Philadelphia

Where to Watch the Olympics in Philly

Go for the gold.

Dock Street Brewery
Dock Street Brewery
Dock Street Brewery

Originally scheduled for 2020 (before you know what happened), the Tokyo Summer Olympics are finally on this year. That means hours upon hours of gymnastics, beach volleyball, swimming, and track and field events for your viewing pleasure.

Since sports are more fun to watch surrounded by other cheering fans, make your way to any of the following bars which will have the games playing on TVs and projectors for two-ish weeks from July 23 to August 8. Each has plenty of space to root for your favorite athletes and teams, and some are even offering Olympic-sized specials in honor of the summer games.

City Tap House
City Tap House
City Tap House

City Tap House Logan Square

Logan Square
After reopening just a few weeks ago, City Tap is back in the business of beer, mac & cheese, and nachos. Grab a seat at the bar and watch the games on the huge screens at the Logan Square location of City Tap House. As for the drink in your hand, they’ll serve $5 Founders Solid Gold drafts and a $7 specialty cocktail throughout the course of the Olympics.
How to book: Via website

Devil’s Den

Passyunk Square
The South Philly gastropub will screen the games on the bar’s TV for indoor diners and folks at the bar. As for specials, Devil’s Den is offering $1 off Founders Brewing Co. Solid Gold Lager, All Day IPA, and Más Agave Premium Strawberry Hard Seltzer cans during the duration of the games. You’d be remiss without a serving or two of mussels, too.
How to book: Walk in

Dock Street Brewery
Dock Street Brewery
Dock Street Brewery

Dock Street Brewery South

Point Breeze
Go for gold at this brewery serving stellar wood-fired pizzas with daily screenings of the Olympics on the TVs behind the bar and on their giant projector screen (save for quizzo nights on Wednesdays). Don’t forget to try the seasonal beers on tap, like the Summer Haze pale ale and Fera Bestia fruited sour ale.
How to book: Walk in

Evil Genius Beer Company
Evil Genius Beer Company
Evil Genius Beer Company

Evil Genius

Fishtown
The Fishtown brewery with quippy beer names hosts a number of Olympic-themed events over the next few weeks. Snap a pic for the ‘gram at the sporty photo station on July 23, July 24, and July 31 (featuring props to make your photo pop). On July 27 and August 3, watch the games and play bingo for prizes. Other sporty happenings include pong and cornhole games on July 30 and August 5, respectively; athletic movie screenings (“Space Jam” anyone?) on July 29 and August 1; and the Olympic 0.5K on August 8, which tasks athletes to walk, jog, run, skip, etc. 0.5 kilometers for free beer and swag.
How to book: Walk in or get tickets to the Olympic 0.5K here

McGillin’s Olde Ale House

Center City
The oldest continually operating tavern in the city offers specials fit for Olympic athletes. Try the Star Spangled Salad (mixed greens, strawberries, blueberries, bleu cheese, candied walnuts, grilled chicken, mixed berry vinaigrette); Red, White, and Bleu Burger (8-ounce angus burger, roasted red peppers, caramelized onions, bleu cheese, served on a brioche bun, side of fries) or featured cocktails Gold Medal Mimosa (champagne, orange juice, grenadine, served in a gold sugar-rimmed champagne flute with a flag and maraschino cherry) and Tokyo Twist (gin, vodka, rum, tequila, lemon-lime soda, melon liqueur, garnished with an orange and lemon wedge and flag).
How to book: Walk in

Misconduct Tavern
Misconduct Tavern
Misconduct Tavern

Misconduct Tavern

Rittenhouse and Logan Square
Both locations of this soccer bar will air the games on multiple TVs starting at noon until close at 2 am for the duration of the Olympics. Try a daiquiri or some wings while you’re at it. They’re open for both indoor and outdoor dining. 
How to book: Walk in

Separatist Beer Project
Separatist Beer Project
Separatist Beer Project

Separatist Beer Project

East Passyunk
Stop by East Passyunk for Easton-made beer and watch the Olympics on the in-house projector while you’re at it. On draft right now is a double IPA with orange and vanilla, a mango hard seltzer, an Aperol spritz, and more. 
How to book: Walk in

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Allie Volpe is a contributor for Thrillist.

