Monday, August 22, 2011

We'll be right back after this brief intermission

Dearest Blog Readers,

I apologize for the inconvenience, but I'll be undergoing surgery today and won't be posting the Philly Hub bucket list until later this week. In the meantime, check out for cool events and goingons. See you on the flip side,


As of September 21, the Philly Hub Bucket List will resume! Thanks for your patience...

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Bucket List August 16-22: Philadelphia, The Greatest City Never Sold

The usual summer goodies are all going on, and now is the best time to take advantage of them. Free movies, special events and more:
Tuesday, August 16: Tonight: The big deal to be at tonight is the Skillshare Launch Party. While it's cleverly disguised as a class on Skillshare, don't be fooled. But wait, what is Skillshare? Go to the Field House tonight from 7-9 p.m. to find out, or wait for tomorrow's entry revealing all. If unraveling the mystery isn't enough, there will also be $3 brews and $4 wine specials to get you out. The free movie at Dock Street Brewing will be Riding Giants (giant waves, not overly large people - though that would be almost as cool as dwarf-tossing). Enjoy it along with $1 off small pizzas and $2 off larges, plus $1 off select drafts. Also tonight? It's National Rum Day. Where are you celebrating? (Hint: there's a Philly Hub List). If you're looking for something completely free to do, Sunday's free Awesomefest flick got rained out: See it tonight.

Wednesday, August 17: Take advantage of Center City Sips while it's still summer! $4, $3, $2 beverages all over the CC 'hood - weekly party is at Perch Pub, 1345 Locust St., with free appetizers for the first hour. Plus, bonus: there's free parking after 5 in Center City! The free South Street Headhouse Square Indie flick is The Happening, and since you'll get a cozy view of Rittenhouse Square (well, it starts off cozy), plus Mark Wahlberg, you should probably go. Plus, I don't think I mentioned this: drink specials, everywhere! Just mention the Indie Film Fest. Also FREE in the city? Franklin Institute tonight from 5-8 p.m., enjoy basically all the science amenities gratis, courtesy of Target Community Night
If you're looking for music instead of art/science/film, head to Reggae Night at the Piazza at Schmidt's. Philadelphia Weekly's free concert series presents covers of famous original reggae songs - for free of course.In the 'burbs, head to Malvern if you're a lady - or a wino - for Wednesday Night Whinos. Located at The Pub at Wegman's, it's a good excuse to network, nosh on free appetizers and check out a fairly new venue. 

Thursday, August 18:  Hang out with WMMR at the Piazza at Schmidt's for the "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia GATHERING OF THE GREEN MEN and Viewing Party" from 7 to 9 p.m. If you wear green and you're there early enough, you can get a free Paddy's Pub shirt, thanks to Coors Light. Apparently it's "Sunny" night in Philly, because reminded me that Mac''s Tavern is also hosting a The Dude Hates Cancer party. $5 to enter, cool raffle prizes from 6-9 p.m. Summer oldies but goodies: Old City Social (6-8 p.m.) gets you $3 Hoegaarden, Skyy vodka and Don Q Rum drinks (celebrate National Rum Day a day or two late with Don Q!) and at Penn's Landing: the Thursday Night free movie is Twilight Eclipse. So if you're a tween girl, or want to act like one, check it out. Don't forget your team Jacob shirt. (That's right you Edward fans, I'm on the guy's side who doesn't wear a shirt.) If you're not a tween, watch "The Incredibles" on the Schuylkill River Banks instead. Starts at 8:20 in the evening! In case you don't know where in the banks to go, head to the Walnut Street Bridge. 
Friday, August 19: The Philly Geek Awards. The only place to be on Friday night. Watch the coolest nerds in Philadelphia score awards at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Hope you've got a ticket, or you are SOL- the tickets sold out on Monday! So, if you're unlucky or too cool for geeks, don't forget about summer's Friday staples: The Smooth Jazz Summer Nights. Fantastic Fridays at Penn Treaty Park.  Smooth Jazz tonight could be moved inside the Independence Sea Port pending bad weather. Should the weather hold up, you can also head to Penn Treaty Park for The British Invasion from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Also: Brandywine Polo Club's Friday Nights Under the Stars for night polo & live music.

