Dear Philly Bars and Restaurants: If You See This Guy Coming, Lock Your Doors

Michael Villalpando at Jose Pistola's (left) and in his most recent mugshot photo (right).

Michael Villalpando at Jose Pistola’s (left) and in his most recent mugshot photo (right).

Just when we had all but forgotten about the strange tale of accused serial restaurant thief Janeen Thomas — but we’ll get back to her in a minute — comes another strange tale of a strange person who is accused of stealing from restaurants: Michael Villalpando. Read more »

BYOD: Bring Your Own Daughter

Sun hitting new Pistola's sign.

Not exactly the spot you imagined a Daddy-daughter date at?

Bring your toddler to Jose Pistola’s for a beer.

No, really. The beer is for you (a pint from Great Lakes Brewing Co.), but she’ll learn hair and nails tips. I can’t say for sure, but I think this might be every parent’s dream come true.

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This Week At Sidecar: BBQ Wings And Boozy Beers

Wing Thing Sidecar

Tonight, “Wing Thing” is back at Sidecar. The Chef: Adan Trinidad of Jose and Sancho Pistolas. His wings: Black Garlic Mole Negro BBQ Wings with a Jasper Hill Blue Cheese Crema.

Sure that sounds pretty good, but did you hear about our wing collaboration with Sidecar a couple months back? Chef Trinidad’s got some big shoes to fill if we do say so ourselves.

The wings will be offered until they sell out, usually in four or five days.

Also on tap at Sidecar: really strong beers. Join them tomorrow, Wednesday, July 15th for High Gravity Night. The lineup looks like it could do some serious damage.
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Craft Beer Express Bar Crawl

Craft Beer Express

If you’re into the whole bar crawl thing, but not interested in huge crowds of people dressed in green, here’s an option that may be more appealing.

The Craft Beer Express is Saturday, March 14th, featuring 12 different bars in Philadelphia. The bars include Kraftwork, Johnny Brenda’s, Standard Tap, The Institute, Bishop’s Collar, Kite & Key, Jose Pistola’s, The Sidecar, Pub on Passyunk East, Devil’s Den, Brauhaus Schmitz, and Race Street Cafe.

Each bar will feature their own selection of craft beers, with some offering food specials and fun activities.

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Six Pack: Margaritas In Philadelphia


Editor’s Note: Whenever we get a fresh body added to the team here at Foobooz World HQ, the first thing we ask them to do is create a six-pack for us. It can be about something you like to eat, we say. About something you like to cook. New Foob-tern Regan Abato went another way. She wanted to talk about what she likes to drink.

I think Regan is going to fit in here just fine…

Lately, Philadelphians seem to be obsessed with cocktails. And not just any cocktails, but drinks with outlandish infusions, unusual flavors and ingredients someone who was never a bartender probably never heard of. With these crazy concoctions popping up at almost every bar in town, I started thinking about something a little simpler. While a margarita’s endless options can be dizzying, it is also a totally approachable drink that can be great in any form.

So with so many drinks and so few happy hours, here’s a six pack of some of the best margaritas in Philadelphia you need to try right now.

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Jose Pistola’s Gets a New Sign


On December 30th, Jose Pistola’s got a new sign. The neon sign was delivered, installed and illuminated in just a few hours. Now when you’re looking for Pistola’s, you won’t have to say it is just across from Howl at the Moon or just down from Applebees.

The sign is designed to resemble the Lorelei Lounge sign that hung on the building in the 1960s.

Some sign puns and a look at the Lorelei Lounge sign »

Pistola’s at Amis Tonight


For Amis’ monthly industry night, Sancho and Jose Pistola’s will be the special guest restaurant. Chef Adan Trinidad will be bringing Cochinita Pibil Tacos and Mahi Mahi Ceviche to munch on. There will also be traditional and pomegranate margaritas as well as sangria pouring at reduced prices.

Shawnee Craft brewing company will also be on hand and pouring their Apiarius and Farmhouse Saison Cuvee. Free bottle pours of all three of Shawnee sours, Frambozenbier (barrel aged sour raspberry), Biere de Garde (barrel aged sour pumpkin saison) and Kriek (barrel aged sour cherry beer) will also be available.

As always, Amis industry night includes proof of hospitality employment, free food, cheap drinks and lots of fun.

Industry Night at Amis with Adan Trinidad [Facebook]

Amis [Foobooz]


Craft Beer Express This Saturday


What better way to spend your Saturday than doing a Philly bar crawl? And what better way to do a pub crawl than to have you and your friends chauffeured by the Craft Beer Express? This Saturday, November 8th, The Craft Beer Express will be hitting up a slew of beer bars from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Bus tickets are $10 each, or you can start at the bar of your choice and pay as you go. Each participating bar is hosting a different theme, so check the list out below to decide where to begin your crawl:

Who’s on the crawl and what they’re serving »

It’s the 2014 50 Best Bars in Philadelphia


Bob & Barbara’s | Photo by Trevor Dixon

We asked 25 of the city’s best chefs, bartenders, beer geeks, cork dorks and professional drinkers to weigh in on the best bars in Philly. Here, in order, are the 50 best places to drink in a city made for drinking. Philadelphia, meet the 50 Best Bars Class of 2014.

Foobooz 50 Best Bars by the Numbers

13 bars are new to the list from last year.

18 bars have been on the list for all six years we’ve compiled it.

Another 4 bars have been on the Best Bars list at least 5 years. was the biggest mover, jumping 38 spots on the list.
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