*Royal Boucherie, High Street on Market, Continental, Cuba Libre, Khyber Pass Pub, Red Owl Tavern and others to celebrate the start of summer outdoors*


 Old City District showcases its thriving dining scene with the return of Old City Eats! Old City Eats kicks off on the First Day of Summer, Thursday, June 21, with the Old City Eats Block Party on 2nd Street between Market and Chestnut Streets from 5:00-9:00pm.  This includes an expansion into the parking lot on 2nd Street with even more food and entertainment in 2018!

Restaurants and food trucks filled 2nd Street for Old City Eats Block Party

The outdoor Old City Eats Block Party will feature over 20 Old City restaurants.  Stroll 2nd Street and enjoy live music as Old City showcases a wide variety of styles and flavors while highlighting some of the neighborhood’s best food and drinks! Enjoy the sounds of the Nick Salcido Trio performing live jazz at Sassafras, John McGillin & Friends playing Irish tunes at the Plough & the Stars, and DJ Decybals joined by dancers from AlgoRhythm Studio at Cuba Libre bringing some Latin heat! Plus, the just-opened Nauti Mermaid Crab House + Piano Bar will bring dueling pianos for some lively and interactive sing-a-longs.

“The Old City Eats Kickoff Block Party celebrates the start of summer with Old City’s incredible lineup of dining options,” said Old City District Executive Director Job Itzkowitz. “Grab a bite, a drink, and enjoy the tastes of Old City while taking in some amazing music! The block party is back for a second year to kick-off our successful summer-long program Old City Eats.”

Starting the night of the Kickoff Block Party, Old City Eats runs every Thursday through August 30, 2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. More than 25 participating restaurants and bars will offer at least one half-priced small plate and at least one $4 beer featuring Penn Beer and one $5 cocktail featuring Faber Liquors.

Old City Eats spotlights the best of Old City’s culinary scene all summer long, that now includes over 80 restaurants, bars, coffee shops and other eateries. Old City Eats weekly happy hour features food, cocktails and atmospheres that

The Cintron Band performs on the patio at Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar

that will appeal to every taste.

Offerings are designed to appeal to neighborhood locals, to business people looking to enjoy sips with their co-workers, and to visiting tourists exploring America’s most historic square mile.

“Our focus for Old City Eats is spotlighting the neighborhood’s impressive and evolving list of dining options,” said Old City District Executive Director Job Itzkowitz. “With more than 25 restaurants and bars participating, there’s something to appeal to every palette, including Italian, Cuban, Mexican, British and other global cuisines. We have as diverse of a culinary scene as anywhere in the city! Whether you visit an old favorite or experience something new, Old City Eats will take you on a culinary journey that will last all summer long.”

This year, Old City Eats is sponsored by Penn Beer, Faber Liquors, Single Prop and Parkway.

Old City Eats Block Party Participants:

Bleu Martini
24 S. 2nd Street
Block Party Menu:
Small Plate: Cajun Shrimp Cornbread, Cheesesteak Egg Rolls, Bleu’s Signature Fries
Cocktail: $5 Moscato Get Another One + Endless Summer
Beer: $6 Stella Artois, $5 Bud Light

233 Chestnut Street
Block Party Menu:
Small Plate: Tuna Conserva on Crostini w/ Olive Relish
Cocktail: TBA
Beer: TBA

Common Wealth Old City
319 Market Street
Block Party Menu:
Small Plate: Shrimp Po Boy Tacos w/ Cajun Remoulade
Cocktail: Travelers Passage Martini w/ Faber Vodka-soaked Pineapples
Beer: Troegs Sunshine Pilsner

Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar
138 Market Street
Block Party Menu:
Small Plate: Cheesesteak Egg Rolls with Sriracha Ketchup [RENEE–WHICH per email?]
Cocktail: Honeysuckle (Single Prop Rum, Lime Juice, Honey)
Beer: Kona Big Wave Blonde Ale

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
10 S. 2nd Street
Block Party Menu:
Small Plate: Mama Amelia’s Empanadas
Cocktail: $5 Classic Mojito featuring Faber Liquors
Beer: Victory Summer Wheat

High Street on Market
308 Market Street
Block Party Menu:
Small Plate: Smoked Mini Pastrami sliders, includes Russian dressing, cole slaw
Cocktail: Faber Punch
Beer: Victory Prima Pils

JJ Bootleggers
35 S. 2nd Street
Block Party Menu:
Small Plate: Mac n Cheese, Boneless Wings
Cocktail: Faber Rum Runner
Beer: Goose Island

Khyber Pass Pub
56 S. 2nd Street
Block Party Menu:
Small Plate: BBQ pork and Vegan BBQ sliders
Cocktail: $5 Faber Hurricanes
Beer: $5 Victory Braumeister Pils

Lucha Cartel
207 Chestnut Street
Block Party Menu:
Small Plate: Empanadas (Chicken and Mushroom)
Cocktail: Faber margarita (Faber tequila, lime juice and simple syrup)
Beer: $4 Presidente

