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May 22, 2014

Tonight Picks: PHAIR At The Oval, Free Beer And Cheese At Di Bruno Bros., Dine Out For The Environment At 13 Restaurants, First Birthday Celebration At Pennsylvania 6 And More

Standard Tap is one of the more than a dozen restaurants participating in Dine Out For Environment, a new initiative to raise funds for the Clean Air Council. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Ease in to the start of a long holiday weekend with a festive Thursday evening.

The Oval, the popular pop-up park on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, hosts a variety of local artisans for an open-air market all weekend. Beginning at 5 p.m. get your shop on while enjoying food from food trucks, beer from the Victory Brewpub on Wheels and cider and wine from Frecon Farms. Take note: PHAIR at The Oval is rain or shine, but under extreme weather the festivities will be cancelled.

In what’s fast become a Thursday-night favorite, Di Bruno Bros. at The Franklin hosts its free beer and cheese happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. Each week, a different brewery is featured with appropriate cheese pairings, too. Tonight, sip brews from Flying Fish and call it a night.

Tonight, the first ever Dine Out for the Environment takes over 13 of the city’s most sustainable restaurants to raise funds for the Clean Air Council. Each restaurant is slated to donated 15 percent of its total earnings tonight to the local organization. Raise a glass (and fork!) to our environment.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

PHAIR At The Oval: Beginning tonight, The Oval returns this week with a three-day open-air artisan market at Eakins Oval. From 5 to 9 p.m., shop an array of handcrafted items — art prints, handblown glass, leather accessories, jewelry and more — while sipping beer from the Victory Brewpub on Wheels and filling up on fare from a number of food trucks. Take note: PHAIR at The Oval is rain or shine, but under extreme weather the festivities will be cancelled.

When: Thursday, May 22, 5-9 p.m.
Where: The Oval, 2601 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Pay as you go

Free Beer and Cheese Happy Hour at Di Bruno Bros. at The Franklin: Sip Flying Fish beer while indulging in complementary cheese samples at Di Bruno Bros. at The Franklin as it hosts its weekly free beer and cheese happy hour. From 5 to 7 p.m., learn about beer and cheese pairing while sampling the offerings.

When: Thursday, May 22, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Di Bruno Bros. at The Franklin, 9th and Sansom Streets
Cost: Free

Dine Out For The Environment: Raise a glass to the environment as more than a dozen local restaurants participate in the inaugural Dine Out for the Environment event. The city’s most sustainable restaurants were selected to take part in the event, which is a fundraiser for the Clean Air Council. Fifteen percent of each restaurant’s sales will benefit the local organization. Participants include Standard Tap, Square 1682, Le Virtu, The Mildred and Earth Bread and Brewery. The full list of participating restaurants is available right here.

When: Thursday, May 22
Where: Participating Restaurants
Cost: Pay as you go

Aww Shucks at Pennsylvania 6: Celebrate one year of Pennsylvania 6 while chowing down on all-you-can-eat oysters. For $45 a pop, fill up on as many oysters as you can handle beginning at 5 p.m. Pair your eats with a drink (or two!) from Pennsylvania 6’s solid bar menu. Reservations are strongly suggested.

When: Thursday, May 22, 5-11 p.m.
Where: Pennsylvania 6, 114 S. 12th Street
Cost: $45

More picks for tonight, below.

Infinite Place and Heirloom Opening Reception at the Philadelphia Art Alliance: Celebrate the openings of the Philadelphia Art Alliance’s new exhibitions, Infinite Place and Heirloom, at a free evening opening party tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. Be one of the first to check out the summer exhibitions.

When: Thursday, May 22, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
Cost: Free

Now Open, Charlie was a sinner.: From the owner behind HipCityVeg comes Charlie was a sinner., an edgy vegan bar in Midtown Village. An all-day and late-night concept, the doors are open for carefully curated cocktails, mocktails and vegan small plates. Cocktails all ring in at $12 a glass, and small plates range from $7 to $12. Stop by the newest addition to 13th Street for some vegan eats and drinks.

When: Thursday, May 22
Where: Charlie was a sinner., 131 S. 13th Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Spirit of Thursday at The Trestle Inn: Sip free drink samples every Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Trestle Inn. Tonight, enjoy The Witchcraft, a cocktail made with Black Grouse Scotch, strega and cynar liqueurs. The cocktail will be on special for $6 a glass until 2 a.m.

When: Thursday, May 22, 6-8 p.m.
Where: The Trestle Inn, 339 N. 11th Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Themed Dinner at Cedar Point Bar and Kitchen: On Thursday evenings, Cedar Point Bar and Kitchen spotlights a specific ingredient with special dinner and dessert additions to the menu. Tonight, spinach reigns king at the Fishtown restaurant. Look forward to inventive additions to pair with the beer, wine and cocktails at the neighborhood haunt.

When: Thursday, May 22
Where: Cedar Point Bar and Kitchen, 2370 E. Norris Street
Cost: Pay as you go

11 Hour Theatre Company presents Altar Boyz: Celebrating its official opening night tonight, the 11th Hour Theatre Company, presents Altar Boyz, an award-winning off-Broadway hit about a fictitious Christian boy band on the last night of their national “Raise the Praise” tour. The musical comedy promises tongue-and-cheek lyrics and satirical look at boy bands. Tonight’s show is slated for 7 p.m.

When: Thursday, May 22, 7 p.m.
Where: The Arts Bank at the University of the Arts, 601 S. Broad Street
Cost: $31

Vespa Philadelphia Rental Service Kick Off Party: Philadelphia’s Vespa location, in Northern Liberties, is kicking off its rental service with an evening shindig from 6 to 8 p.m. Guests can test drive Vespas, enjoy free food and drinks while celebrating the launch of the awesome service — which starts at $45. Suppa, a neighboring restaurant, provides eats for the party.

When: Thursday, May 22, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Vespa, 1001 N. 2nd Street
Cost: Free

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