December 31st isn’t just New Year’s Eve for these bars. It also means the end of of times for The Blockley, Alfa/The Ten Six Club and Lucy’s Hat Shop. Each bar is closing for good as new development and rising rents are forcing them out.
On Thursday night, we learned that West Philadelphia bar/music venue The Blockley is closing at the end of December. Formerly the home of the Chestnut Cabaret, where bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nirvana played before they made it big, the Blockley opened in 2009 and recently added a Jolly’s Piano Bar component. Read more »
The Beer Week Night Market in West Philadelphia revealed its food options today and lucky for everyone, there should be twice as many vendors as the original night market on East Passyunk.
A group of four mechanical engineering students from Drexel University are working on a computer automated brewing system as a senior design project. In order to make it a reality they are putting on a beer fest fundraiser to raise funds for a prototype.
This Saturday from 4 to 8pm they are hosting a beer fest at the Blockley. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and include beer from the following brewers:
- Appalachian Brewing Company
- Yards Brewing Company
- McKenzie Brew House (Malvern)
- Sly Fox Brewing Company
- Rock Bottom (King of Prussia)
This Saturday, the Blockley is hosting the Philadelphia Winter Beer Festival from 5 to 8pm. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. There’s also a VIP option for $35 and includes a pre-party in the Mary Oaks Room and the opportunity to meet Tom Kehoe of Yards.
The Blockley has gotten its hands on a keg of Mad Elf and is tapping it at 8pm. And if that isn’t mad enough, they’re offering the potent Troegs beer for just $2 a PINT.
Luckily the dry-aged burger, usually $10 is being offered as a two for one special. It’s essential to establish a solid base before wrestling a Mad Elf.
The Blockley [Official Site]
If you’re a Penn State football fan or lover of all things fried, you might be interested in this deal from the Blockley Pourhouse.
During all Penn State games (first game is September 5th vs the Akron Zips) the Blockley will offer all you can eat wings, corn dogs, fries and onion rings for $10. There are also some beer deals but they don’t come up to the minimum quality requirements to be mentioned on Foobooz.
Also, through the end of the baseball season the Blockley will be offering $1 Jumbo Hebrew National All Beef hot dogs during all Phillies games.
Blockley Pourhouse [Official Site]
This week in Philadelphia Magazine’s Restaurant Club Newsletter.
- First Look: Who is Jose Garces?
- Citizens Bank Park Eating Guide
- Sneak Peek Photos: A Look Inside Max Brenner Chocolates
- Food for Thought: Do Kids and Restaurants Mix?
- Restaurant Club Deals: House specials at the Blockley, free wine at Le Bar Lyonnais.
Restaurant Club Newsletter [Philadelphia Magazine]
The Blockley Pourhouse has opened at 38th and Ludlow and Meal Ticket has the pics. [Meal Ticket]
The Korean BBQ spot, Miga has opened on 15th Street. But no table-top barbecue or liquor license yet. [Meal Ticket]
Tomorrow,Â across the street from Miga,Â Max Brenner, Chocolate by the Bald Man opens.
The Beer Lass twitters that South Philly’s Sticks & Stones is less than two weeks away. [@BeerLass]
Media is getting Ariano Cafe, a quaint little Neapolitan pizza spot from Anthony Bellapigna who owns Fellini’s. [Restaurant Club]
Sycamore isn’t just a tree, it’s a new BYOB in Lansdowne. [Meal Ticket]
Daniel Stern’s Rae-placement is now set for November high above the city in 2 Liberty Place. It’s also not going to be Rae but rather R2L. [The Insider]
Today’s Metro chronicles just some of the issues that have slowed the progress at Brauhaus Schmitz and Blockley Pourhouse and how some places, most recently the Oyster House, against all odds, hit their opening.
Smooth opening for Oyster House [Metro Philadelphia]