[2022/08/20] bar hopping around center city Philly

AR and KC invited KF and me out for a night of bar hopping in the city with them. I was not so muchin the mood today, because I realized that I couldn’t find my wallet anywhere – not sure if it’s in Japan, Chicago, or Philly… Also, I was in the middle of many errands and complicated things. Still, KF encouraged me to get dressed and hang out.

We started off with Yakitori Boy (211 N 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107) – a Japanese restaurant with skewers and Japanese cuisine. I ordered a gyudon and grilled squid and was not at all impressed. I couldn’t finish the beef bowl because it was wrongly flavored IMO. Only the chicken gizzard skewer was good for me.

After that, we tried out 4 bars:

  • McGillin’s Olde Ale House (1310 Drury St, Philadelphia, PA 19107)
  • The Cauldron (1305 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107)
  • Down Nightclub Philadelphia (262 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102)
  • Blind Barber (1325 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19107)

My personal favorite was The Cauldron. It was medieval-themed, just like the settings in The Witcher, which KF and I both enjoy watching together. It also had some fun molecular gastronomy cocktails – the types that are worth paying for and aren’t safe to be made at home. We all ordered fun blobby greeny shots together (twice). The drink tasted like syrup, but it cost only around 6 bucks each and the process of making was enjoyable to watch! My second favorite was McGillin’s Olde Ale House. It is the oldest tavern in Philly and is still being run by the same family. I think that was also my first time learning what a jukebox is and how you can pay to request your songs.

We headed back at around midnight, super exhausted and sleepy. We also chugged a ton of water, hoping that we won’t have to experience a hangover the next day. In the end, I’m glad that I agreed to go because it was such a unique and fun experience! And KC and AR are my good friends – always love partying. I need more of them in life to try out more places.

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