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Where to Celebrate National Watermelon Day in Philly

July 31, 2019- This summer the heat has hit, and temperatures are off the charts. But that’s no reason to stay inside! Get out and celebrate National Watermelon Day this Saturday, August 3 with refreshing, colorful food and drinks from a slew of Philly’s favorite restaurants and bars. Nothing says summer quite like the bright red and green colors of a juicy watermelon or crisp, fresh sliced watermelon radish.

Stay hydrated with Cafe Ynez’s watermelon gazpacho or head over to MilkBoy for a Hell or High Watermelon wheat beer. Check out the full list of restaurants and bars below offering juicy watermelon treats you can find all over Philly this weekend!

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Art in the Age, Old City’s one-of-a-kind tasting room, home bar supply and bottle shop, has created a stunning watermelon radish libation. The Garden Gimlet ($13) is the perfect summertime sipper and is made with White Mountain Gin, basil vermouth, fresh lime juice, Jack Ruby Elderflower tonic syrup, and garnished with fresh basil and watermelon radish.

116 N 3rd St. | 215.922.2600 | www.artintheage.com

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Café Ynez, the all-day Mexico City inspired café in Point Breeze, is offering a refreshing Watermelon Gazpacho made with watermelon and tomato purées, thickened with a touch of olive oil, and finished with a swig of vinegar. The gazpacho is $10 and is garnished with jumbo lump crab and fresh greens.

2025 Washington Ave | 215-278-7579 | http://cafeynez.com

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CO-OP Restaurant and Lounge, University City’s lively bar and restaurant located on the bustling corner of 33rd and Chestnut, is offing a twist on a classic Moscow Mule with a Watermelon Mule ($12), available exclusively on National Watermelon Day. Made with PA-local vodka and ginger beer, the mule is sweetened up with watermelon ice cubes and garnish.

20 South 33rd Street | 215-398-1874 | https://www.coopphilly.com

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MilkBoy, Philadelphia’s dynamic duo of restaurants, bars, and live music venues, invites imbibers to stop by the busting corner of Chestnut and 11st Sts and sip on 21st Amendment Brewery’s watermelon infused Hell or High Watermelon wheat beer. For $6 a can, this watermelon-y brew is ideal for summertime sipping.

1100 Chestnut St. | 215-925-6455 | milkboyphilly.com

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Red Owl Tavern, located across the street from Independence Hall, is offering guests a colorful slice of summer for dinner. Available for $12, the Garden Toast is made with watermelon radish, carrots, pea leaves, cherry tomatoes, snap peas and dressed with Green Goddess.

433 Chestnut St. | 215-923-2267 | redowltavern.com

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Royal Boucherie, Old City’s lively American brasserie from award-winning chef Nicholas Elmi, is offering Albacore Tuna Crudo with watermelon jus, Japanese ginger, radish and cucumber for $14 for National Watermelon Day.

52 South 2nd St |267-606-6313 | www.royalboucherie.com

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Square 1682, located at the bustling corner of 17th and Sansom Sts, is offering not one, but two refreshing watermelon libations for National Watermelon Day. Guests can enjoy a Watermelon Shandy ($6), made with wheat beer and fresh watermelon juice over ice, and the Madison’s Square Garden ($13), made with Tanquerat Gin, watermelon, honey, basil, and lime.

121 South 17th St | 215.563.5008 | www.square1682.com

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The Twisted Tail, Headhouse Square’s lively Southern-influenced restaurant and bar, is turning up the heat with a delicious Grilled Sea Bass ($22). Made with herb vinaigrette, snap peas, and watermelon radish, dinner guests can enjoy their flavorful fish at one of the many umbrella’d tables flanking Headhouse Square or inside the cool dining room.

509 S. 2nd St.|215.558.2471| www.thetwistedtail.com

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Townsend, the eponymous French restaurant from Chef Townsend Wentz, is offering its Tasting Menu’s first course of Crab & Pastèque Salad for National Watermelon Day. This elevated French take on a watermelon salad is made with compressed watermelon, black olive, lime, and frisée.

1623 East Passyunk Ave | 267-639-3203 | https://www.townsendphl.com

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Urban Farmer, Philly’s rustic-chic modern steakhouse, is offering a refreshing gin and watermelon libation called the Farmer 215 for National Watermelon Day. Made with Bluecoat Gin, kefir lime, watermelon, lime juice, and garnished with mint, this bright pink cocktail is $14 and only available on August 3.

1850 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | 215.963.2788 | www.urbanfarmerphiladelphia.com

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– Johanna Ure