Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar Hosts Philly Bloody Mary Showdown
Bars / Booze / Cocktails

Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar Hosts Philly Bloody Mary Showdown

After a multi-year drought, Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar in South Philadelphia will bring back its Bloody Mary Smackdown on Sunday, May 22 at 12:00 p.m. Folks are encouraged to bring their homemade Bloody Mary recipes to be judged in hopes of winning Philly’s Best Bloody Mary mix. The creator of the best tasting homemade Bloody … Continue reading

Fox Chase Tavern Opening in Fox Chase (Northeast Philly)
Bars / Fox Chase / Northeast Philadelphia / Openings

Fox Chase Tavern Opening in Fox Chase (Northeast Philly)

When a sheet metal worker and a bartender met years ago, love bloomed first and then came a bar. Now comes another bar and restaurant in Northeast Philly. Kevin & Jen Bove love life and love a good fun atmosphere and people. When they’re not with their three kids or tending bar, their on a … Continue reading

The Yard at South Bowl Reopens
Bars / Outdoor Dining / South Philadelphia

The Yard at South Bowl Reopens

South Bowl is a bowling alley and event venue in South Philadelphia that opened in 2014. In 2019, South Bowl added to its entertainment complex by launching Philadelphia’s ultimate backyard experience, The Yard, making it a prime destination for outdoor fun. The 5,000 square-foot outdoor oasis at 19 E. Oregon Avenue gives visitors the perfect … Continue reading

The Franklin Bar Reopens Friday
Bars / Reopenings / Rittenhouse Square

The Franklin Bar Reopens Friday

Almost a year ago to the date when I first reported that The Franklin Bar (AKA Franklin Mortgage) closed, the beloved bar has announced its reopening at 1718 Latimer Street in Rittenhouse Square (within The 1715 Rittenhouse Boutique Hotel) this Friday, April 22 with veterans of Franklin’s management team. The new establishment features art deco … Continue reading

Top Tomato to Hold Grand Reopening Event at New Location
Bars / Midtown Village / Reopenings

Top Tomato to Hold Grand Reopening Event at New Location

Top Tomato, the longtime Midtown Village restaurant, announced today the grand reopening event of their new location at 116 S 11th Street, Philadelphia. The grand reopening event will take place on Friday, April 29th from 7-9 p.m. and will include free food and drinks and will feature live music. “The new restaurant is much larger … Continue reading

Happy Hour Philly Announces Summer Social Launch
Bars / Beer / Cocktails / Happy Hour / Wine

Happy Hour Philly Announces Summer Social Launch

In April, Center City District announced that its annual summer happy hour series, SIPS, was canceled due to the uncertainty of the ongoing pandemic. With restrictions now fully lifted and coronavirus numbers low, it may have seemed premature. Chris Parker-Rajewski and Mark Prinzinger, of social startup Happy Hour Philly, conceived Summer Social, a weekly happy … Continue reading

RIP The Franklin Bar AKA Franklin Mortgage & Investment Company
Bars / Cocktails

RIP The Franklin Bar AKA Franklin Mortgage & Investment Company

Another one bites the dust? The Franklin Bar is permanently closed. Yet another COVID-19 casualty? Almost certainly. However, rumors say the building has been sold for some sort of development. Isn’t that always the story in this city? Sigh. While this is extremely sad news for cocktail enthusiasts, it hardly comes as a surprise. Pandemic … Continue reading

NEWS: The Plated Nickel to Open in Ex-Sergeant York, Jovan’s Place Spot
American / Bars / Openings

NEWS: The Plated Nickel to Open in Ex-Sergeant York, Jovan’s Place Spot

The Plated Nickel, a new family-owned bar, will open at 2327 E York St in Fishtown on Sunday, March 1st. This location housed the short-lived Sergeant York and Jovan’s Place before that. According to owners Megan Nickel-Ribikauskas and her sister Shannon Nickel, both born and raised in South Philly, The Plated Nickel will serve American … Continue reading

Sergeant York: A Cool New Brooklyn-Inspired Spot for Fishtown
Bars / Fishtown / Openings

Sergeant York: A Cool New Brooklyn-Inspired Spot for Fishtown

From the mid-80s into the early 2000s, the Godfather of the Philadelphia nightlife scene was David Cohen, who ran the darkly exciting legendary after-hours club REVIVAL and later the enormously popular and infamous Club EVOLUTION. David also created the American Craft Brew Festival series and Jake & Oliver’s House of Brews, a 60 Tap Micro Brew … Continue reading

Fly Eagles Fly: Silence DoGood’s Changes Name to Eagles DoGood’s for Super Bowl
Bars / Old City / Sports

Fly Eagles Fly: Silence DoGood’s Changes Name to Eagles DoGood’s for Super Bowl

Silence DoGood’s Tavern, the historic-themed tavern in Old City, is named for Ben Franklin’s first pen name. BUT, it is changing it’s name to — Eagles DoGood for the next two weeks (and if all goes well, maybe longer). Owner Eric Keiles, a lifelong Philadelphian, has been waiting a long time for the Eagles to … Continue reading