning’s brunch.
The cuisine draws from Italian influences but strays when flavor can be enhanced.
— Photo courtesy Wm. Mulherin's Sons
The boutique hotel accommodations — situated on the second and third floor above the restaurant — consist of four spacious, stylish rooms with luxury amenities.
The thoughtfully designed rooms feature exposed brick walls, industrial detailing and polished decor. Guests can find distinctive furnishings within specific rooms, including an elevator shaft repurposed as a skylight, a custom-made audio console with a curated vinyl collection, a clawfoot soaking tub and an original Fairbanks No. 5 Platform Scale.
Plush bedding, linen and towels; a full-size kitchen; blackout shades; in-room washer and dryer; Aesop toiletries; and more first-rate amenities add to the hotel’s upscale-homey charm.
Cited as one of Bon Appetit’s 50 best new restaurants in the United States in 2016, Wm. Mulherin’s Sons has sustained a steady buzz since its opening, landing mentions in both culinary outlets and design magazines alike.
The result is that weekend reservations can be hard to come by but advance planning is well worth the effort. In a city of Italian restaurants, this one continues to stand out.
Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package for stays through November 30, 2018 and get FREE hotel parking as well as free tickets to the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art, a $25 gift card to the must-visit Reading Terminal Market, free Philly-themed mini-golf at Franklin Square and a $10 Lyft credit.
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