Okay, so here’s the thing. We’re not saying that Bill Murray is definitely going to show up tonight at North Bowl, where they’re throwing a party to celebrate the birthday of the greatest actor ever. But what we are saying is that Bill Murray has been known, on occasion, to just show up in places where you wouldn’t expect him to. Like at random frat parties, or minor league baseball games, or karaoke parties. And you know the LEAST likely place for Bill Murray to be tonight? At North Bowl, where they’re throwing him a birthday party, starting at 9pm, with $2 bowling, $2 shoe rental, $2 tater tots, $2 beers, special pricing on food and whiskey sours and Bill Murray movies showing on the lanes.
So, you know, we’re just saying that’s one of the places where Bill Murray would never show up. Which, in the twisted world of Bill Murray, makes it a distinct (though unlikely) possibility that he’ll totally show up behind the shoe rental counter to work the full shift, do a few dishes, then disappear into the night like the inexplicable creature he is.
North Bowl [Facebook]
Blow-torched s’mores tots at last year’s competition.
Like their french fried cousin, tater tots are the ultimate comfort food. Little did we know, however, that tots are also the base around which creativity can flourish. Yes, if you can make a crispy-yet-fluffy tot, you may be able to take a burger to perfection. But why not let tots take center stage some of the time?
North Bowl gets it, which is why they are hosting their 2nd Annual Tot Chef Competition on Saturday August 1st. Think you can make a great tot? Now’s the time to prove it.
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South Bowl site as of August 2014, via Google Street View
Hey you, remember around two years ago when North Bowl said they were going to be opening an enormous sister bowling center 19 East Oregon Avenue? Unless you live down in Pennsport/Whitman, frequent Tony Luke’s or commute on I-95, chances are good that you forgot about it.
Well, consider yourself shaken from your bowling slumber: North Bowl and South Bowl just posted some fine interior shots of the project on Instagram. Let’s just say that they’re the type of pictures that get us all kinds of giddy inside.
No, seriously. Because these days even the bowling alleys have to have seasonal menus, and North Bowl’s comes complete with organic and fresh ingredients as the Northern Liberties bowling alley and lounge switches up its menu to accommodate appetites during colder weather.
Check out some of the new menu items below:
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North Bowl has officially started their Summer Happy Hours, which means the $2 deals are among us. Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., the $2 specials will include bowling, shoe rental, original tots, Tecate cans and tullamore Dew shots. What more could you need? Well if your answer is the World Cup, then you’re in luck because you can watch the games there too.
On Wednesdays and Sundays, the special will continue into the night for a late night happy hour.
North Bowl [Foobooz]
Want to show off your tots? Well here’s your chance. North Bowl is holding their first ever Tot Chef competition on July 20th, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and they’re looking for 10 competitors to enter. As long as you bring your own recipe and necessary ingredients, North Bowl will provide the tots. And if you’re more interested in eating the tots than making them, stop by the free event to try all the recipes and pick your favorite. For more information or to enter, email email@example.com.
Sixpoint Brewery and North Bowl are joining together tonight for one last summer industry night party. The Northern Liberties bowling alley is offering $2 Sixpoint Sweet Action drafts and $4 Sweet Action and Tullamore Dew specials starting at 7 p.m.
At 9 p.m. a free tot bar will be available as well as $2 bowling. Sixpoint sales guy “Jersey” Dan will be spinning 80s records till midnight.
North Bowl [Official Site]
Sixpoint Brewery [Official Site
We’ve been sitting on the unconfirmed story that the fine folk behind North Bowl are opening South Bowl on Oregon Avenue forever. So long, we kind of forgot it was a thing. But the Passyunk Post is here to remind us, yes, it is indeed happening.
South Bowl is looking to open this fall at 19 E Oregon Avenue, just down the block from Tony Luke’s, Cheerleaders, and well, not much else (except IKEA). But a good bowling alley that isn’t constantly backed up, close to I-95, Delaware Avenue and the stadiums, run by the top notch folk at North Bowl is a big win.
South Bowl on Oregon Ave. is actually going to happen [The Passyunk Post]
Photo by Eliza Darling
For the month of March, nine Northern Liberties bars are getting together and making sure they don’t pour the same beer twice. They’re calling it Northern Exposure and plan to offer an unrivaled draft list of over 100 unique beers through the month.
There is no cover charge or tickets, just pay as you go for beers. They’re encouraging small, self-guided bar crawls and there will be Beer Passports to help record the beers tried. Complete one brewer’s offerings in the month and get some free swag.
Check out the Northern Exposure Facebook page for more information and follow @ExposureFest on Twitter.
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The paper is down and you can see into Fathom Seafood House. Check out Brownstoner for more photos. [Brownstoner]
Kitchen Consigliere has opened off of Haddon Avenue in Collingswood.
North Bowl is expanding its second floor. Framing and sheathing are underway, facade work will start in a couple weeks. [Fishtank PHL]
Work continues on the former Wander Inn despite some neighborhood resistance. Brownstoner has a photo. [Brownstoner]
The White Dog Cafe in Wayne has opened. [White Dog Cafe Wayne ]
Cookie Confidential is about a week out on 5th Street near South. Cheesesteak cookies? Really? [Meal Ticket]
Soup Kitchen has opened on Susquehana in Fishtown. It’s currently serving breakfast and coffee. [Brownstoner]
Thai L’Elephant is moving in Phoenixville. The new address will be 301 Bridge Street.