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Where to Celebrate Labor Day Weekend in Philly

August 26, 2021 – Labor Day Weekend is right around the corner! For everyone staying local, not to worry – there are plenty of options to enjoy in the city of brotherly love, including yoga on East Passyunk Avenue, extended brunch service from Square 1682, live entertainment at Franky Bradley’s, artisanal bottled cocktails at Art in the Age, bites and bubbly at Assembly Rooftop Lounge, and a dance party at MilkBoy Philly. 

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Art in the Age, Old City’s esteemed tasting room, home bar supply, and bottle shop that hosts an extensive line of spirits from both the Art in the Age and Tamworth Distilling lines, invites Philly-bound imbibers to sip on a hand-crafted artisanal bottled cocktail — chilled to perfection — in the lush, dog-friendly Cocktail Garden, located outside the shop on North Third Street. Tipples available from the summer menu include the Punch Drunk Love, Smoke Signals, Snap Pea Margarita, and more! While the shop is closed on Labor Day itself, cocktail lovers are welcomed all Labor Day Weekend long during standard hours of operation of Saturday 12-7pm and Sunday 12-6pm. 

Art in the Age also maintains a robust schedule of pop-ups in collaboration with Philly purveyors, including local favorites such as Moonraker Coffee Roasters and Lil Pop Shop. To learn more about pop-ups and all things happening at Art in the Age, follow the shop’s Instagram, @artintheage. 

Normal shop hours are as follows: Tuesday to Thursday from 12-6pm, Friday and Saturday from 12-7pm, and Sunday 12-6pm. Closed Mondays. 

116 N. Third St | 215.922.2600 | www.artintheage.com  

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Assembly Rooftop Lounge, Center City’s chic rooftop bar with panoramic views of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, is the ideal venue for dining al fresco over the long weekend. Come for the elegant fare and craft beverages, stay for the iconic views – especially this weekend when Philadelphia’s annual music festival and celebration Made in America is happening.  

This year, guests and festival-goers are invited to enjoy happy hour, available Tuesday through Saturday from 4pm – 6pm, with offerings spanning a robust menu of small bites, craft cocktails, beer, and wine by the glass.  

Normal hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 4 – 11pm. 

1840 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | 215.963.2723 | www.assemblyrooftop.com/ 

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Café Ynez, the Mexico-City inspired all-day diner located on Washington Avenue in South Philly, boasts an exquisite weekday and weekend brunch service and daily dinner offerings for folks staying in town for the holiday weekend to enjoy.  

Diners may dig into an array of dishes including the Tacos de Pescade, composed of pan-seared tilapia, topped with freshly made pineapple habanero salsa, sliced avocado, lettuce, cotija cheese, served with a side of sour cream, and placed on a soft corn tortilla.  

For Brunch-lovers, Café Ynez is serving up perfectly-plated dishes Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 3pm including the Breakfast Burrito, prepared with potato-chorizo hash, crispy bacon, scrambled eggs, lettuce, topped off with cheddar and pepper jack cheese, pickled jalapenos, a dollop of sour cream, black refried beans, packed in a whole wheat tortilla, and served with a side of ensalada verde and the classic Omelette, prepared with a folded egg stuffed with ham, oaxaca cheese, fresh diced tomato, baby spinach, and served with a choice of side salad or crinkly breakfast potatoes.   

Standard hours of operation are Tuesday through Thursday from 10am – 9pm, Friday through Saturday 10am – 10pm, and brunch service Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 3pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.  

2025 Washington Ave | 215.278.7579 | www.cafeynez.com   

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East Passyunk Avenue, home to more than 160 independently-owned businesses in South Philadelphia, offers a chance to unwind and recoup with Labor Day Jawn, a specialized all-levels, all-people, all-practices vinyasa yoga class hosted by Palo Santo Yoga & Wellness on Monday, September 6 at 10am at 1707 E Passyunk Ave.  

