Where To Celebrate The Wine-Fueled Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2013 At Bars, Restaurants And Shops In Philadelphia

From Midtown Village to Queen Village, restaurants, bars and shops dish out free wine samples, storewide discounts and general merriment for the annual Beaujolais Nouveau Day celebration. (Photo by N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia)

This Thursday, November 21, the streets of Philadelphia transform into a Parisian rue for the worldwide wine celebration known as Beaujolais Nouveau Day.

All around the world, wine-lovers gather to celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau — a French wine made from Gamay grapes produced in the Beaujolais region that is released for sale after being fermented for just six to eight weeks. The light wine promises a bright-red color and a fruity taste. Warning, it goes down like juice.

Philadelphia joins the fun with discounts, complimentary wine samples, live music, food pairings, discounted wine and more at bars, restaurants and shops across the city. How’s that for thirsty Thursday?

Read on for local spots to celebrate with a full glass of wine in hand.

Midtown Village: Midtown Village takes part in the soiree with store discounts, complimentary Beaujolais wine, food specials and more all along 13th Street. Enjoy a special winemaker’s charcuterie board at Barbuzzo, Beaujolais-braised pork shoulder at Jamonera, Beaujolais truffles and a 20 percent storewide discount at Verde, and complimentary sips and a 20 percent storewide discount at Open House. Head to McGillin’s for $5 glasses of Beaujolais nouveau and half-priced bowls of French onion soup, and Vintage Wine Bar for complimentary bites, live music and free wine samples. El Vez, Sampan, Opa, Zavino, Time, Bar, Paper on Pine, Cella Luxuria, Bar and Absolute Abstract will also be ushering in visitors for discounts and wine galore.

When: Thursday, November 21, 5 p.m.
Where: 13th Street, Midtown Village
Cost: Pay as you go

Tria Cafe: What better spot to sample wine than at Philadelphia’s well-loved wine bar, Tria. Beginning at noon on Thursday, November 21, sip discounted glasses of Beaujolais, fresh from France, until the bottles run dry. The glasses of wine, which usually ring in at $10.50 will cost $7 during the French fete. Stop by Tria Cafe in Rittenhouse Square and Washington Square West to partake in the festivities.

When: Thursday, November 21, Noon
Where: Tria Cafe, 18th & Sansom Streets; 12th & Spruce Streets
Cost: Pay as you go

Bistrot la Minette: Every year, Bistrot la Minette serves up a decadent four-course Beaujolais Nouveau meal paired with four optional glasses of Beaujolais wine. Fill up on a soup, followed by a salad, then stew, and then dessert. The complete menu is available here. Call 215-925-8000 to reserve your spot at the table.

When: Thursday, November 21
Where: Bistrot la Minette, 623 S. 6th Street
Cost: $35 for meal, $50 for meal and wine pairing

Bistro St Tropez: Indulge in a meal fit for a French monarch at the scenic Bistro St Tropez restaurant. From Thursday, November 21 through Saturday, November 23, the French eatery will serve up five-course and three-course dinners in celebration of Beaujolais Nouveau. Menu items include a traditional French white bean stew, poached pear in Beaujolais wine and wild boar sausage. The complete menu is available online. Call ahead to claim your spot.

When: November 21-23
Where: Bistro St Tropez, 2400 Market Street
Cost: $48 for five course meal, $24 for optional wine pairing; $38 for three course meal, for optional wine pairing, $18

McCrossen’s Tavern: Sip the seasonal, fruity wine at a discounted $8 per glass at McCrossen’s Tavern’s Beaujolais Nouveau fete. McCrossen’s Tavern’s wine sommelier will be on hand discussing the sweet wine with celebrators.

When: Thursday, November 21
Where: McCrossen’s Tavern, 529 N. 20th Street
Cost: $8 per glass

Pinot Boutique: Pinot Boutique, an Old City wine shop, presents its monthly “Regions” class, and this month, it’s all about Beaujolais Nouveau sips. On Friday, November 22 from 7 to 8 p.m., learn about the celebrated wine from a seasoned instructor. Tickets are an affordable $25 per person.

When: Friday, November 22, 7-8 p.m.
Where: Pinot Boutique, 227 Market Street
Cost: $25


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