Instead of just hearing about our city’s storied heritage, this time we’re part of it. No matter your political preference or how hot and bothered you’re still feeling about how things turned out, Thursday night is a chance to watch history being made in Philadelphia.
Hillary Clinton — former Secretary of State, US Senator and First Lady — will one-up her remarkable resume by becoming the first woman ever to accept a major political party’s nomination as candidate for President of the United States.
Where can you catch a broadcast of the last evening of the Democratic National Convention? Lots of bars will surely have a TV or two tuned to the Wells Fargo Center, but there are several planned watch parties. Some of them are outside, so you can bring your own chair to a patio or a plaza. Some of them are in bars with just two TVs, some are in bars with more than 70. A few are paid events (and a couple are sold out), but many are free. There’s even a chance to catch the governor spinning tunes.
Check out the options below, and if you have another to add to the list, send it our way.
BYO chair or blanket and score discounts from Crabby's Cafe, Gunners Run and the Wahlburgers food truck (plus more deals from the spots across the street at Liberties Walk) as you watch on the 400-square-foot high-def outdoor TV.
The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons at 1001 N 2nd St. 19123
Catch the start of the show at this edition of the local happy hour for a cause, which is calling in the big guns for a dance party benefitting Ardella's House. In addition to the gov, Rep. Donna Bullock, Rep. Joanna McClinton and other pols will spin.
Progressive groups including Philly for Change, For Pennsylvania's Future, America Votes, NextGen Climate, Americans for Democratic Action and Equality PA say they're "united in the sentiment that Donald Trump would be a disaster for America" so they're joining for a watch party at this funky modern dive.
Play games from Philly Social Adventures and score food and drink specials from Du Jour Cafe while watching the convention at this outdoor plaza in the Financial District (yeah,if we have one, this is it).
At this American tavern next to the (forthcoming, hopefully) Viaduct Rail Park, the sound will be on and all the TVs — including two 9-foot screens and two 55-inch plasmas — will be tuned to the convention floor. Food and drink deals will be offered throughout the night
The huge blowup screen on the patio at this Chestnut Hill bakery/diner/deli will be showing the convention with sound, and you are even welcome to bring your own chair (although there are some already).
During Hillary's speech, sound will be on both of the screens at Stephen Starr's Fishtown beer garden, including the 80-inch behemoth at the inside bar. If you're early, happy hour runs until 7 pm with $5 half-liter drafts and $3.50 sausages.
It's not a watch party, per se, but if customers ask for it, bartenders will turn up the sounds on the TVs at this 160-year-old tavern. There's a special DNC food and cocktail menu, plus regular Thursday night specials like
$3 nachos and margs.