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CHEF MORIMOTO Being a part of the city is a great feeling. Being a part of a famous great American baseball game was exciting. It’s not like being on Iron Chef. Throwing the pitch was a lot more stressful and crazy than cooking in Kitchen Stadium. Having a restaurant in this great city reminds me why I love food and cooking. Morimoto was such a success in the first year... Who knows I might end up with a few more in the area. Maybe I can throw one in at the ball park one day.

MICHELLE THOMAS Wandering the streets of Philadelphia you cannot help but find all of the cool and off the beaten track places to eat and have fun. Philadelphia is loaded with food for everyone from Thai, Vegan, italian, Chinese, Greek, and Ethiopian just to name a few. Check out my recommendations for cool places to hang with your friends, places to grab a bite to eat, and all the hottest spots for nightlife.

Morimoto’s restaurant is located at 123 Chestnut Street in Center City Philadelphia.

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Nothing says fun like a night at Citizen’s Bank Park on dollar dog night. With the city as the game’s backdrop fans cheer for their home team while waiting for the peanuts and dogs to make their rounds. The energy is always high at a Phillies game, even if they are doing really bad. It’s all about home team pride and being from the City of Brotherly Love. What more could you ask for on a late night... Hot dogs, ice cold beer, a cool spring night, and enjoying America’s favorite past time. Check out College Night to get some great icket deals and dollar dogs.

When it comes to the ladies and finding the hottest nightlife action there is no one else to turn to. Get the scoop each month on upcoming club events and parties in the city. Why stay in when you could have the time of your life and potentially get a few numbers. One would not think of South philly as being the place to be, but Olde City and the Italian Market district is the place to be on the weekend. Check out this issues “Philly night Life” section to get the latest clube reviews for the area as well as a first hand review of what to expect.


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Schuylkill Spring The Schuylkill Banks Revival Great cities have great rivers. London has the Thames, Paris has the Seine, New York the Hudson and Philadelphia the Schuylkill Banks: the city’s newest riverfront destination. Over the past four years living in Philadelphia, I have discovered some amazing places with in the city limits. This past summer I discoverd the banks of the Schuylkill River. So the river has a bad wrap but it is getting better, starting with the restoration of the banks and the


Schuylkill Spring Con’d expansion of the Fairmount Park trail system as an integrated part of the city life and culture. The banks have become a place for exercise, leaisure, entertainment and fun, not for dumping trash and drug dealers. Get out this spring and experience the Philadelphia that has been missing It’s Official! East Coast Greenway Pennsylvania has announced that the Schuylkill River Trail running along the Schuylkill Banks in Philadelphia from Lloyd Hall south to Locust Street is the first designated stretch of the East Coast Greenway in the State to be completed. The future section of Schuylkill River Trail from Locust Street south to Grays Ferry Avenue has also been designated as a link in the East Coast Greenway, and is now under design. The East Coast Greenway is the nation’s first long-distance urban trail system; a city-to-city transportation corridor for cyclists, hikers, and other non-motorized users. By connecting existing and planned trails, a continuous, safe, green route 3,000 miles long is being formed linking Calais, Maine at the Canadian border with Key West, Florida. It incorporates waterfront esplanades, park paths, abandoned railroad corridors, canal towpaths, and highway corridors, and in many areas it temporarily follows streets and roads to link these completed trail sections together. Changes on the Banks The Schuylkill Banks make up an eight mile urban banks of the Schuylkill River. From its origins in the headwaters of Schuylkill County, the river travels approximately 150 miles to its confluence with the Deleware River. Abundent with natural, cultural, historic and recreational resources, the entire river and its major tributaries are designated as a State Heritage Corridor and as the Schuylkill River Valley National Heritage Area. The Schuylkill River park and Trail is part of the Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Corridor’s Schuylkill River Trail, a 23 mile recreational trail system that connects Philadelphia with Oaks PA and Valley Forge national Historical Park. The Schuylkill Banks make up an eight mile urban

From the Falls Bridge to the Philadelphia Art Museum is 4 miles and the entire loop is 8 miles total.

