Martin O’Malley Is Coming to the Controversial Point Breeze Beer Garden


From left: Presidential candidate Martin O’Malley (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) and an anonymous flier about the Point Breeze pop-up that was circulated in July.

The Point Breeze pop-up beer garden has had a lot of ups and downs this summer. Philadelphia’s Licenses & Inspections department shut it down in July, saying the property isn’t zoned to be used as a beer garden. A few days later, a judge ordered that it could reopen, but shortly thereafter it was forced to close again, and then it was soon allowed to, yup, reopen.

The beer garden’s roller-coaster season is ending on a high note for its proprietor: Martin O’Malley, the Democratic presidential candidate and former governor of Maryland, is holding a fundraiser at the pop-up on September 10th. Tickets for the event range from $30 for students to $1,000 for “chairs.” Read more »

Point Breeze Gets in on the Pop-Up Garden Craze

point-breeze-pop-up-bus-400John Longacre, the man behind South Philadelphia Tap Room, American Sardine Bar and Brew is opening a beer garden at Point Breeze Avenue and Tasker Street. The Point Breeze Pop-Up is opening on Thursday, May 21st and running through Monday, September 7th. The pop-up will be open Thursday through Sunday. The garden, which will benefit Fair Food, will offer draft beer and cider, plus food from a rotating cast of food trucks.

The first events scheduled for the Point Breeze Pop-Up is SPTR’s Wheat Beer Fest. The event which is happening on Saturday, May 16th, will move to the pop-up location for this year’s tenth anniversary.

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HOG Tour Hits South Philadelphia on Thursday

A very important photo of a bear holding the Hammer of Glory

A very important photo of a bear holding the Hammer of Glory

In case you missed The Hammer of Glory (HOG) pub crawl in March, you can join the #HOGTour in South Philly on Thursday, Apr. 30.

The crawl will be led by Grand Marshal Curt Decker of the currently relocating Nodding Head Brewery (leading a South Philly bar crawl, hmmmmm), and will travel around East Passyunk Avenue from 6-10pm, beginning at Taproom on 19th. Other stops include South Philadelphia Tap Room, Pub on Passyunk East, and Devil’s Den, “plus craft beer specials and other surprises along the way at the whim of The HOG.

If you can’t make this one, have no fear: there is one more crawl on Thursday, May 28 in the Fishtown/ Northern Liberties neighborhood (which is the night before Philly Beer Week officially begins on Friday, May 29.)

Check out more about Philly Beer Week here.

What’s Your Favorite Offal Dish?


Headcheese taco at South Philadelphia Tap Room

Are you all about the sweetbreads, headcheese and tripe? Then we want your opinion. What are the best offal dishes around town. Are you all about the tripe sandwich at George’s in the Italian Market? The headcheese tacos at South Philadelphia Taproom? The sauteed sweetbreads at Townsend?

Let us know in the comments.

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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Allagash Debut and Clamfest Tonight at SPTR

Allagash Clam FestThe South Philly Tap Room will be hosting a clam fest tonight, beginning at 5 p.m., which will feature an al a carte menu and debut the Allagash Evora beer from Maine.

Scott Schroeder’s menu includes a fried clam roll, pork and clam steamers, grill clams, raw clams and more. At 7:30 p.m., Allagash founder Rob Tod will be arriving to join the debut.

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Where the Web Is Eating


Oyster sliders at The Fat Ham | Two Eat Philly

Two Eat Philly sit down and order much of the menu at Kevin Sbraga’s The Fat Ham and finds lots of highlights including the oyster sliders and hot chicken.

Midtown Lunch checks out Ol’ Boy’s Soul Food Restaurant,at 243 South 6oth Street and finds great lima beans and cornbread. It’s also the fourth anniversary of Midtown Lunch, so congrats to Jamie.

Brian from Bridges, Burgers and Beer orders up the South Philadelphia Tap Room burger rare. And he loves it.

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