On the list of things to do this week: The (late) 2020 Olympic Games are here! And no matter what you think of the Olympics happening… during a pandemic… the athletes are in Tokyo and have been preparing for this moment their entire lives. Cheer on the athletes at one of the area’s many sports bars – and we’ve got a bar and restaurant guide featuring the Olympics.
What’s on my personal to-do list: To quote Parks and recreation characters Tom Haverford and Donna Meagle, my mantra this weekend is ‘Treat Yourself’. I’m going to have a facial at the spa at the Rittenhouse hotel.
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Here is one of the highlights of our weekly calendar of events:
Shakespeare at Clark Park 🎭 (Theater / in person / multiple days / free) The favorite summer tradition of Shakespeare at Clark Park returns to the West Philly space for an outdoor performance lasting almost a week. This year, artists combine circus movement and classical theater to tell the story of Shakespeare’s tale Pericles, prince of Tire. Reserved seating and open seating are available; reserved seats must be reserved online in advance. (Free, July 28-August 1, 7 p.m., 43rd Street and Chester Ave., shakespeareinclarkpark.org)
Find more this week’s events, and we even have a calendar of events for children, too much.
The (late) Tokyo 2020 Olympics are here, July 23 through August 8, with the ever-exciting Opening Ceremony kicking off on Friday, July 23 at 6:55 a.m.ET – and for those who are not awake. At that time, the opening ceremony will be rebroadcast Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. Many sports bars in the area will show the action, especially the big-ticket competitions like swimming, gymnastics and soccer. Check here for where to watch the Olympics guide and see a few of my picks below:
Choice of city center: Mcgillin. This favorite historic downtown bar has HDTVs and projection screens throughout its two-story space that will show the big Olympics, including gymnastics, swimming and soccer. Specials like the Gold Medal Mimosa and Red, White and Blue Burger will be available throughout the Olympics. 📍 1310 Drury St., 215-735-5562, mcgillins.com, 📷 @mcgillinsoldealehouse
Choice of West Philly: The new bridge tavern. There are 11 TVs in University City’s New Deck Tavern, and the Olympics will be shown on at least most screens for keen event-watchers. But, if the sport you want isn’t on TV, just have a staff member turn it on. 3408 Sansom St., 📞 215-386-4600, 🌐 newdecktavern.com, 📷 @newdecktavern
Choice of Fairmount: The green room. There are eight TVs inside and five outside at this Fairmount waterhole, making it a solid option for watching the Olympics. They also have $ 5 citywide, plus a range of craft beers. 📍1940 Green St., 215-241-6776, 🌐 greenroomphiladelphia.com, 📷 @thegreenroomphilly
South Philly’s Choice: Xfinity Live! Watch the Olympic events on the billboard-sized television on the patio of Xfinity Live. Note: When there is a competing Phillies game (or UFC fight), Olympic events will still be shown, only on smaller TVs throughout the building. 1100 Pattison Ave., 📞267-534-4264 , 🌐xfinitylive.com, 📷 @xfinitylive_xl
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There are lots and lots of pizzerias along the Atlantic City promenade … but not all pizzas are good. My colleague Amy S. Rosenberg did the research for us and ranked the slice shops in Atlantic City from worst to best. His least favorites are worth reading. But his best choices? See below.
3. Steel Pizza Pier This one played well when I showed up at happy hour, and there was live music and $ 8 Kona beer on tap in the cozy High Peaks seating area. The pizza came with an extra plate on top, which I quickly saw to be a seagull shield. Nice and sticky cheese, thin rind, maybe a little crispy, but a nice bubble. The seagulls preferred the funnel cake tonight. Musician Glenn Robert performed a country version of Pink Floyd The wall. Nearby is the ax throwing. 1000 Promenade. Price: $ 5 Ranking: 7.3
2. House slice Home Slice is the younger generation of the LoPresti family playing with oversized ceramic pizzas on the building and bright pink and yellow decor. “Buy our pizza, we knead the dough,” one reads on a sign, and you know, at this point, I can smell you. The kneaded dough takes you to the upper level on the AC boardwalk. A tempting shish kebab and sausages. Super thin crust, folds well, the base is charred well, the cheese seems fresh. Nowhere to really sit outside, although a marijuana dispensary beckons you from the other side. 1245 South Carolina Promenade. Price: $ 4 Ranking: 8.1
1. Jersey Shore Pizza & Grill. Owned by Claudia LoPresti, sister / aunt of the other pizzerias owned by LoPresti. Here I found Angel Ramirez, the pizza dough thrower, and Wesley Velazquez, a nine-year-old employee, who said he tasted pizza along the boardwalk in Wildwood and Ocean City, and “To be honest I think we are the best. I agree. The sauce is homemade and tangy, the cheese is fresh, Ramirez slings a real thin dough. There are shaded seats with flowers hanging along it. de Texas Avenue. Folded crust, bubbles, pride of the trade. 2601 Promenade at Texas Avenue. Price: $ 4.50 Ranking: 8.2, just the slightest advantage over Claudia’s niece at Home Slice
” READ MORE: Every pizzeria in Atlantic City Boardwalk, ranked
Summer in the city is wonderful and exciting, but it’s also hot and sweaty, which is why local destinations like the Poconos are high on the list of things to do in the summer. But how do you get to the Poconos if you are a city dweller who doesn’t drive? Ideally, there are several ways to get to the Poconos without a car.
Getting There : The easiest (and cheapest) way to get to the Poconos is by bus. Greyhound will take you to popular spots like Stroudsburg (a few miles from the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area) and Mount Pocono (near several resorts, nature reserves, and state parks). Fares vary, but economy class tickets start at around $ 40 one way to Mount Pocono and between $ 20 and $ 30 to Stroudsburg. So expect to spend around $ 40 to $ 80 round trip.
Move : Once there, you can take rideshare services like Uber and Lyft in the busier towns (not so much in the more remote areas), and if you’re in or around Monroe County, you can opt for them. public transport. Known as the Pocono Pony, the Monroe County Transit Authority (MCTA) bus lines run throughout the region, including places such as Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg, Tannersville, and Mount Pocono.
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