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2012 Convention News

Laughter, Dancing, and Cocktails Await You in Philly

By Sabrina Abate, Celeste Malone, & Nakeia Smith

When convention activities are done for the day and the night is still young, let Philly entertain you. Philadelphia has much to offer for the night owl in you, no matter what your age!

Happy Hour Haunts

From Belgian beers to ritzy cocktails, Philadelphia is sure to please your palate.

Field House
1150 Filbert Street.
(215) 629-1520
Happy Hour, Monday through Friday, 4–7 p.m.
Too cold to go outside? The Field House is attached to the convention center: No need to venture into the cold for some happy hour fun.

Drinker's Pub
1903 Chestnut Street.
(215) 564-0914
Happy Hour at the Pub is every Monday–Friday, 7–9 p.m.
It caters to young professionals with inexpensive prices, neon signs, and pinball machines.

Eulogy Belgian Tavern
136 Chestnut Street.
(215) 413-1918
Enjoy Happy Hour Monday–Friday, 4:30–6:30 p.m. with Stella Artois, Leffe, and Hoegaarden.
Eulogy was ranked as the fifth best beer restaurant in the United States by ratebeer.com because of its extensive list of Belgian beers.

Venture Inn
255 South Camac Street.
(215) 545-8731
An award-winning gay and lesbian bar in Philadelphia. Happy hour is 5:30–7:30 p.m., with deals on beer, wine, drinks, and martinis.

Positano Coast
212 Walnut Street., 2nd Floor.
(215) 238-0499
Sunday–Friday Happy Hour, 4:30–7:30 p.m., featuring beers, signature cocktails such as the Positano Lemon Drop, and wines by the glass. With an award-winning mixologist behind the bar, the drinks and entertainment are sure to please.

Clubs and Lounges

It's time to take off those boots that were made for walking and hop into your dancing shoes.

Cuba Libre
10 S. 2nd Street.
(215) 627-0666
Friday and Saturday, 11:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m., the action heats up with Latin rhythms as professional salsa dancers perform in the dining room.

1705 Chancellor Street.
(215) 732-2700
Stir lounge is a mix of the area's gay professional men and women, offering a variety of Stir signature cocktails, wine, and beer. There is a modern bar with a mix of musical venues every day.

Vango Lounge and Sky Bar
116 S. 18th Street.
(215) 568-1020. From drinks to food to dance,Vango Lounge and Sky Bar is the only place you'll need to be.

The Raven Lounge
1718 Sansom Street.
(215) 840-3577
You may not run into Edgar Allen Poe, but you will definitely leave reciting “Once upon a midnight dreary …”

The Piano Bar
1939 Arch Street.
(215) 563-4704
Request your favorite tune by the piano man, but be sure to sing along.

Sisters Restaurant and Nightclub
1320 Chancellor Street.
(215) 735-0735.
Philadelphia's largest women's bar has a restaurant, dance area, lower level game room, and a popular Sunday brunch buffet.

North Bowl Lounge and Lanes
909 N. 2nd Street.
(215) 238-BOWL
The place is retro-chic, in that orange and tan '70s basement vibe, and the vintage lanes are still intact. Full bar and tasty bites round it out as the perfect nighttime destination; just be sure to bring your competitive edge.

Comedy Clubs

You may need a little something to tickle your funny bone after a long day of learning. Sit back, relax, and have a giggle or two!

Helium Comedy Club
2031 Sansom Street.
(215) 496-9001.
Helium Comedy Club is a state of the art venue that brings great talent to an intimate theater.

Laff House
221 South Street.
(215) 440-4242
Located on South Street near Penn's Landing, it offers nationally acclaimed comedians every week.

Improv Comedy: The N Crowd
257 N. 3rd Street.
(215) 253-4276.
The N Crowd is a short-form improv comedy troupe that performs every Friday in Philadelphia.

Wine Bars

What better way to warm up on a chilly Philly night than with a glass, or bottle, of wine!

Vintage Wine Bar and Bistro
129 S. 13th Street.
(215) 922-3095
Vintage focuses on wine and the food that it complements. They offer more than 60 wines by the glass and another 20 or so by the bottle representing regions, countries, and varietals from around the world.

Tria 123 S. 18th Street.
(215) 972- 8742
Tria Cafe is the friendly corner bar in which you can relax with friends over some of the world's most wonderful wines, cheeses, and beers.

Chick's Café and Wine Bar
614 S. 7th Street.
(215) 625-3700
Chick's is a neighborhood bar with a welcoming, casual, and friendly atmosphere. They offer 40 wines by the glass, 8 draft and 14 bottled beers, a creative cocktail list, and a drink-friendly, seasonal smallplate food menu.

This was just a sampling of the nightlife in Philly, so please visit www.visitphilly.com/nightlife for a comprehensive list of fun after-dark activities. In upcoming January/February issue of Communiqué and online at www.nasponline.org/conventions, you will find one last article about all Philly has to offer.

Sabrina Abate is Local Arrangements Cochair and Celeste Malone and Nakeia Smith are Local Student Cochairs.