Newsletter for Tuesday, March 17
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Even the houses on Boathouse Row are decked out in green for St. Patrick’s Day. Photo via Instagram user @timb926.
THE BILLY PENN GUIDE TO ST. PATRICK’S DAY IN PHILLY
There are few days of the year where it’s entirely acceptable — and in some places, encouraged — to drink all day from dawn ’til dusk. St. Patrick’s Day is one of those days, and you’ll need to bookmark this guide if you’re skipping out on work or class to binge drink green beer and Jameson all day. Here’s your full field guide to day drinking in Philly — plus a map for when you maybe forget where these places are.
WHAT HAPPENED TO HARRISBURG’S THREAT TO CLOSE BEER GARDENS?
As warm weather approaches, area vendors will start prepping for what became one of the most popular events of the summer last year: Outdoor beer gardens that are technically temporary but are actually kind of permanent. At least for the summer. It’s a carefully interpreted loophole in the Pennsylvania liquor code that allows these outdoor beer havens to exist without a full liquor license, and last year, some legislators told the state Liquor Control Board that they had a “grave concern” over the loophole and complained that companies operating pop-up beer gardens were circumventing the spirit of the law. Yeah, well… The PLCB says nothing’s changed, so get ready to drink outside again.
TO DO: WORK OUT AT DILWORTH PARK
WHAT: Bootcamp from Fit Girls, feat. the Phillie Fanatic’s mom
WHERE: Dilworth Park, right outside City Hall
WHEN: 6-7 PM
HOW MUCH: Free
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REVEL 101: WHY THE CASINO IS STILL EMPTY AND IT’S A MESS
Revel filed for bankruptcy less than a year after its opening and then again last June, closing its doors three months later in September, causing the loss of 3,000 jobs. Last October, a company placed a bid to buy Revel for $110 million, less than 5 percent of the casino’s $2.4 billion building price. It seemed like we’d be seeing Revel as a fully-functioning resort and casino sooner rather than later. Except that hasn’t happened. The casino still lacks an owner. And as of Friday, with Judge Gloria Burns declining a sale yet again, Revel is in flux. If you’ve had a tough time following all the details, it’s with good reason. As Temple Law professor Jonathan Lipson, an expert in bankruptcy law, says, “This is a very messy, very complicated case and a very unfortunate case.” So, let Billy Penn explain why Revel casino remains an unused, unowned mess.
THE ERIN EXPRESS: FAKE IDS, GREEN TUTUS AND A BATHROOM LINE PUNCH
We’d heard of the Erin Express: The Philly tradition wherein participants wear green, drink terrible beer and Irish car bombs all day and ride a big yellow school bus to a bunch of bars. Oh, and if you take part in just the Erin Express, the bus is completely free. So we sent our reporter. And here’s what she found…