It’s Red October, baby! To celebrate the Philadelphia Phillies’ second consecutive trip to the National League Championship Series, the City of Brotherly Love is brimming with playoff watch parties, themed beverages and bites, discounted offerings, and much more. We’ve compiled a list of our go-to locales for watching the Phillies take on the Diamondbacks starting on Monday, October 16, plus where to sip, snack, and shop, from businesses on East Passyunk Avenue, as well as Butcher Bar, Dock Street Brewing Company, El Merkury, Gaul & Co. Malt House, The Hayes, MilkBoy, and The Twisted Tail.
Butcher Bar, the Rittenhouse hub for comfort food, an expansive brown spirits collection, and grilled fare that hearkens to the local butcher’s revered place in American culture, is getting in the spirit this Red October with a cherry-red cocktail special available during games: The Atta Boy ($12), comprised with Coopers’ Craft Barrel Reserve Bourbon, sweet vermouth, Campari, and smoked muddled cherries, is served over ice in a rocks glass and available to enjoy in both front and back bar areas — as well in the dining rooms — while games are on. Plus: Butcher Bar’s front bar, and back bar located in The Patio, will be playing games live on TV with sound on.
Butcher Bar | 2034 Chestnut St | www.butcherbarphilly.com | @butcherbarphl
Dock Street Brewing Company,
Philadelphia’s award-winning woman-owned and operated original craft brewery founded in 1985, is toasting to Red October with Phillies playoff watch parties and food and beverage specials available at Dock Street South for every NLCS game (note: Dock Street is closed Mondays.) Games will be played on the Point Breeze brewhouse’s large projector screen with sound.
Food specials for game watch include Deviled Eggs ($5), Buffalo Chicken Tenders ($6), Tots ($6), Beef Sliders ($8), Americana Pie ($10), and Tomato Pie ($10). In terms of beverages, fans can get excited for:
- Signature Cocktail ($10)
- Mystery Shot ($5)
- Citywide ($6) Dock Street Bohemian Pilsner + shot of bourbon
- Worldwide ($11) Shot of Vicio Mezcal + 6 oz Porter
- $1 off drafts
Hours of operation at Dock Street South: Tuesday 11am – 9pm; Wednesday and Thursday 11am – 10pm; Friday 11am – 11pm; Saturday 10am – 11pm; Sunday 10am – 9pm
Dock Street South | 2218 Washington Ave | 215.337.3103 | www.dockstreetbeer.com
East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District (EPABID), home to more than 160 independently-owned businesses in the heart of South Philadelphia, is the go-to destination for playoff watch parties, pre-game food and drink, post-game night caps, and even, one-of-a-kind gear to wear during each NLCS game. Located just shy of two miles north of Citizens Bank Park. East Passyunk Avenue boasts a bevy of Phillies-centric specials and wares, as well as venues to catch the game, from locales including:
- Pistola’s Del Sur (1934 E Passyunk Ave): Nachorita Special comprised of Octubre Rojo ($11), a strawberry-flavored mezcal margarita, Veggie Nachos ($11), and $7 house margaritas — available during every NLCS game (plus: multiple TVs will air the game with sound turned on)
- Cartesian Brewing (1326 E Passyunk Ave): Viewing parties with sound on, plus $20 pitchers of almost all of Cartesian Brewing’s signature beers — available during NLCS games
- NRS Boutique (1822 E Passyunk Ave): Vintage Phillies apparel made custom by Owner Nicole Rae Styer, featuring a wide selection of sweatshirts, headbands, t-shirts, hats, jackets, and more
For more information about East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District, visit www.visiteastpassyunk.com or follow EPABID at www.facebook.com/eastpassyunk | Instagram: @eastpassyunk | Twitter: @EPassyunkAve
El Merkury, Philadelphia’s home for scratch-made Central American street food, is ready to hit a home run with an exciting (and delicious!) twist on its signature dessert — churros. While the restaurant’s churros are always a sight to behold, Philadelphia foodies can show some love for the home team with El Merkury’s limited-edition mini “P” churros, dusted in red edible glitter. Whether baseball fans are hosting a watch party, staying home to enjoy the game, or looking for a post-win pick-me-up, there are options for everyone. El Merkury will be selling Phillies-themed churros for all types of occasions, including 4/$7 available for in-store purchase, or 25/$60 and 50/$120 available for purchase online.
