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JJ Bootleggers is one of Pennsylvania’s first moonshine themed restaurants located in our country’s birth place, Philadelphia.


Moonshine – hooch, white lightning, mountain dew, XXX is an un-aged, colorless spirit made from cornmeal, yeast, sugar, water, and malt. The term moonshine comes from the fact that distilling illegal liquor was done underground or in the “moonlight”.


Some moonshine is now legal to produce and is rocketing into popularity. Today’s white lightning and flavored ‘shines are used in our recipes to create outstanding signature drinks.Bootlegging originated during the American Civil War, when soldiers would sneak liquor into the army camps by concealing bottles in their boots. During the prohibition era of the 1920’s bootleggers delivered illegal shine from state to state.


The bar offers a great selection of libations but likes to focus on moonshine and moonshine signature cocktails. We did not forget about the beer lovers as we offer ten rotating drafts and a wide selection of canned and bottled beers.


Our food menu by Chef Bruce Santino was created to offer some of your favorite comfort foods with an optional moonshine twist. The menu and atmosphere are perfect for a nice dinner or for partying with a group of friends and choosing several different small bites to sample and share.We’re open Wednesday through Friday  from 5:00 pm until 2:00am and Saturday and Sunday from noon until 2:00am.




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JJ Bootleggers Goes Green

During the design process and construction of JJ Bootleggers we considered the environment and tried to be as eco-friendly as possible. We also wanted to keep the rich history of Old City alive.

Custom Polished Concrete Bar

The front bar is made of 100% concrete. The concrete was mixed by hand and poured into a reusable frame. The bar was hand stained and polished. No harsh chemical cleaners are needed to keep the surface clean.

Reclaimed Wood

The custom wooden table tops and all of the wood throughout the restaurant were hand picked and harvested locally from old buildings located in the Philadelphia area. The wood was reclaimed from buildings well over 100 years old.