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Alternatively, take the ultimate low-key route: find a seat at the bar and sip on some sumptuous cocktails.
Brewery Tour Yards Brewing Company, that venerable No Libs beer mecca, offers 40-minute tours on Saturdays and Sundays that include a couple samples of the signature ales, like Love Stout, which was just released in bottles.
At Michael Solomonov’s Abe Fisher in Rittenhouse, you can opt for an order of short ribs for the table or Hungarian duck for two; at Old City’s Amada, the suckling pig comes with family-style fixings.
Or you can simply make the meal the experience: With signature punch bowls, the Benihana hibachi chef acrobatics become even more impressive (that’s in Cherry Hill), while the huge round tables at Chinatown’s Ocean Harbor are perfect for a crowd, and you can grab what you want off rolling carts that are teeming with tasty dim sum.
Skyline Stroll In honor of the ultimate Philadelphia penny-pincher: Stroll across the Ben Franklin Bridge’s southside walkway, enjoy the (toll-free) view of the city, and then warm up with the so-decadent hot chocolate at the Franklin Fountain spin-off Shane Confectionery in Old City.
If you have any pennies left, you can make your way over to Christ Church, and toss ’em on Ben’s grave.
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(Tours run from noon to 5 p.m on Saturday and noon to 3 p.m.
on Sunday — and fill up fast — so it’s best to get there early.) Afterward, retreat to the Yards Tap Room for or signature ales and noshes from James Beard Award semifinalist, Chef Jim Burke.
Speakeasy Above Abyssinia Ethiopian restaurant in West Philly is Fiume, a damn-near-authentic speakeasy.
Settle in on Thursdays for live bluegrass by the Citywide Specials ( cover charge) and a great selection of beers. Cocktail Classes The bright and beautiful Philadelphia Distilling Company in Fishtown offers tours Thursdays through Sundays, starting at , or you can learn to mix a drink like a pro or tend a home bar in their classes, starting at .