Singing the Brews
Regarding last week’s survey of local celebrity beer drinkers:
They included a good number of clueless, unadventurous beer drinkers. I’m surprised none of them mentioned Bud Light in those sweet, blue bottle/can deals you find all over the street, but you know those must be great because of the way they make people go “Woooooo!” when they drink them. I understand the point wasn’t to interview people inside the Philly beer scene, but some of these are like promoting restaurant week by talking to folks about their love of Campbell’s soup and Wendy’s burgers. Other articles about beer week have been about establishing Philly as a premier beer city. I think this one shows how far we have to go yet. Most people are still staring at the back of the cave.
JB, via philadelphiaweekly.com
Regarding Leah Blewett’s review of Rebel Rock Bar & Bites:
I’ve been to Rebel a few times and the food has been outstanding. The tap tables looked as though they were keeping their occupants VERY satisfied. I’d like to try them the next time I go. I found the service at the bar to be excellent. The PA system sounded amazing! I have to applaud Rebel for having live bands at all because, as I’m sure live music fans will agree, we are living in the age of the acoustic duo (usually stuffed into a corner next to an old MegaTouch.) Putting the stage at the very front of the bar by the windows is a statement. “Enjoy the food, but LISTEN to the music.” This place has the potential to provide people with the ability to say, “I saw ‘them’ before they were big in front of like 150 people.” An environment for real, intimate, music. I like your comparison to CBGB in this regard, but, I have to say, I wouldn’t have eaten ANYTHING at CB’s. EVER. So, I guess, Rebel wins.
GREGG RICHARDS, via philadelphiaweekly.com
Rebel is a bar sharing the same strip as the best after-hours club in Philadelphia (Zee Bar) and one of the best gentleman’s clubs in the nation (Delilah’s). This area is the only area of its kind in Philadelphia that has such diversity in nightlife in proximity. I’ve never heard that available parking is a detriment. Where else can you visit where parking isn’t a headache? Live music is hit-or-miss. That’s the nature and excitement of it. Rebel’s commitment to being a venue for new talent should be commended. How rock ’n’ roll is it to have the same music promoters as in every other venue? The stage is central to the venue. It’s an intimate space, made moreso when the sun goes down and you find yourself looking at the beacon of light that is the stage. Beyond is darkness and the result is the feeling of intimacy, like being huddled around a campfire. I think what should be taken from the article was that you enjoyed the food.
PAUL, via philadelphiaweekly.com
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