Keith Raimondi at Townsend | Photo by Neal Santos
For seven years now we’ve polled bartenders, beer reps, booze writers and professional drinkers of all stripes, and asked them to pick their most-loved bars in the area. We then add our own favorites, do a little cocktail-napkin math and come up with the 50 Best Bars in Philadelphia. This year the Best Bars list includes dives, gastropubs, cocktail lounges and even an awesome little spot in Port Richmond.
This year’s list features a new number one bar, but that’s far from the only interesting tidbit on the list.
Inside the Best Bars List »
Yesterday marked the grand opening of Joncarl Lachman’s Restaurant Neuf in the Italian Market. The North African-inspired French bistro opened to a packed house with guests enjoying the food, drink and hospitality.
We’ve got the opening night menu with main plates that range from $20 to $28.
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VIP tickets for Philadelphia magazine’s Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival on Thursday, October 29th are going fast. The VIP tickets get you the chance to taste Pappy Van Winkle and a host of other ultra-premium spirits. Early entry and a behind-the-scenes tour of Lincoln Financial Field is also part of the VIP experience.
VIP tickets are $150 per person (general admission tickets are $95) are on sale now. Get them now before like the Pappy, it’s all gone.
Whiskey Fest [Philadelphia Magazine]
Night Market Pizza Throwing | Photo by Dave Tavani for The Food Trust
The last Night Market of 2015 and the 20th overall is coming to Fishtown this Thursday, October 1st. The block party of food trucks, local businesses and live entertainment kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at Frankford and Girard.
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Christian Gaal and Phoebe Esmon are leaving town.
Emmanuelle, the hidden cocktail bar behind PYT is closing after its third anniversary party on Monday, November 30th. Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal, who have been behind the bar from the beginning are planning to leave town so the bar is “breaking up the band.” But the bare is going to go out with a string of events featuring guest bartenders as well as “a final, no-holds-barred edition of the menu, titled Can I Move?” A menu that will certainly push the limits of what the couple has been doing at Emmanuelle for the past several years.
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Servers, hostesses, bar backs and of course line cooks. Openings for all of those positions and more are available on Foobooz Jobs.
Foobooz Jobs, the better and cheaper alternative to Craigslist, where candidates are legitimately energized by Philadelphia’s food scene.
Foobooz Jobs [Foobooz]
Sure Wawa and Dunkin’ Donuts (and Rocco’s Sausges) are giving away coffee today but will that get you buzzed? Well yeah, probably. But we mean with alcohol. Kraftwork is collaborating with Little Baby’s Ice Cream and La Colombe today in bringing coffee specials to the Fishtown bar.
There will be five coffee based draft beers on tap, five coffee based cocktails and a dessert special featuring Little Baby’s Coffee Coffee Cake Ice Cream.
Check out the Coffee Day menu »
Pub & Kitchen is offering a special “Industry Relief Party” this evening, Monday, September 28th for hospitality folk who need a break after a weekend of getting cut early or staring out into empty restaurants.
Starting at 9 p.m., the popular bar will be offering house cocktails for $6 plus “Cheap Beer / Cheap Whiskey / Good Times.”
Chef Eli Collins will also have some food specials.
This is happening TONIGHT [Instagram]
Pub & Kitchen [Foobooz]
GrassKensington Quarters and Food Underground are “in da cart” tonight, September 28th at the Garage. And they’re going right at Cheesesteak Vegas with a locally sourced cheesesteak called the Friz Wit. The sandwich is a “tangle of grass fed, frizzled beef wit charred and caramelized onions served on a roll dripping with cheese sauce.” The cheese is from Hidden Hills Dairy and Birchrun Hills Farm, the bread is from Washington Avenue’s Ba Le Bakery. The 100% grass fed beef comes from Kensington Quarters and Food Underground is handling the preparation.
Cheesesteaks are $10 and go on sale at 6 p.m. If you’re from the hospitality industry, let them know and they’ll knock a buck off.
The Garage [Foobooz]
Today through Thursday, October 1st, Sbraga is celebrating its fourth anniversary with a rollback to its original pricing of $39 for the four-course prix-fixe menu. The current menu is $55 per person (PDF) with an optional $40 beverage pairing. And it’s actually a better deal than the original as the foie gras soup will be served as a complimentary amuse bouche.