Philadelphia

Museum Exhibits in Philly to Check Out Before They Disappear

Get in some culture (and selfies) at the best art exhibits in Philadelphia.

Photo courtesy of Disney
Photo courtesy of Disney
Photo courtesy of Disney

From the historical to the artistic, Philadelphia is jam packed with museums. Art aficionados of all ages can get lost inside the likes of tourist-friendly museums like the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Museum of the American Revolution or feast their eyes on unique exhibitions at institutions like the Fabric Workshop and Museum and the Museum for Art In Wood.

Between big-ticket exhibitions honouring the House of Mouse to collections showcasing the legacy of a prominent Black family in early America, there’s plenty of material to dig into. After you’ve planned a date night and rounded up friends to explore the city, here are the most exciting museum exhibits in Philly right now-before they’re gone for good.

Photo courtesy of Disney
Photo courtesy of Disney
Photo courtesy of Disney

The Franklin Institute

Exhibition: Disney 100: The Exhibition
Mickey Mouse, you look good for your age. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Disney is a retrospective exhibition, which got its world premiere right here in Philly. Between rarely-seen artworks and artifacts, costumes and props, and interactive installations where you can listen to hit Disney songs, the exhibit is a Disney lover’s wish-upon-a-star-come-true.
Dates: Until August 27, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Monday through Sunday. Tickets are available online and at the door.

Photo by Ramon Torres, courtesy of ANS
Photo by Ramon Torres, courtesy of ANS
Photo by Ramon Torres, courtesy of ANS

Academy of Natural Sciences

Exhibition: Conversations With Birds
No, not an allusion to the Eagles, this exhibition is dedicated to actual birds, their migration patterns, and humans’ relationship with avian creatures. Expect avian photography and video by local birders and wildlife photographers along with an interactive exhibit showing five migratory birds that pass through the Philadelphia region on their seasonal passage between North and South America.
Dates: Until May 21, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Tickets are available online or at the door.

The Barnes Foundation

Exhibition: Sue Williamson & Lebohang Kganye: Tell Me What You Remember
The work of two contemporary South African artists-Sue Williamson and Lebohang Kganye-are shown side by side, offering a cross-generational dialogue. Both artists utilize video installations, photographs, sculptural installations, and textiles “to consider how the stories our elders tell us shape family narratives and personal identities.”
Dates: Until May 21, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Thursday through Monday. Advanced tickets are recommended.

Photo by Jonathan Horowitz
Photo by Jonathan Horowitz
Photo by Jonathan Horowitz

Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History

Exhibition: The Future Will Follow the Past: An Exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz
Exploring the rapid change of societal issues in America since 2020-antisemitism, racial violence, immigration, women’s rights, LGBTQIA+ rights-Jonathan Horowitz designed installations inspired by recent occurrences. His works explore specific events like the infamous far-right rally from white supremacists in Charlottesville as well as recent themes in American history, like attacks on those within the BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities.
Dates: Until July 4, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Friday through Sunday. Admission is available online and at the door.

Photo by Hoda Tawakol
Photo by Hoda Tawakol
Photo by Hoda Tawakol

The Museum for Art In Wood

Exhibition: The Mashrabiya Project
The newly renamed Museum for Art in Wood (formerly The Center for Art In Wood) celebrates the rebrand with a brand new project. Focusing on mashrabiya, the traditional Islamic architectural design, The Mashrabiya Project is a first of its kind effort in the U.S. to examine this aesthetic. As a part of the larger mission, a new exhibition Seeing Through Space features newly-commissioned, never-before-seen works by six female-identifying artists.
Dates: Until July 23, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Tickets are not required.

