The Bar That Didn’t Make the List

PHS Pop-Up Garden | Photo by Karl Shouler

PHS Pop-Up Garden | Photo by Karl Shouler

When we compiled the list of Philly’s Best Bars there was one bar that we couldn’t count. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s pop-up beer garden received enough votes to place on the list and to come in rather high. Not bad at all for a pop-up garden that only was open for five months. But we couldn’t include a closed bar on a list highlighting the best Philadelphia has to offer. However, the PHS’s Pop-up Beer Garden was the hit of the summer (and fall) and deserves a special mention.

It was the go-to spot for al fresco drinking all summer. A wonderful place to meet friends or find new ones. The Kimmel Center and a setting sun presented a wonderful vista. Locals hears swelled with pride. Visitors were sold on Philadelphia after one look around. It was at once an urban respite and an energy filled lot of what can be. It forced the question, how can this location right on Broad Street, across from the Kimmel Center be allowed to have remained empty for so long? It’s a question that resonates today on South Broad and now across the city. For what the PHS’s garden really did, was open our eyes to what can be.

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Diner en Blanc Comes to Philadelphia

 

The Parisian import, Diner en Blanc, is coming to Philadelphia on August 23rd. Diner en Blanc is an event that began in Paris with just a few friends who had the idea to plan a little flash mob (not a Philly-style flash mob, but Everywhere-Else Style) by having a fancy, surprise picnic in a public space. Soon, the event grew and over the last 25 or so years it has gained in attendance–now drawing nearly 15,000 diners in cities across Europe.

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Jose Garces’s Global Domination Infographic

It wasn’t so long ago that local boy Jose Garces had just one lonely address in Philadelphia. Look how things have changed in just five short years.

And he’s not stopping at 18. Garces Catering is taking over all catering and concessions at Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts as of June 1st.

Garces also has plans to open a full-service restaurant this winter at the Kimmel Center with an entrance at 15th and Spruce streets.

Garces Restaurant Group [Official Site]
Garces Catering [Official Site]