(Better) Updates Coming Tomorrow:
Saturday, August 20: Brewerytown has some daytime action for you. Starting at 10 am - a farmer's market, then a community picnic. Bring a dish and share all the other ones. 
Sunday, August 21:  At 9 p.m., Awesomefest screens "Beauty Day," about a dare devil that possibly spawned all the "Jackass"es of our modern world, for free.
Monday, August 22: Try a Philly Hub favorite happy hour . Example? Patio 13 at the Marriott has Center City Sips prices if you can't wait until Wednesday. Verdad Restaurant & Tequila Bar at 818 W. Lancaster Ave in Bryn Mawr also has a 3-course, $20 menu on Mondays. I'm actually supposed to have surgery today, so I won't be imbibing, or eating, at a place near you but have one for me!

National Rum Day, in Philly, Yum Rum!

Courtesy of Rum Bar

Happy National Rum Day!

There's just something about rum that makes me want to go into my Facebook settings and set my language as: Pirate, then go out on a pirate ship sipping rum till dawn. Unfortunately, since we seem to have a shortage of pirate ships in Philly (this will go on my FB in the status, AKA "what be troublin' ye?" space) most patrons of National Rum Day will find themselves settling for rum specials at various bars across Philly today. What place will ye be fancyin' with your mateys tonight, Cap'n?
2 p.m. - My first recommendation is Cuba Libre. Half off their entire extensive rum collection during their 5-7 happy hour. There will also be 35 rum cocktails half off for your pirate, I mean private, pleasure. BONUS: First 100 people through the door, according to Yelp, get a FREE RUMSICLE!
3 p.m. - Rum Bar is celebrating the national day of their namesake with $3 drinks all week. Choose a drought of Barritt's Ginger Beer Dark and Stormy's or Brugal Rum (which hails from the Dominican Republic) in order to lay down only three buckeroos (plus tip, you scalawag).

4 p.m.For those outside of Philadelphia who want to celebrate rum day, head to Más Mexicali Cantina, where Patron & Pyrat Rum drinks are half off from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. (While Patron is not Rum, it's still on here because that's such an awesome deal, and pirates probably drank tequila too.)
5 p.m. - One of the best options may be concocting your own rum cocktail. Don Q Rum has some recommendations: The easiest of these recipes is the DonQ Punch with 1 ½ oz. DonQ Gold rum, 2 oz. Orange juice, 2 oz. Pineapple juice, and 1 tbsp. Grenadine.  In a cocktail shaker, add rum, juices, grenadine and ice. Shake it like a shake weight. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice. Garnish with a cherry and an orange slice, and viola - Yum Rum!

Have a happy rum day!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Bucket List August 9-15 Philadelphia, The Greatest City Never Sold

This week on the Philly bucket list, a new batch of free events and ones worth forking out for:

Tuesday, August 9: At 10th & Spruce tonight, you don't have to go boating or to a strip club to get some crabs: From 12-10 p.m., Varga Bar is doing their 2nd Annual Crab Bake with blue crabs, oyster Po Boys, and basically anything crab & oyster that's yummy ($30 or a la carte). A less pricey option? The free movie tonight at Dock Street Brewing - and $1 off small pizzas, $2 off large, and $1 off select drafts - is 80's boyhood drama, "Stand By Me.

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Wednesday, August 10:  USA vs. Mexico football (soccer) game kicks off at 9 p.m. If you can't be in the stadium in Philly, at least be outside of it. If you can't be outside of it, at least watch the game for Christ's sake. Good places to watch the game: In Philly, McGillins2 tacos for $1, featured microbrew $2, PBR & BL pitchers $6.50  - (thanks @czaucha), or in Center City where you can take advantage of Sips (the discount CC happy hour) and free parking; outside of philly in West Chester, stop by Side Bar - they're running a $2 all day lager dael plus $5 American vs. Mexican themed grilled pizza. Take that, Mexico!  The usual events are also available: Penn Museum $5 Music Concert Series presenting world beats from Bohemian Sunrise (5-8), Center City Sips (5-7), and Headhouse Square Indie Film Series free indie flick present Alana (7:30). 

