Art on the Menu at the Continental


For a different kind of night out, check out the “Art on the Menu” event being held at Continental, Old City on Thursday, August 15th. Three Philadelphia artists will be showcasing their creations in an inspired collection meant to be viewed, tasted and drank.

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$4 Cocktails All Month at Continental Old City

Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar in Old City is putting the emphasis on the latter: the bar. Continental is embarking on its first ever “Spirit Month.” Stephen Starr’s oldest bar is maybe stretching the definition of local, but we’ll let it slide as drinks made with liquors from locally affiliated spirits, like Philadelphia Distilling, Art in the Age and Cooper Spirits, are only $4. The party lasts all month, so be sure to head to Continental and show some spirit for the home team.

Snap a shot of your $4 cocktail and post it to Instagram and you can receive a free gift.

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Science Can Be Fun and Tasty

The Philadelphia Science Festival kicks off today and runs through the 28th. The citywide collaboration will showcase the impact of science and technology as part of a national movement to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. And as we all know, the best way to inspire a scientist is through his or her stomach.

The festival includes a series of food-science events by Yards Brewery, SPTR and the Continental.

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Starr & Beer

Last night, via Twitter we asked our followers to guess who was serving up the following draft list:

Guess the beer list: Bro. Thelonious Belgian, Bells 2 Hearted, Dock Street Man Full of Trouble, North Coast Old Rasputin, Cuvee des Jacobins

Several of Philadelphia’s better beer bars were guessed but no one came close to the correct answer, Continental Old City. The list of beers would satisfy any beer snob  and would have been unimaginable even two years ago at a Stephen Starr restaurant where the selection hovered around the Stella, Hoegaarden, Yuengling levels.

Over at the Feast is more proof of how the Starr Empire is embracing better beer. The Dandelion has started collaborating with local breweries to create special one-off firkins for the British pub. First up is a special wood-chip aged Scarlet Lady ESB from Stoudt’s.

Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar [Official Site]
Starr Teaming Up with Local Breweries [The Feast]
Dandelion [Official Site]

Continental Turns 15


Still cool at 15, Old City’s Continental is having a party this evening. There will be balloons, cookies and the first 50 people that say “Happy Birthday” get a free Astronaut drink.

The party starts at 5pm, the same time happy hour begins too.

The Continental [Official Site]

Quick Bites

The Fishtown bar being run by Adam Ritter (Sidecar) has a name, Kraftwork. Kraftwork will have 24 taps and growlers to go. Look for it within a couple of months. [Grub Street]

Kibitz in the City at 7th and Chestnut will become Delicatessen, a “modern-Jew deli” from Michael Spector, former manager at North Bowl. Opening set for the week of February 21st. [Meal Ticket]

Francisco Cabrera and Cecilia Jaramillo moved from Ecuador to be closer to a child attending Drexel University. In Ecuador they owned a restaurant and now they’ve opened El Sitio in Collingswood. The menu features inspiration from the food of Ecuador, Peru and Argentina. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

The Continental in Old City has introduced an 8-tap draft list. The most interesting of the initial beers offered are North Coast Brother Thellonius Abbey Ale and Bell’s Double Cream Stout. [Meal Ticket]

Michael Klein says the April slated Ulysses Voyage coming to the former Deux Cheminees’ location on Locust Street is going to be a “knockout.” [Philadelphia Inquirer]


Continental - 1972

While looking for Eyeball Benders from the Past we keep finding great old photos that don’t qualify as eyeball benders but sure are cool. So we’ve started this occasional feature, Retro-raunt.

This photo is the Continental Diner at 2nd and Market in 1972, back when Stephen Starr was just  a wee lad and decades before the diner became The Continental.

134 to 136 Market Street [PhillyHistory]

Continental Midtown Martini Hour

Continental Midtown Rooftop Patio

The Continental Midtown has started a weekday martini hour menu from 5 to 7pm with wines, beers and cocktails available from $3 to $6 and small plates from $4 to $6.

Small Plate Menu:

  • Hummus and Pita
  • Steamed Edamame
  • Szechuan Shoestring Fries
  • Tofu Chive Dumplings
  • Orange Chile Glazed Calamari
  • BBQ Chicken Quesadilla

Drink Menu:

  • Buzz Aldrin
  • Pomegranate Daquiri
  • Squirt
  • Grape Crush
  • Champagne-O-Rama
  • Smirnoff Martini

Continental Midtown [Official Site]

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