by Aly M. on
Oscar's is one of my favorite spots in Center City. I'm definitely partial to dive bars and it's awesome that Philly manages to keep a decent handful of them downtown as an alternative to the sea of shitty overpriced bars with lines full of douchebag college kids and/or young professionals who don't know better than paying $5+ for a Yuengling. Like everyone else mentioned, you can't beat their huge $3 drafts and their mixed drinks are strong and cheap too. Oscar's is kind of like McGlinchy's except that the waitresses aren't all constantly miserable and you're more likely to end up sitting next to the neighborhood shoeshine guy (literally) than a bunch of aging hipsters. Also, after like 6 or so when you order a cheesesteak you get an additional half for free. It's a good deal and also an excuse to eat a cheesesteak and half, which you'll need to soak up all that alcohol you probably shouldn't have consumed immediately after work on a weekday... This is definitely a stop in for a drink, end up tore up by 8:30pm kind of bar, which warrants a glowing review in my eyes.
by Horace L. on
Saw Sara Bareilles here a few months back. We got the special pass thing that came with the dinner. Not too bad for however much I paid since it came with dinner and a seat on the balcony. I wanted to mount my cam with a gorillapod on the railing, but the waitress wouldn't let me cause they were afraid I was filming... on a point an shoot? Lighten up... Anyhow, it's a great place to see some live music. update: because someone decided to unfairly flame me, i should add that there were at least 4 cameras on the floor filming from the front, and 5 people, without photo passes, taking pictures with dslr style cameras with what appeared to be canon L lenses.
by Jammie Buchner on
The El Rio giveth and the El Rio taketh away. Here is what I mean; They give you this great outdoor patio complete with trees and ladybugs.They take away enough chairs for everyone to sit on a sunny day and on occasion a ladybug dies making someone in your party sad. They give you a longer than usual, fantastic happy hour. They take away the pleasure of being able to truly enjoy it because this place is so far away that taking public transportation is so time consuming you end up not consuming because you drove. They give you live music. They take away the pool table to set up the bands. They give you shuffleboard. They take away your dignity by putting the table so close to the bar that some skeevy dude dry humps your ass every time you order a drink. They give you free wifi. They don't open until 5, once your workday is over, which is when the wifi would really come in handy. They give you a good selection of beers. They take away your ability to properly process the beer by providing only 1 bathroom, which always has a line and is questionably close to being condemned...oh, and they also give you powdered soap. This, in my book means that they give you soap that elicits nightmares of junior high. I would prefer they take those memories away, thank you very much! I try and try and try to love El Rio. The bartenders are great and they have so many qualities that should make then great. I just can't seem to get the full warm fuzzy feeling. I swear it has nothing to do with seeing a ladybug plummet to its death.