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Apr 8 2014

Philly's Bottle Shops Boast Thousands Of Bottles Of Beer On The Wall

Beer Lovers Buy Craft Brews By The Bottle, In Growlers & In Mix-a-Six Packs

Craft beer is big business these days, particularly in Philadelphia, a serious beer town gaining accolades for its suds scene from notable publications like GQ, Draft magazine, Forbes, CNN Travel and others. So what makes the Philadelphia region’s beer scene so great? The bottle shops, for starters. These shops offer hundreds if not thousands of specialty beers to try individually and in “mix-a-six” format (that’s a six-pack of beer with six beers of the drinker’s choosing). What’s more, many of these shops fill growlers of draught beer to go and offer food to accompany the bountiful beer offerings.

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Mar 27 2014

Hispanic Heritage Events Bloom In Philadelphia This Spring & Summer

Festivals, Live Entertainment & Exhibits Celebrate Hispanic Culture

No need to wait until Hispanic Heritage Month in September to celebrate Latino culture. Philadelphia recognizes the richness of Hispanic culture all year long with colorful festivals, pulsating music, powerful exhibitions and more.

Here’s a look at some of the happenings taking place this spring and summer:

Ongoing:

  • For almost two centuries, baseball has transcended cultural differences and united minority communities on their path to understanding American values. Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American, on view at the National Museum of American Jewish History, explores how America’s favorite pastime has helped immigrants from all backgrounds become part of the
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Mar 19 2014

Festivals Keep Philly Neighborhoods Hopping All Year Long

Books, Beer, Arts, America, Music, Movies & More Inspire Festivities

Philadelphians can always find a reason to get festive. It could be a gathering of artists and artisans in Manayunk, a traditional Yoruba-style street fair or zombies taking over South Street, a craft beer party on East Passyunk Avenue or a weekend celebrating all things Harry Potter in Chestnut Hill. Throughout the year, Philly’s neighborhoods make merry with special events and activities that reflect their distinctive personalities. Here’s a look at some of the mark-the-calendar happenings for 2014:

CENTER CITY

Benjamin Franklin Parkway:

  • For the fourth year running, the Philadelphia Science Festival unleashes nine days of exploratory exhibitions, lectures,
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Mar 19 2014

Philadelphia Jazz Makes History & Sweet Sounds

Jazz Clubs, Live Performances, Jam Sessions & Special Events Make Philly A Year-Round Destination For Jazz Music

As the birthplace or temporary home of such noted jazz figures as Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Bessie Smith, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, Philadelphia plays an important role in the history of the art form. But it’s not all about history. Concerts and events make the city a jazz hotspot even today. As acclaimed bassist Warren Oree said, “There’s another ‘Sound of Philadelphia’—the sound of Philadelphia’s jazz.” Here’s where people can hear it all year long:

Festivals & Events:

  • The third annual Center City Jazz Festival, which celebrates the past, present and future of jazz in Philadelphia, is
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Mar 12 2014

It's Always Sunny-Side Up In Philadelphia

Rise & Shine At One Of Philly’s Many Great Brunch Spots

Weekends were made for brunching—chatting with friends, digging into a stack of syrupy pancakes, lingering over a cup of a coffee and/or a Bloody Mary. No one knows this better than Philadelphians, who have a wide array of fantastic brunch options to choose from every Saturday and Sunday. Whether the craving is for a five-star buffet with caviar, a Latin feast of plantains and agua fresca cocktails or fresh granola and locally grown berries, Philadelphia foodies have plenty of go-to spots for a late-morning or early-afternoon meal. Here’s a look at some of the region’s best brunch options:

Brunch Specialists

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Mar 10 2014

What's In The Callowhill Neighborhood?

Food, Drinks, Culture, Shops, Galleries & Nightlife In Philadelphia's Callowhill Neighborhood

Dubbed the “Loft District” by real estate developers and “The Eraser ’Hood” by locals referencing the once-dark landscape that inspired former resident David Lynch’s cult classic Eraserhead, Callowhill is something in between these two extremes. The stylish-yet-still-transforming neighborhood attracts both young professionals who enjoy its high-end condos and close proximity to Center City and artists looking for affordable-yet-expansive studio and gallery spaces. It’s a formerly industrial neighborhood that charms with a rich stock of large, urban buildings, remnants of cobblestone streets, edgy rock clubs, emerging galleries and the kind of hidden cultural gems that intrigue visitors and residents alike.

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Feb 19 2014

What's On The Avenue Of The Arts?

Restaurants, Bars, Theaters, Galleries & Attractions Along The Avenue Of The Arts

Although technically named Broad Street, the center of Philadelphia’s performing arts community—stretching from City Hall to Lombard Street—has earned the nickname Avenue of the Arts. And for good reason. Stroll along the Avenue of the Arts and the buzz of energy is contagious as theater-goers, orchestra fans, opera lovers, dance aficionados, artists and others spill out onto the street to mix with the locals who live, work and dine on the storied street.

