Best of Philly: Suburban Cocktail Spots

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Best of Philly 2017 is now online as well as at newsstands. Check out the best in suburban cocktails as well as the rest of the Best in food, drink, shopping, beauty, health, fitness, fun and games.

Q: Where are the best cocktails in the ’burbs?
— Thirsty Sailor in Media

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Best of Philly: Dining With a Mission

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Best of Philly 2017 is now online as well as at newsstands. Check out the best in dining for a cause as well as the rest of the Best in food, drink, shopping, beauty, health, fitness, fun and games.

When good chefs, good eats and good causes come together, everyone wins. Here’s where to get the tastiest feel-good food in Philly.

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OPINION: Where Are All the Conservatives on Your Best of Philly List?

The opening spread of our 2017 Best Philadelphians list.

Ed Note: We had a lot of fun putting together this year’s Media, Politics & People (aka “The 38 Philadelphians We Love”) portion of our Best of Philly issue. But not everybody is happy with it. Here, local PR consultant and blogger Dan Cirucci responds to what he sees as a lack of political diversity in the list.

When I saw Philly Mag’s “Best People” list this year, all I could think was: Ugh. Too much of the usual crowd of liberal unthinkers. Of course, I wasn’t exactly surprised.

It’s not easy being a conservative or a Republican in the Philadelphia region. The media, academia, the popular culture, and nearly all of the area’s movers and shakers are lined up against you.

But there are a lot of us out there. More than you’d think. (In case you missed it, there’s a Republican in the White House.)

And since Philly Mag all but ignored half of the population, I thought I would concoct my own Best Philadelphians list, featuring right-minded folks who should have been featured in this month’s issue.

Maureen Dowd, Philly Style
Christine Flowers
This local attorney, columnist and ubiquitous commentator may be the most articulate conservative advocate the region has ever known. Fast, funny, and fearless, she’ll take on all comers. In fact, Flowers’s prose blooms brightest when she’s got a pompous liberal target in her sights. But she’s also kind, forgiving, and wonderfully self-deprecating.

Guerilla Politico
Jack Posobiec
This brash Norristown native and Temple grad popularized conservatism via social media in ways no one could have even imagined a few years ago. A one-man cyber-wrecking crew, he gained national attention as projects director at Citizens for Trump and boasts a growing worldwide following.

Morning Energizer
Dom Giordano
The dean of Philadelphia talk radio. Not only does Giordano hold true to core conservative principles, but he also manages to be fair while still being feisty. No one knows Philly better, and no one is better at outing smug liberal apologists.

Suburban Superhero
Joe Gale
Lest you think all millennials are liberal, think again. This twentysomething Montgomery County commissioner is one of the area’s brightest conservative stars. The aptly named Gale has taken the suburbs by storm, and his political prospects seem unlimited as he peddles an updated populist conservative agenda that hits home.

Old-School Righties
Don Adams and Teri Adams
These longtime conservative flame-keepers started the area’s first Tea Party group, and they’re not exactly gaga over President Trump. You won’t find any duo in the region more attuned to traditional conservative thought.

Conservative Scholar
Ed Turzanski
A senior fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, a member of the board of directors of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, and a former U.S. intelligence officer, Turzanski is an expert on national security and counter-terrorism and knows how to demystify such topics. A frequent commentator on national news and public affairs programming.

Irreverent Everyman
Rich Zeoli
He delivers irreverent street-corner conservatism to his afternoon listeners on 1210AM. Feeling dejected after the GOP Obamacare repeal debacle? Rich somehow gets you chuckling about it in no time, but also gives you insight and reminds you to hang in there when things get tough.

The Enforcer
Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh
Yeah, she was one of the first elected officials to endorse Donald Trump. And yeah, she served as a Trump delegate to the GOP convention. And yeah, she’s also been to the Trump White House, where they sat her right next to the man himself. You got a problem with any of that? Good luck. The Chester County sheriff — the only female sheriff in the state and one of less than 40 female sheriffs in the entire country — is not to be trifled with.

Jersey Cheerleader
Matt Rooney
To most Philadelphians, the only thing between their home and the Jersey Shore is the Atlantic City Expressway. But South Jersey native Matt Rooney’s Save Jersey blog has shown that the Garden State has its own army of dedicated conservatives who are fighting every day for smaller government, lower taxes, and individual liberty.

Best of Philly 2017: Acupuncture Is the New Botox

Philadelphia magazine’s brand new Best of Philly issue has arrived, both online and on newsstands. In the issue, you’ll find the best in everything from fitness studios to brow grooming to brewpubs. Below, a little taste of this year’s issue.

It’s funny, I thought to myself as I drifted peacefully into that weird stage just before sleep, that having a dozen needles stuck in your face can actually be relaxing. I was lying on a table, a heat lamp warming my toes, in a sage-walled treatment room of the Healing Arts Center in Old City while founder Steven Mavros moved quietly around me. On the center’s website is a long list of reasons why people do acupuncture — weighty concerns like infertility (for which Steve has cultivated a loyal following), MS and migraines. Which is why I appreciated the decidedly un-hippie vibe of both the office and the man. I was here for wrinkles.

