This Thursday: Celebrate France and Beaujolais Nouveau


On the third Thursday of November, Beaujolais Nouveau hits the world. It is the first taste of the 2015 vintage and in France, it’s a celebration of wine, the year and the region. And in Philadelphia we hate to miss a party, so many Philadelphia bars and restaurants offer pours, specials and in one case, a dinner cooked by a former Le Bec Fin executive chef.

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Latest Iteration of the Khyber Is Already Five


Commemorative t-shirt by Paul Carpenter

The Khyber Pass Pub in Old City is just the latest iteration of the storied bar. And this successful beer bar and restaurant with the Southern leaning menu is turning five today. And they’ve got an all-day celebration planned. The bar is kicking it all off at 11 a.m. with an impressive beer list and limited edition commemorative T-Shirts by Paul Carpenter Art.

Join the crew at the Khyber and try at least a couple of beers from this impressive list.

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Head to Philadelphia Beer Week’s European Vacation Raffle Party

pbw european vacationThis Tuesday, November 17th, Philly Beer Week is once again picking a brewer and one lucky soul to send to Europe to brew a special collaboration beer.

Chances to go on the trip and pick the brewer to brew the special Philly Beer Week 2016 beer can be bought online for $5 each or 5 for $20. The winner will be picked at City Tap House Logan Square during the a local brewery party held from 6 9 p.m. Brewers will be on hand for the event, bringing special firkins and rare brews along.

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Johnny Brenda’s Wet Hop Rodeo Is This Weekend

Photo by M. Kennedy for GPTMC

Photo by M. Kennedy for GPTMC

Speaking of Fishtown and Will Reed, he’s picked up a fun event idea during his tenure as owner of Johnny Brenda’s. This Saturday, he hosts the 7th annual Wet Hop Rodeo and Ranchero Brunch, an homage to freshly harvested hops and foods presumably eaten by Texas cowboys and Mexicans. Because, you know, the first thing we all think about when harvesting hops is cowboys and Mexicans. Kind of sounds like the menu over at El Camino Real. Wonder if Will and Owen are friends…

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Chef Brian Ricci Hosts Two-Day Feast Honoring London Chef Fergus Henderson And St. John

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Brick and Mortar’s executive chef, Brian Ricci pays tribute to critically-acclaimed cookbook author and renowned UK chef Fergus Henderson by throwing a two-day event inspired by his London restaurant, St. John.

Ricci’s two-day feast, which he’s calling “St.Jawn,” will explore his love for British culinary culture and feature a variety of dishes inspired by Henderson’s nose-to-tail philosophy (he wrote a book all about it).

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Franklin Square’s Holiday Festivities Kick Off Tonight

Embrace the holiday spirit in all its jolly glory–lest your heart shrink two sizes too small–at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival, running now through December 31st. The Square has transformed into the ultimate holiday village, with dazzling light shows, a soundtrack of festive classics performed by the Philly POPS, a market to shop handmade items and artisanal goods, and a beer garden with fire pits, seasonal brews, and comfort foods. There's tons of fun for the little ones too, including mini golf, the carousel, and train rides. Admission is free! For more information, click here. Friday, November 14th-Wednesday, December 31st, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth Street.

You know how you feel like Franklin Square is just oh-so-adorable and you always mean to get there for some of their seasonal events but you don’t have kids so you never seem to make it? Yeah, we get that.

Well, make some time tonight (or at least this winter) because the holiday festivities kick off with free hot chocolate, a new holiday market, the returning Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show and a beer tent. Tonight at 5pm, “Ben Franklin” will fire up the light show, which sets taped holiday music performed by The Philly POPS and partially arranged by Peter Nero to a dynamic 50,000-bulb flying kite display.

Two alternating light shows will run every half hour from 4:30-8 until December 31. Every night one audience member will get to light the first display.

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Celebrate Barcade’s 4th Anniversary Today


People always ask me to name my favorite bars in Philly. But because I live in East Philly (AKA Camden) I don’t have an urban neighborhood bar to default to and I find myself jumping around a lot instead of repeat visiting. But there is one bar that I end up at more than most and that’s Barcade.

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