Home to the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the legendary Academy of Music, The Wilma Theater, Merriam Theater, University of the Arts, Arts Bank and other

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Feb 14 2014

What's In The Northern Liberties Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Shops, Bars & Coffee Shops In Northern Liberties

Once considered Philadelphia’s favorite up-and-coming neighborhood, Northern Liberties has officially arrived, evidenced by the international restaurants, respected gastropubs and trendy boutiques—all this while maintaining the artistic vibe that made it so cool in the first place.

The warehouses that populate the former manufacturing district found new life as condos, galleries, stores and restaurants, and along with newly designed buildings, the area enjoys a pleasant mix of older functional and modern design. Two shopping/dining/art/entertainment plazas helped make Northern Liberties an accessible and thriving area: Liberties Walk and The Piazza at Schmidts.

The neighborhood lies north of Old City, and its borders

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Feb 11 2014

What's In The East Passyunk & Pennsport Neighborhoods?

Restaurant, Shops, Bars & Coffee Shops In The East Passyunk & Pennsport Neighborhoods

For years, insiders have flocked to South Philadelphia’s East Passyunk Avenue for its restaurants, particularly its red-gravy Italian spots. The neighborhood surrounding the avenue—a diagonal interruption to Philadelphia’s grid layout—has enjoyed revitalizations in recent years, creating a sort of renaissance for the thoroughfare itself. Visitors who stroll down Passyunk (pronounced pashunk by those in the know) find eclectic boutiques, coffee shops, gastropubs, excellent Mexican and sushi fare, as well as the amazing Italian eateries that first made this street famous—not to mention the two across-the-street cheesesteak rivals, Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks. Generally, the area known as East

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Feb 3 2014

Rocky's Legendary Philly Weekend

Inspired By Rocky’s Arrival On Broadway...Oh, And Six Rocky Films

LOCATION: Center City, South Philadelphia and East Falls

TRANSPORTATION: On foot or by trolley, taxi or car

DURATION: Two nights and two days

After captivating the hearts of millions of film fans, Rocky Balboa is about to score a TKO on Broadway. The musical production of Rocky das Musical delighted critics in Hamburg, Germany, and now it’s crossing the Atlantic, bringing the fictional character who is so synonymous with Philadelphia to New York City. The stage production closely follows the original movie plot, inspiring fans to explore the boxer’s beloved city of Philadelphia. Here’s a two-day, two night itinerary that

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Feb 3 2014

What's In The Logan Square Neighborhood?

Restaurant, Shops, Bars & Coffee Shops In The Logan Square Neighborhood

Logan Square’s personality defies a single definition. Corporate and municipal office buildings cover swaths of wide streets, creating the bustle of daily commerce. Luxury high-rises and modern and historic houses line leafy side streets. The museums that border the broad, tree-lined Benjamin Franklin Parkway add yet another dimension. Green spaces—including the square that gives the area its name—provide spots for relaxation, reflection and fun.

The center of the city government’s daily business, City Hall is a natural focal point. Its elaborate architecture and ornamentation makes people stop and take notice—and photos. The architectural equivalent of a wedding cake, the sprawling

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Jan 31 2014

New Restaurants Heat Up Philadelphia's Dining Scene This Winter

On The Menu: Meaty Dishes, A French Restaurant Revival, Hispanic Food & More

There’s no such thing as winter hibernation for Philadelphia’s acclaimed dining scene. Local restaurateurs are busier than ever opening up new establishments. Among the options are carnivorous meals, French classics, Spanish-inflected eats and sweet treats to top it all off. Here’s a look at some of the most eagerly anticipated newcomers this season:

Recent Openings:

  • Top Chef Kevin Sbraga aims for second-time charm with The Fat Ham. The chef applies his ample talents to contemporary Southern cookin’ (hummus with boiled peanuts, country-fried lobster tail and macaroni and cheese with a barbecue potato chip crust) in a rustic-chic University City
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Jan 31 2014

2014: The Year Of Craft Beer In Philly

Every Month Brings Large-Scale Showcases Of Suds To The City Of Brewerly Love

As home to the world’s original and biggest craft beer week (Philly Beer Week), Philadelphia sets a high bar for beer events. In the city and suburbs, beerific happenings take place all year long that draw hundreds, if not thousands, of beer lovers. Here’s a selection of some of the oldest, largest, quirkiest and most popular celebrations of the artisanal sud:

February:

  • With the season of Christmas beers passed, roasty stouts and porters—especially those aged in bourbon barrels—warm up beer drinkers in February. The inaugural Winterfest 2014, The Great Philadelphia Winter Craft Beer Festival emphasizes these malty brews by
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Jan 27 2014

Philadelphia Hotels Get New Looks In 2014

City’s Hotel Scene Stays Vibrant With Upgrades, Renovations & The Opening Of The Courtyard Philadelphia South

The new year brings a new look to many of Philadelphia’s top hotels with a wave of renovations, upgrades and the arrival of the Courtyard Philadelphia South at The Navy Yard, a brand new addition to the city’s diverse hotel offerings. Here’s a look at what’s happening inside and outside of Philadelphia’s hotels in 2014:

New Hotel On The Block:

  • Opened in January 2014, the newest hotel on the Philadelphia scene is the $34 million Courtyard Philadelphia South at The Navy Yard. Located in the historic Philadelphia Navy Yard business complex with nearby access to the city’s sports arenas,
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Jan 27 2014

What's In The Fairmount and Spring Garden Neighborhoods?

