Monthly Archives: November 2013

Philly Restaurants Rank Among Best in US

Source: NBC Philly

Two Rittenhouse Square restaurants made theUrbanspoon’s best new restaurants list. Urbanspoon selected the top 100 restaurants in the U.S. out of the over 46,000 restaurants added to the website this year.

Two Philly restaurants made the cut — Fitler Dining Room at 22nd and Spruce Streets andLuke’s Lobster at 130 S. 17th Street.

The menu at the Fitler Dining Room changes biweekly to reflect seasonal offerings. After opening February 21, it has become a mainstay neighborhood bistro. According to manager Michael Ojeda, the French-inspired restaurant’s most popular items are poached oysters and burgundy snails.

“It’s wonderful that people are recognizing us,” said Ojeda. “If we can get a nice fish in then we will do something special with it.”

The personalized service and food made by chef Robert Marzinsky is complimented by the intimate dining experience for roughly 30 people.

Luke’s Lobster is known for it lobster roll and New England-style cooking. The chain restaurant first opened in New York City’s East Village. They’ve come a long way since their grand opening on May 16 in Philly.

“We get everything fresh from Maine,” said Lindsay Daniels, a shift leader at Luke’s. “You come up and order and we make it however you like. Philly has welcomed us with open arms.”

The interior of Luke’s includes wooden counter tops and community seating. Their service is friendly, quick and they aim to please.

Urbanspoon used the criteria of “the most reviewed, viewed and liked restaurants” that opened their doors in the past year to select the winners. The top restaurants report found that fine dining was not popular this year, with over 70 percent of the listings falling in the up to $15 price range. Taverns and barbecue were among the most popular dining choices.

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Philadelphia Earns a 100 on the Municipality equality index!


Philadelphia Voted Most Gay Friendly City In Philadelphia


Source: CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – When it comes to the inclusivity of policies, laws and services in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love earns a perfect score.

According to gay rights group the Human Rights Campaign, Philly racked up 100 points out of a possible 100 (with 20 available bonus points) on the 2013 Municipal Equality Index.

The index examines the laws, policies and services available in 291 U.S. cities and ranks them on their inclusivity of the LGBT living there. Philadelphia earned top scores in all categories, including “Relationship Recognition,” “Municipal Services” and “Non-discrimination Laws.”

On the flip side of the coin, Allentown earned the lowest score of the six Pa. cities, earning just 50 points.

In NJ, Jersey City also got a perfect 100, while Trenton was ranked the least gay-friendly with 57. And all four Del. cities examined – Rehoboth Beach, Newark, Wilmington and Dover – did poorly, with Rehoboth Beach faring the best of the four.

To see the full scorecard, click here.

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Bars and Nightlife in Philadelphia’s Gayborhood


Gay life (and nightlife) is centered in an area of the city fondly called the Gayborhood, from Chestnut to Pine streets between 11th and Broad streets. The area boasts its own unique architecture with narrow, tree-lined, cobblestone streets, and brick townhouses and apartment buildings peppered among bookshops, coffee shops, restaurants, bar and clubs. To cut to the chase and find bars, lounges and nightclubs in and around the Gayborhood, look no further.

If you’re not sure what you want from a night out, it doesn’t matter—you’ll find it at iCandy. These three floors are swarming with gay men every night of the week, and are always packed on the weekend.

Brothers Bill and Steve Wood sold Woody’s, the city’s venerable gay bar, and opened Knock, which features a New American-meets-global comfort-food menu in a chic setting in the heart of the neighborhood.

Located in the heart of Rittenhouse Square, the lounge style atmosphere, fresh sounds and friendly faces will allow you to feel right at home.

Whether you like watching a game in the sports bar or relaxing with friends in the lounge, Tabu has something to make every night the best of the week.

Tavern on Camac
Tonight’s post-dinner plan is Tavern on Camac, a traditional piano bar with a sing-along on the first floor and an intimate cabaret on the second. Ready to dance? DJ Salotta Tee will keep you bumping until close. The Tavern’s varied ambiance makes it a perfect date spot – or a good choice if you’re looking to meet a friendly Philadelphian.

The Bike Stop
This popular spot has served the gay and lesbian community for more than 30 years. The Bike Stops boasts four very different floors: The Bike Stop (main bar), The Short Stop (sports bar), The Pit Stop (open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights; fetish gear encouraged) and The Top of the Stop (special events)

U Bar
The bar formerly known as Uncles reinvented itself as U Bar and now boasts a sleeker look, better lighting and floor-to-ceiling windows. However, the bar remained true to its neighborhood roots and still offers strong drinks and great beers for reasonable prices.

A popular after-hours club in the heart of the Gayborhood, Voyeur showcases well-known DJs from around the country during special events for gay guys and gals alike. The main dance floor has been revamped with a top-notch light and sound system, and the upstairs area houses a VIP space. There’s also a basement lounge with special events, as well as drink specials throughout the week.

The moment you step through the doors of the Westbury, heads may turn, but they’re usually smiling at you. The large oval bar takes up the bulk of the space and cozy, inviting booths make the Westbury a good place for good group conversation.

You’ll know you’ve arrived in the Gayborhood when you see Woody’s gay flags beckoning you to the club and bar. Woody’s is the traditional first stop on any proper first visit to the Gayborhood. This is classic Philadelphia, a genuine spot where gay men and their friends go for a good night out.

Exploring Gay Philadelphia



Over the past few decades, the City of Brotherly Love has evolved into a place that lives up to its gay-friendly billing. Philadelphia has history on its side: It was the site of some of the nation’s first gay rights pickets, and in 1982 was one of the first cities in the country to pass an anti-gay discrimination law.

Today, the city is home to a large and vibrant gay and lesbian community. And at the heart of gay Philadelphia is Center City’s Washington Square West, a neighborhood of handsome town homes and charming, narrow back streets where many gay businesses and much of the nightlife is located.

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Baby Loves Disco at World Cafe Live


Baby Loves Disco, the original family dance party, boogies back into Philly on 9/29, 10/26, 11/23 & 12/15 all from 11-230pm. Get out those snazzy outfits, shake those booties, get your face painted, make a sock puppet, grab a tattoo more. Real Music for real parents, freeze dance, simon says and more with a real DJ and real MC. For all the non-driving moms and dads it’s a cash bar along with snacks and juice boxes for all! Our new home World Café Live in University City is the place to be! Tickets are $14. per person.

World Café Live
3025 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104