banks of the Schuylkill River. From its origins in the headwaters of Schuylkill County, the river travels approximately 150 miles to its confluence with the Deleware River. Abundent with natural, cultural, historic and recreational resources, the entire river and its major tributaries are designated as a State Heritage Corridor and as the Schuylkill River Valley National Heritage Area. The Schuylkill River park and Trail is part of the Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Corridor’s Schuylkill River Trail, a 23 mile recreational trail system that connects Philadelphia with Oaks PA and Valley Forge national Historical Park. It’s Official! East Coast Greenway Pennsylvania has announced that the Schuylkill River Trail running along the Schuylkill Banks in Philadelphia from Lloyd Hall south to Locust Street is the first designated stretch of the East Coast Greenway in the State to be completed. The future section of Schuylkill River Trail from Locust Street south to Grays Ferry Avenue has also been designated as a link in the East Coast Greenway, and is now under design. The East Coast Greenway is the nation’s first long-distance urban trail system; a city-to-city transportation corridor for cyclists, hikers, and other non-motorized users. By connecting existing and planned trails, a continuous, safe, green route 3,000 miles long is being formed linking Calais, Maine at the Canadian border with Key West, Florida. It incorporates waterfront esplanades, park paths, abandoned railroad corridors, canal towpaths, and highway corridors, and in many areas it temporarily follows streets and roads to link these completed trail sections together. The Schuylkill Banks make up an eight mile urban banks of the Schuylkill River. From its origins in the headwaters of Schuylkill County, the river travels approximately 150 miles to its confluence with the Deleware River. Abundent with natural, cultural, historic and recreational resources, the entire river and its major tributaries are designated as a State Heritage Corridor and as the Schuylkill River Valley National Heritage Area. The Schuylkill River park and Trail is part of the Schuylkill River


become a place for exercise, leaisure, entertainment and fun, not for dumping trash and drug dealers. Get out this spring and experience the Philadelphia that has been missing It’s Official! East Coast Greenway Pennsylvania has announced that the Schuylkill River Trail running along the Schuylkill Banks in Philadelphia from Lloyd Hall south to Locust Street is the first designated stretch of the East Coast Greenway in the State to be completed. The future section of Schuylkill River Trail from Locust Street south to Grays Ferry Avenue has also been designated as a link in the East Coast Greenway, and is now under design. The East Coast Greenway is the nation’s first long-distance urban trail system; a city-to-city transportation corridor for cyclists, hikers, and other non-motorized users. By connecting existing and planned trails, a continuous, safe, green route 3,000 miles long is being formed linking Calais, Maine at the Canadian border with Key West, Florida. It incorporates waterfront esplanades, park paths, abandoned railroad corridors, canal towpaths, and highway corridors, and in many areas it temporarily follows streets and roads to link these completed trail sections together. The Spring Line-Up The Schuylkill Banks make up an eight mile urban banks of the Schuylkill River. From its origins in the headwaters of Schuylkill County, the river travels approximately 150 miles to its confluence with the Deleware River. Abundent with natural, cultural, historic and recreational

resources, the entire river and its major tributaries are designated as a State Heritage Corridor and as the Schuylkill River Valley National Heritage Area. The Schuylkill River park and Trail is part of the Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Corridor’s Schuylkill River Trail, a 23 mile recreational trail system that connects Philadelphia with Oaks National and State Heritage Corridor’s Schuylkill River Trail, a 23 mile recreational trail system that connects Philadelphia with Oaks PPA and Valley Forge national Historical Park. The Schuylkill Banks make up an eight mile urban banks of the Schuylkill River. From its origins in the headwaters of Schuylkill County, the river travels approximately 150 miles to its confluence with the Deleware River. Abundent with natural, cultural, historic and recreational resources, the entire river and its major tributaries are designated as a State Heritage Corridor and as the Schuylkill River. 

FACTOID: A new bridge will connect you from the 30th Street Station to the Banks bike trail for pedestrians and bikers a-like.

FACTOID: The first botanical garden opened in the United States along the Schuylkill River in 1728. Bartram’s Garden is still open today.

FACTOID: Paddle off down the rive at the Banks boat launch where you can rent kyakes and take a ferry ride to the botanical garden downstream.


