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Philadelphia Locals! Tell me about this... place!

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  • EagleAlphaXEagleAlphaX New JerseyRegistered User regular
    robirex wrote: »
    There were a couple of mentions but what about alcohol? Any local breweries/distilleries/wineries that are simply a must? Anything nearby that I should check out? Any particular type of local flavoring I should try? Thanks for the recommendations guys. These are awesome

    If you are specifically looking for breweries, Yards is my favorite in Philly. I've been to a bunch of breweries in and around the city and in my opinion, Yards has some of the best beer, it was the best tour I've been on (the guy giving it was hilarious), and they usually have food trucks parked outside.

    KoopahTroopah
  • BigDumbHippyBigDumbHippy Registered User regular
    edited May 4
    robirex wrote: »
    There were a couple of mentions but what about alcohol? Any local breweries/distilleries/wineries that are simply a must? Anything nearby that I should check out? Any particular type of local flavoring I should try? Thanks for the recommendations guys. These are awesome

    If you are specifically looking for breweries, Yards is my favorite in Philly. I've been to a bunch of breweries in and around the city and in my opinion, Yards has some of the best beer, it was the best tour I've been on (the guy giving it was hilarious), and they usually have food trucks parked outside.

    Yards is really good and probably the biggest that's actually in philly. Evil Genius is really good, Philadelphia is in a strange part of town, not the best. When it comes to local beers to try Victory is always a good beer and is easy to find. Monk's cafe is great bar with a huge beer list.

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  • SchmulkiSchmulki Registered User regular
    edited May 5
    I don't know about locations, but popular local craft beers usually include Victory, Yards, Sly Fox, Flying Fish, and Tröegs. Yuengling is the cheap local brew of choice, but I just assume that's everywhere, lol. I highly recommend trying Tröegs Mad Elf where available, it's a 11%abv Chocolate Malt dark beer that's very good and should be in season by November. I also prefer Victory's Golden Monkey, another high abv(9.5%) it's a hoppy banana beer.

    Unless you're going to kind of the other side of the city (or a lot further), I don't think any of those are nearby. But, there's a TON of bars in Philly, many of which focus on beer and have GREAT selections, so you should be able to get most of the good stuff.

    The only problem with Mad Elf is it's a limited batch kind of thing and can be VERY tough to get your hands on. I got a case each of the past 2 years and horde it away when people come over. I'm happy to share anything else I have, but not my Mad Elf :)

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  • SchmulkiSchmulki Registered User regular
    If you are specifically looking for breweries, Yards is my favorite in Philly. I've been to a bunch of breweries in and around the city and in my opinion, Yards has some of the best beer, it was the best tour I've been on (the guy giving it was hilarious), and they usually have food trucks parked outside.

    A buddy of mine works there, every time I hang out with him he has a free case of whatever they recently put out. Awesome stuff :)

    EagleAlphaX
  • SchmulkiSchmulki Registered User regular
    Monk's cafe is great bar with a huge beer list.

    It's a decent distance away and there WILL be a wait unless you go pretty far off-hours, but that is my favorite bar out there. They have 2 bars (front bar and back bar), each with a large rotating tap list and then the "next up" list below each for when something kicks. There's a couple of staples you'll probably see on there (for instance, their own Flemish Ale), but otherwise it's going to be different every time you go. And then there's the book of beers from all over the place. It's huge, it's amazing, it's awesome.

    And then there's the food. It's the best mussels I've ever had. I know multiple people who don't like mussels, yet get them every time there. They're just amazing. That's just the highlight, I've never had anything bad there. It's always great from appetizers (didn't know I liked frogs legs till I tried them there!) to the sandwiches/burgers to the rotating desserts which almost always includes the flourless chocolate cake. It's more dense than the table I'm sitting in front of and just wonderful.

    The downside: it's not a cheap meal. It's not uncommon for 2 of us to end up dropping $100 for a couple of beers each, a meal each, and a dessert. I mean for all that, it's not like $100 is ridiculous, it's just not cheap.

  • daryldimedaryldime Registered User new member
    if you are one who is coming in early and want a different kind of museum, the Mutter Museum is a medical history museum. Oddities such as slides of Albert Einsteins brain are there. Certainly worth a stop if you are into the weird! http://muttermuseum.org/

    robirex
  • robertrencerobertrence Registered User regular
    I will also put down for Steve's Prince of Steaks. But that is based of the Bustleton location.

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  • EpigoeEpigoe Registered User new member
    I'm a huge fan of Jim's steaks on South Street. And don't forget to try Philadelphia Water Ice Factory brand water ice!!! (I run the factory) As for beer, Yards is great though often overcrowded. Your best bet is to find a local bar stocked with local brews. There is no shortage of these. Philly is a great beer city. The surrounding area is packed with microbreweries including Neshaminy Creek, Manayunk, Broken Goblet (if you like tea infused beers?), Naked Brewing, I could go on and on. Right in town there is a Triumph Brewing location which offers excellent food choices. And near by to that (2nd & Market) is my favorite restaurant and rum bar in the city Cuba Libre. Mac's Tavern (Always Sunny Mac) is right there on Market as well. A few other spots to look at, Barcade, Urban Axes (BYOB Axe Throwing joint), Standard Tap, Frankford Hall, and Khyber Pass.

  • GundabadGundabad PAX East & Unplugged Tabletop Manager NJRegistered User regular
    Closest place to PAX with widest selection of Tastykake product: go!

