If you believe those super-smart ancients, the Mayas, it’s officially The End of The World As We Know It on 12/21/12. Here’s where to go out in style in the Philly area. – Chelsea Karnash
Maya 2012: The Final Countdown
3260 South St
9 p.m. – 1 a.m., $40
Enjoy The (supposed) Rapture Part II at – where else? – the Penn Museum’s fabulous Maya 2012 exhibit. In addition to tons of artifacts to peruse close-up, there will also be a Mayan-themed cash bar and Mayan apps, acrobats and music spun by DJ Skribble (of MTV fame) and Philly’s DJ Joe Broscoe.
“It’s The End of the World (Again)!” 3 Day Symposium
531 N 12th St
$10 each day (Dec. 19-21)
Yeah, yeah – you’ve heard it before. The end of the world is nigh. Go out with a bang at PhilaMOCA, an old mausoleum that’s been re-purposed as a gallery space. During this three day “celebration” of the apocalypse, you’ll learn about the end of the world through art, movies, music and multimedia presentations. On Friday, the event concludes with an End of the World Party, featuring music and dancing. Visit the website for the full schedule of events.
The Apocalypse Comedy Show
200 S 12th St
8 – 11:30 p.m., $15
At this comedy show, you might just die laughing. Comedian Christine Meehan hosts the night of hilarity, which also includes performances from funnymen Thomas Dale and Rich Shultis.
“End of the World, Ma!”
Resurrection Ale House
2425 Grays Ferry Ave
All day, pay as you go
I won’t even try to top the description of this event that’s posted on Resurrection’s website. Basically, you can expect to party all day and drink Great Lakes brews all night, as the apocalypse happens to coincide with the bar’s scheduled Great Lakes beer event.
Fin du Monde
264 S 16th St
11:30 a.m., pay as you go
Monk’s is (fittingly!) tapping several kegs of Fin du Monde, starting bright and early at 11:30 a.m. Stop by pre-world’s end for a final cold brew at this beer mecca.
408 S 2nd St
$30 prix fixe
Say ‘sayonara, cruel world’ at this Headhouse eatery, named after the Mayan term for flower. The restaurant is serving up a three-course prix fixe menu including fried chicken and a special flatbread, and a late night happy hour will be offered from 9 – 11 p.m.
7101 Emlen St
5 – 7 p.m., pay as you go
Make your way out to Mt. Airy for Malt House’s “Silly Mayans” happy hour. In addition to tons of food and drink specials, you’ll also get to try Scott’s tasty homebrews.
End of the World Dinner
119 Fayette St
6 – 10 p.m., $169 (+tax and gratuity)
If it’s your last meal, it better be good. And seeing as Blackfish is one of the best restaurants in the Philly area, you won’t be disappointed. Feast on seven courses of scrumptious dishes — including caviar, foie gras, lobster and risotto – on Dec. 20th, and you’ll meet your maker satisfied and stuffed.