Last summer Fergie’s Pub opened “Fergie’s Beach” next to the Sansom Street pub. The “60-seat beer garden and asphalt paradise” will return on Wednesday, May 20th and will run until construction of the so-called “Fergie’s Tower” begins. That’s expected to be sometime in mid-July. “Last year was so much fun, we decide to do it again this year, while supplies last!” said Fergie’s co-owner Fergus Carey.
On Friday, November 28th, Fergie’s Pub will officially be 20-years old and the bar is celebrating all weekend. The fun starts tonight with Live Band Karaoke featuring The Satellite Hearts.
The festivities continue on Friday, Friday November 28th with “Hank’s Cadillac Happy Hour” at 6 p.m. and followed by Brown Sugar, an all black Rolling Stone cover band at 10.30.
On Saturday, there will be traditional Irish music at 4 p.m., “Infinite Quest Happy Hour” at 7 and Sylvia Platypus’ CD Release Party at 10 p.m. Sunday will feature John Byrne’s Irish Ballad Session at 4:30 p.m., Honorable Mention – Comedy Open Mic upstairs at 8 p.m. and Rusty Cadillac downstairs at 9.
Fergus Carey has announced across social media and good old email that he is doing what “all the cool kids are doing” and opening a pop-up beer garden next to his Fergie’s Pub on the 1200 block of Sansom Street. The garden opens at 5 p.m. and will serve food, beer, wine and cocktails.
In the name of all that is good and holy in this world, please do not order an Irish Car Bomb this weekend.
For the uninitiated, an Irish Car Bomb is a drink made up of Guinness Stout, Bailey’s Irish Cream and Jameson’s Whiskey. The whiskey and cream are poured into a shot glass, then dropped (liked a bomb) into the pint glass of Stout.
It must be chugged quickly, otherwise the concoction will curdle. It tastes the same coming back up your throat as it does going down, so it’s like getting two drinks (or six) for the price of one. It’s very popular with the post-collegiate Erin Express crowd, right around this time of year. They also like to scream after each drink like it was their first drink, ever.
Jose Pistola’s co-owner Casey Parker loves Monk’s Cafe and its proprietors Tom Peters and Fergus Carey. So much so he’s offering half-off beers for anyone who comes in dressed as either today. But that wasn’t his only Halloween plan for the day. He’s put a Monk’s Cafe costume on his 15th Street’s bar’s facade, complete with awning, mock neon and beer bottles.
On Thursday, April 4th Theatre Exile is hosting a Roast of Fergus “Fergie” Carey. The evening will feature a number of acts; comedic and musical, all “roasting” Fergie. In addition to owning Fergie’s Pub, Monk’s Cafe, Nodding Head Brewery, Belgian Cafe and Grace Tavern, Fergie is a huge supporter of the arts in Philadelphia and the night will be a celebration of Philadelphia’s adopted son.
Check out the week’s most interesting posts on Philadelphia magazine’s real estate blog, Property. Who wouldn’t want to live next to Fergie?
The Fergus “Fergie” Carey involved bar/restaurant/theater planned for Delaware and Race Streets has a name and an opening date. The building will be known as FringeArts, which is also the mercifully shorter new name of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe.
The new venue is aiming to open in time for the 2013 FringeArts which opens on September 6th, 2013.
More from today’s FringeArts groundbreaking [Philly Post]
It isn’t just the Best 50 Restaurants in Philadelphia on the pages of Philadelphia magazine this month. There’s also a profile by Jason Fagone of Fergus Carey, the man who made Fergie’s and Monk’s legendary.
Almost every night, Fergie is on the premises of one pub or another, sweeping the floor, hyping the band. He greets his repeat customers warmly, asking after their wives and parents and cats, and if he doesn’t know a person’s name, he makes sure to learn it. Other pub owners do that, too, but Fergie is just better at it. His mental Rolodex includes many hundreds of Philadelphia drinkers. And it’s reciprocal: Thousands of Philadelphia drinkers know who Fergus Carey is. He isn’t the most famous person in the city, but he may be the most uncomplicatedly beloved. When he walks in the city, it takes him 45 minutes to go two blocks, because people are always shouting his name, stopping him, telling him stories and jokes. It drives his two young kids nuts.
Fergie Carey Would Like to Make a Wee Toast [Philadelphia Magazine]