El Mague, Pearl, Real Ale Festival.
After all of that Beer Week earnestness, maybe you're in the mood for something just a touch more frivolous--the equivalent of an air kiss after all of the heartfelt bearhugging of the past 10 days. Seek and ye shall find--in the form of Pearl, the latest in Rittenhouse Square fabulosity from Red Sky owners David, Scott and Sean Stein, and their partner Brett Perloff. The two-level lounge-with-food, located in the former Little Pete's on Chestnut Street, is on the opposite end of the spectrum from its former occupant--meaning $12 cocktails, trendy Asian food (complete with the requisite tuna tartare) and strict velvet ropes. The decor, by design firm DAS, is very high-concept. White Zodiaq bar and white walls that make you feel like you're aboard the Spaceship Rittenhouse. An upstairs lounge offers a more cocoon-like atmosphere, with trippy textured wallpaper, a DJ booth and bottle service. >> Pearl, 1904 Chestnut St. 215.564.9090. www.pearlphilly.com
If Philly Beer Week hasn't completely exhausted your wallet and liver, you might want to attend the Real Ale Festival at Triumph Brewery. Since you've no doubt spent the last week becoming a total craft beer snob, you'll definitely want to partake of real ale--also known as cask-conditioned beer--that's been naturally fermented in a cask. Beer geeks swear it's fresher and more delicious. Triumph has invited other local breweries like Tr�egs and Sly Fox to bring their real ales to their Chestnut Street location for this event. For $50, you get to drink as much of the 30 different cask-conditioned ales (including two rarities from Bell's and Southampton Public House), plus nosh on light "English pub fare." >> Sun., March 16, 1-4pm. $50. Triumph Brewery, 117 Chestnut St. 215.625.0855.
Right now, I have no kitchen. For the past three weeks I've been subsisting on pizza, cold sausage frittata and the magically delicious fresh-baked muffins from Black N Brew. (If you're under the impression that not having a kitchen makes you lose weight, I assure you it's quite the opposite.) Today, not able to face another slice of pizza, I ventured over to El Maguey, a Mexican sandwich shop in South Philly that just a few months ago was an Italian sandwich shop, and picked up an order of tinga soft tacos that were truly out of this world: homemade tortillas, tender shreds of highly spiced chicken and a smattering of plum tomato and cilantro. The store doesn't look like much on the outside, but there's something special going on in the kitchen. >> El Maguey, 1538 S. 10th St. 267.528.3296