Fundraisers for Alex’s Lemonade Stand

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This Saturday, March 22nd, the Lemon Society, a young professionals group that supports Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is hosting its third annual Lemon Society Speakeasy. The prohibition-themed mixology event takes place at the Pyramid Club, high atop the BNY Mellon Center at 18th and Market.

Bartenders from across the city will be creating cocktails for the event that will be put to a vote by celebrity judges and all those in attendance.

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Where We’re Eating: The Bar at Avance

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Once upon a time, Le Bar Lyonnais was a sexy hideaway beneath Le Bec-Fin. But that time has passed. Le Bec-Fin has given way to Avance. And beneath Avance is its bar—still clandestine, still sexy, but now modern rather than hung with blue velvet drapes and mirrors. The space shares the same theme as the dining room upstairs—black-walnut-topped bar and high tables—but downstairs, the gray walls and low ceilings combine for a darker, more intimate space, ideal for pre-dinner drinks or a late-night rendezvous. The drinks are creative and playfully named; “A Roll of Quarters in a Clutch Purse” and “See You Around the Bend” are among the most clever. Besides the signature cocktails, drinkers can peruse the long menu of liquors, wines and beers. Diners can order from the regular Avance à la carte menu or try one of the bar-only dishes, including the lamb burger—a two-handed sandwich featuring Border Springs Farm lamb topped with red onion marmalade and feta cheese. Ordered at medium-rare, this juicy burger teases at just what chef Justin Bogle has in store upstairs. 

Avance [Foobooz]

First appeared in the March, 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine.

DRINK THIS: The Fat Apple at The Fat Ham

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Photo by Vanessa Beahn

The Fat Ham has rightfully been getting early love for its hot chicken, fried oyster sliders and Southern hummus. But that’s not to say the beverage program has been slacking. The Fat Apple is a star on the bar’s cocktail list. The bourbon-based cocktail is dangerously easy to drink and could easily be a gateway cocktail to a love of brown liquors.

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High Street on Market’s Broccoli Rabe Cocktail Gets Attention

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Photo by Drew Lazor

It’s not a cocktail for everyone. The Inquirer’s Craig LaBan said of High Street on Market’s broccoli rabe cocktail, it could “grow chest hair on a kale martini” but food writer Drew Lazor appears to be a fan. Lazor writes up the cocktail for Serious Eats’ drink blog.

So This Exists: A Broccoli Rabe Cocktail at High Street on Market, in Philadelphia [Serious Eats]
High Street on Market [Foobooz]

Classic Cinema Movie Night (And Themed Cocktails) At Franklin Mortgage This Sunday

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In December, they did Top Gun–a classic of American cinema–with excellent themed cocktails based on the movie. And now, the crew from Franklin Mortgage is going back to the well once again for a Sunday Movie Night event featuring the completely insane Cage/Travolta masterpiece Face/Off. There’s gonna be cool drinks for just $11 a pop, pizza from the guys at Pitruco, Mike Treffehn and Catherine Manning behind the stick, and all the madness that comes of anything involving Nicolas Cage.

So, Sunday night, January 26. Make your plans now. And check out the cocktail menu below to get you in the mood.

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Elixr Is Presenting a Coffee and Cocktail Competitions

elixr-squareOn Thursday, November 21st, Elixr Coffee is hosting coffee and cocktail competitions featuring bars and coffee shops around the city.

On this special night, a latte art throwdown featuring top baristas from sixteen coffee bars in Philadelphia will compete. That will be followed by a coffee-centric cocktail competition featuring bartenders from cocktail bars and restaurants (Vedge, The Corner, 1 Tippling Place, Farmers’ Cabinet and more) around town. It all goes down at Elixr Coffee, 207 Sydenham Street (between 15th and 16th Streets) at 6:30 p.m. As Elixr says, “Come to Taste the Magic. Come, and we All Win.”

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