They’re Back! Spring Training Is In Full Effect... Great cities have great rivers. London has the Thames, Paris has the Seine, New York the Hudson and Philadelphia the Schuylkill Banks: the city’s newest riverfront destination. Over the past four years living in Philadelphia, I have discovered some amazing places with in the city limits. This past summer I discoverd the banks of the Schuylkill River. So the river has a bad wrap but it is getting better, starting with the restoration of the banks


Last year’s NL East champions played a painfully sloppy game minus their MVP shortstop, and Mike Pelfrey gave the Mets’ injury-riddled pitching staff an encouraging boost in New York’s 8-2 victory Wednesday night. The Mets ended a nine-game losing streak to Philadephia, taking advantage of four errors that led to six unearned runs. Eric Bruntlett, filling in for the injured Rollins, booted two grounders in a six-run third—after Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick walked six batters in the first two innings. “It’s the first start. That’s not how you want it to go, that’s for sure,” Bruntlett said. Handed a comfortable lead, Pelfrey (1-0) tossed five effective innings in his first start of the year to help the Mets bounce back after losing their home opener to Philadelphia on Tuesday. The Phillies won the final eight meetings between these rivals in 2007, a big reason they were able to rally past the fading Mets to win the division title. We never felt there was any dominance against us,” New York manager Willie Randolph said. “There’s nothing in our heads as a team that they have a better team than us or that they have our number.”Angel Pagan hit a two-run double for the Mets, who stopped a three-game skid. Damion Easley, starting at second base for ailing Luis Castillo, put New York ahead 2-1 with an RBI single off Kendrick (1-1) in the third. “In that inning where they scored the six runs, we just fell apart,” Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said. Rollins sat out with a sprained left ankle, missing his first game since July 30, 2006, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He left Tuesday’s game in the eighth inning after tweaking his ankle while scrambling back to second base on a pickoff play. The 2007 NL MVP tested his

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ankle during batting practice Wednesday, but was removed from the lineup about an hour before the first pitch. X-rays were negative, and Rollins said he didn’t expect the soreness in his ankle to linger long. Manuel said if Rollins feels good enough to play Thursday night, he will. With Rollins wearing a ski cap and watching from the top step of the dugout, Phillies second baseman Chase Utley and catcher Carlos Ruiz also committed costly errors. “We practice this stuff all the time,” Manuel said. “If you catch ‘em in practice, you have to catch ‘em in the game. You just have to catch the ball.” Before the game, the Mets announced that pitcher Orlando Hernandez has a strained tendon in his troublesome right foot that will keep him out indefinitely. El Duque, who had surgery on the foot in the offseason, will wear a protective boot for two weeks and then be re-evaluated. The Mets also are missing No. 2 starter Pedro Martinez, who strained his left hamstring in his first start and is expected to miss four to six weeks. Those injuries make Pelfrey especially important. New York is counting on the 24-year-old righthander, who was selected ninth overall in the 2005 amateur draft. He went 3-8 with a 5.57 ERA for the Mets last season, then compiled an 8.14 ERA in 21 innings during spring training. “When Pedro went down I thought, guys got to step up. I want to be one of those guys that they can hand the ball to every fifth day and not have to worry about it,” Pelfrey said. “It’s definitely a better start than last year. I want to have a good year.”

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Pitching for the first time since March 28, Pelfrey allowed two runs and five hits with two walks. He threw 66 of his 100 pitches for strikes. “He’s on his way,” catcher Brian Schneider said. Kendrick also had a miserable spring (9.68 ERA) after going 10-4 with a 3.87 ERA as a rookie last year. He lasted only 2 1-3 innings against the Mets, giving up four hits and seven runs—one earned. “I tried to make good pitches, but I can’t nibble. It’s not me and I learned from it,” Kendrick said. Jorge Sosa, Pedro Feliciano and Carlos Muniz finished up with scoreless relief for New York in a game played through an on-and-off drizzle. After Jimmy Rollins took a few hacks in the indoor batting cage and did some exercises during the Phillies’ team stretch Wednesday, he was scratched from the lineup, ending a streak of 230 straight starts dating to July 30, 2006. Instead of leading off a nationally televised game against the Mets at Shea Stadium, he underwent a precautionary X-ray on the sprained left ankle he suffered in the eighth inning Tuesday when he spun awkwardly into second base on a fake pickoff throw. The X-ray was negative, and Rollins may return to the lineup within a few days. “It’s just sore,” Rollins said. “It isn’t anything more than that right now. I never felt bad. It’s never been swollen. It’s just my mobility, going left to right, it’s pretty sore. That’s what my game is, especially defensively.” Thus, Eric Bruntlett, acquired with closer Brad Lidge in a November trade with the Astros, made his first start for the Phillies and promptly committed two errors in the Mets’ five-run third inning.

