Yesterday, I told you about the greatest pre-Thanksgiving party ever involving a Turkey-shaped shot luge, and said you just had to go if you were planning on being in town over the holiday. But for those of you out there who don’t think that drinking shots of Wild Turkey out of a turkey’s ass sounds like a good time (Communists…), there’s this: American Sardine Bar’s 5th Anniversary party, which is also happening on November 23.
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Wm. Mulherin’s Sons | Photo by Ted Nghiem
So this is it.
After months of research, weeks of debate and a whole year of waiting, we finally have this year’s ranked list of the 50 Best Bars In Philadelphia.
Because Philly is one of the greatest drinking cities on Earth, it’s also home to an unusually high concentration of experts in the elbow-bending arts. This year we’ve again turned to the best of them–writers and editors, rummies and winos, industry pros and enthusiastic amateurs–and asked them where they go when there’s drinking to be done. We tallied their votes and cast our own and all to bring you this: our always controversial, always surprising (and absolutely accurate) ranking of the 50 best bars in the region.
So let’s get drinking, shall we? And we can start at …
American Sardine Bar is kicking off Monday brunch today. The Point Breeze bar is offering brunch sandwiches, pancakes and even a breakfast sardine. Pair your brunchy bites with a breakfast screwdriver or a beermosa (wheat beer and orange juice).
Monday brunch is offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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South Philly Holiday Lights Run | Photo via Facebook
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, runner friends. The annual and always amazing South Philly Holiday Lights Run returns tomorrow, and we couldn’t be more psyched. Read more »
Remember way back when (say, five years ago) when long-time residents of Point Breeze tried to stop real estate developer John Longacre from turning the former Wander Inn into a craft beer bar? Their fears of gentrification delayed the opening of American Sardine Bar by at least a year.
But open it did, and fans of Longacre’s landmark South Philly Tap Room a few blocks away now had another place to drink high-end beer from cans and curb their munchies with fried PB&J sandwiches. Things haven’t gotten much easier for Longacre–what with community members trying to shut down his Point Breeze Beer Garden this summer–but at least the Sardine Bar still stands, four years after opening.
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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.
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Fennel Three Ways; one of the dishes at the Restaurant Neuf preview at American Sardine Bar | Photo via Instagram
Joncarl Lachman’s Restaurant Neuf is set to open on Wednesday, September 16th if all goes well. And on Tuesday, September 8th, Lachman and Best of Philly winning bartender, Jesse Cornell (who will be the head man at Neuf) are offering a preview at American Sardine Bar.
Cornell will be testing out several cocktails including a Cynar Sour and a riff on a cognac French 75. While the wine will feature Southern French and even Moroccan offerings, Cornell will play around with French spirits and herbs and spice blends that will also be in the food, but he doesn’t want to get boxed in too much by those ingredients.
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Welcome to Wednesday, drinkers. Time to coddle those livers, set a reasonable pace, and make sure there’s still a little bit of sprint left in you for the final leg of Beer Week this weekend.
As we’ve been doing all week, we’re here to help you navigate the enormous, alcoholic labyrinth that is Beer Week by picking three excellent events to focus on–one featuring great beer, one featuring great food (and beer) and one that’s just, you know, weird (and has beer).
For tonight, we’ve got a backyard BBQ, a whole lot of oysters, and a good reason to go to prison.
Check out our picks after the jump.
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John Longacre, the man behind South Philadelphia Tap Room, American Sardine Bar and Brew is opening a beer garden at Point Breeze Avenue and Tasker Street. The Point Breeze Pop-Up is opening on Thursday, May 21st and running through Monday, September 7th. The pop-up will be open Thursday through Sunday. The garden, which will benefit Fair Food, will offer draft beer and cider, plus food from a rotating cast of food trucks.
The first events scheduled for the Point Breeze Pop-Up is SPTR’s Wheat Beer Fest. The event which is happening on Saturday, May 16th, will move to the pop-up location for this year’s tenth anniversary.
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Spring stirs up a celebratory air in this city, as festivals and events seem to be happening in every neighborhood all of a sudden. And no celebration is complete without an abundance of food and booze. From one last Wine Week blowout to a patio pig-out, here are six upcoming food events that you shouldn’t miss this season.
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