National Mechanics
22 S. 3rd Street
Block Party Menu:
Appetizer: Chicken Hand Pie w/ Corn, Red Bell Peppers, Sweet Peas, Leeks
Cocktail: Strawberry Daiquiri
Beer: $4 New Belgium Fat Tire

Nauti Mermaid Crab House + Piano Bar
110 Chestnut Street
Block Party Menu:
Small Plate: Crab Cake Sandwich
Cocktail: TBA
Beer: TBA

Nick’s Bar & Grille
16 S. 2nd Street
Block Party Menu:
Small Plate: ½ off Pulled Pork Nachos and Select Appetizers
Cocktail: Faber Vodka Cocktails
Beer: $12 Rolling Rock buckets

The Plough & the Stars
123 Chestnut Street, enter on 2nd Street
Old City Eats Menu:
Small Plate: TBA
Cocktail: Old City Iced Tea featuring Faber Liquors
Beer: $5 pints of Hoegaarden

Red Owl Tavern
433 Chestnut Street
Block Party Menu:
Small Plate: Ribs
Cocktail: TBA
Beer: TBA

Revolution House
200 Market Street
Block Party Menu:
Appetizer: Firecracker Shrimp, Guacamole + Malanga Chips
Cocktail: Faber Vodka, Pineapple Juice, Strawberry Liquor, and Orange, Lime Juice
Beer: Victory Summer Love

Keating’s Rope & Anchor Bar + Kitchen*
201 S. Columbus Boulevard
Block Party Menu:
Small Plate: Teriyaki-Glazed Short Ribs w/ Slaw
Cocktail: Fire Fly (Keystone Rail Service Vodka, Grapefruit Juice and a dash of Grenadine)
Beer: Bud Light, Budweiser, Magic Hat #9 and Michelob Ultra

Royal Boucherie*
52 S. 2nd Street
Block Party Menu:
Small Plate: Barbajawns (Melted Leeks, Garlic Mustard, Wild Onion Creme)
Cocktail: Royal Punch (white rums, gin, spiced hibiscus syrup, lemon, orange blossom and rose waters, soda – featuring Single Prop and Faber Liquors)
Beer: Troegs

48 S. 2nd Street
Block Party Menu
Small Plate: 1/2 off Deviled Eggs, Chips & Dip, Wings, Everything Pretzel, Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog
Cocktail: Single Prop Rum Hibiscus Mojito
Beer: TBA

Sto’s Bar
236 Market Street
Block Party Menu:
Small Plate: $7 Eats Platter (fried pickles, scrapple, chicken dippers)
Cocktail: $5 well drinks (featuring Faber Liquors)
Beer: $3 select beer (featuring Penn Beer)

Additional Block Participants:

The Franklin Fountain
116 Market Street
Block Party Menu:
Scoops of ice cream on cups and cones, including Honeycomb Ice Cream
Ice Cream Soda: Ladies’ Choice (Raspberry Soda with Peach ice cream topped with Sweet Cream and crushed Raspberries)

United By Blue
205 Race Street
Block Party Menu:

For the latest information as well as a list of activities and attractions to pair with Old City Eats and the kick-off block party on June 21, visit oldcitydistrict.org, follow @OldCityDistrict on Twitter, Like Old City District on Facebook and follow @oldcityphilly on Instagram!


The Old City District is a special services district, managed by a board of directors drawn from area commercial property owners, business people and residents.  Located in the most historic square mile of the United States, Old City is a unique blend of historic influence and modern lifestyles. Old City has reinvented itself from foundries, factories and warehouse spaces into the residential, retail, dining and cultural destination of the city with art galleries, restaurants, and upscale retail boutiques and historic tours. www.oldcitydistrict.org.


A full line of simple, easy-drinking liquors, including vodka, gin and a variety of flavored vodkas that are true to the fruits or the spices of each flavor, including cherry, pomegranate, citrus, orange, grape, chocolate, vanilla and raspberry.


Inspired by a local Caribbean tradition of drinking rum poured into fresh coconuts, this all-natural, premium drink is made with premium rum from the Caribbean islands and real coconut water. Available only in Original, but more options to come soon, including real coconut, mango, and pineapple.


At Penn Beer, we are driven by our passion & purpose for the products we sell and the industry we serve.

We’ve been in the beer business since 1953, and have grown to become one of the largest Anheuser-Busch wholesalers in the Northeast. In addition to Anheuser-Busch brands, we have partnerships with many world class international, craft, and local breweries. We proudly sell, market, and distribute these brands to over 2,200 licensees in three counties throughout the Philadelphia metropolitan area.


Parkway Corporation is a Philadelphia-based family, owned and operated company that has embraced the American Dream since 1930. For more than three generations of leadership, Parkway has acquired, developed, managed, sold and leased commercial parking facilities across the United States and Canada.

Throughout Parkway’s history it has been a strong supporter of local, regional, national, and international charitable organizations. Parkway’s commitment to improving the quality of life for others is an integral part of its business philosophy and supports more than 100 different agencies – from its annual United Way Campaign to cultural institutions, health and human service organizations, educational initiatives, and other public benefit causes that seek to improve the overall quality of life.

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