The Khyber Makes Esquire’s Best Bars List


Photo by Arthur Etchells

The Khyber Pass Pub makes Esquire’s list of the best bars in America. The bar is one of 15 new bars on the list, and the only one from Philadelphia. Esquire describes the bar from David Frank and Stephen Simons as:

Back in the 1980s, the Khyber was where all the punk bands played. Nowadays the bands are gone and it’s a lot cleaner. But there’s still a great rock ‘n’ roll jukebox, decent New Orleans food (and cocktails), and a whole lot of craft beer on tap.

The Khyber is the first Philadelphia bar to make the Esquire list since 2007.

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For two days this weekend, 6th and Market streets in Old City played home to CRAFT PHILA‘s Liberty Bell Fair, a juried exhibition by regional arts and crafts folks. The show brought out every kind of ware imaginable—from jewelry and glasswork to leather- and glass-made goods.

A rep from the festival says around 4,000 showed up for the festival, which also included food trucks, live music and street performances. We’ve got photos from the afternoon below. If you see something you like, you can contact the artist mentioned in the captions:


Spotted in Old City: 130 Elfreth’s Alley Gets Price Cut and…

Image via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

Image via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel

They don’t call it Old City for nothing, but in spite of this surviving slice of Colonial Philadelphia continuing to wow us with its 1741 birth year and its preserved character (it has wide-planked pine wood floors and ornamental windows for crying out loud), it also warrants mentioning that it’s definitely no worse for the wear given the updates it’s been afforded.

Its most recent touch up? Both bathrooms have been redone with new vanities and toilets, which is why we’ve excluded the old loo images from the gallery. (Keep an eye out! Listing agent Reid Rosenthal tells us new photos of the home should be available later this week.) Other than that, the home has also had its price reduced to $399,000. Remember, the house comes with separate living and dining rooms, has an outdoor patio and basement, and includes dormers, cornices, and lintels.

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Trinity Tuesday: Sweet Old City Home Right Off Elfreth’s Alley

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

Photo credit: Drew Callaghan | Courtesy of John Hirniak of BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

Whoa, whoa, whoa—is that William Penn? Who is this guy? Quick, someone take a selfie with him… Nah, but all kidding aside, living in Old City looks like it’d be a ball–especially if there’s a chance of running into 17th-century Philadelphians right outside your door.

As luck would have it, this trinity home is smack in the heart of the neighborhood, right off historic Elfreth’s Alley in fact. (Maybe that’s where this dude was headed to?) As it happens, listing agent John Hirniak tells us the updated two-bedroom, built circa 1734, is technically part of the city’s famous street as it’s among a cluster of homes situated right behind the ones sitting at its forefront. Property records will have it as such, but you can still use its more “recent” 3 Bladens Court address (it’s been in use since for a long time, possibly since the 18th-century) in your GPS. Check out more of the area’s history here.

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Little Lion to Roar in Old City This Summer

little-lion-exterior-940The former Haru at the corner of 3rd and Chestnut is being transformed into The Little Lion, an upscale but casual concept opening this summer. The restaurant will have a capacity of 214 people and will be open for brunch, lunch, and dinner.

The restaurant is the project of former Devil’s Alley manager Chris Younge and Jason Dills. For those who were never in Haru, expect a dramatic space with 25-foot ceilings, 8-foot tall windows and a grand staircase that will lead to a balcony bar and lounge. The former sushi bar along the 3rd Street side of the restaurant will be a chef’s counter and raw bar, offering views of the staff shucking oysters, making salads and completing dishes coming from the first level kitchen.

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New Dance-and-Yoga Fitness Studio Coming to Old City

Allongée's new studio | Photo via Google Maps

Allongée’s new studio | Photo via Google Maps

Jillian Dreusike, creator and owner of Allongée Technique, announced on her blog this week that she’s inked a lease for a brick-and-mortar studio. In May, she’ll be moving into the former Dhyana Yoga space at 68 North Second Street.

“After nearly five years of running our classes in a pop-up-like structure, I am so beyond excited to have finally found us a permanent home,” she writes. Until now, she’s been operating her dance-centered fitness classes out of rented studio space in Old City and Fairmount, as well as running outdoor classes at Race Street Pier.  Read more »

Good Riddance: McFadden’s Closes Today

via Google Maps

via Google Maps

From the Department of Don’t Let the Door Hit You In the Ass comes news that the 3rd Street location of McFadden’s – aka that horrible bar somewhere near the cruddy cusp of Old City and Northern Liberties – is closing its doors today. And all God’s people said, “AMEN!” Read more »

Spotted in Old City: Contemporary Loft Condo Comes with Two Elevators

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel.

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-CC Rittenhouse Hotel.

We were always partial to that ivy-clad condo on Cuthbert Street, but now that we know about this neighboring loft apartment at 108 Arch…well, we’re slightly torn. Location-wise, they’re tied. But on the one hand, the former has a cozy compactness; on the other, the latter tempts us with its modern indulgences.

And what are these contemporary luxuries? For starters, the 2,500-square-foot unit has a pair of stainless steel elevators opening directly into the apartment foyer. Can’t say we’re too surprised since it’s in the same building as that insanely pricey rental from last summer.

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Two Retro Reviews from the Weeklies


Olde Bar | Photo by Arthur Etchells


Brian Freedman visits Olde Bar for Philadelphia Weekly while Adam Erace reviews Franky Bradley’s for City Paper. Freedman is in love with the fried clams at Jose Garces’s redone Bookbinders and he’s even more impressed with the redo.

The Olde Bar is a Jose Garces project—the kitchen is helmed by Chef de Cuisine Mike Siegel—but it feels different from his other restaurants around town. Indeed, in his attempt to honor the legendary space, he has accomplished something both difficult and important: Bringing the past into the present, without peddling in either preciousness or hokey nostalgia. The Olde Bar feels both classic and vibrant at once, just like that fried clam.

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