Still looking for plans for New Year’s Eve? These roundups will point you in the right direction.
For the last five years, Memphis Taproom has hosted a Boxing Day Beer Festival. And this year will be no different. Starting at 11:30 a.m. today, the beer bar will be serving some of the best holiday and seasonal ales from around the world. They’ll also be helping neighbors in need. This year they’re collecting new children’s books for area school children. Earn a dollar off each draft beer for every children’s book you donate today.
As much as Graduate Hospital neighborhood residents enjoy brunch at Sidecar, Fishtowners seem to go even wilder for brunch at Kraftwork. And on Thursday, December 26th they’ll have even more reason to go bonkers. Kraftwork is hosting a special Russian River Brewing brunch with Damnation, Pliny the Elder, Consecration, Temptation and Blind Pig on tap.
We’ve already told you who’s offering special Seven Fishes menus as well as one vey special Christmas Story menu. But if you’re wondering what bars will be open this evening or coffee shops that will be offering caffeine fixes on Christmas morning. As always, follow the #OpeninPHL hashtag on Twitter.
Sidecar Bar and Grille at 22nd and Christian is offering brunch on the 24th, 26th and 27th. And to make the already wait-worthy brunch extra special, Adam Ritter and his crew have dug team into their rare bottle vault for some awesome beers including, 2012 Cantillon Gueuze, 2010 Weyerbacher Riserva Wild Ale and others.
Brunch each day a 9 a.m. for those who find they can’t sleep in.
Sidecar Bar and Grille [Foobooz]
Are you just a huge fan of the movie A Christmas Story? On Christmas Eve, Chip Roman’s Blackfish is hosting a dinner inspired by the classic holiday movie. All the dishes served from “Flick’s Frozen Tongue” (corned veal tongue) to “Don’t Forget Your Ovaltine” (Ovaltine mousse) are clearly inspired by the movie. The dinner is $55 per person and hopefully the Bumpus hounds don’t get to the turkey before you do.
Looking to experience the Christmas Eve tradition of the Feast of the Seven Fishes without doing it yourself? Here are some Philadelphia area restaurants that are throwing their own feasts.
Fette Sau is offering smoked holiday hams for pickup at the Fishtown barbecue restaurant.
Take the stress out of preparing a holiday meal or be the hero that shows up with professionally smoked ham.
The hams are brined in Cheerwine and smoked in house.
You’ve got until Monday to order. A half-ham which serves 6-10 is $65. A whole ham is $125 and serves 10 to 16.
Fette Sau [Foobooz]
This Saturday through Christmas Eve, Barbuzzo’s Salted Caramel Budino will be available for pick-up at neighboring Verde. The delicious dessert in a glass has won Best of Philly and just about every other award a dessert can.
No preorder is necessary, just stop in and pick up one. Or more likely, several as you won’t want to share.
This weekend, ditch the Christmas sweaters, holiday shopping plans, and family-fun TV specials for a “Phreaky Christmas” party with the Freak Boutique. It will be the place on Saturday to warm up with some friends (and potential hotties) on a brrrr-y winter night.
In typical Freak Boutique fashion, the show will feature four alternative drag divas on the rise: Nikki Styx, Aloe Vera, Paige D’Mone and Rio Manone. DJs Evil V, Tay Tay and AURA will provide the evening’s tunes, which organizer Icon Ebony-Fierce says will be ”bass-ed out and twerk-worthy.” So bring the jiggle.
There’s no cover to get in, but Ebony-Fierce says that, after 10 p.m., 15 percent of drink sales will benefit Just Be Inc., a non-profit organization that works to support youth in the arts. Check out the event’s Facebook page for more information, and take note that starting in 2014 the party will move from Saturdays to the third Friday of every month.