When the experts deliver their knowledge to the masses, magic happens: Stephen Hawking's Brief History made it possible for laymen to get physics, while Fred McGriff's sweet Tom Emanski vids made baseball a snap for pretty much anybody -- even Stephen Hawking. Schooling you in the art of festive jackassery, 2nd Street Annie's
Relocated from Wildwood, Annie's is run by third-gen mummer Frank Passio, a public-shamelessness expert who's created an environment ripe for patrons to shame themselves, vaudeville style: bar-to-ceiling brass poles (dancing's neither encouraged nor discouraged), a century of mummer paraphernalia, promo slicks of Jolson and Valentino, antique cigarette vending machines, and the bar's mainstay, dueling pianos. Electric keyboards retrofitted into fused baby grand shells on a step-rise stage, the pianos'll play weekend host to ivory-ticklers banging out singalongs from Runaround Sue and American Pie to Southern Cross and Sweet Home Alabama, whipping the audience into a frenzy of inspired idiocy not seen in the 215 since...Tuesday lunch. Intensifying the mayhem, DJs bark out hourly drink specials determined by bingo-style drawings of ping-pong balls bearing Sharpied messages like "$2 domestic bottles", "$3 Guinness drafts", "$3 you-call-it", and "bartender's choice" (pray he doesn't pick "$20 wells, everybody!")
Completing Annie's "Eat Well, Sing Much, Drink Often" motto, there're rotating food specials, plus staple sandwiches like corned beef, roast pork, and sausage & peppers. Future plans include opening the second-floor "Tramp Bar", whose larger stage string bands'll grace – and while the assumption that that kind of entertainment'll prove popular might seem confounding, you never did get String Theory.