Photo by Carlos Avenda├▒o
Photo by Carlos Avenda├▒o
Photo by Carlos Avenda├▒o

Fabric Workshop and Museum

Exhibition: Henry Taylor: Nothing Change, Nothing Strange
Combining painting and sculpture, Henry Taylor utilized recycled objects in this exhibition, the product of an 18-month residency. The entire second floor of the museum houses the large scale assemblages, tapestries, and textiles. Think: 30-foot billowing canvases and towering totems created from compressed blocks of paint buckets, vinyl home siding, and black plastic planters.
Dates: Until July 23, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Walk up admission is available but advanced registration is encouraged.

Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art
Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art
Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Exhibition: Judith Joy Ross
More than 200 photographs from renowned portrait photographer Judith Joy Ross will be on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, chronicling her career from the 1980s to today. Her black-and-white portraits are intimate reflections of everyday Americans, and this show features work from all her major projects, plus, never-before-seen images.
Dates: April 24 to August 6, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Thursday through Monday. Advanced tickets are recommended.

American Swedish Historical Museum

Exhibition: Radically Marimekko
Famous for their bright and bold fabrics, Finnish textiles, clothing, and home furnishings, the company Marimekko is showcased at this special exhibit. Drawing attention to Finnish design, the collection traces the brand’s path from industrial art house to fashion icon.
Dates: March 30 to September 24, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. Walk up admission is available.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and African American Museum in Philadelphia

Exhibition: Rising Sun: Artists in an Uncertain America
A collaboration between the African American Museum in Philadelphia and PAFA, Rising Sun showcases new work from 20 artists examining the question of Is the sun rising or setting on the experiment of American democracy? With pieces shown in both museums, visitors can reflect on, challenge, and expand their view of democracy through art.
Dates: March 23 to October 8, 2023
How to visit: The African American Museum in Philadelphia is open Thursday through Sunday; admission is available online and at the door. PAFA is open Thursday through Sunday; admission can be purchased in advance or at the door.

Museum of the American Revolution
Museum of the American Revolution
Museum of the American Revolution

Museum of the American Revolution

Exhibition: Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia
James Forten may not be a familiar name within early American history, but this new exhibit at the Museum of the American Revolution is looking to change that. Telling the story of Forten and his family through 100 historical artifacts, Black Founders explores the Forten family’s roles in the Revolutionary War, business in Philadelphia, and the abolitionist movement.
Dates: Until November 26, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open daily. Admission is available online and at the door.

National Constitution Center
National Constitution Center
National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

Exhibition: The 19th Amendment: How Women Won The Vote
That lofty document known as the Constitution and its values, interpretations, and amendments are explored in great detail at the National Constitution Center, naturally. This semi-permanent exhibit examines the 19th Amendment-the one which granted women the right to vote-and the road to its ratification. Out of the near 100 artifacts, expect to see a rare printing of the Declaration of Sentiments from the first women’s convention at Seneca Falls, a ballot box used to collect women’s votes in the late 1800s, Pennsylvania’s ratification copy of the 19th Amendment, and various “Votes for Women” ephemera.
Dates: Semi-permanent, no end date announced
How to visit: The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Advanced tickets are recommended.

M├╝tter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
M├╝tter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
M├╝tter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

M├╝tter Museum

Exhibition: Spit Spreads Death
Eerily topical, the M├╝tter’s latest special exhibit, Spit Spreads Death, an exhibit about the 1918 flu pandemic, opened in the fall of 2019, less than six months before the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The exhibit traces the disease’s spread throughout Philadelphia neighbourhoods a century ago and how the pandemic impacted the city with artifacts like photos, newspaper clippings, and more.
Dates: Now through 2024
How to visit: The museum is open Wednesday through Monday. Advanced tickets are required.

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Allie Volpe┬áis a writer based in Philadelphia. She hasn’t slept in days. Follow her on Twitter:┬á@allieevolpe.

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