Your Summer Spot on The Delaware River Fishtown Hops at Sugarhouse

Your Summer Spot on The Delaware River Fishtown Hops at Sugarhouse

Last night I covered the opening preview party for

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Fishtown Hops located at Sugarhouse Casino


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The iffy weather let us explore the inside and outside of the newly renovated space which used to be Sugarhouse’s restaurant Refinery, but is now a more modern, rustic beer garden/gastro pub.

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Another element I really liked about the new space was you don’t have to walk through the casino to get to it, you walk along a lovely landscaped path on the right side of the building.

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6-22-2017 12-01-17 PMThese were samples at the preview party

  • Strawberry Salad


    Spring mix, strawberries, feta cheese, sunflower seeds & strawberry Champagne vinaigrette dressing

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The new menu has delicious treats like the Chilli Cheese Hot Dogs, I confess I had two.

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HD1_9920 (Custom)Wednesday through Saturday’s Fishtown Hops has happy hour with live music. Here’s the schedule

The food at the preview party were sample sizes.

  • Candied Bacon


    Smoked bacon caramelized with bourbon brown sugar glaze


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  • Bruschetta


    Choose 3: Brie, apples & fig spread | Burrata, bacon, arugula & tomato | Sweet & spicy pepper jam & goat cheese | Roasted peppers, arugula & garlic cream cheese | Prosciutto, figs & mascarpone | Roast beef, caramelized onions & horseradish cream cheese


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  • Mac N’ Cheese Crab Bites


    Fried mac n cheese, jumbo lump crabmeat, Old Bay® seasoning & Cajun remoulade


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  • Deviled Eggs


    2 Jumbo lump crabmeat, 2 Bacon avocado, 2 Sriracha jalapeño



  • Cheese & Charcuterie


    Soppressata, salami, pepperoni, prosciutto, Fontina & smoked mozzarella cheeses, fig jam, whole grain Hennessy mustard, grapes & assorted rustic breads


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They have lots of fun games, board games, corn hole, swoosh ball and Jenga. That game always makes me flinch.

Then there’s this view which is amazing. Oh and I do like the casino too. If you follow me on Instagram Stories you’d know. I love that Party machine.


Philly Zoo Summer Ale Fest Plus The Watering Hole Beer Garden

Philly Zoo Summer Ale Fest Plus The Watering Hole Beer Garden

Once-a-year, the Philadelphia Zoo opens its gates after-hours for an adults-only celebration featuring local beer, live music and delicious food. Mike and I headed to the Zoo on July 16th, his birthday, and one of his favorite events in the Summer, The Philly Zoo Summer Ale Fest. A few pixs appeared on Metro Philly, but I wanted to give you more info and pixs here….


Although the zoo balloon was in all it’s glory, it’s not open at night. But it made for great photos


Every year the event sells out. So as soon as they mention tickets are on sale, usually in June, go get them.

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Nearly 1,000 summer ale fans lined up to get their wrist bands and sample beer mug


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But if you must, bring your own pretzel necklace

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I headed straight for the new Watering Hole – beer garden-. This year the Philly Zoo began selling beer through out the zoo, and created a beer garden for folks to hang out. It’s a great date place.


There’s food

A robust menu offers a variety of 10 craft and domestic beers including, Victory Summer Love Ale, Victory Prima Pils, Victory Headwaters Ale as well as New Belgium Flat Tire, River Horse Summer, New Belgium Snapshot, Stella, Goose Island IPA and Tröegs Sunshine Pils. For guests who prefer wine, Woodbridge Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Cabernet are also available.  Beverages are served in clear, eco-friendly cups with prices ranging from $6.00 to $8.00 inclusive of taxes. Refreshing drinks, delicious light fare and an enjoyable atmosphere make this “the” spot to be this summer.


and fun sculptures to take selfies on



There’s bathrooms too

The Watering Hole was designed in partnership with Groundswell Design Group, creators of some of the most popular beer gardens in Philadelphia.  Entrance to The Watering Hole is included in Zoo admission; hours of operation are Friday – Sunday from 11-4pm and holidays. For more information or to purchase Zoo tickets visit www.PhiladelphiaZoo.org.


and lots of picnic benches and tables


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Back out to the festival


The first year they had food stations by restaurants, but now with the popularity of watering

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There were a lot of beverage tents, and

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even with 1,000 people the lines moved quickly


All the zoo exhibits were open, which I never made it too or we’d have more photos. There were also several zoo keepers running around with fun games like Guess The Butt,

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or another favorite, guess the dung




As darkness fell, I headed over to the Festival Tent where there was live music



and a whole lotta people partying

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and dancingwatering

it was a good time. Really it was, we had a blast. Did I mention there was free parking at the zoo parking garage adjacent to the zoo for this event.

