University City Dining Days
Over 25 bars and dining establishments on and around Drexel and Penn’s campuses will be taking part in the summer University City Dining Days, where select prix-fix menus are created by each restaurant to offer three courses for either $15, $25 or $30. These restaurants include old favorites like White Dog Café, World Café Live and Slainte Grill, along with more lavish options often restricted by students’ budgets, such as Penne Restaurant & Wine Bar, Distrito and Marigold Kitchen. And while UC Dining Days provide a great opportunity to get a taste of newer eateries, such as the Biba Wine Bar and JG Domestic, this two-week offer is also a great excuse to revisit college mainstays. Start making those reservations!
Thursday, July 14 through July 28
$15, $25 or $30 per person, not including tax, alcohol or gratuity
Heads Will Roll: Bastille Day Celebration
London Grill will celebrate Bastille Day with an afternoon full of uprisings led by costumed revolutionaries, including a (re-enacted) beheading of Marie Antoinette, delicious French street fare, live music and other festivities to mark the events that ignited the French Revolution. A mob of enraged “Parisians” will storm Fairmount’s Eastern State Penitentiary (a stand-in for the Bastille) as McNally makes her way to the very top of the historic prison. Armed troops will capture and drag “Antoinette” to a real, functioning guillotine, ignoring her mocking cries of “Let them eat TastyKake!” as she tosses over 2,000 Philadelphia TastyKakes from the prison’s medieval towers. She will then be ceremoniously “beheaded,” capping off this Philadelphia-centric re-enactment of the revolutionary scene.
After the “guillotine” has fallen, London Grill will help on-lookers regain their appetites with Francis Coppola Sofia Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine, Marie Antoinette-inspired cocktails and a special menu of festive French dishes created by Executive Chef Michael McNally. French Cream Puffs will be available as well, paying playful homage to the busty queen.
Not content to celebrate for just one day, London Grill has a week worth of festivities to celebrate Bastille Day, including: a French Fling Bar Crawl, July 14, featuring special pricing on Kronenbourg beer and Mouton Cadet French wine; Fairmount Goes French Wheel of Fortune Night, July 15 at 7 p.m., with France-centric trivia at the bar and fun prizes; a lively Street Party from 6:30 p.m. until midnight, July 16 featuring music from The West Philadelphia Orchestra; and to finish off the weekend, a French Champagne Brunch with a special make your own Bloody “Marie” Bar, July 17. For a full list of Fairmount events, visit www.easternstate.org/schedule-events
London Grill at 2301 Fairmount Avenue
Beginning Saturday, July 16 at 2 p.m.
Ultimate ‘70s Tribute
PHILLY ROCKS features top local performers living out their Rock Star fantasies. This year, 11th Hour Theatre Company tackles the most prolific and experimental decade in Rock and Roll history – the 70s – featuring the music of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Queen, Aerosmith, The Who and many more, in a show which has sold out the past five years. Be sure to get there early for a game of Rock and Roll Quizzo!
World Café Live at 3025 Walnut Street
July 17; doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m.
$15 industry and student tickets; general admission $25
Brew and Chew
The Philly Brew and Chew is a monthly two-hour event featuring a select craft brewer. This beer and food tasting event highlights four select brews and four paired tapas-style appetizers to excite the taste buds! July’s craft brewer will be Stoudt’s Brewery; drinks will include Stoudt’s American Pale Ale, Pils, Heifer-in-Wheat and Fat Dog.
Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse at 1832 Sansom Street
July 18 from 7 to 9 p.m.
$20 with RSVP