Olde Bar | Photo by Arthur Etchells
Brian Freedman visits Olde Bar for Philadelphia Weekly while Adam Erace reviews Franky Bradley’s for City Paper. Freedman is in love with the fried clams at Jose Garces’s redone Bookbinders and he’s even more impressed with the redo.
The Olde Bar is a Jose Garces project—the kitchen is helmed by Chef de Cuisine Mike Siegel—but it feels different from his other restaurants around town. Indeed, in his attempt to honor the legendary space, he has accomplished something both difficult and important: Bringing the past into the present, without peddling in either preciousness or hokey nostalgia. The Olde Bar feels both classic and vibrant at once, just like that fried clam.
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Here at Foobooz World HQ, we are big fans of drinking for a good cause. I mean, we’re big fans of drinking in general, but when our boozy natures can be put to the use of the ailing, the infirm or cute and fuzzy animals, all the better.
Thus do we offer this: Tickets are on sale right now for the 3rd annual Bourbon Battle at the Trestle Inn, which is being used as a fundraiser for PAWS, Philly’s largest no-kill animal shelter. The event is on Wednesday, March 25, it involves the consumption of several bourbon cocktails, and tickets will only run you $30 if you get them in advance. Meaning, soonish.
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The Brewer’s Plate is set for Sunday, March 8th at the Kimmel Center. Brewer’s Plate is always one of the best beer events of the year. In its eleventh year, the event pairs local restaurants with local beers and it benefits Fair Food.
More than forty restaurants have already signed up including newbies to Brewer’s Plate like; Olde Bar, High Street on Market, 2nd Story Brewing and Wynridge Farms.
Tickets are now on sale, and VIP tickets are almost completely sold out. VIP tickets get early access, a souvenir glass and exclusive VIP only treats.
The Brewer's Plate [Official]