Food & Drink

Get ready for a Center City bar snack bar crawl

Published On 08/09/2013 Published On 08/09/2013

While Center City Sips is still the best way to pound $2 drafts surrounded by your interns and ex-girlfriends every Wednesday night, the sundown happy hours also heavily discount your growling appetite for face-stuffing snacks like pig ears and beer-cheesy skins so good, your mouth will always be too full for small talk. Break bread instead with our epic after-work bar crawl of Center City eats, and the drinks you'll be enjoying with them.

First stop: Start your night the way most guys wish they could end theirs -- by picking up a real handful at a hotel bar. 10 Arts' crispy crunchy chicharrones are the Ritz-Carlton bar's Ritz-Carlton way of saying pork rinds. The spicy snack packs as much crunch as this Art in the Age-laced ginger ale Make It Snappy does... Snap.

Follow the scent of sizzling bacon down S Broad St and you'll find The Palm's the perfect size to contain this fondue pot swimming with Nova Scotia lobster and smoked pork. You'll also find your palm's the perfect size for containing a bourbon-swimming Kentucky Sazerac.

Next, give the bartender at Midtown Village's Sampan your two cents, (and another $1.98), and you can score these brioche-rolled Kobe beef hot dogs, which you may have to fight your Beefeater Sampantini for.

Keep the bourbon flowing down the block at Pennsylvania 6 and chase a marrow luge with a board of Benton's smoked ham, fresh-whipped Pimento cheese, and pickled green tomatoes, all of which'll also have you wanting to tilt your head back.

Then, raid Walnut St's Farmer's Cabinet, where the deviled duck eggs get a twist with cured pork belly house-baked chips. Equally dark and twisted: their orange-curled gin-tail Satan's Whiskers.

Still feeling devilish? Turn your head to pin-up-obsessed Varga Bar, famous for its mouthwatering lumps... of crab topping their cheese fries. Also sure to give you a lump in your throat? Their 17% Avery Uncle Jacob's Stout.

Finally, end the night down(town) but not out at Pennsport's Industry’s bar, where your last six servers are likely to be gossiping about your short-changing coworkers more readily than these bacony beer-cheese-and-cheddar-stuffed Idaho potato skins -- just be sure your tips are at least this hefty.

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1. 10 Arts 10 Avenue of The Arts, Philadelphia, PA 19102

10 Arts is Eric Ripert's Ritz Carlton restaurant, serving up classic seafood in a huge, classy space.

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2. The Palm 200 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Palm is a legendary Philadelphia steakhouse located in the Bellevue Hotel.

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3. Sampan 124 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Midtown Village)

Michael Schulson's izakaya fare runs from crispy Szechuan chicken to General Tso's soup dumplings, and's always delicious.

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4. Pennsylvania 6 114 S 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Midtown Village)

Pennsylvania 6 is an American bistro with marrow luges for your bourbon. MARROW LUGES FOR YOUR BOURBON. Nuff said.

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5. The Farmer's Cabinet 1113 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Market East)

Boasting a varying seasonal menu, the Farmer's Cabinet is always serving up fresh and local ingredients to provide a great tasting meal and of course... delicious drinks.

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6. Varga Bar 941 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Market East)

Inspired by Alberto Vargas's 1940s pin-up art, the guys behind Mercato have taken the old Azul and decked it out with a 14-stool black bar, black and green banquettes, a checkered tile floor, and, most impressively, a stunning fresco'd ceiling of classy floozies in various seductive poses.

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7. The Industry Bar 1401 E Moyamensing Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (Pennsport)

Although the Industry Bar features some slick local brews on tap and serves a more than decent dinner, you'll wanna hit up the brunch inside the cabin-like interior to lap up some middle-of-the-day 'tails and super-tasty eats.

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