Tonight Picks: Taste Of University City Dining Days At The Porch, World Cup Kick-off Parties, Free Beer And Cheese Happy Hour At Di Bruno Brothers And More

In typical Thursday night fashion, a ton of attractions are gearing up for the weekend with a variety of events slated for the coming hours -- including World Cup kickoff parties across the city. (Photo courtesy Courtyard Marriott)

University City jumps starts its summer programming with an evening of delicious food and drink samples at its Taste of University City Dining Days, a precursor to its University City Dining Days event in July. Visit the Porch at 30th Street Station for bites from a number of University City restaurants and some live music.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off today at 4 p.m. and a number of bars are hosting one-night-only events and drink specials in celebration of the big game.

Di Bruno Brothers continues to treat guests to free beer and cheese pairings at its Franklin Market location this evening. Stop by from 5 to 7 p.m. for free sips from Naked Brewing Company and plenty of cheese to boot.

Due to the rainy weather tonight, the Schuylkill Banks’ first outdoor movie night of the season has been canceled. No need to fear, the rain date for tonight’s movie is July 3, and Despicable Me is slated to fill the screen at Grays Ferry Crescent next Thursday night.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

Taste of University City Dining Days: The rain isn’t stopping the folks at the University City district from hosting their Taste of University City event at The Porch at 30th Street station. Before the full-fledged University City Dining Days event launches in July, enjoy a smattering of samples from key University City Dining Days participants. For $10, get 10 food, beer or wine samples to try out restaurants before making a Dining Days reservation. Tickets for samples will be available onsite and are cash only. In addition to the sips and snacks, guests can enter a raffle and hear some live music. The event runs from 4 to 7 p.m. and will take place under a tent.

When: Thursday, June 12, 4-7 p.m.
Where: The Porch at 30th Street Station, 30th and Market streets
Cost: $10

FIFA World Cup Kickoff Party at Fado Irish Pub: It’s day one of the hotly-anticipated World Cup soccer tournament in Brazil. Fado, one of Philly’s favorite soccer bars, gets in on the action with a kickoff party to celebrate the 4 p.m. Brazil vs. Croatia game. The festivities started at 2:30 p.m., but all throughout the game enjoy a special match day menu featuring food and drink specials.

When: Thursday, June 12, 4 p.m.
Where: Fado Irish Pub, 1500 Locust Street
Cost: Pay as you go

FIFA World Cup Kickoff Party at Plough and the Stars: Plough and the Stars in Old City celebrates day one of the World Cup with a watch party today at 4 p.m. Enjoy drink specials and giveaways during the first game, which begins today at 4 p.m.

When: Thursday, June 12, 4 p.m.
Where: Plough and the Stars, 123 Chestnut Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Where To Watch The World Cup: In addition to full-blown opening game viewing parties, more than a dozen bars across the city provide World Cup-viewers with food and drink specials during every single game — including today’s 4 p.m. match. For the full rundown of World Cup festivities, click here.

When: Thursday, June 12, 4 p.m.
Where: Participating Bars
Cost: Pay as you go

Free Beer and Cheese Happy Hour at Di Bruno Bros.: Di Bruno Bros. at Franklin Market raises a hat to Thursday as it hosts its weekly free beer and cheese happy hour. Tonight, sip samples from Naked Brewing Company and nosh on perfectly paired cheese, too. Happy hour is from 5 to 7 p.m. and is completely free.

When: Thursday, June 12, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Di Bruno Bros. Franklin Market, 9th and Sansom Streets
Cost: Free

More picks for tonight, below.
Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles at the Academy of Music: It’s night one of Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles at the Academy of Music. The show is a multi-media experience that goes on a musical trip down memory lane, with renditions of classic tunes from the Beatles catalog. All songs are performed by a spot-on cover band that dresses to look like the Fab Four though various stages of their career. Tonight’s show beings at 8 p.m. and tickets start at an affordable $20.

When: Thursday, June 12, 8 p.m.
Where: Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost: $20-$85

How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at the Walnut Street Theatre: The Broadway favorite, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, takes the stage at the Walnut Street Theatre. The tried-and-true satirical musical tells the story of J. Pierrepont Finch, a window washer who climbs the corporate ladder to become an executive of a high-power company and the bumps he experiences along the way. Tonight’s show begins at 8 p.m.

When: Thursday, June 12, 8 p.m.
Where: Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street
Cost: $10-$95

Spirit of Thursday at The Trestle Inn: Thursday night at The Trestle Inn means free drink samples and a discounted cocktail beginning at 6 p.m. From 6 to 8 p.m., enjoy free samples of Old Forester Kentucky Bourbon. Following the free samples, sip a $7 featured Kentucky Bourbon tea cocktail until 2 a.m. Enjoy the sips while taking in the go go dancing at the Callowhill dive.

When: Thursday, June 12, 6 p.m.
Where: The Trestle Inn, 339 N. 11th Street
Cost: Samples, Free; Cocktail, $7

Thirsty Thursday at Joe’s Steaks and Soda Shop: Add some sunshine (in the form of food) to this rainy Thursday evening as Joe’s Steak and Soda Shop serves up a Cinnamon Toast Crunch milkshake and a cheese steak topped with hot italian sausage for $11.45 total.

When: Thursday, June 12
Where: Joe’s Steak and Soda Shop, 6030 Torresdale Avenue
Cost: Pay as you go



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