John Doyle Celebrates his 40th St. Patrick’s Day at McGillin’s

John is in the black on the right.

John Doyle (in black) with McGillin’s owner Chris Mullins, Sr.

John Doyle, who was voted Philly’s Best Bartender in 2010, is celebrating his 40th St Patrick’s Day as a bartender at Philadelphia’s oldest bar, McGillin’s Olde Ale House.

According to Doyle, St Patrick’s Day at McGillins has gotten busier every year since he began working there, and the patrons have gotten younger.  “Either they’re getting younger or I’m getting older,” he said.

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For The First Time Ever, McGillin’s Sells Out Of Beer


The place has been open for 154 years and never before has this happened. Never before has the bar at McGillin’s run out of beer. But all it took was the crowds coming back from yesterday’s Mummers Parade to literally drink the place dry of every cheap, domestic drop for the first time EVER.

Yes, there were some craft beers left. But before the day was out the mob killed every keg, bottle and can of Bud Lite, Miller Lite, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Yuengling, Yuengling Light, McGillin’s Genuine Lager, Walt Whit and Stella Artois in the house.

For those of you who are wondering, the bar is now restocked and there’s plenty of Bud Lite for everyone.

McGillin’s Olde Ale House [f8b8z]

Foobooz On Location Today At McGillin’s Olde Ale House


Really? It’s Monday already?

Well, if you’re anything like us at Foobooz World HQ, you’re still struggling to recover from Thanksgiving and don’t really want to work today anyway. So why not just write off this afternoon completely, play a little hooky and come down to hang out at McGillin’s where we’ll be hiding out and doing a special “Foobooz On Location” day at the bar?

Yeah, we’ll be drinking some. But we’ll also be checking out the menu, the Christmas decorations that have now officially gone up (as shown above), AND we’ll be giving away some cool stuff from the Foobooz store in our own little counter-intuitive Cyber Monday celebration. Sure, we might make you answer some trivia questions or something, but still. Free tee shirts and swag? Can’t beat that.

We’ll be at the bar today from 2pm-4pm–just hanging out, doing a little bloggity-bloggity and (hopefully) meeting a few of you fans. So if you can manage to sneak away, why not come on down and have a drink with the team?

McGillin’s Olde Ale House [Official]

Free Baked Potato Today for Ma McGillin’s Birthday

Ma McGillinCatherine “Ma” McGillin was born on this day in 1847. Ma lived to the ripe old age of 90 and in honor of her birthday today, McGillin’s Old Ale House is offering a free baked potato to anyone mentioning her name today.

Born Catherine McCoy in Ireland,  She and “Pa” (William) opened Bell in Hand Tavern in 1860. Somehow everyone called the bar McGillin’s and that name stuck. They raised their thirteen children upstairs. In 1901 Pa died and Ma continued to run the bar on her own until she passed. Then her daughter sold the bar to the Spaniak/Mullins family, who still owns it.

That free baked potato is served with butter and sour cream. Real bacon bits available upon request.

More history of McGillin’s [McGillin’s Olde Ale House]

Secret Menu Items Around Town: From Dill Fried Chicken to Nutella Pizza


Thrillist lists some secret menu items that you can order that don’t appear on any menu. Did you know you can get a dill pickle juice glaze at Federal Donuts? Or a nutella pizza at Osteria? How about Welsh rarebit chips at Victoria Freehouse? Check out the full article to see who offers foie gras-stuffed lobster tails.

Know any other secret menu items around Philadelphia? Share them in the comments.

Secret Menu Items- Hidden Menu Items at Restaurants in Philadelphia [Thrillist]

Le Bec Fin’s Sign Gets A Second Life


Over on the Insider, they’ve got pictures of the iconic Le Bec Fin sign being taken off the building at 1523 Walnut (which, sometime soon, will become a completely different restaurant under the command of chef Justin Bogle). But this isn’t the end for those storied letters. They’re being moved to their new home at McGillin’s Old Ale House, where they’ll join a collection of famous names and logos (Wanamakers, Gimbels, Deux Cheminees) already hung in places of honor.

Honestly, I’m glad that they’ll still be displayed somewhere. It’s a fitting tribute. Head on over to the Insider to check out the full story behind the transfer.

Le Bec Fin Sign To Live On [Insider]

Illustration by Kagen Mcleod

UPDATED: Election Day Specials Around Philadelphia

Okay, let’s face it: Tomorrow’s going to be a long day. More than likely, it’s going to be the kind of long day that stretches on long into the night, too. And when it’s done, about half of the country is going to be happy, while the other half is just furiously pissed off.

But whether a Democrat, a Republican or an Independent, a person’s gotta eat. And all over Philly, cafes and pubs alike are making sure you don’t spend election night alone and hungry with viewing parties and special Election Day deals.

Click through the jump to figure out where you want to spend Election Night.

Where to eat (and drink) on election night

30 Cent Drinks at McGillin’s … in 1933

If you’re looking for a cheap drink try McGillin’s Olde Ale House … circa 1933. A South Philadelphia resident recently found a bit of history from the tavern dating back almost 80 years. Eddie Stanten (with McGillin’s owner Chris Mullin’s Jr, above) found a few old books almost twenty years ago, including a very old scrapbook, being left out for trash. An avid reader, Eddie saved them but ended up accidentally leaving them at an old friend’s house. Just recently Eddie got those books back and within the old scrapbook found a menu from McGillin’s from 1933. When he found out McGillin’s was still around, Eddie dropped by to show current owners.

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