4 Things to Do Tonight in Philly: Weird Larry the Puppet, Trippy Japanese Theater and More

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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 here7 p.m., PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St.,tehmuppetz.com

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Johnny Brenda’s Is Now Offering a Special Sunday Dinner


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]

It’s the 2013 50 Best Bars of Philadelphia

Alla Spina, one of the Best Bars in Philly | Photo by M.Edlow for GPTMC

Alla Spina is one of the best bars in Philadelphia | Photo by M.Edlow for GPTMC

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.

Methodology and the 50 Best Bars » 

Rare Sixpoint Beers at Johnny Brenda’s Tonight

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Mad Scientist series beers and other special brews from Sixpoint.

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.

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Johnny Brenda’s Turns Ten

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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]

Tonight: A Very Fishtown Beef & Beer


The Lutheran Settlement House is hosting a beef and beer fundraiser this evening for its Senior Center Exercise Program. The food, drinks and music runs from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at 1340 Frankford Avenue and costs 30 at the door. Food will include burnt ends from Fette Sau and roast beef and vegan options from Johnny Brenda’s. Beer is provided by Yards Brewing.

Beef & Beer Social [Facebook]

Water Main Break Shuts Down Johnny Brenda’s Temporarily


The photo above is from an 8-inch water main break in Fishtown that has forced Johnny Brenda’s to close its doors for Monday, Tuesday, and possibly Wednesday. The break was reported at 1 a.m. on Sunday and flooded the basement of Johnny Brenda’s, forcing an evacuation of the building. Shows this week are being rescheduled around town.

Water main break forces evacuation of Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown [6 ABC]
Johnny Brenda’s [Official Site]

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Bocks, Brats and Three-Legged Goats at Johnny Brenda’s

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This weekend Johnny Brenda’s is hosting three days of bock beers and homemade sausages. It all gets underway at 4 p.m. on Friday and runs through the weekend.

Six tap-handles will be dedicated to local bock beers, a staple of spring. The kitchen will be serving up housemade brats and soft pretzels to pair with those Maibocks, Doppelbocks and Weizenbocks.

On Sunday a very special three-legged guest will be on hand »

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