We’ve been sitting on the unconfirmed story that the fine folk behind North Bowl are opening South Bowl on Oregon Avenue forever. So long, we kind of forgot it was a thing. But the Passyunk Post is here to remind us, yes, it is indeed happening.
South Bowl is looking to open this fall at 19 E Oregon Avenue, just down the block from Tony Luke’s, Cheerleaders, and well, not much else (except IKEA). But a good bowling alley that isn’t constantly backed up, close to I-95, Delaware Avenue and the stadiums, run by the top notch folk at North Bowl is a big win.
For the month of March, nine Northern Liberties bars are getting together and making sure they don’t pour the same beer twice. They’re calling it Northern Exposure and plan to offer an unrivaled draft list of over 100 unique beers through the month.
There is no cover charge or tickets, just pay as you go for beers. They’re encouraging small, self-guided bar crawls and there will be Beer Passports to help record the beers tried. Complete one brewer’s offerings in the month and get some free swag.
Bell’s is rolling out their Hopslam Ale around town this week. Tonight you can try the “biting, bitter, tongue bruiser of an ale” at North Bowl. $20 gets you shoe rental, bowling and a beer. There will be four Bell’s beers on tap for $4 all night.
The Commerce Square Du Jour quietly opened its doors this week, and Market Street workers are all cheering that we now have a viable option for takeout salads nearby. (OK, at least this Market Street worker is.) And while Marty Grims has been quite busy — he shut down the Du Jour in the Symphony House a few months ago and reconfigured it to be Asian eatery Chew Man Chu — he and his team were able to bring in some new menu items to this second location.
Foodaphilia checks out bargain bowling at North Bowl on Wednesday night ($2 shoes, $2 games, $2 PBR and $2 tater tots after 10 PM) and also samples the menu.
My favorite thing to munch on at North Bowl is their Mac & Cheese. While not as good as Shannon’s over at A Full Plate, it is delicious in it’s own right. And topped with crushed goldfish cheese crackers, a nice touch.
We here at Foobooz have to be honest, we’re not the biggest fans of New Years. Events are often over-priced, under-served and most frustratingly, overrun by amateurs. Now New Years Day on the other hand…. When you’re out drinking with people on New Years Day, then you know you’re among professionals.
But that’s not to say won’t be going out. It’s just that we aren’t that big on the galas and such, but find a nice dinner out with friends, perhaps at a BYOB, that’s how we prefer to bring in the New Year. But we’ll be up and at it early New Years Day for some real debauchery.