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Top Sunday Nightlife Events In Philadelphia

July 8, 2013 7:00 AM

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Every night, Philadelphia has scores of activities for adults to enjoy, but evenings during the week are not always conducive to a night on the town. Work, school, family and other responsibilities make going out Monday through Thursday difficult — if not impossible — for many. That leaves Friday night and the weekend. On Friday and Saturday, options for a nightlife experience abound, but on Sundays, there are often fewer choices. Don’t despair, though, there are still plenty of places to go for some Sunday night fun.
Silk City Diner, Lounge & Beer Garden
435 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 592-8838
www.silkcityphilly.com

The diner car of the Silk City Diner, Lounge & Beer Garden was built in Paterson, N.J. by the Paterson Dining Company in 1952. During that era, the silk industry was going strong, hence the moniker Silk City. In 1954, the diner car was placed adjacent to a cocktail lounge in Philadelphia. After the original owners closed the operation, the business was purchased, re-purposed and re-opened in 2007. Mark Bee, the owner, also added a 3,000-square-foot beer garden that opens for the warmer months in the spring. Dinner features New American cuisine and is served seven nights per week. The lounge features musical groups such as BioDiesel, Shores and Alta Mira, to name a few. Sunday nights are great at Silk City because there are musical acts – mostly DJs – for your listening enjoyment.

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North Bowl
909 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 238-2695
www.northbowlphilly.com

Pinball machines, classic video arcade machines, bowling, ’50s style pool tables and more can be found at the North Bowl. Located in a renovated garage, this spot opened in 2006 with a 21,000-square-foot facility designed for nightlife. Featuring a glass-enclosed sculptural bar that overhangs the bowling lanes, North Bowl also offers dining, drinks and fun activities throughout the week and on Sundays. As for entertainment, DJ Frosty is one of many who often rock the house. Available for private events, the Bowl’s menu features appetizers such as tomato basil soup and pretzel bites, and other items include salads, sandwiches, burgers, tacos and desserts.

The M-Room
15 W. Girard Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 739-5577
www.mroomphilly.com

Any time — day or night, weekday or weekend — The M-Room in Fishtown offers Greek fare, drinks and a casual gathering place for your enjoyment. Every month, The M-Room presents a variety of musical groups. The dinner menu features everything from avgolemono, a traditional Greek egg soup, to Greek fries and baba ganoush served with pita for starters. Larger portions include sandwiches, burgers, salads, skewers, gyros, Greek plates, mousaka, baklava and other tasty delights. Check the website for special events.

Rouge
205 S. 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 732-6622
www.rouge98.com

Offering mood lighting and intimate space, Rouge in Rittenhouse Square is known for its atmosphere, food and drinks and of course, social scene. Opened in 1998, Rouge quickly gained a reputation for its quality dining scene. In the summer, the sidewalk seating is the place to see and be seen. Open until 2 a.m., Rouge is just a short walk from the hotels of Rittenhouse Square. Owned by Rob and Maggie Wasserman, the restaurant features the culinary creations of Chef Sam Noh. Choose from salads, soups, small plates and signature entrees.

Valanni
1229 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 790-9494
www.valanni.com

Get a taste of the Mediterranean at Valanni, an upscale restaurant located near the Avenue of the Arts. From midweek through the weekend at the Social Lounge inside Valanni, you can enjoy a different DJ each night. With its clear bubble-shaped mood lighting, the lounge is an homage to Hollywood. Throughout the year, it plays host to private parties and special events. Depending on the time of night, the atmosphere of Valanni changes. With a choice selection of wines, Valanni is also known for its signature cocktails ranging from mojitos to cucumber martinis. Sample items from the late-night menu, such as spicy pulled chicken empanadas, parmesan truffle fries, red or white mussels, lobster and crab mac ‘n cheese, Kobe beef kabobs, burgers and fiery shrimp tacos. Check the restaurant’s online calendar for events.

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Jeffrey B. Roth, has won numerous state and national news and feature-writing awards during his career. A well-known crime writer, investigative reporter and a feature writer, Roth writes for a number of magazines and newspapers. Listed in the Locus Index of SciFi and Fantasy authors, Roth is the author of a number of published short stories and poetry. His work can be found on Examiner.com.
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