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 »
Having snack options at the movies other than popcorn are great, but popcorn is still our snack of choice. We just wish these restaurants and bars sold their varieties of popcorn in theaters.
Here are our votes for best popcorn in Philadelphia.
Best Popcorn in Philadelphia »
David Headley, whose mother once owned the Khyber Pass Pub, was sentenced to 35 years in prison for his involvement in the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, India that killed 164 people, including 6 Americans. They’ve got the whole story over on the Philly Post, but here’s the nut of it:
Headley seemed to leap at the chance to spill secrets following his 2009 arrest by the FBI in Chicago and continued providing details even after the U.S. government agreed not to seek the death penalty or allow extradition in exchange for his cooperation.
You can read the whole story over on the Philly Post right now.
Former Philadelphian Gets 35 Years In Mumbai Terror Attacks [Philly Post]
Today the Foobooz Store unveils the first in our vintage tees collection. The shirt is a recreation of Khyber Pass’ first-ever t-shirt from the ’80s, adorned with the classic “Get Your Ass to Khyber Pass”slogan. The $15 shirt, available in men’s and women’s sizes was printed for the Khyber Pass Pub’s second anniversary, when these shirts sell out, they’re gone forever.
Get Your Ass to Khyber Pass [Foobooz Store]
Though the name’s been around for around 40 years, Khyber Pass Pub is celebrating its 2nd birthday since its glorious rehabilitation back in 2010. Tomorrow, November 28th, Old City’s iconic pub will be throwing a party full of outstanding beers, great food, and old school music to commemorate Khyber’s rich musical heritage.
They’ve collected an assortment of rare, craft brews on reserve that include Ballast Point Big Eye IPA, Heavy Seas Winter Storm, Stone Double Bastard, Avec Les Bons Voeux, Twisted Pine Pioneer Pumpkin. Every couple hours a selection of drafts will be just $2.
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It isn’t often that a grade school’s fall festival is worthy of a post on Foobooz but tomorrow’s Harvest Festival at St. Peter’s School at 3rd and Lombard is no ordinary school event.
Of course there will be games, face-painting, pony rides, and baked goods from the students mothers but there will also be some serious eats. Names like Percy Street BBQ, Cantina Dos Segundos, Federal Donuts, Khyber Pass Pub, Little Baby’s Ice Cream, JAVA coffee, and even Whole Foods will take this small, unassuming street fair to the next level.
Food will be served 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
St, Peter’s School Harvest Festival [Official Site]
Remember that show on Game Show Network we told you was looking for contestants back in May? Well they found contestants, alright, and they are from the Philadelphia area. Tonight at 9 p.m. on GSN watch three Philly residents compete against professional chefs in the kitchen on Beat the Chefs. $25,000 is up for grabs, if only the locals can take the heat.
The competitors are Michael Pearlman, a beer industry consultant who has worked with Trestle Inn and Khyber Pass; Stephanie Singer, an experience design specialist and board president of Mill Creek Farm; and Joe Hardy, a new resident opening his own food cart.
You can watch live with the contestants at North Bowl at 2nd and Poplar at 9 p.m.
Lemon Hill is having an eventful August with two more events happening August 26th: a rare beer tasting and a Guest Chef Pot Luck event. The beer tasting of rare Swiss beers features Jon Medlinsky of Khyber Pass Pub and starts at 4:30 p.m. The beers to be tasted will come from Brasserie Des Franches-Mantagnes, a small brewery in Switzerland known for their Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien an annually released wine-like beer. Attendance is $52 which also covers snacks and the beer. Seating is limited, so reservations are required.
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According to the September issue of Esquire, Philadelphia is the Late-Night Capital of these here United States. The issue’s late-night eats guide contains essays about the difference between truck stops and diners, the glory that is poutine (I’d say we agree), and tons of recipes for manly food to be eaten in the wee hours of the morning. Esquire even lists all the best late-night foods from all over America– from egg rolls in Chicago to fried chicken in Louisville– but without mentioning a single food from Philly. Why? Because we got our own article about why we’re the best ever, that’s why.
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One of the most wonderful food trends of the past few years has been the genius idea of adding meat to French fries. Here are six of our favorite fry dishes topped with meat.
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