Local band The War On Drugs members Robbie Bennett and Dave Hartley recently sat down with the creators of music and food app Supper to share their favorite places to get a bite to eat in Philadelphia. To help tourists and locals alike avoid falling into the trap of the countless “best food in town” claims, each revealed some of their “hidden-gems” throughout the city.
Looking for a good ole’ clam bake in Philly? Well look no further than Johnny Brenda’s. The Fishtown bar is hosting an evening of oysters, crabs, lobster, and much more, including a very special menu item – Crab Poutine with Andouille sausage gravy over Old Bay fries. And to wash it all down, beers and ciders from Philadelphia Brewing Company.
So stop by on Saturday, July 26, to feast on the good food and enjoy the only kind of music that seems right for a clambake: beach songs and surf tunes, provided by DJ DNA, David April.
The event is pay-as-you-go and will be running from 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Shower singers, take a seat. This one’s not for you. This is for those of you rocking out in your bedrooms to, I don’t know, Van Halen or something equally anthemic, shredding your air guitars within every inch of your lives. You’ve put on shows in that room that would make rock gods tremble. It’s high time you take a bow.
You know what the doctor says: A little music every day keeps the blahs away. To help, we round up a concert for every day of this week.
Malvern, Pa. brothers Ben and Mike Lebovitz are premiering their TV pilot/short film Welcome to Brownsville this week at PhilaMOCA. The protagonist of the film is a puppet named Weird Larry, ”a registered sex offender who’s taunted into misadventures and epic musical numbers as he tries to escape to Thailand where he can freely be himself.” Before he makes it, though, he needs to get past a bunch of cops, racists, drug addicts and “monster scientists” who want to study his brain. Think Avenue Q, but even less kid-friendly. Catch the trailer here. 7 p.m., PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St.,tehmuppetz.com.
It is Johnny Brenda’s multi-pronged attack of local beer, live music and food that made it our number one bar for 2013. And every Sunday they’re showcasing that food with a special dinner. Now through the 24th that’s a special Turkey dinner with pumpkin pie and all the trimmings for $22. For December, look forward to a prime rib dinner.
Johnny Brenda’s [Foobooz]
For the fifth year in a row we’ve polled a diverse panel of Philadelphia’s drinking scene in order to determine the best bars in Philadelphia. The polled include our favorite writers, bloggers, twitterers and even just drinkers for the 2013 Foobooz 50 Best Bars list.
Foobooz 50 Best Bars by the Numbers
Seven new bars made the list this year.
23 bars have made the list in each of the five years it has been published.
0 repeats at number one. Each year a different bar has held down the top spot.
For the first time ever a bar from New Jersey made the list.
Loco Pez was the biggest mover on the list, jumping 32 spots.
Tonight is Johnny Brenda’s annual Sixpoint bash. Top Ten with Sixpoint brings ten beers from the Brooklyn brewery to Philadelphia including some rarities. And at 6 p.m. a surprise Sixpoint firkin will be tapped at 6 p.m. Sixpoint rep Jersey Dan will be in the house and spinning vinyl all night.
I remember the first time I went to Johnny Brenda’s. It was the same day the Fishtown bar was mentioned in Michael Klein’s Table Talk column. The guys behind Northern Liberties Standard Tap had opened a second establishment. It may not have been the first night, but it wasn’t far from it. My friend and I arrived to an empty room and a bartender who was incredulous as we were. Fishtown? He shrugged, “we’ll see” and poured us a local beer. Now ten years later, we’ve witnessed Fishtown come alive and Johnny Brenda’s lead the way. From reformed corner bar to music venue it has been an impressive trek. Read Bradley Maule’s excellent Hidden City piece on the bar’s first ten years.
Then, celebrate Johnny Brenda’s first decade with free casks tonight and tomorrow. AT 6 p.m. tonight it will be a firkin of Dock Street’s Man Full of Trouble Porter pouring from the top of the bar. Tomorrow at 8 p.m. it is Yards Smoked .45 (a smoked malt liquor) and at 10 p.m., a firkin of Victory Hop Devil. Thursday will also see an “all star line-up” of past and present JBs employees spinning records from 8 p.m. to close. And there will be half-price drinks of the DJs choice all night.
With Johnny Brenda’s At 10, A Look Anew At Fishtown [Hidden City]
Johnny Brenda’s [Official Site]