Celebrate Ben Franklin’s Birthday With Beer

Photo via Historic Philadelphia

Photo via Historic Philadelphia

This Sunday, January 17th marks the 310th birthday of founding father Benjamin Franklin, and what better way to celebrate than by having a few beers with the man credited for saying “Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy?” He actually was talking about wine, but we’ll ignore that for now.

Tonight and tomorrow at 5:30 p.m., you can join Ben on a Special Edition Tippler’s Tour, a colonial pub crawl through four Old City pubs. There will be plenty of toasts and singing from “Ben” himself, so if you’re looking for some theatrical fun this could be the thing for you. The crawl includes stops at National Mechanics, Victoria Freehouse and City Tavern at 7:30 p.m. and costs $45 for adults and $40 for students, seniors, and military personnel.

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New Happy Hours Offer Alternatives to Sips Crowds

Late afternoon wine enjoyed outdoors at Fitler Dining Room.

Late afternoon wine enjoyed outdoors at Fitler Dining Room.

Whether you’ve tired of Center City Sips, your go-to bar, or simply drinking at home, here’s a round-up of the newer additions to the list of Philadelphia’s happy hours this summer. With the heat of August on the horizon, we’re probably all going to need a drink (or three), so let these newcomers reinvigorate your weekday drinking.

We’ll accept a cocktail as thanks.

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Opening of Front Street Dive and More at Victoria Freehouse


Lots going on at Victoria Freehouse this summer. First, Front Street Dive (the 2nd floor of Victoria Freehouse) is now open. Head up there on Thursdays for karaoke with Dr. Thunder or on Fridays and Saturdays for various DJs. The bar will be open from 9pm-2am on these days and available for private parties Monday through Wednesday.

Next, happy hour has begun at The Victoria. Mon-Fri from 4-7pm enjoy $5 Imperial (20-ounce) pints and half-priced pub snacks.

And now for their summer events. We’re talking 4th of July, Christmas in July, Harry Potter and more.

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Free Cocktail Event Tonight (Which Means Free Booze, So Pay Attention)

MixMixWhatever plans you had, cancel them. Because if you like alcohol and hate spending money, we have the perfect event for you.

Tonight, from 5pm-7pm on the lower level of the Shops At Comcast (1701 JFK Blvd), there’s going to be a Mixology Mixer–which basically means a competition-slash-cocktail-demonstration which will have some of the best bartenders in the city putting together spring cocktails which you, as a value-conscious cocktail enthusiast, will then judge. You get to vote for your favorite (via social media so, you know, it’s all modern-y), and the best bartender wins… I dunno. Bragging rights or whatever.

The important takeaway here is that there are going to be cocktails, that the event is open to the public, and that it’s free.

Wait, did you say free cocktails?

Philly Beer Week: Friday Picks


Photo by Trevor Dixon

Fiume | Photo by Trevor Dixon

City Tap House is wrapping everything in Bespoke bacon for happy hour. Sometimes the best ideas are the easiest. And oh yes, there will be beer from Yards, including their collaborative Just Off Walnut Belgian Brown Ale.

Also in West Philadelphia, Fiume is tapping Freigeist Ottekolong, a Kölsch too Kölsch for Köln.

Across town, Don Russell (Joe Sixpack) is going to be at Victoria’s Freehouse where he’ll be pouring ELGOOD’S Coolship #1.

Robert Burns Night: Haggis, Scotch and Bagpipes At Victoria Freehouse


Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o the puddin’-race!
Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye worthy o’ a grace
As lang’s my arm.

That’s Robert Burns at his weird, Scottish and food-obsessed best, declaring his deathless admiration to that great Chieftain of the pudding race, the haggis.

For those of you who don’t already have it on your calendars, Robert Burns Night is coming up, and on Saturday, January 25, the Victoria Freehouse is going to be celebrating the bard’s 255th birthday in the only way such a thing is ever celebrated–with haggis, scotch and bagpipes.

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Dickens Christmas Roasts At The Victoria Freehouse


Victoria Freehouse is getting all British again with their Dickens-inspired Christmas roasts. For the next two Saturdays (the final two before Christmas is upon us), the Freehouse will be doing a different, three-course British menu (with optional wine and beer pairing). The deal starts at 5pm, goes until 10pm and will run you $25 per person (not counting the booze).

And yes, we have the menus

Christmas Ale Happy Hour at Victoria Freehouse


The Victoria Freehouse is offering a special happy hour today of Christmas Ales. For $15 you can get a flight of British holiday beers plus “Devils on Horseback,” stilton stuffed dates wrapped in bacon.

The flights include:

  • Reindeer’s Revolt – English Strong Ale
  • Criminally Bad Elf – English Barleywine style beer
  • Pickled Santa – Winter Warmer style beer
  • Lump of Coal – Foreign Stout beer

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This Weekend: Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Party At Victoria Freehouse


Big news for the geeks in the crowd. As I’m sure you are already all aware, the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who is on November 23. And while I can totally understand those of you who want to just climb into your dalek costumes and spend the day at home in front of the TV, for those of a more social bent, there’s this:

On Saturday, November 23, the Victoria Freehouse in Old City will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary (Whoniversary?) in style, with themed food and drinks (jelly babies, jammie dodgers, fish fingers and custard–you know, that sort of thing) and the 50th anniversary episode showing on two separate flatscreens, starting promptly at 2:50pm.

You probably want to get there early to score a good seat. And to get a jump on celebrating the stunning, five-decade run of one of the best science fiction TV shows ever. And if you have one, don’t forget your fez. Because fezzes are cool.

Victoria Freehouse [f8b8z]

Tonight: Guy Fawkes Night Victoria Freehouse


Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
the Gunpowder Treason and Plot…

Yes, tonight is Guy Fawkes Night, and they’re celebrating at the Victoria Freehouse by kicking off their Whiskey Week celebrations.

So what’s on tap for tonight? Whiskey flights–with ten-year-old Laphroig, Macallan and Glenmorganie all sharing the table for $15, plus plates of Devils On Horseback (dates wrapped in bacon, for those of you unfamiliar with British culinary delicacies).

On Thursday night, they’re doing straight Macallan flights (the 10 year, 12 year and 15 year) for $20 (plus pub snacks) as a run-up to a Macallan pairing dinner at 7pm that’ll set you back an additional $50 for 5 courses plus pairings. Check out the menu after the jump.

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