Tonight Picks: Center City Sips, Launch Of Summer Concerts At The Penn Museum And Pastorius Park, World Cup Watch Parties And More

Chops at the Comcast Center, a new restaurant, raises a glass to Center City Sips with happy hour specials and tons of room outdoors to soak up the sun. (Photo courtesy Table 31)

It’s a beautiful balmy night fit for outdoor fun, Philadelphia.

Center City Sips continues to rock more than 80 bars across the city with killer food and drink deals from 5 to 7 p.m. Take it outside at a number of participating bars with awesome alfresco space, including Chops at the Comcast Center, Opa and Sampan.

Beginning tonight, two attractions kick off the summer with outdoor concert series.

The Penn Museum stays open later than usual for the first of its P.M. at the Penn summer concerts and provides guests with the opportunity to stroll the galleries until 8 p.m. Tonight, groove to tunes provided by El Caribefunk, a fusion band.

Pastorius Park in Chestnut Hill gets in on the alfresco concert action this evening too, with a free performance by Hezekiah Jones, a Philadelphia-based group of Indie musicians.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

Center City Sips: The sun is shining down for Center City Sips, a summertime promotion that brings awesome happy hour deals to more than 80 bars in Center City, Midtown Village and Old City. Enjoy $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer and half-priced appetizers from 5 to 7 p.m. Participating bars include Sampan, 10 Arts Bistro & Lounge, MilkBoy, Smokin’ Betty’s and Tequila’s Restaurant. The full list of participating bars is available right here.

When: Wednesday, June 18, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Participating bars
Cost: $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer, half-priced appetizers

P.M. at the Penn Museum Presents El Caribefunk: Tonight is night one of the P.M. at the Penn Museum Summer Nights Concert Series, alfresco concerts in the museum’s Stoner Courtyard. Festivities also span indoors as the museum opens its doors later than usual (until 8 p.m.!) in celebration of the weekly concerts. Tonight, enjoy a show by El Caribefunk, a Colombian band that promises an upbeat fusion of funk, salsa and Caribbean music. General admission is $10 and includes admission to the museum, too.

When: Wednesday, June 18, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Penn Museum, 3620 South Street
Cost: $10 general admission, free for Penn Museum members, PennCard holders, Penn Health System employees and children under the age of 5

Pastorius Park Summer Concert Series: Tonight, live music fills the space at Pastorius Park in Chestnut Hill as the neighborhood park launches its free summer concert series. Beginning at 7:30 p.m, listen to tunes from Hezekiah Jones, a Philadelphia-based group of Indie musicians.

When: Wednesday, June 18, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Pastorius Park, Lincoln Drive and Abington Avenue, Chestnut Hill
Cost: Free

Where To Watch The World Cup: The World Cup continues with games at 3 p.m and 6 p.m. tonight. At 3 p.m., Spain takes on the Netherlands and at 6 p.m., Cameroon takes on Croatia. A variety of bars in the city promise food and drink specials during every single World Cup game, including McGillin’s Olde Ale House, City Tap House and Cuba Libre. Check out our picks for watching the World Cup in Philadelphia.

When: Wednesday, June 18
Where: Participating Restaurants
Cost: Pay as you go

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the National Museum of American Jewish History: The National Museum of American Jewish History continues to host its pay-what-you-wish Wednesday summer promotion. 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, doors stay open until 8 p.m.

When: Wednesday, June 18, 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: The Philadelphia Museum of Art swings open its doors later than usual for its pay-what-you-wish Wednesday promotion. Tonight, enjoy a one-of-a-kind Shakespearean performance as The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre presents Hip-Hop Hamlet with CK Wonder. Also take part in a yoga class, crafts and tours of the galleries. The museum’s doors remain open until 8:45 p.m.

When: Wednesday, June 18, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Pay what you wish

Have Another Sip at Stratus: Your first drink is on Stratus at the bar’s new Have Another Sip at Stratus event. Sip one completely free cocktail and then take advantage of the extended happy hour, running from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. Plus, Stratus is an ideal spot to enjoy this summer sun.

When: Wednesday, June 18, 7-9 p.m.
Where: 433 Chestnut Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Summer Vacation Wednesday at Twenty Manning Grill: Summer comes to Twenty Manning Grill in the form of dinner and drink specials that each spotlight a different country. Tonight, take your taste buds on a trip to Switzerland with two-courses of traditional fare and a beverage pairing for $25 per person.

When: Wednesday, June 18, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Twenty Manning Grill, 261 S. 20th Street
Cost: $25


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  1. There are so many things to do in this vibrant city. I feel as though Philadelphia is so underrated. It’s great that there are many outdoors events and inexpensive ways to go to the art museum. I bet the bars are really cashing in on these World Cup parties!

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