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Rollins, a Gold Glove shortstop, said he’d be available to pinch-hit, but he didn’t Wednesday night, ending his consecutive games streak at 230, the third-longest active streak in the majors behind Cleveland’s Grady Sizemore (366) and Atlanta’s Jeff Francoeur (334). “If Jimmy tells me he can play, I want him to play,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “If he’s hurt, I’m not going to play him. I want tough players. Philly wants tough players, don’t they? And he’s one of them. At the same time, if he’s hurt, he’s not going to play.” Rollins said he likely would’ve played had it been later in the season. “If it was (game) 155, I’d be medicated heavily and heavily taped,” Rollins said. “I want to go out there every day. But it’s better to miss two or three games now than to miss three weeks.” Mets 8, Phillies 2: Fill-in shortstop Eric Bruntlett committed two of the Phillies’ four errors in a sloppy loss at Shea Stadium that snapped their nine-game winning streak over the rival Mets. Second baseman Chase Utley and catcher Carlos Ruiz also made errors. The Phillies have committed 13 errors in nine games. Right-hander Kyle Kendrick walked a career-high six batters and lasted only 2 1/3 innings. Pat Burrell picked up two hits to hold his average at .400. RHP Kyle Kendrick impressed the Phillies last season with his pinpoint control. So it was uncharacteristic for him to issue a career-high six walks in 2 1/3 innings against the Mets on Wednesday

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“He’s an MVP. That’s what they do. They do things at special times to win ballgames. You can’t teach that. Jimmy had the it factor.” night. It took only six batters for him to match his previous career high for walks in a game (three). Barely half of the pitches he threw (36 of 71) were strikes. “They only had four hits (against him), but with six walks, it was like they had 10 hits,” Kendrick said. “That’s not me. I’m a contact pitcher. I’m trying to make better pitches, and I’m nibbling. I’ll learn from it and be better the next time.” INF Eric Bruntlett’s first start for the Phillies couldn’t have gone any worse. Filling in for injured SS Jimmy Rollins, Bruntlett committed two errors in the Phillies’ three-error third inning in which the Mets scored six runs. With the bases loaded, one out, one run already in and the Mets leading 2-1, Jose Reyes punched a grounder that Bruntlett bobbled, allowing Ryan Church to score. After Angel Pagan’s two-run double extended the lead to 5-1, David Wright laced a grounder that went under Bruntlett’s glove, allowing Reyes to score. “First start for a new team, it’s not the impression you want to make,” said Bruntlett, acquired with closer Brad Lidge in an offseason trade with Houston. “It was a big spot. That’s the ballgame right there. But you just have to try to relax and be ready for the next play. You don’t want two to turn into three.” RHP Ryan Madson hasn’t pitched since last Friday night in Cincinnati, and even before he played catch Wednesday, manager Charlie Manuel pronounced him unavailable yet again. Madson experienced soreness in the back of his shoulder after tossing two scoreless innings against the Reds. The injury isn’t related to the strained shoulder muscle that sidelined Madson for the final two weeks of last season. “I didn’t want to just keep throwing through it and be out for three months,” said Madson, who insisted he was feeling bet-

ter and hoped to be cleared to pitch Wednesday night. RHP Adam Eaton will start Thursday night’s finale of the Phillies’ three-game series at Shea Stadium, a place where he always has had success. Eaton is 5-0 with a 2.68 ERA in seven career starts against the Mets. At Shea, he is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA. By The Numbers: 378—Pitchers who have allowed a home run to Ken Griffey Jr. Phillies starter Brett Myers became the 378th in the first inning Sunday. “He’s an MVP. That’s what they do. They do things at special times to win ballgames. You can’t teach that. Jimmy has the “it” factor, if you will.”—Phillies RF Geoff Jenkins on 2007 NL MVP Jimmy Rollins’ first-to-third dash on a sacrifice bunt in a win last week. After a solid performance in the 2005 MLB season, the Philadelphia Phillies are poised to make a strong showing in 2006. The Phillies finished the 2005 regular season with a .543 win average, placing them toward the top of the National League East. Philadelphia baseball fans are hoping to see more improvements in the Phillies’ game this season. Tickets to Citizens Bank Park are selling like hotcakes - don’t miss your chance to catch the Philadelphia Phillies in action in 2006! The city of Philadelphia has one of the longest traditions of baseball in America. When the Phillies were formed in 1883, history was in the making. Now, as the 21st century begins, the Phillies are the oldest continuous, one-name, one-city franchise in all of professional sports. From 1901 to 1954 Philadelphia also had an American League baseball team, the Athletics, led by legendary manager Connie Mack. A whopping 32 Hall of Fame players have played for the Philadelphia Phillies. Among these Hall of Famers is three-time Most Valuable Player Mike Schmidt and fourtime Cy Young Award winner Steve Carlton. Despite their long history, the Phillies had not won a World Series until 1980. That year the people of Philadelphia were finally given their first World Series win, as Tug McGraw


