- Neighborhood: Bella Vista
- 736 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA
- Phone: 267-471-5381
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- Cuisine: American
- Price: $$
- Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Growlers Bar at 8th and Fitzwater has closed. The bar by Jason Evenchik opened in mid-2012 as the successor to Vesuvio and Little Bar.
Evenchik confirms to us that the space will undergo a short overhaul and be turned into La Casa de tu Madre (The House of Your Mother), a Mexican bar and restaurant.
Michael Thomas will remain as chef, he has been running specials over the past month testing out different dishes that will be on the menu. There will also be a tequila and mezcal list behind the bar. Evenchik tells us he’s been doing some research and development for the concept on the Yucatan Peninsula and would like to get some Mexican craft beers into the bar but it has been difficult to secure an importer. So at the get go, it will be a list of local draft beer.
The overhaul, which comes on the heels of Coeur’s opening down the block, is scheduled to take two-to-three weeks.
La Casa de tu Madre [Foobooz]
Have you ever been disappointed that ginger ale and ginger beer don’t actually contain alcohol? Then you should investigate Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer this week. The product of Scotland is a recent arrival to our shores and is hosting several events around town this week for Crabbie’s Ginger Beer Week.
Today, Wednesday, May 7th stop by Fado between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. for Crabbie’s Original and Spiced Orange. The staff at Fado will also be offering a Jameson and Crabbie’s, a Mexican Mule of Jalapeno infused tequla, Crabbie’s Original and fresh lemon juice. There will also be a Caribbean Orange Crabbie’s, that’s Spiced Orange with dark rum, muddled fruit and cranberry juice. Tastes of those are complimentary and the first 20 people to order a Crabbie’s over ice will get a Crabbie’s t-shirt.
On Thursday, May 8th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. the party moves to Growlers where Dark and Crabbie promises to be a boozy rendition of the Dark and Stormy.
Adam Erace reviews Growlers, the newish “bar, kitchen and living room” in Bella Vista. Erace likes the vibe but finds that the food has room to grow.
Surveying the scene, I sipped the garnet-red beer and picked at well-salted housemade potato chips as thin and translucent as panes of amber glass. A baby gurgled in a stroller by the fireplace. A famished senior gurgled over pulled-pork mac ’n’ cheese. The two bookended the Growlers age spectrum, every living generation between represented in the clientele sprinkled about the tables. From Lucky Peach apostles to Hidden Valley inhabitants, dressed-down attorneys to dressed-up crossing guards, Growlers gets them all, a mark of a healthy, interesting neighborhood gathering place, one this address has longed for. As for the food, it’s on the right track (generous, affordable and fun), but still needs refining.