Newsletter for Sunday, May 31
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Deschutes set up a 400-ft. beer bar in Headhouse Square. Photo via @jmkphotog on Instagram.
THE BEST LOCAL BEERS FOR SUMMER
Very few wonderful things are as easy to accomplish as drinking refreshing beer under the hot summer sun. For a sip that actually quenches thirst and cools your palate, you’ll want to steer clear of heavy stouts and hoppy IPAs, and gravitate toward wheat-based beers and lighter ales. Here are 10 great local options to seek out.
WHY DINE-IN THEATERS ARE ABOUT TO SURROUND PHILADELPHIA
With screens at our fingertips and Hollywood movies on-demand just weeks after (or at the same time as) theater debuts, going out to the movies isn’t as compelling as it once was. However, there’s a new trend that’s bringing the crowds back to cinema houses: food and drink. In a mash-up that keeps getting better as technology advances, dine-in movie theaters combine restaurants and first-run screenings, and Philly is about to be surrounded by them.
THE PHILLY AREA AMUSEMENT PARK GUIDE
Now that summer has arrived, the idea of hopping into a car that speeds around curves at 50 mph-plus and climbs to heights higher than 100 feet suddenly seems like a good one. In Philadelphia, we don’t have any amusement parks. But you’re not out of luck. Several beckon in the region, the state and across the river in New Jersey. We put together a handy list of where they’re located and what they’re known for.
ON THE CALENDAR
EAT: ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT PIG ROAST AT CUBA LIBRE
Old City’s most tropical eatery (only tropical eatery?) has a new deal: Every Monday through the end of summer, the Cuban restaurant will set up a Caja China roasting box out front and cook up a whole pig. After eight hours, the pork becomes the centerpiece of an all-you-can-eat feast served in the palm-covered dining room, with rice, beans, salad and bread complementing the meat.
When: 5 PM ’til the food runs out, Monday, June 1
Where: Cuba Libre, 10 S. 2nd St.
How Much: $25
DRINK: SIP A NEGRONI FOR CHARITY
If Philly Beer Week has you wishing for a break from brew, it’s apparently also Negroni Week. It’s a worldwide fundraising promotion from Imbibe magazine and Campari, which, along with equal parts gin and vermouth, is what goes into this classic summer cocktail. When you buy a Negroni from a participating venue, $1 goes to a charity of the bar’s choice — in Philly the nonprofit partners range from no-kill animal shelter PAWS to mental-health clinic Project Transition.
When: Monday-Sunday, June 1-7
Where: More than 60 bars around Philly
How Much: Varies
LISTEN: INTELLIGENCE SQUARED DEBATE ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY
Funded by the Rosenkranz Foundation, IQ2US is a series of Oxford-style public debates on topics relevant to current events. Usually held in NYC, the conversation comes to Philadelphia for an evening, with John Donvan of ABC News moderating a back-and-forth over whether the Equal Protection Clause requires states to allow same-sex marriages. NOM chairman John Eastman will argue it does not, while law professor Kenju Yoshino will argue it does. Sparks may fly.
When: 5-8 PM, Tuesday, June 2
Where: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St.
How Much: $20 (tickets)
DRINK: RAISING THE RAILS AFTER PARTY
Help bring the Reading Viaduct Park closer to reality and also get a sneak peek at a brand new restaurant. To help turn the abandoned rail bridge that runs through the Loft District into something like NYC’s Highline, Friends of the Rail Park is hosting a fundraiser at Brick and Mortar, which happens to be right nearby. The main event runs $100 per person, but the after-party is much more affordable (and will probably be more fun).
When: 8-11 PM, Thursday, June 4
Where: Brick and Mortar, 1398 Noble St.
How Much: $25 (tickets)
DO: TAKE A SELFIE WITH THE POPE AT MCGILLIN’S
The official life-size Pope Francis cut-out (yes, there is an official Pope cut-out) will be making its first stop at a bar when it lands at this Midtown Village pub for a full day of smiling beatifically at people as they eat and drink. Swing through to take a #PopeInPhilly #PopeAtMcGillins selfie and sip on a Pope-tini or toss back a Vatican Citywide — Peroni and “holy water” (aka vodka).
When: 11 AM-2 AM, Friday, June 5
Where: McGillin’s Olde Ale House, 1310 Drury St.
How Much: Pay as you go