  • SchmulkiSchmulki Registered User regular
    Um....off the top of my head, I guess go to the closest Wawa?

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  • cpt_knotscpt_knots Registered User regular
    Things I've read in this thread that I'll quickly second: John's Roast Pork (amazing roast pork sandwich, a little bit of travel to south philly but totally worth it), Reading Terminal Market, Franklin institute, PMoA, South Street.

    Some other things I haven't seen mentioned:

    If you wanna check out a really unique museum, go to the Mutter Museum. It's around 22nd and Market (right by center city, short walk from city hall area). It's a medical museum full of oddities, specimens, and equipment. Easily one of the coolest museums I've been to.

    If you want to go to an awesome brewery with some of the best beer in the world, take a train (regional rail, Paoli-Thorndale line, ~$8 round trip) out to Ardmore and go to Tired Hands Brewery. Really cool guys working there and very interesting brews that change regularly.

    Elbasunu
  • APacManAPacMan Philadelphia, PARegistered User regular
    edited May 24
    8 year Philly resident chiming in. Everything below is in the city proper and close to either the orange (aka 'Broad' or 'BSL) or blue (aka 'MFL' or "Market-Frankford' or 'El') line.

    Restaurants Within about half a mile of the convention center, and mind you I'm skipping the chains we've all been to.
    Reading Terminal Market - Marketplace (about a hundred small restaurants) with limited sit-down seating
    Cheu - Noodle Bar with delicious dumplings/meats/veggies
    Fogo de Chao - Brazilian Steakhouse (all you can eat, and the salad bar is top notch)
    El Vez - Mexican-Californian with fun atmosphere. Come for the Guac stay for the margaritas
    HipCityVeg - Vegan foodplace with an amazing saracha aoli
    FUEL - Good (but pricy) healthy restaurant. Great health-smoothies.
    Destination Dogs - Pretty much any kind of hotdog under the sun
    Smokin' Betty's - Bar with good appetizers. Lots of space to stretch out.
    Tir Na Nog - Irish Pub with an old world feel to it
    Field House - Sports Bar, but you cant fault them for having loads of space and being connected to the convention hall
    Bar-Ly - Americanized asian restaurant/bar
    Terakawa Ramen - Authentic Japanese noodle bar
    The Halal Guys - Gyros (Lamb and Chicken mostly)

    Entertainment (Skipping stuff we can find in any major city):
    Philadelphia Museum of Art - where you'll find the iconic Rocky Statue and can do the pose at the top of their steps. Also close to Boathouse Row which makes for a nice scenic walk.
    Urban Axes (close to the aforementioned Frankford Hall) - axe-throwing league that's also "Bring your own beer/wine/food".
    Magic Garden - On South Street, this is a one-of-a-kind outdoor art exhibit. Go at/near sunset and you won't regret it.
    Magpie - Near to Magic Garden, you can get a slice of pie blended into a milkshake. It's worth the calories.
    Franklin Fountain - Proper ice cream parlor of many flavors
    Battlesword League (Sundays only) - Fight in half plate armor attempting to break crystals on your opponent. Signup in advance or you won't have a spot waiting.
    One Liberty Observation Deck - gorgeous 360-degree view of the city from the umptieth floor of 1 Liberty.
    East State Penitentiary - "haunted" penitentiary with late night tours of this preserved historic semi-ruin
    City Hall - Often overlooked on these lists. Largest municipal building in America with hundreds of statues lining its walls.
    Trocadero - Music/Comedy veneu. Not sure what's playing there, but the veneu is pretty nifty. Used to be a cabaret hall.

    Geek Bars:
    Garage (one in south philly, one in fishtown) - skiball, billiards, darts, shuffleboard, and an open atmosphere
    Barcade (In Fishtown) - 80's style arcade + a bar
    Frankford Hall (In Fishtown)- If you want to play boardgames around town, Frankford Hall in Fishtown (east philly neighborhood that's easily accessible from the Blue Line) has long-tables and a staff familiar with boardgame culture. German style food. Beer by the liter.
    Sto's - (In Old City) They have an N64, a PS4, shuffleboard and darts

    Non-Geek Bars:
    Literally every block. Here's a few personal recommendations:
    Twisted Tail (bourbon+popcorn), BottleBar East, Khyber Pass, P.O.P.E., Han Dynasty, Cuba Libre

    General Tips:
    For your first time, if it's not near the blue or orange lines it ain't worth it.
    Here we just call them "Steak Sandwiches".
    "Jawn" means "The thing."
    If you trip running up the 'rocky steps' you have to leave our city.
    Do not try to out-drink a Philadelphian. We've trained for this.
    Big City = stay out of alleys.
    Look up what a "SEPTA Key" is in advance before you're in a hurry.
    Consider getting the bike share (Indego)

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  • BigDumbHippyBigDumbHippy Registered User regular
    Gundabad wrote: »
    Closest place to PAX with widest selection of Tastykake product: go!

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  • MamokeMamoke Registered User new member
    I looked through this thread but don't think I saw any responses talking about it, the Happily Ever After Dessert Cafe isn't very far from the convention center. They have hot and cold Butterbeer, frozen yogurt, macarons, creme brûlée, coffee, etc. The whole thing is geek themed and wonderful! I don't live right in the city but I live nearby and that's always my favorite place to go when I'm in Philly.

    BigDumbHippy
  • rsr70rsr70 Registered User new member
    The new Museum of the American Revolution opened back in the spring and I've heard great things about it.

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