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Baker’s death in 1930 left the team to his nephew, Gerald Nugent. Unlike Baker, he badly wanted to build a winning team. However, he didn’t have the financial means to do so. He was forced to trade what little talent the team had to make ends meet, and often had to use some creative financial methods to even field a team at all. One problem was Baker Bowl. Once considered one of the finest parks in baseball, it was not well maintained from the 1910s onward. For several years, the Phillies tried to move to Shibe Park, five blocks north on Lehigh Avenue, as tenants of the A’s. However, Baker Bowl’s owner, Charles W. Murphy, refused to let the Phillies out of their lease at first. He finally relented in 1938, and only then because the city threatened to condemn the dilapidated park. Despite the change of scenery, attendance rarely topped 3,000 a game. The nadir came in 1942, when the Phillies needed an advance from the league just to go to spring training. Nugent, unable to find a buyer, was forced to sell the franchise back to the league early in February 1943. A week later, the league sold the Phillies to a wealthy lumber broker named William Cox. A popular legend has it that Bill Veeck had agreed in principle to buy the Phillies from Nugent. As the story goes, Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis and National League President Ford Frick quashed the deal when they found out that Veeck planned to stock the Phillies with Negro League stars. However, this story is likely false based on press accounts of the time; notably, Philadelphia’s black press mentioned nothing about any prospective Veeck purchase. During their 30-year stretch of futility, the Phillies finished last a

total of 17 times and next to last seven times. A 1962 cartoon in a baseball magazine depicted a ballplayer arriving at a French Foreign Legion outpost, explaining, “I was released by the Phillies!” During 1962 and 1963, the Phillies began to climb back to respectability, and throughout the 1964 season, they seemed destined to make it to the World Series, with excellent performances from players such as rookie third baseman Dick Allen, starters Jim Bunning (obtained from the Detroit Tigers at the start of the season to shore up the pitching staff) and Chris Short, and star right fielder Johnny Callison. TV Guide went to press with a World Series preview that featured a photo of Connie Mack Stadium. However, from a 6½-game lead on the Cincinnati Reds with 12 games remaining in the season, Philadelphia collapsed in a 10-game losing streak (the first seven played

On July 15, 2007, the Phillies lost their 10,000th game. The Phillies became the first North American professional sports franchise to lose 10,000 games. at home). The crucial series came when the now second-place Phillies traveled to St. Louis to play the Cardinals after their losing home stand. They dropped the first game of the series to Bob Gibson by a 5-1 score, their eighth loss in a row, dropping them to third place. The Cardinals would sweep the three-game set and assume first place for good. The Phillies still had a chance to force an unprecedented threeway tie for first after the Cardinals dropped the first two games of their last season series to the New York Mets. However, the Cardinals


recorded the final out in the World Series to beat the Kansas City Royals. The Phillies now play in the National League East division against such rivals as the New York Mets, the Atlanta Braves, and the Florida Marlins. Phillies’ fans at “The Vet” were known for their boisterous attitude and how tough they were on the opposing players. In 2004, the Phillies moved into the new Citizens Bank Park. This new ballpark is a baseball-only stadium that only seats 43,500, a cozy setting compared to The Vet. The Ballpark is located on a 21-acre site in South Philadelphia - on the north side of Pattison Avenue, between 11th and Darien Streets. As fans approach the Ballpark, they are immediately greeted with a breathtaking view of a Philadelphia-styled sports-facility clad in red steel, brick and stone. At home plate, third base and first base, there are 50foot-high glass-enclosed towers that, when lighted, glow at night. The Phillies are looking to compete in the National League East in the attractive Citizens Bank Ballpark. The leadership of Charlie Manuel and the talent on the field should help make this a reality in the years to come. The special assistant to the General Manager and long-time Phils coach, John Vukovich, died of brain cancer on March 8, 2007, and was honored on August 10, 2007 by the Phillies organization, which installed a plaque bearing collect 200 hits, 15 triples, 25 home runs, and 25 stolen bases in the same season. Rollins also became the 4th player to have at least 20 home runs, 20 triples, 20 doubles, and 20 stolen bases in a season on September 30, securing the feat on the last day of the

