What to Expect at New Center City Music Venues U-Bahn and Franky Bradley’s

With the local music scene on a decidedly upward trajectory, it’s a good thing Center City just welcomed two new music venues. Here’s what to expect when you go.

U-Bahn

U-Bahn
This 2,985-square-foot club in the basement of BRÜ debuted in March. It’s all about small local rock bands and singer-songwriters here, with two to three live shows per week and DJs filling in the gaps. If the band sucks—hey, it happens—check out the arcade. Yes, there’s Ms. Pac-Man. 1320 Chestnut Street, Midtown Village, 215-800-1079.

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All Aboard the U-Bahn

u-bahn-exterior-940U-Bahn, the subterranean bar underneath Brü on the 1300 block of Chestnut Street is opening this evening at 4 p.m. The bar’s look is loosely based on the German underground subway systems. The space features two bars and a stage for live music and DJs. Brü’s chef Andrew Gaspar is overseeing the menu, offering bar snacks, cheese boards and  sandwiches inspired by Philadelphia’s street food culture.

U-Bahn will offer 18 taps dedicated to Pennsylvania beers, Yards Root Beer and three draft cocktails. The bar program will also focus on rye whiskies, Pennsylvania-centric wines and cocktails taking advantage of local liquors and ingredients.

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PHOTOS: Lots of Hotties Braved the Cold for OurNightOut at Brü Craft & Wurst



Last night at Brü Craft and Wurst on Chestnut Street, Delaware Valley Legacy Fund hosted its wildly successful monthly OurNightOut networking mixer, and boy was it packed. Sources tell me more than 250 folks came out in the cold to mingle, drink some suds and try some of the Bavarian-inspired grub Brü is known for.

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New Age Rathskeller Coming to Chestnut Street

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Teddy Sourias opened Brü last year at 1318-20 Chestnut. And now he’s working to open U-Bahn, a subterranean bar below Bru in the old Jeans West clothing store. The 3,300 square foot space will include two bars and a new kitchen. U-Bahn will offer local beers and food including cured meats, cheeses and specialty sandwiches.

The space will feature an open layout and 16-foot ceilings. Tables will be incorporate reclaimed wood from local barns and tables built from tree slabs. Classic arcade games will also be installed. A private area will offer audio/visual equipment and videoconferencing technology for business meetings.

This isn’t the first rathskeller for Chestnut Street. Soula’s Cafe and Rathskeller was located in the Betz Building at Broad and Chestnut in the early 20th century.

U-Bahn [Foobooz]