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Best of Philly 2017: SoulCycle vs. Flywheel

SoulCycle Ardmore Private Bachelorette Classes

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Philadelphia magazine’s brand new Best of Philly issue has arrived, both online and on newsstands. In the issue, you’ll find the best in everything from fitness studios to brow grooming to brewpubs. Below, a little taste of this year’s issue.

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Best of Philly 2017: Music, Comedy, Theater and More

The War on Drugs plays the new-look Dell Music Center on Sept. 21. (Shawn Brackbill)

Best of Philly 2017 is now online as well as at newsstands, celebrating outstanding food, people, shops and more from across the region. Here are some highlights from the Fun & Games section:

Musical Instrument Collection at the Free Library
Thanks to an innovative new program at the Central branch, you can check out all sorts of musical instruments for three weeks, for free. One of our editors borrowed a ukulele, a bass guitar, and a Fender Stratocaster with a surprisingly loud amp. Our apologies to the neighbors.
1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-686-5322 | Website

Sing Your Life Karaoke at W/N W/N Coffee Bar
Sara Sherr has been ruling the local karaoke scene for a while now, but her newest series—in this unexpected coffee shop/bar/co-working space mashup—is the freshest one yet. The themed Thursday nights include Queer, Feminist, Big Gay Country and, our personal favorite, Protest.
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Best of Philly: The 5 Best Friends Your Home Ever Had

Pipes never spring leaks on a plumber’s schedule. One of our Best of Philly picks this year will fix them when they happen. | Photo: Firmafotografen via iStock

Need a plumber stat (that’s doc-speak for “right now”)? Want your friends and neighbors to gush over the way your home looks from the street — or sparkles on the inside? Want to replace those builder-grade kitchen cabinets with something truly original? Don’t want to toss that coffeemaker or toaster? These service providers and craftspeople will help keep your home looking great and working right.

DIY workshops at Karen Singer Tileworks. At this master tile artist’s workshops at her Germantown studio, you can craft your own address plate, in your choice of styles and colors, so you get exactly what your house longs for. 90 East Church Lane, Philadelphia | 215-849-7010 | Website

Kole Made. The stunning cabinetry, built-ins and shelving coming out of this design-build firm in Brewerytown aren’t just about good looks: Kole Made’s sleek, creative work milks every square inch of potential storage space for all its worth. 3060 West Jefferson Street, Philadelphia | 215-740-7182 | Website

Goodman Plumbing.
 Leaking toilets, flooded basements and clogged disposals always (always!) happen on Sundays. Thank God Goodman is a 24/7 shop, and a great one at that, with experienced pros who are quick to respond and don’t leave until the problem is solved, even if that means installing a new toilet the same day. Service in Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery counties. Multiple locations | 215-364-7775 | Website

EverGreen Maids.
The moment you realize these city-focused cleaners haven’t just de-grimed your baseboards and shined the floors, but also scraped off crust inside your microwave, sucked up dust bunnies from under the radiator, even somehow de-stained the bathroom grout: joy! 1700 Sansom Street, Philadelphia | 215-618-2217 | Website

ACS Repair Center. Coffeemaker lost its perk? Vacuum refusing to suck? Your toaster, er, toast? These good people get almost anything working again. Your wallet—and the landfill—will thank you. 6407 Rising Sun Avenue, Philadelphia | 215-725-3112 | Website

Best of Philly 2017: 38 Philadelphians We Love

Instagrammer Albert Lee, left, and Fox 29’s Mike Jerrick. Photography by Adam Jones

Edited by Brian Howard. Reported by Fabiola Cineas, Victor Fiorillo, Brian Howard, Holly Otterbein, Claire Sasko and Sandy Smith. 

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Mike Jerrick, host, Good Day Philadelphia
The big-yuks Fox 29 host displayed surprising depth and honesty when he disclosed that he was taking some time off to deal with depression. The city’s warm welcome upon his return made it clear that — the occasional on-air gaffe be damned — Philly’s got his back.


Albert Lee, @urphillypal
Philly is filthy with Instagram influencers, but none is so singularly devoted to showcasing the city from all its best angles as this La Salle alum. The result? Thousands of highly heart-able snaps that accentuate the positive. Thanks for making our feeds so pretty. Read more »

Joe Beddia Talks Yelp, Fishtown, and His Pizza Nazi Reputation

Joe Beddia with a copy of the new Best of Philly issue inside his Fishtown pizzeria.

Behind the Line is Foobooz’s weekly interview series with the people who make up Philadelphia’s dynamic bar and restaurant scene. Click the links to read the previous Behind the Line interviews with Marc Vetri and Michael Solomonov or click here for the full archive.

The 2017 edition of Best of Philly is now out, so we thought we’d pay a visit to the guy whose pizza graces the cover: Fishtown pizza guru Joe Beddia. We caught up with him on Thursday morning inside his perpetually sweltering Girard Avenue shop. Read more »

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