season with a sixth inning RBI triple. On September 12, the Phillies were seven games behind the New York Mets in the National League East, and it appeared as if their division hopes were dashed. However, the Mets suffered an epic collapse on the likes of the “Phold of 1964,” going 4-11 over the next fifteen games while the Phillies parried with a strong 12-3 record. The Phillies had defeated the Mets in eight consecutive encounters and ultimately overtook the Mets by one game on September 28. The Phillies fell back into a first-place tie the following day with a Mets win and a Phillies loss, with only one game remaining in the regular season to decide the champion of the National League Eastern Division. The Mets would lose their final game of the season. Only minutes later, the Phillies defeated the Washington Nationals, clinching the division for the Phillies for the first time in 14 years. The Phillies won the final game behind 44-year old Jamie Moyer, who in 1980 skipped a day of high school to attend that year’s Phillies championship parade down Philadelphia’s Broad Street.


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Philadelphia’s Insane Cycling Craze... Great cities have great rivers. London has the Thames, Paris has the Seine, New York the Hudson and Philadelphia the Schuylkill Banks: the city’s newest riverfront destination. Over the past four years living in Philadelphia, I have discovered some amazing places with in the city limits.


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The hot places to go to make the night last forever... Great cities have great rivers. London has the Thames, Paris has the Seine, New York the Hudson and Philadelphia the Schuylkill Banks: the city’s newest riverfront destination. Over the past four years living in Philadelphia, I have discovered some amazing places with in the city limits. Great cities have


When the owners of famed Delaware Ave. clubs Egypt and Deco opened Shampoo in 1998, it was considered one of the city’s hottest and most extravagant nightspots. Today, it’s lost little of its luster as the place to go to get your dance on, thanks to a continuously evolving lineup of DJs and music. Inside, the enormous two-floor space is divided into several different areas, including eight bars, the ‘Velvet Underground’ lounge, the tented outdoor ‘Groove Garden’ (complete with hot tub) and several dance floors. On a typical evening, though, expect lots of house, techno, hip-hop and high-energy dance music, and a crowd that’s more South Jersey than Northern Liberties.

Tiki Bob’s

461 N 3rd St Philadelphia, PA 19123

32°

16 S 2nd St Philadelphia, PA 19106

Tiki Bob’s might be the closest you’ll get to a frat party in Philly without going to one. If you drive by on a weekend night, you’ll probably see a long line of people waiting to get in - though that doesn’t necessarily mean the place is crowded yet. Once inside, you can expect a throbbing mix of dance music, hiphop and R&B; bartenders who’ll do shots with you; and lots of Polynesian-themed decorations (think “scary” masks and totems, surfing paraphernalia, and fish nets). You should also expect a crowd of girls in halter tops and guys with lots of hair gel who come not for the beer selection (it leans toward Miller Lite and Yuengling), but for the Tiki Nut, a huge glass filled with Kool-Aid and rum.


In contrast to its former incarnation as Upstairs at Nick’s, there’s not much understated about 32 Degrees. This Old City spot is one of a few places in town -- Denim, Suede Lounge and Glam also come to mind -- where so-called “European” bottle service, private drink lockers, a VIP lounge and a model-esque clientele are the norm. This being Philly, that clientele is always heavy on athletes, local television personalities and well-coiffed young professionals who revel in their status (the club even accepts the Euro, for all the jetsetters that come through its doors). They come for the sophisticated, low-lit atmosphere, with its white leather cube seats; the top-of-the-top shelf liquors, which can be ordered in shots of ice; a raw bar; and the DJs, who typically spin a mix of house, hip-hop, soul and dance music. If you’re in with the right crowd, 32 Degrees often hosts private events, vodka tastings and other nights where the exclusivity of the crowd mirrors the price of the Cristal.

Shampoo

417 N 8th St Philadelphia, PA 19123

Lounge 125

125 S 2nd St Philadelphia, PA 19106

Don’t be fooled by this club’s unglamorous appearance on the outside -- after all, how pretty can you be if you are wedged into the parking garage? Lounge 125 isn’t all that when you pass by it -- the sign isn’t that noticeable, and all you see is the Ritz East movie theater display hovering next to it. Lounge 125 makes up for its lackluster environs with the posh interior. There’s a waterfall by the bar, plush couches and velvet ropes abound, bright abstracts are lining the walls.

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