WATCH: Jim Kenney Sings “Pennies From Heaven” at Tavern on Camac

Democratic mayoral candidate Jim Kenney joined the Liberty City LGBT Democrats (LCLD) last night on a bar crawl through the Gayborhood. During the third stop, at piano bar Tavern on Camac, he stepped up to the stage to sing “Pennies From Heaven” with the pianist.

The song was first recorded by Bing Crosby in 1936, and later covered by everyone from Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington to Frank Sinatra. How do you think Kenney did? I’m told it took some convincing to get him up there, but he really picks it up during the chorus—encouraged, no doubt, by the crowd shouting things like, “You better work!”

Check out the video above, sent by LCLD’s Stephanie Haynes. And below, photos of other LCLD-endorsed candidates who joined the crawl, like openly gay City Council hopefuls Paul Steinke and Sherrie Cohen.



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BEST OF THE GAYBORHOOD AND BEYOND: Bars

U Bar takes our prize for Best Bar.

U Bar takes our prize for Best Bar for its amazingly diverse clientele (and extra-strong drinks.)

BEST BAR: U Bar
A mix of every type of guy, young to old, buff to not-so-buff. A no-’tude vibe. Efficient, friendly bartenders. A horseshoe layout that allows for eye contact everywhere. Is it any surprise this place has become the go-to default on Philly’s gay-bar hit parade? 1220 Locust St., 215-546-6660, ubarphilly.com.

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Late Night Eats: The Tavern Opens In Midtown Village

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It has been a while since chef Mackenzie Hilton has been in town. After winning praise for her time behind the stove at Mercato (and bringing home a win on the Food Network show Chopped), she took off for the Bay Area, where she spent a year and a half hanging out in the farm-to-table Mecca that is San Francisco.

But now, she’s back in her old neighborhood again, running the kitchen at Tavern which, slightly confusingly, lives in a basement space beneath the Tavern on Camac.

This new gig appears to have a very specific focus: serving evening and late-night crowds of music fans, theater-goers and industry personnel. The joint doesn’t even open until 6pm, but then stays open until 3am every night of the week (except Tuesday, when it’s closed).

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