Our Story

Located in Philadelphia’s historic Society Hill, The Twisted Tail is a Southern-inspired Bourbon House & Juke Joint, presenting an eclectic mix of American Whiskey and gastronomic offerings from our Charcoal Grill.

Simple ingredients are flame broiled using live coals, capturing complex and savory flavors. Be sure to sample our wealth of bourbon selections.

Enjoy our innovative Southern comfort food while enjoying live music and entertainment comprising the “Juke Joint” – an old-school Southern music hall.


Owner and Manager George Reilly founded The Twisted Tail in 2011, based on his life experiences and passions: blues, bourbon, and Southern hospitality.

George can be seen daily greeting and welcoming guests into his restaurant, but may also be found behind the bar crafting next season’s innovative cocktails.

Chef Leo Forneas

Starting at an early age, Chef Leo learned to appreciate natural and simple ingredients by cooking alongside his grandfather in the Philippines. From the abundant produce harvested in the family’s garden to the milkfish they caught in the nearby river, each meal was prepared with only the freshest ingredients.

These early lessons would form the principles at the heart of Chef Leo’s cooking: SimplicityFreshnessConsistency.


After being classically trained at the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Leo began a diverse career by working alongside a multitude of reputable chefs. His most memorable experiences include serving as Line Cook at Oceana, Sous Chef at Jean Georges’ 66 Restaurant, as well as Executive Chef at Philadelphia’s Sampan. He also trained under Top Chef Master Marcus Samuelsson at Aquavit and was the Executive Chef at Robert, the restaurant located within New York City’s Museum of Art & Design.