El Merkury | Rittenhouse: 2104 Chestnut St | Reading Terminal Market: 51 N 12th St | www.elmerkury.com | @elmerkury
Gaul & Co. Malt House, the neighborhood gastropub known for good food, booze, and people, and home of the “Wit-or-Witowski” Kielbasa Cheesesteak, is all geared up and saying “Go Phils!” throughout the upcoming NLCS with Red October food and drink specials, available at both the Port Richmond and Rockledge locations. Fans can enjoy $5 Red Hot October Chicken Sandwich, a mouthwatering riff on the classic buffalo chicken sandwich, as well as $15 domestic buckets(Bud Lite, Coors Lite, Michelob Ultra, and Miller Lite) during each Championship game. The game will be displayed on TVs throughout both restaurants (with sound on), but the Port Richmond location will also project the action on their main stage.
Hours of operation: Monday through Wednesday, 11am – 12am, Thursday and Friday, 11am – 2am, and Saturday and Sunday, 9am – 2am
2619 E Indiana Avenue, Philadelphia, PA | 215.423.7878 | www.gaulandco.com
704 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA | 215.935.6443 | www.gaulandco.com
The Hayes, Midtown Village’s new contemporary American tavern and gastropub from acclaimed Chef Townsend Wentz, boasts a bevy of Red October food and drink specials available during every NLCS game (except Monday, October 16) in addition to screening the game (with sound) on two adjacent televisions, bookending the sweeping mahogany bar, as well as on the massive TV in the main dining room.
Phillies fans catching the championship series at The Hayes can enjoy $1 wings, $2 buck-a-shuck oysters, $1 off draft beer, $8 Margaritas & Old Fashioneds, $7 wine (red, white, rosé), and $7 appetizers including Hummus (pickled vegetables, housemade pita), Spicy Charred Broccoli (passada, furikake, chili oil), and Baked Feta (cherry tomatoes, confit garlic).
Hours of operation: Tuesday 4 – 10pm, Wednesday, Thursday, & Sunday 12 – 10pm, Friday & Saturday 12pm – 12am.
1123 Walnut Street, Philadelphia | 215.982.2192 | www.thehayesphl.com
MilkBoy, the iconic Philadelphia-born brand known for booze, bites, and music, is a sports enthusiasts haven for watch parties, top notch bar fare, and a wide array of spirits, local brews, and craft cocktails. Available starting on Monday, October 16 and running through the NLCS, both the MilkBoy South Street and MilkBoy Philly locations will offer featured fare and beverages during the games such as $12 wings (8 ct.) served with Red October sauce (a zesty and vibrant red Thai chili). Over on 11th and Chestnut Streets, MilkBoy Philly is serving up an indulgent BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich ($13) comprised of chipotle bbq, Cooper sharp, pickles, and a milk bun.
As for libations during the game, MilkBoy Philly will offer $5 Leinenkugel drafts and an aptly dubbed tipple, Red October ($13), prepared with Santa Familia Añejo Cristalino Tequila, triple sec, tart cherry, lime juice, and agave, and MilkBoy South Street has a host of drink specials in-store including $4 Red October Shot, $3 Miller Lite Pounder, $6 Strikeout (Miller Lite & Red October shot), $6 Schwarbomb (Vegas bomb shots), and $8 Atta Boy Harper (tequila, lime, strawberry, agave). In addition to food and drink, both venues sport multiple TVs (with sound) for easy access to game-day action.
Hours of operation at MilkBoy South Street: Sunday through Tuesday 11am – 12am; Wednesday through Saturday 11am – 1am
Hours of operation at MilkBoy Chestnut Street: Monday through Friday 7am – 2am; Saturday & Sunday 11am – 2am
The Twisted Tail, Headhouse Square’s Southern-inspired restaurant, bar and live music venue boasting one of Philly’s largest brown spirits collections, invites Phillies fans to its second-floor Club Room for all of the NLCS playoff games. The Twisted Tail will be offering an extended social hour menu for the entirety of each game, including:
- Beer-battered Cheese Curds ($6)
- Crawfish Mac & Cheese ($5)
- Buttermilk Chicken Sandwich ($7)
- Pulled Pork Empanada ($7)
- 1/2 Dozen Buck-a-Shuck Oysters ($6)
- And more….
Beverage specials include half off draft beers and $5 house wine.
The Twisted Tail’s Club Room boasts multiple TVs, shuffleboard, darts, plus couches and lounge areas.
Hours of operation: Monday-Thursday 4-10pm, Friday 4pm-12am, Saturday 11am-12am, Sunday 10am-10pm.
509 S 2nd. St | 215.558.2471 | www.thetwistedtail.com
– Nicole Schofield