Thursday, August 11: If you didn't get your fill of art last week on First Friday, then check out the Art Appreciation Event at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts at 118 N Broad Street in Philadelphia.  Complimentary wine, beer, and hors d'oeuvres - call now and you might be able to reserve a seat still! Old City Social (6-8 p.m.) for $3 Hoegaarden, Skyy vodka and Don Q Rum drinks - and a movie under the stars at Penn's Landing. This week's Thursday Night free movie is "This Is It".  Don't miss your chance to watch MJ on the big screen, get there at 8! If you'll be on the Main Line, think about checking out Verdad. It's their two-year anniversary, so free paella and $2 margaritas are on the menu tonight...

Friday, August 12:  Friday's have been ramping it up as fall creeps closer. While it's not longer First Friday, lots of last weeks events are coming out to play again. The Smooth Jazz Summer Nights at Penn's Landing continue at 7:30 and you won't want to miss out on this week's performers: The Sax Pack. Actually, from now until the end of August, head to the Riverstage of the Grand Plaza at Columbus Boulevard and Chestnut Street for a free jazz concert. Also, you can see fireworks at Race Street Pier from across the river after the Camden River Sharks game! Another routine option? Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is free after admission and features gallery tours, Martinis on the Portico happy hour and tunes from jazz vocalist Rhenda Fearrington. Also, check out Brandywine Polo Club's Friday Nights Under the Stars for some polo & live music.

Saturday, August 13: The 10th Annual Stephen Starr-Garry Maddox Barbecue Challenge provides attendees a chance to scope pros and celebs grilling it up alongside amateurs and locals - then taste the pros' work for $5 a tasting ticket (3 for $10). From 4:30 to 7 p.m., the Barbecue Challenge is the perfect pregame for the Phillies match at 7:05! While you're in the city, stop by the Reading Terminal Market too. Dutch Festival ends today and it's your last chance to score some serious baked goods and other traditional Pennsylvania Dutch dishes. Plus, there will be a petting zoo and live bluegrass. Why does anyone need to go to Amish country with the Dutch fest in town? (P.S. It runs 8 am-5 pm, Aug. 11-13)

If you are forgoing the game (or watching the Phils on TV), Rittenhouse Square is another place to be Saturday.From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Rittenhouse Farmer's Market is a must-go; there will also be a block party & open air cafe atmosphere from Locust to Walnut on 18th Street. Accompanied by live music, customers's dining experience from Rouge, Parc and Devon for their outdoor eating is sure to please. Oh, and stick around - at 8:30 p.m., Philadelphia-mostly-filmed The Sixth Sense will be screening for free, courtesy of Filmadelphia.

Sunday, August 14: From 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy a taste of India with the Festival of India at Penn's Landing. Authentic food, traditional dance and cultural vendors makes this a great Sunday activity for lovers or friends (or family).Then around 9 p.m. in Northern Liberties,  Awesomefest screens a free movie at the Piazza at Schmidt's: this week is the Sundance 2011 pick, Senna, about a Brazilian Race Car Driver.

Monday, August 15:  Verdad Restaurant & Tequila Bar (818 W. Lancaster Ave) in Bryn Mawr has a 3 courses for $20 special  on Mondays. More importantly, tonight you can get roast pig when the Little Fish turns into a pig for one night only as a southern-style pop-up. For the pig & all the favorite fix-in's it'll probably run you close to $35 - but will include a PBR pounder! If that's too pricey or not your style, try the Cavanaugh's Rittenhouse brew & chew! It's only $20 for 2 hours of Six Point Ale & paired appy's if you sign up at

Friday, August 5, 2011

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like (First) Friday....