Restaurants, Shops, Bars & Coffee Shops In The Fairmount & Spring Garden Neighborhoods

Just near the renowned institutions that line the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia’s Fairmount and Spring Garden neighborhoods are often lumped together and dubbed the “Art Museum area,” but the personalities of these laid-back districts separate them from nearby Center City.

Fairmount easily stands on its own as a destination in Philadelphia. Despite its proximity to downtown, the residential neighborhood is considered a sort of urban suburb, thanks to the friendly residents and atmosphere. What to do here? Eat, drink and tour the former prison-turned-attraction. Wedged between the cultural powerhouses of the Parkway and the better-known Fairmount, Spring Garden distinguishes itself

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Jan 24 2014

What's In The Society Hill Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Bars, Cafes, Entertainment, History & Parks In Philadelphia's Society Hill

With its cobblestone streets and original 18th- and 19th-century buildings that line the streets from the Delaware River to 7th Street and Walnut to Lombard Streets, Philadelphia’s quaint Society Hill neighborhood remains as picture-perfect today as it was hundreds of years ago. Its proximity to Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the Independence Visitor Center make it hard for visitors and locals to resist the appeal of walking the same streets the nation’s founders once strolled.

Following an era when the neighborhood was home to a number of luminaries—Samuel Powel, the first mayor of the

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Jan 23 2014

What's Trending In Philadelphia's Dining Scene In 2014?

Fancy Markets, French & Jewish Fare, Home-style Desserts & More

The freshest new flavors in Philly’s restaurant scene in 2014? Market culture, replete with artisan goods, eat-in cafes and exclusive dinners at communal tables, for starters. In a town that owns Italian cooking, French cuisine resurges with more chefs turning to classic techniques and traditions. Jewish food in all of its international variations continues to be reinvented in exciting new ways. Meanwhile, the juice bar may well be the new coffee bar, and home-style desserts trump cupcakes. Here’s a look at some trends to watch in 2014:

Marvelous Markets:
Philadelphians love high-quality, high-end ingredients, and an emerging crop of

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Jan 15 2014

Live And Loud: Philly Music Never Sounded So Good

In Venues Large & Small, Musicians Of All Genres Entertain Audiences As Diverse As The Music

With dozens of venues cultivating and showcasing live music throughout Philadelphia, it’s no wonder that Jay-Z chose Philadelphia as the location for his two-day Made In America music festival in summer 2012 and 2013. The city has played host to major music festivals in the past, including Live Aid in 1985 and Live 8 in 2005. And it has produced major artists such as Chubby Checker, Hall & Oates and Patti LaBelle, and more recently, The Roots, Will Smith, Pink, Circa Survive, The Dead Milkmen, Chill Moody and Kurt Vile. Here’s a look at where these musicians are getting their

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Dec 31 2013

Philadelphia Region Contributing To Nation's Record-Breaking Brewery Boom

More Than A Dozen Craft Breweries To Open Or Expand By Summer 2014

The United States now has more breweries than at any time in its history, and Philadelphia-area entrepreneurs are helping to lead the way by opening even more breweries at a rapid pace. According to the Brewers Association, a craft beer industry trade group, the U.S. was home to only eight craft breweries in 1980, 537 in 1994 and more than 2,500 today. Regionally, craft brewers are opening locations in every county—from Victory Brewing in Kennett Square to Broken Goblet Brewery in Bristol—and more are working hard to secure licenses and locations before 2015. Here’s a look at more than a

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Dec 31 2013

A New Wave Of Authentic Taquerias & Roving Trucks Make Philly A Bona Fide Taco Town

South Philly Leads The City’s Taco Craze

Little by little, Philly’s turned into a bona fide taco town. Between the mom-and-pop taquerias of South Philly, tried-and-true tequila bars, a roving pack of lunch trucks and the newest crop of gringo-owned joints, there’s truly a taco for everyone and their hermano. Here’s where the hungry masses can get their tacos on:

New-Wave Mexican:

  • Fishtown’s divey Loco Pez found its inspiration in L.A.’s fusion-y taco trucks, and the result is a mix-and-match menu of fun and sometimes unexpected flavors. There’s the Gabacho (ground beef in a crispy shell), for instance, or a seitan-and-spinach combo for the vegan crowd.
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