Want An Alternative To The Center City Sips Madness?

rex-1516-menu-logoYes, Wednesdays can be awesome during Center City Sips. $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer and half-price snacks at restaurants all over Center City? That’s a nice way to spend a couple hours after work.

But there are a few places offering alternate Wednesday evening programming, either for those who don’t want to fight the crowds and consider summer Wednesdays as that day when they have to get out of the city before happy hour, or those who just happen to find themselves somewhere else come 5pm.

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Philly Wine Week: Day 2

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What better way to kick off Philly Wine Week than with Georges Perrier opening a bottle of champagne with a sabre. And that’s exactly how Philadelphia’s first ever wine week started.

Today sees more fun as Jet Wine Bar kicks off its local lunch and local wine series. All week, Alla Spina is pouring Karamoor Estates wine on tap. This evening they’ll have Kevin Robinson from Karamoor in the building from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

$20 lobster and wine combo » 

Wit Wine: A Cheesesteak and Wine Pairing at Joe’s Steaks

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Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop, which saw a successful “eat-in” last Saturday has another one scheduled for tomorrow. Looking for another way to support Joe’s Steaks which has been receiving some backlash for changing its name from Chink’s? On Sunday, South Street’s Jet Wine Bar will be doing an odd but fun collaboration with the Northeast Philly cheesesteak shop. Joe’s will be serving up a three-course dinner of beef and chicken cheeesesteaks with cupcakes for dessert. Each course will be paired with wines chosen by Jet Wine Bar owner, Jill Weber.

The three-course dinner is just $18 and tickets must be purchased in advance.

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Road Trip to Two of Pennsylvania Vineyards

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Jet Wine Bar is organizing a trip into Pennsylvania wine country for Sunday, August 11th. The South Street wine bar is organizing a bus trip to visit two of the area’s best wineries. Tickets are $65 and the bus leaves from 1524 South Street at 11:30 a.m., after a champagne toast.

The tour’s first stop will be at Blair Vineyards, known for its superb Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir wines. After the tasting, a picnic lunch provided by Jet Wine Bar to be enjoyed on their grounds. It’ll be a festive atmosphere as Blair Vineyard is celebrating its anniversary with live music and festivities.

The second stop is just down the road from Blair at Pinnacle Ridge, known for their Pinor Noir and chambourcin grapes.

Vineyard Bus Tour [Jet Wine Bar]

Center City Sips alts at Jet and Rex

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Hump day blues got you down? Remedy your midweek ennui with relaxing cocktails on South Street West at either Jet Wine Bar or Rex 1516. Both are offering awesome Wednesday happy hour specials for the night.

From 5-7 p.m., Rex 1516 is serving up their most renowned cocktail: The Mint Julep! Patron favorite bartender Sweet Lou mixes up his speciality cocktail with a surprise infusion of his own creation for just $6. Nibble on some of their signature $5 bar bites, highlights include Fried Asparagus with a lemon aioli or their BBQ Chicken Sliders, Carolina style with coleslaw on brioche buns. Since happy hour doesn’t start until 9 over at Jet Wine Bar why not stay for dinner? Nothing beats chowing down on their famous Fried Chicken or Pimento Cheeseburger after a few too many Juleps.

After an evening of Mint Juleps and eats at Rex 1516 head over to Jet Wine Bar, which features their stellar happy hour menu from 9-11pm. Night cap specials include $5 house red and white wines, $3 Kenzingers and a $5 bartender’s choice cocktail. There are also a variety of $3 and $5 snacks such as their bruschetta ($3) and nachos ($5), if you are still hungry.

Rex 1516 [Official Site]
Jet Wine Bar [Official Site]

At Jet Wine Bar It’s the Summer of I-76

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JET Wine Bar is celebrating Pennsylvania wines all summer with their Summer of I-76 initiative. The program begins tonight and runs through Labor Day.

JET will feature three local wines at all times that will be available by the glass or as a flight. Up first, three Chardonnays, all from within 4o miles of the South Street wine bar.

  • Stargazers Sparkling Chard, $10 per glass
  • Penns Woods Chard Reserve, $8.50 per glass
  • Karamoor Estate Chard, $9.50 per glass

Jet Wine Bar [Official Site]

The Southwest Philly Floater in Liquid Form

southwest-philly-floater-cocktailTwo days ago we told you about a couple of sandwiches named for La Salle’s Tyron Garland’s winning shot over Ole Miss. We wondered when we would see a liquid version and naturally, we didn’t have to wait long.

Tonight Jet Wine Bar is celebrating La Salle’s trip to the Sweet Sixteen with their version of the Southwest Philly Floater. The $9 cocktail is made of gin, Blue Curacao and lemon juice, topped with a Grand Marnier floater.

At Bridget Foy’s on South Street, bartender and La Salle prof Joe Doyle is smartly preparing a Southwest Philly Floater with Christian Brothers Brandy on account of the university’s affiliation with the Christian Brothers. The drink is finished with creme de cacao, an ice cream float. and a rim of cinnamon sugar.

A La Salle basketball forum also posted a recipe for a Southwest Philly Floater. Their version also includes blue curacao and has all the measurements, in case you want to make it at home.

Wino Field Trip! Visit Local Wineries with Jet Wine Bar

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This time, you won’t have to sneak the alcohol on your trip; Jet Wine Bar’s field trip is meant for drinking.

This Sunday at noon, a mini-bus will be departing from 1524 South Street to visit three PA vineyards, the first being the Galer Estate, to sample their award-winning wines. Then a wine, cheese and honey tasting at Penns Woods Winery, and lastly, Chaddsford Winery for cocktails and an optional wine tasting at their “Snow Bar.”

[Pro-tip: Get there half an hour early, and you’ll earn yourself a glass of bubbly.]

Jet Wine Bar [Official Site]

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