Welcome one, welcome all to one of the best First Fridays yet. It's celebrated nationwide, statewide, and in Doylestown,  Lancaster, Phoenixville,  Hatboro, West Chester,  Fishtown,  Frankford Ave and the Main Line,  but nowhere is it celebrated better than Old City (okay, arguably, but go with it.) If you've never tried out First Friday in the Old City District of Philadelphia, today is the day.

Where can you drink for free? While most art galleries in Old City offer wine or beer, the only place to get an Alex's Lemon Moonshine Margarita is the Drink Philly One Year Anniversary First Friday Party Benefitting Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.* There will also be a chance to get your photo taken like a red carpet rockstar, samples from Khyber Pass Pub, jazz and of course art from local aspiring artists. From 5-9 p.m., head to 239 Chestnut St in Old City.

Your next stop (or first stop) of the night should be Penn's Landing. At 7:30, The Smooth Jazz Summer Nights begin: From now until the end of August there's a free jazz concert at the Riverstage of the Grand Plaza at Columbus Boulevard and Chestnut Street. This week's headliner is the talented Four 80 East with guests Matt Marshak and Marcus Anderson. 
Before after or during the concert, saunter down to the Race Street Pier at Penn's Landing to join in on the First Friday Party On the Race Street Pier. Between 7 and 10 p.m., enjoy something a little more upbeat than the smooth jazz down the street with music by DJ Jack Tripper and the Trinidelphia Steel Drum Band. Run by the Race Street Peers, (Friends of the Pier, clever, right?), and sponsored by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, food and entertainment will be readily available.

For some family-friendly fun, or a bit of a trek from Old City, Fantastic Fridays at Penn Treaty Park provides a free concert and after-show fireworks. Tonight, the Sensational Soul Cruisers will be tearing it up as the 11-man horn group, which makes no sense because they don't all play the horn, playing classic tunes stolen from masters like Barry White, the commodores, the Drifters and Otis Redding. The magic starts at 6:30 and the dancing no doubt will follow soon after. Like Jazz Summer Nights, this concert series continues throughout August with dates on August 19 and 26, so if plans for First Friday take over you can still hit up the free music show later in August.

In Center City, Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art continues. It's free after admission ($19.50 adults, downwards for kids, students and senior citizens) to "Catch a Set, Have A drink, Stroll the Galleries." Take advantage of the limited time happy hour if you're headed to the museum, because some tinis during Martinis On the Portico will loosen you up for some saucy Latin dancing later - Art After 5 today is a full-on Salsa Party, with music from the Johnny Cruz Latin Ensemble from Raices Culturales Latinoamericas. It all starts at 5...and goes until you can't take the Latin heat anymore! (or the band stops playing. Then it's kinda lame to stay.)

*Full Disclosure: Drink Philly is a client. ( But that's not why their party is on here. It's because it's going to rock.)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Bucket List August 1-8 Philadelphia, The Greatest City Never Sold

Now that the heat wave has passed and we can go outside again, chek out this week: free movies, happy hours and events to attend to the Philly bucket list for Philadelphia:

Monday, August 1: It's National Girlfriends Day - so women, read this list of why to celebrate women. My fav is #4. Here's some things to do with your lady friends (actual lady friends, not the booty-call kind - I say #17, make a bucket list. I recommend you get your girls, or girlfriend, together and hit a happy hour - Isabella is perfect for tapas, tinis and talk!

Tuesday, August 2: The free movie at Dock Street Brewing - accompanied by $1 off small pizzas and $2 off large, plus $1 off select drafts - is "Riding Giants," a documentary about surfing. Cowabunga, dude. (I had to - because, who doesn't miss the Turtles?)
Wednesday, August 3:  It's National Watermelon Day! The last month of summer is honoring one of the season's staples, and the City Tap House is offering a melonlicious menu: BBQ, $4 watermelon lagers & wheat beers and $5 watermelon-infused cocktails... Best part? There's a watermelon eating contest at 7 p.m., and winner scores some Kings of Leon tickets for August 12th. Somewhat less interesting than watching people stuff their face with fruit, Penn Museum's $5 Summer Nights Music Series from 5-8 p.m. The usual Center City Sips happy hour from 5-7. (free appetizers at this week's bday party, details to come). Also, check out the South Street free film at 8 p.m. in Headhouse Square (BYOS, S=seat). Don't forget, there's free parking after 5 in Center City.

