5 Gay Things to Do in Philly This Week: Toga for MANNA, Darienne Lake at Drag Wars, Queer Books Pop-Up and More
In January everyone’s favorite gay piano bar, Tavern On Camac (TOC), went black for what was supposed to be a two-month renovation on the downstairs piano bar and lounge, but new plans to renovate the upstairs dancefloor, the Ascend Lounge, are delaying the original early-March re-opening date.
It’s been two weeks since demolition began on the piano bar in Tavern on Camac, and Director of Communications Randal Mrazik tells me things are moving right along, well, sort of. “It’s a 200-year-old building. We have to do a little more work than we thought.”
If you’ve been itching to sing some ditties around the piano at Tavern on Camac (TOC), you better slip on your snow boots and head there pronto. The bar will be closing after tomorrow night for extensive renovations and won’t re-open till the beginning of March.
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.
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).
This year’s Philly Pride not only kicked off with a block party on Friday night, but continued through the weekend with special events, like the Dyke March and William Way’s Homecoming – and culminated in the annual parade and party on Penn’s Landing.
G Philly was honored to be a part of the events. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth on Penn’s Landing again this year. One of our favorite photographers (and the man who’s always on the scene) HughE Dillon captured some great highlights. Enjoy!
Ultimo Coffee in getting closer and closer to opening. They chronicle the progress on their blog. [UltimoCoffee]
West Chester’s former Coyote Crossing looks like it’ll be back in business as Coyote West. [WC Dish]
Michael Klein finds that some chefs are shrinking the portions in order to keep prices down. [Table Talk, Philadelphia Inquirer]
Marc Vetri for just $75 a head and for a good cause? He’s raising funds for Philadelphia Education Fund at Osteria on Monday. [Inqlings, Philadelphia Inquirer]
It’s Tavern on Camac vs Camac in some hot-hot-hot lawsuit fun. The Clog is not amused. [The Clog]
Passage to India has closed at the corners of Walnut and Juniper. It’ll be replaced by an IHOP! [The Insider]
Waiting for the return of Stephen Starr’s Blue Angel. You’ll be holding your breath till fall. [Table Talk, Philadelphia Inquirer]