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.


Master Craftsman, George Reilly, is Owner of The Twisted Tail Bourbon House and Juke Joint in Society Hill, Philadelphia – a lively restaurant and music venue that boasts over 120 different whiskies on their menu.

George began his hospitality career in the English pubs, pouring beer for the locals at aged 18. Now, through an involved and diverse career and a developed interest in wines, spirits and cocktail creation, he has become one of Philadelphia’s trusted whiskey and cocktail masters. His passion for the industry is found highlighted in his bar program at The Twisted Tail.

Since living in Philadelphia, George has been complimented in many publications, including Zagat, CBS Philly and Drink Philly, as well has having his winter seasonal cocktails featured in Philadelphia Magazine.
George regularly hosts Whiskey tastings and cocktail seminars, both at his restaurant and at other venues for all styles of events, from corporate functions to intimate family gatherings, as well as being hired for cocktail consultation and home bar set-ups and catering.