Thursday, August 4:  NIGHT MARKET is back for August! This time, Philly's favorite outdoor night market is invading Mt. Airy to provide some neighborhood flavor in addition to beers, food, all the best Vendy trucks and live entertainment. From to 6 to 10 p.n. on Germantown, enjoy this summer's last Night Market. 
Also - The second-to-last last Baltimore Dollar Stroll of the summer! Everything you could want, on the street in University City, for $1. Can't be beat. Another option is to head to Old City Social (6-8 p.m.) for $3 Hoegaarden, Skyy vodka and Don Q Rum drinks - and then to a movie under the stars at Penn's Landing. This week's Thursday Night free movie is "The Green Hornet". It doesn't even mess with happy hour, since it doesn't start until 8. 

Outside the city, attend Main Line Today's Best of the Main Line event. On the heels of Philadelphia Mag's extravaganza, I can only hope they picked up some tips from that party. If you can't afford the hefty price tag for the Best of Party, then head to Conshy's Spamps - it's their 5th birthday and they are throwing a free luau & pig roasting to prove it.

Friday, August 5:
 It's First Friday. Where to go for a free drink and concert? The Drink Philly One Year Anniversary First Friday Party Benefitting Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. The Smooth Jazz Summer Nights. Fantastic Fridays at Penn Treaty Park. First Friday Party On the Race Street Pier
If you hate art, jazz, people and Philadelphia in general, or you just loathe fighting Friday traffic, then you could head to Brandywine Polo Club's Friday Nights Under the Stars for some polo & live music outside of the city. However, this a Friday worth braving the Schuylkill - the bane of my existence - for the free and cultural events in Philly - Plus, it's for the kids, how can you turn that down?
Saturday, August 6: Ferrari's, Vines & Wines doesn't need any more introduction than it's title. Pretend you can own a sweet Italian ride at Penn's Woods Winery in Chadd's Ford while listening to some local tunes. Tickets are only $20 online, $25 day of, and it gets you 7 tasting tickets and your very own wine glass for keeps (for the bottle you buy after the tasting). Kids & DD's are only $5, and while being the Designated Driver is usually a downer, this ticket comes with test-drives of Ferrari Go-Karts...

In Philly, attend a free block party Saturday at 4 p.m. - because who doesn't enjoy a concert you don't have to pay for? The 104.5 Summer Block Party hosts The Airborne Toxic Event, The Naked And Famous and Panic Years at The Piazza at Schmidts in Northern a good neighbor (if you missed the joke, hint: State Farm is a sponsor.)

Sunday, August 7: From 1 to 8 p.m., you can stop by the Mad Decent Block Party for free and enjoy beats from a bunch of crazily-named DJs that could only be from the techno world. It's at the Piazza at Schmidt's in No Libs (N. 2nd St & Germantown Ave.) Check-check-check it out. You can even stay at the Piazza until 9 p.m., when Awesomefest, a free film screening series this summer, shows a free movie (Everyday Sunshine). Also - don't forget that the first Sunday of every month, it's free admission to the Philadelphia Art Museum, and Bank of America card-holders get in free all weekend long.

Monday, August 8: After yet another action-packed weekend of summer in Philadelphia, Monday is the time to unwind, relax and hit up a happy hour. Try one of my favorites or one near you from this list. Patio 13 at the Marriott has Center City Sips prices, even on a Monday...however, my go-to is still Isabella! If you're looking for an upscale Monday, Verdad Restaurant & Tequila Bar at 818 W. Lancaster Ave in Bryn Mawr offers a 3 courses for $20 menu on Mondays. Order off the left side of the menu and you're golden, though you'd be more golden if you add some quality tequila to the mix.
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