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Mike and I love the Philly Zoo so much, we bought a family pass for the year. Even if we only use it a couple times, we’re glad to support the zoo. It’s more than just animals.


Details of the New Observation Tower at Liberty One – Press Conference with the Principles, views, cafe news and more

Tourism officials from various organizations throughout the
City were on hand yesterday as Mayor Nutter and global tourism operator
Montparnasse 56 announced the newest tourist attraction for Center City
Philadelphia yesterday at a press conference in Conversation Hall in City Hall:
Philadelphia’s first large-scale observation deck at One Liberty Place,

to open in Summer of 2015. Montparnasse 56 (or M56) is a Parisian-based company
that operates observation decks in the John Hancock Tower in Chicago (Chicago
360), The Pierrelatte Crocodile Park (Rhone Valley, France), Fernsehturm /
Berlin TV Tower (Berlin, Germany) and the Montparnasse 56 Tower in Paris — will
be building the observation deck on the 57th floor of One Liberty Place in
downtown Philadelphia. (One Liberty stands 61 stories.)

Stewart Brown, GM, One Liberty Place and The Shops at Liberty Place, Thomas M. Dempsey, Senior VP at METROPOLIS Investment Holdings Inc. and Jill Scarlett, Retail Shops Manager, Shops at Liberty Place, where the gift shop and ticket booth will be located.
Alex DuFrayne, PHLCVB, Christina Cassidy, PHLCVB, and Megan Ungar, PHLCVB. (one the subject of new, the girls are excited to move into their new offices next week at 16th and Market
 Opening in summer
2015, the unnamed observation project is underway and they are hard at work
designing a truly unique and beautiful new way for visitors and locals to view
Philadelphia. What should we call it? (CakeCinema photo)
Mark Ladley, En Route, Bill Gehrman, Founder & President En Route, Laura Burkhardt, Where Magazine, Sam Agoos, En Route, James Zeleniak, Punch Media and Will Andrew.
Brûlée Catering by Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix and Liz Difrancesco, Brûlée Catering catered the press conference, and are a contender for the potential cafe at the new observation deck.
Paul R. Levy President and CEO of Center City District, and Jack Ferguson, PHLCVB President + CEO.
Diane McGraw,  ‎Executive Director of PA Travel, Tourism and Film and Meryl Levitz, CEO of Visit Philly
Evan Evans, GM of Montparnasse 56 Philadelphia greets the guests as Patrick Abisseror, CEO of Montparnasse 56 and Eric  Deutsch, VP Montparnasse 56 USA look on. (Evan told me that he’s excited in his new position, you’ll recall he opened Le Meridien hotel on Arch Street, and before that was associated with the Bellevue as well as working with the Starr organization. Congrats to him.)
Patrick Abisseror, CEO of Montparnasse 56 flew in from Paris to attend the press conference. He’s watched the growth of Philadelphia, with it’s many possibilities. His observation towers have been the number one tourist destinations in each city they are located and know that the same will hold true in Philadelphia.

 Currently Philadelphia has one tourist observation deck at the
top of City Hall (40 stories, which will remain opened as well, go to Room 121 for
tickets & a tour of the building), but with the expanding
skyline another one at Liberty One will give a more expansive view of
the City,
as well as will be open later in the evening as well as on weekends
(City Hall closes at 4:30PM and is not opened on the weekend or

 Although no price was mentioned yesterday, at Chicago 360, general admission prices ranged from youth $12 (3 yrs old to 11
yrs old) to adults (12yrs+) $18.

Mayor Nutter reads the proclamation in honor of the new observation tower as  Patrick Abisseror, CEO of Montparnasse 56 and Eric  Deutsch, VP Montparnasse 56 USA look on.

There are plans for a café at the Philadelphia
location, but won’t be in place until after the opening of the observation
center (which should be opened in time for the Pope’s mass on the Parkway.) Look for champagne nights, and Wine nights with the sunset and small bites. This will be as much of a Philadelphia destination as it is for tourists.
PS And rumor has it that a new restaurant will open in the next year (2016) on the 58th floor.