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June 4, 2014

Tonight Picks: Center City Sips Kicks Off, Philly Beer Week Continues With Dunkel Dare At Frankford Hall And A Canned Beer Festival At The Four Seasons, Plus Independence Mall Café Reopens And More

The sun is shining and there are plenty of spots to grab an alfresco beer (or two!) tonight thanks to Philly Beer Week and the grand return of Center City Sips. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

The weather is seriously perfect for all of the alfresco happenings on tap for the evening — the sun is shining and begging folks to get outside. Raise a glass to Wednesday and the absolutely ideal early-June weather.

Center City Sips is officially back tonight at 5 p.m. Every Wednesday evening, more than 80 bars in Center City, Midtown Village and Old City present can’t-be-beat food and drink specials — $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer and half-priced appetizers. Alfresco happy hour, anyone?

Philly Beer Week continues to provide city dwellers with tons of beer-centric events in all parts of the city. Tonight, head to Frankford Hall for Dunkel Dare, its annual event that calls on Marc Summers to host a a raucous German-beer-knowledge challenge. Or, make your way to the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia for a limited-edition beer garden featuring canned beer and popular food trucks.

Our picks for tonight, below.

Center City Sips: Beginning tonight, the always popular Center City Sips returns for the summer of 2014 with happy hour specials to boot. Sip $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer and indulge in half-priced appetizers from 5 to 7 p.m. at more than 80 participating bars. Participating bars include Chops Restaurant at the Comcast Center, Opa, Garces Trading Company, Sampan and more. Cheers to summer — and this awesome weather!

When: Wednesday, June 4, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Participating Restaurants
Cost: $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer, half-priced appetizers

Dunkel Dare at Frankford Hall — **Philly Beer Week**: Get ready, Double Dare fans. In celebration of Philly Beer Week, Frankford Hall hosts its annual Dunkel Dare event with host Marc Summers. The two-day event challenges members from four breweries — Victory, Paulaner, Yards and Great Lakes — to a series of pop culture trivia and physical challenge competitions in hopes of winning a coveted spot on Frankford Hall’s beer list all year long. The festivities run from 7 to 10 p.m. tonight. This year’s event raises funds for Support Our Schools, bring a school supply and receive a free pretzel.

When: Wednesday, June 4, 7-10 p.m.
Where: Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue
Cost: Pay as you go

Carts & Cans Craft Beer Fest at the Four Seasons Hotel — **Philly Beer Week**: Also in celebration of Philly Beer Week, the Four Seasons Hotel hosts an outdoor beer garden featuring canned craft beer from 21st Amendment, Manayunk Brewing Co. and Sly Fox and more. Also enjoy street food from top food trucks like Mac Mart, Street Food Philly and Spot Gourmet Burger. A $25 entry fee to the beer garden allows for unlimited canned brews and a commemorative koozie, but snacks are pay as you go. A $15 ticket allows entry to the beer garden plus one beer ticket, so additional beers can be purchased separately. Tickets increase to $30 at the doors, so be sure to purchase your ticket online.

When: Wednesday, June 4, 5:30-8 p.m.
Where: Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, One Logan Square
Cost: $15-$25; $30 at the door

Philly Beer Week Garden — **Philly Beer Week**: Head to the historic Shambles at Headhouse Square for the Philly Beer Week Garden to enjoy special one-offs and rare brews alfresco, plus live tunes and food from South Street Headhouse District restaurants. Tonight, sip brews from Saucony Creek, Southern Tier and Fort Collins Brewery. The Garden will be open nightly through Thursday, June 5, and admission is free, with brews and bites on a pay-as-you-go basis.

When: Wednesday, June 4, 5-9 p.m.
Where: The Shambles at Headhouse Square, 2nd and Lombard streets
Cost: Pay as you go

Ultimate Happy Hour and Cornhole Tournament at SugarHouse Casino — **Philly Beer Week**: Enjoy happy hour on the waterfront at SugarHouse Casino with tastings from Yards Brewery, music by DJ A-Dub and the chance to win a share of $750 in prizes by playing in the cornhole tournament hosted by the Philadelphia Cornhole League. Want to register? Check right here.

When: Wednesday, June 4, 5 p.m.
Where: SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Avenue
Cost: Pay as you go

Grand Reopening of Independence Mall Café: Independence Mall Café opened its doors for the 2014 season today and celebrates the new year with a grand opening party from 5 to 8 p.m. Help celebrate the seasonal kickoff with a reopening soiree from 5 to 8 p.m. Colonial characters will be on hand, as will a live band and plenty of samples from the new menu — all while enjoying an impressive architectural backdrop.

When: Wednesday, June 4, 5-8 p.m
Where: Independence Mall Café, 5th Street between Market and Arch streets
Cost: Pay what you wish

The Philly Beer Week Garden at the Headhouse Shambles is a go-to spot for alfresco craft beer and food from South Street restaurants.

 
More picks, below.

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the National Museum of American Jewish History: The National Museum of American Jewish History’s pay-what-you-wish Wednesday summer promotion continues this evening with after-hours museum events for all to enjoy. Running through Labor Day, the weekly event invites the public in to check out the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions like the current marquee exhibition, Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American for whatever sized donation they please. Every Wednesday though Labor Day, doors stay open until 8 p.m.

When: Wednesday, June 4, 5-8 p.m.
Where: National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall E.
Cost: Pay what you wish

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Whether you’re looking to take part in free yoga or embark on a tour of the galleries in the main building, pay-what-you-wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is your answer. From 5 to 8:45 p.m., head to the parkway museum for a ton of after-hours programming for whatever price you’d like to pay.

When: Wednesday, June 4, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Pay what you wish

Odunde365 Presents My Story — Couples Edition: To kick off the Odunde Festival, which brings a giant block party to Graduate Hospital on Sunday, the folks behind the event present a panel at the African American Museum about success stories from influential Philadelphians. The panel is completely free to check out and runs from 5 to 7 p.m.

When: Wednesday, June 4, 5-8 p.m.
Where: African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Cost: Free

The Wizard of Oz at the Academy of Music: The Wizard of Oz comes to the Academy of Music for five-performances through Sunday, June 8. At 7:30 p.m., catch the timeless musical on the Avenue of the Arts stage while dancing in your seat to songs like “Over the Rainbow,” “If I Only Had A Brain,” and “We’re Off the See the Wizard.” Tickets start at just $20.

When: Wednesday, June 4, 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost: $20 and up

Drinking Italy Series at Paradiso: Paradiso on East Passyunk Avenue continues to celebrate its 10th anniversary with its Drinking Italy series. Tonight, sample food and wine from the Veneto region of Italy as paired by Paradiso’s chef, Lynn Rinaldi. Sip pours of three wines native to the region and feast on an array of cheese and house-cured meats. Tonight’s meal costs $20.10 per person.

When: Wednesday, June 4, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Paradiso, 1627 East Passyunk Avenue
Cost: $20.10

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Beer Guy says:

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