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Sips and Eats: Philly’s Best Food and Drinks Picks for Dec. 20-24

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Holiday Drink Specials

When the snow is on the ground and everyone is home, it might be a great time to meet up with some friends at any of the local bars and restaurants. Here are some of the best Snow Day specials in town.

Assembly Rooftop Lounge: There is a $5 Firehouse Punch which includes Appleton Estate Reserve Rum, Grand Marnier, lemon, apricot, and tea at the chic location

Bluebird Distilling: There are free tastings at The Shops at Liberty Place retail shop and tasting room. the establishment also has Happy Hour $7 cocktails and pours at their Phoenixville location.

City Tap House: Only at City Tap House University City and Logan Square can you get $6 Spiked Cocoa and $4 New Belgium Fat Tire.

Devil’s Den: The Devil’s Den has $4 Founder’s All Day IPA and $8 City Wide — Founder’s All Day IPA and shot of Wild Turkey during the holiday

Keen: Come to Keen during the holiday season for $6 Rosé all day, $5 warm apple cider and bourbon, and $7 Crispy chicken mashed potato bowls.

Milkboy: Both Milkboy locations ( 11th and Chestnut and South Street) will be surging your palates with $5  Straub American Lager and shot of Heaven Hill Bourbon daily.

Ocean Prime: Ocean Prime will have extended happy hours starting from 4:30Pm until closing. The seafood based restaurant and bar will feature Stateside Vodka “Your Way” for $10, East Coast Oysters for $1, Veuve Clicquot for $12, has select red and white wines for $10, and domestic beers for $5.

Red Owl Tavern: The Red Owl Tavern will feature the Red Owl Tavern Burger accompanied by a pint of draft beer for $15 during lunch and dinner daily.

Square 1682: Square 1682 has a great specials for this time of year. You can get the Square 1682 Burger for $10 and $5 hot cocktails. The cocktails include Wild One (Wild Turkey 101 bourbon, raw sugar, mighty leaf ginger twist, and hot tea), Apple Bottom (Cinnamon infused bluebird distilling sugarcane rum, brown sugar, and hot apple cider), and The O-G (Dewar’s White Label, honey, lemon, and clove).

Urban Farmer: Rustic and signature restaurant Urban Farmer has $5 Irish Coffees for those who are looking for a special kick to their daily pick me up or like the savory flavors of this holiday beverage.

Featured Bars and Restaurants

Philadelphia is a major spanning city. It’s always brimming with exiting new activities and things to do each week. Sometimes answering the simple question of where to eat or get a quick drink can be overwhelming. Each week Philly Influencer will highlight some new places and local favorites to add to your list.

Vietnam Café: Vietnam Café has two locations in the city of Philadelphia. Whether you stop in Chinatown or University City, you’ll find some of the best traditional Vietnamese fare around.  The vibrant setting his highlighted by tremendous cocktails, noodle and rice bowls, and eclectic main dishes.

La Croix: Rittenhouse Square eatery La Croix never disappoints when it comes to seasonal decor and delicious culinary selections. The award-winning French restaurant has a stellar buffet, a famed Chef’s table, and has extensive wine, tea, and bar menu.

The Plough & The Stars: The Plough & The Stars is one of the area restaurants that really gets into the holiday season. Their Christmas Day menu includes Irish smoked salmon, rack of lamb, and glazed Irish ham. Come to the former bank for a diverse range of drafts sections and great traditional cuisine.

Jose Pistola’s: If you’re looking for fantastic margarita Happy Hour deals and a tasty Mexican food then look no further than Jose Pistola’s. The establishment is open until late-night hours. Any time of day you’ll be able to get your salsa, guacamole, taco, and burrito fix. From 4PM-6PM the restaurant has $10 margarita pitchers, $5 craft beers, and $3 PBR, Miller Light, and Yuengling Lager.

Weekly Events

Each week, Philly Influencer picks the best parties, events, and social gatherings the area has to offer.

12 Days of Christmas at Red Owl Tavern: The Red Owl Tavern will be hosting a 12 Days of Christmas specials all the way through Christmas day. Today all Grey Goose cocktails are $9 and Thursday the Gold Rush Cocktail (bourbon, lemon and honey) will be $8. This Friday Wild Turkey Old Fashioned will be $8 and Saturday French 75 cocktails will be served all day for $8. This Sunday Turtle Dove punch (for two) made with rum, amaretto, vanilla, heavy cream and a dash of cinnamon will be available for $12.

Jet Wine Bar Layover: This Thursday starting at 4PM Jet Wine Bar will be hosting a Après-Ski Pop-up. This will be the first event in their new monthly “layover” series. The bar and restaurant will be paring wines and food from various regions around the world. This is a unique rotational event that puts a spotlight on locales such as the Alps, Tuscany, Madrid and other places. Featured wines are $9.

20th Annual Reindeer Romp: This Thursday at 7PM the 20th Annual Reindeer Romp will commence. Nine Fairmount area bars and restaurants will participate in this ultimate bar crawl. There will be Yards and other specials all night. All of the proceeds from the soiree will benefit CHOP.

Hard Rock Happy Hour: This Thursday there will be a Merry, Happy Hour at the Hard Rock Café. From 5PM-7PM there will be tremendous drink specials at this event that will feature guest bartenders, live music, and more.

Ugly Sweater Vango: Vango Sky Bar & Lounge will be the place to be this Thursday. The lounge will be having a blowout ugly sweater party all night. An RSVP gets your free entry and there will be $5 drinks until midnight.

The Eggnog Flow: 1925 Lounge will be hosting a holiday party this Friday. From 10PM-11PM there will be Crown Royal infused eggnog beverages. Come to this Rittenhouse Square hotspot for live music, a great atmosphere, and a spanning dance floor.

Aura: This Saturday night Aura Lounge will be hosting a Ugly Christmas Sweater Party of its own. There will be a premium open bar from 10PM-11PM with RSVP and many more features at this nightlife go-to.

Matzoball: This Sunday come to Rumor Philadelphia for Matzoball 2017. This will be a party experience that you don’t want to miss this weekend. There will be drink special all night and live music.


You can follow Candis McLean on Twitter (@CandisRMcLean) and e-mail her at candis.mclean@gmail.com. Follow Philly Influencer on Twitter (@PHL_Influencer), Facebook and Instagram.

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