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Celebrate Ben Franklin’s Birthday With Beer

Photo via Historic Philadelphia

Photo via Historic Philadelphia

This Sunday, January 17th marks the 310th birthday of founding father Benjamin Franklin, and what better way to celebrate than by having a few beers with the man credited for saying “Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy?” He actually was talking about wine, but we’ll ignore that for now.

Tonight and tomorrow at 5:30 p.m., you can join Ben on a Special Edition Tippler’s Tour, a colonial pub crawl through four Old City pubs. There will be plenty of toasts and singing from “Ben” himself, so if you’re looking for some theatrical fun this could be the thing for you. The crawl includes stops at National Mechanics, Victoria Freehouse and City Tavern at 7:30 p.m. and costs $45 for adults and $40 for students, seniors, and military personnel.

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New Happy Hours Offer Alternatives to Sips Crowds

Late afternoon wine enjoyed outdoors at Fitler Dining Room.

Late afternoon wine enjoyed outdoors at Fitler Dining Room.

Whether you’ve tired of Center City Sips, your go-to bar, or simply drinking at home, here’s a round-up of the newer additions to the list of Philadelphia’s happy hours this summer. With the heat of August on the horizon, we’re probably all going to need a drink (or three), so let these newcomers reinvigorate your weekday drinking.

We’ll accept a cocktail as thanks.

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Opening of Front Street Dive and More at Victoria Freehouse


Lots going on at Victoria Freehouse this summer. First, Front Street Dive (the 2nd floor of Victoria Freehouse) is now open. Head up there on Thursdays for karaoke with Dr. Thunder or on Fridays and Saturdays for various DJs. The bar will be open from 9pm-2am on these days and available for private parties Monday through Wednesday.

Next, happy hour has begun at The Victoria. Mon-Fri from 4-7pm enjoy $5 Imperial (20-ounce) pints and half-priced pub snacks.

And now for their summer events. We’re talking 4th of July, Christmas in July, Harry Potter and more.

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