New Year’s Eve Guide

By Nicole Finkbiner
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Well folks, 2011 is just around the corner. That said, it’s probably best that you start thinking about how and where you want to bid 2010 adieu.

The good news is, whether you’d prefer a quiet night of good food and good conversation or just want to booze it up and shake yo’ ass, you’ve got plenty of options. If you’re a recovering alcoholic, or a parent without a sitter don’t fret. There’s some stuff for you, too.



National Mechanics

Few bars could pull off a creepy/cool vibe quite like National Mechanics. From 8 p.m. till midnight, they’ll make sure you’re both fed and drunk. This shouldn’t be too hard considering they have 32 varieties of both local and exotic brews to choose from. Meanwhile, you can marvel at their eccentric decor and chat with an interesting, inebriated stranger—all to an eclectic mix of tunes (minus anything remotely Top 40). 8pm. $60. 22 S. Third St. 215.701.4883.

L’Etage/Beau Monde

Upstairs you have L’Etage, where the house DJ will be spinning till 2 a.m. Downstairs there’s Beau Monde, a traditional Breton creperie which will be preparing a special, fancier menu for the occasion. Put them under one stunning elegant roof and you’ve got yourself a pretty decent evening. 8pm. $20. 624 South St. 215.592.0656.

Lucy’s Hat Shop/Drinker’s Tavern/Top Hat

OK, so being in Old City at 2 a.m. is literally one of the most awful experiences you can have in this city (unless you’re a sober onlooker not trying to hail a cab). Yet, there’s no denying it’s the best neighborhood for bar-hopping. For a flat $85 bucks, you can get into all three bars, which will have food and top-shelf open bars all night. The best part: you won’t have to stumble very far to get to each of them. As for getting home, it’ll probably be quicker if you just stumble there too. 9pm-2am. $85. 247/124 Market St.,,

Sugar Mom’s

Not into the idea of spending a day’s pay to have your personal space violated while trying to shout your bar order over a DJ? Then lucky for you there’s Sugar Mom’s, the anti-Old City watering hole. With retro arcade games, a pool table, jukebox, toys and bumper car seats, it’s more like the basement of that really cool kid in school who you always wanted to hang out with. The fact that they’ll be offering free food with no cover is really just icing on the cake. 8pm. Free. 225 Church St. 215.925.8219.

Bistro St. Tropez

For all you foodies who snub your noses at pub grub, Bistro St. Tropez’s Chef Rames will be preparing a special “Triologie” menu which includes three courses, each with a trio of dishes. For the main course alone you get to choose between lobster feuillete, filet mignon, duck leg confit and striped bass. Plus, with a beautiful view overlooking the the Schuylkill River, Market Street Bridge and Art Museum, it’s perfect for a romantic evening (or people-watching). $55. 2400 Market St. 215.569.9269.


Why go to a bar where everyone knows your name, when you could be the first to brag about the hot new spot in town? Tendenza, which opened this month at The Piazza, will be serving up customized cocktails (like a bubble gum martini and a pineapple mojito) and buttlered delectables like coconut lobster tails and mini kobe beef sliders. The rest of the night club mixes will be blasting while you enjoy the open bar. 9pm. $150. 969 N. Second St.

Prohibition on Tap: A Celebration of the Empire

No need to head to A.C. for a lavish NYE bash—you can party it up Nucky-style right here in the city. Inspired by the HBO hit Boardwalk Empire , City Tap House will be transforming its interior into that of a posh, 1920s A.C. speakeasy. There’ll be free drinks, a grand buffet of their yummy pub fare, dancing and casino-style table games. Maybe you’ll get lucky one last time in 2010. 9pm. $100. City Tap House, 3925 Walnut St. 215.662.0105.


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