Space is limited – therefore attendees are encouraged to register ahead of time via MindBody.  

Check out Palo Santo Yoga & Wellness for more information, including hours of operation and upcoming events. 

1904 E. Passyunk Avenue | www.visiteastpassyunk.com/   

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Franky Bradley’s, Mark Bee’s effervescent funk- and kitsch-filled nostalgic restaurant and bar in the heart of Center City’s Midtown Village, offers a jam-packed schedule of late summer events including an evening of Golden Girls-inspired drag with the buzzed about Hot Flashbacks: A Golden Girls Musical Adventure on Sunday, September 5 at 7pm.  

Enjoy the evening of laughter, surprises, and fun without the Sunday Scaries settling in. Purchase tickets for the hit musical here, and celebrate Labor Day Weekend with a bevy of snacks and sips from Franky Bradley’s brand-new, revamped menu.  

Hours of operation are Wednesday through Saturday from 5pm – 2am 

1320 Chancellor St | 215.735.0735 | www.frankybradleys.com/ 

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MilkBoy, the iconic Philadelphia-based brand consisting of concepts spanning bars, restaurants, live music venues and a prestigious recording studio, has one stellar Saturday night planned at MilkBoy Philly with a super spirited Savage: A Dance Party presented by Riot Nerd – spinning tracks from Megan Thee Stallion, Cardi B, Doja Cat, and more, on Saturday, September 4 from 9pm – 12am.  

Attendees can purchase tickets to the bash online here. In addition to the second-floor shindig, guests can join MilkBoy all weekend long for fare and libations. 

Hours of operation are Monday through Sunday from 7am – 2am. 

MilkBoy Philly | 1100 Chestnut St | 215925.6455 | www.milkboy.tv/chestnut-street 

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Sor Ynez, a Mexican inspired veg-focused restaurant is a go-to for quality, authentic Mexican fare and the ideal spot for dining out with friends to celebrate a three-day holiday weekend.  

Diners may enjoy signature dishes prepared by Executive Chef Alexis Tellez such as the Vegan Mixiote, composed of eggplant, chayote squash, nopales, celery root, kale, steamed in banana leaves, topped off with tangy chipotle sauce, and served with fried red onions and rice and the refreshing Shrimp Ceviche, prepared with flavorful poached shrimp, cucumber, red onion, lime juice, and Valentina hot sauce, served with tasty tostadas and salsa botana. In addition to dinner cuisine, imbibers can pair hors d’oeuvre and entrees with a bevy of different wines, Mexican beer, and craft cocktails.   

For folks looking to indulge in weekend brunch, Sor Ynez offers one fabulous Sunday brunch service [available every Sunday starting at 12pm] with brand-new, artfully-presented dishes including Pancakes Azteca and Huevos Rancheros. Available for dining indoors or al fresco on the recently revamped, sweeping patio. 

Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 4 – 9pm, Saturday from 12 – 9pm, and Sunday from 12 – 5pm. 

1800 N. American Street | 215-309-2582 | www.sorynez.com/  

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Square 1682, the modern American kitchen located at the intersection of 17th and Sansom streets, knows the proper way to celebrate a three-day holiday weekend is with a sensational brunch line-up. Guests may enjoy the crowd-pleasing weekend brunch service on Monday, September 6 from 9am – 2pm, in addition to Saturday and Sunday.  

Guests can indulge in signature offerings including Sweet Potato Hash, Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes, and Duck Wings & Waffles, and toast to Labor Day with a Mimosa, Bloody Mary, or one of their refreshing, seasonal cocktails.   

Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday 9am – 2pm for breakfast, 5 – 10pm for dinner, Saturday from 5 – 10pm for dinner, and Saturday and Sunday from 9am – 2pm for brunch service. Closed Sunday evening and Monday. 

121 South 17th Street | 215.563.5008 | www.square1682.com/ 

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-Alexis Levant