Sips and Eats: Philly’s best food and drink picks for Feb. 27-Mar. 3


Featured Bars and Lounges 

The Spotlight of the Week: Mardi Gras Jawn

Mardi Gras takes place on Tuesday, March 5th. Here are some blazing deals that will be taking over the city in a few days. 

(Rex 1516’s Falernum Hurricanes courtesy of Punch Media)

Assembly Rooftop Lounge: Assembly Rooftop Lounge is located on the 9th floor of the Logan Hotel overlooking the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The trendy lounge will be joining the Mardi Gras celebrations with frozen Hurricanes. For $14, patrons can enjoy a NOLA French Quarter-inspired Hurricane with dark rum and a tropical combination of fruit juices while overlooking a beautiful view of Logan Square and beyond.

The Bourse: The Bourse, Philadelphia’s new artisan food hall on Independence Mall, is celebrating Mardi Gras with an all-day blowout, featuring New Orleans-inspired fare, live jazz music, beguiling burlesque, a costume contest, and more. Starting at 7 am, select food vendors will be serving up traditional Cajun-inspired fare, including Mini King Cakes From Barry’s Buns, Sazeracs courtesy of Bluebird Distilling, Spicy Fried Shrimp from Ka’Moon, and more.  There will be live entertainment, giveaways, and more.

Bourbon Blue: Bourbon Blue is offering to get you primed for Mardi Gras 2019. From 8 pm-2 am the party will be going with different open bar sessions. There will be live music, entertainment, costumes, masks, beads, and more.

Red Owl Tavern:  This Old City spot across from Independence Mall is offering a carnival of flavors for their Mardi Gras drink specials this year. For $10 each, patrons can sip on King Cake Milk Punch, a smooth drink with brown butter washed bourbon, vanilla, and nutmeg. You can also get a Café NOLA, with a creamy coffee, praline syrup, and cognac mix. Finish off your meal with a Sazerac with rye whiskey, absinthe, sugar, and Peychaud’s bitters.

Rex 1516: Rex 1516 is Philly’s home for elevated southern cuisine. Their sizzling Mardi Gras celebrations will feature mouthwatering Southern comfort food and classic NOLA libations, including Falernum Hurricanes ($8), served with aged rum, white rum, and the popular Tiki syrup liquor falernum. Try a King Cake Burger, served with an 8 oz. beef patty with cheddar, bacon, lettuce, and housemade pickles on a king’s cake roll. Guests can enjoy Chef Justin Swain’s King Cake Burger with a pint of Newbold and shot of Jim Beam’s Devil’s Cut for $17.

Square 1682:  Square 1682 is located around the corner from Rittenhouse Square in Center City. The culinary hotspot is bringing a Sazerac for $10 to Mardi Gras day crews. Pair the cocktail with Jerk Chicken over pan-fried cabbage and 1682 hot sauce ($24) and Warm Cornbread with house churned butter and honey ($5) for a mouth-watering Mardi Gras feast.

Urban Farmer: This modern American steakhouse located off Logan Square, is bringing the southern favorite Shrimp and Grits to their table for $18 during Mardi Gras. This traditional breakfast dish of a poached egg with fried shrimp and tasso ham over cheesy, creamy grits is available all day for hungry Mardi Gras partiers.

This Week in Cocktails: King Juice Release at CO-OP

(King Juice Double IPA at CO-OP photo courtesy of Punch Media)

CO-OP, the contemporary restaurant and lounge adjacent to The Study Hotel in University City, is excited to partner with West Philly’s celebrated Dock Street Brewery, for the exclusive release of King Juice, a limited edition double IPA, on Wednesday, February 27th. From 4:30 pm to close, CO-OP will be serving up drafts of the King Juice for only $8, paired with beer battered Fish & Chips made with Dock Street Rye. Bartenders will also be giving away brewery tour poker chips for those sipping on the limited edition brew.

King Juice (8.5% ABV) is a double dry hopped, silky smooth and perfectly balanced double IPA brewed with oats and wheat and chock-full of mosaic, Citra and Centennial hops. The beer boasts strong flavors and aromas of dried apricots, nectarine and stone fruit.

Weekly Events 

(Philly Craft Beer Festival)

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

East Passyunk Ave Restaurant Week: East Passyunk Avenue Restaurant Week will continue through March 8th. Over 26 restaurants have been featuring three-course prix fixe lunch and/or dinner for $15, $25 or $35.

Drake So Far Gone Night: So Far Gone NightThis Wednesday, February 27th will be . This Drake-themed party will blast the best hits from the Toronto hitmaker. The dance floor will be packed, live DJs will be blasting blazing tracks, and the drinks will be flowing.

Bank and Bourbon Woodford Reserve Bourbon Pairing: This Wednesday, February 27th Bank and Bourbon will be hosting an amazing bourbon tasting. There will be a three-course family-style dinner starting at 6 P.M. includes five bourbon pairings from Woodford Reserve.

Chestnut Hill Restaurant Week:  Chestnut Hill Resturant Week ends this Friday, May 1st. This will be the last Friday you can get fabulous three-course prix fixe meals in the beautiful area of the city. Several participating restaurants will be buzzing with great deals and booming crowds.

Flower After Hours: The Philadelphia Flower Show kicks off this weekend. The show always has dramatic themes, gorgeous flowers, and an amazing Flowers After Hours party. This Saturday night there will be a 70’s themed, will have a live DJ, food provided by New York Finger Lakes, and spirits samples. There will be a 70’s costume contest and plenty of access to tremendous floral pieces.

Philly Craft Beer Festival: This Saturday is the Philly Craft Beer Festival. You can sample over 200 beers from the likes of from Goose Island Brewery, Yards Brewery, and countless others at the Navy Yard. There will be a spread of food trucks, entertainment, and more.

Philly Whiskey Walk: Come to Fox & Hound this Saturday for the Philly Whiskey Walk. This bar crawl or hop will take you to five other nearby bars for a whiskey tasting at each one.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest: Blue Cross RiverRink WinterfestThe will be closing its engaging winter activities this Sunday. Come skate, take part in the lodge events, and fire pit festivities before it’s too late.


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