A recent perusing of the University Archives led us to this picture of the Blockley Almshouse from 1920. For those of you unfamiliar with the story surrounding one of campus’s newest watering holes, Blockley has been a hospital, orphanage and insane asylum, among other things. We’ll drink to that?
Need that final retribution against Drexel? Yeah, neither do we, but we wouldn’t mind beating them in Saturday’s Relay for Life sponsored Battle of the Bands. The event, which is going down Saturday night at the Blockley Pourhouse (38th and Chestnut) at 8 p.m., features Penn bands “Sex Panther” Blake Feldman, Gabe Donnay, Greg Barber, Adam Savitt and Myles Karp) and SAM presents Admiral Goldberg & the Wayefaring Seamen (Zac Byer, Drew Evans, Adam Glick, Jonathan Goldberg, Mike Slivjak and Steve Waye). Penn emcee Ryan Levan will be running the show, while Justin Biggs, Aileen Connell and Jeff Weinstein will play guest bartender for the evening.
Our pals over at Relay for Life want to offer UTB readers (what uppp) the chance to enter a special contest, the winner of which will receive: 2 tickets to Battle of the Bands (including exclusive drink specials), 5 raffle entries to win the “Truckload of Cheer” (we’ll be vague, but we hear it may involve a basket of booze), 2 t-shirts and 2 free Relay for Life registrations.
Sound good? This year’s Relay theme is “Cirque du Relay,” so send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your favorite circus act for a chance to win. You’ve got 24 hours to enter, BTW.
Penn students take their food oh-so-seriously. As such, we’ve compiled a list (and made a fancy schmancy map!) of the new additions to West Philly’s culinary delights. Check out the breakdown after the jump.
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Starting tomorrow and ending the 30th, University City Dining Days bring you 20 of West Philly’s finest restaurants. We’ll give you the lowdown on why we think U City Dining Days are awesome in tomorrow’s Summer Street (though we bet some people are pissed they aren’t called West Philadelphia Dining Days). For now, here is your guide to the week’s best deals. Read the rest of this entry »
Last week the Blockley Pourhouse hosted a VIP invite-only soiree to celebrate its grand opening. Obviously Street snagged an invite because, well, we are very important after all. Even after enjoying the benefits of the open bar and live band, Koko Bongo’s inferior replacement (yes, inferior) did not live up to the hype. To express our outrage we’ve compiled a list of grievances. Here’s (not) to you, BP: Read the rest of this entry »
Bored of Smokes? Luckily for you Blockley Pourhouse, the University City gastropub that was scheduled to open in March, will finally open tonight. Located on 38th and Ludlow, the Blockley (which was formally an almshouse, city hospital, orphanage and insane asylum) will offer 24 draft beers and pubfare such as lobster pierogies and poutine (although why we need the staple fast food from Quebec, I’m not sure). Determined not to become just another Local 44, the Blockley will also feature local bands and DJs nightly, kicking off with DJ Sammy Slice on opening night.
Foobooz reported this week that The Blockley Pourhouse is opening up shop right here in University City. (U. City trivia: Blockly refers to William Warner Estate of Blockley, which is what our lovely home was known as before Penn bought it.) The target date for opening is March 21, and according to Craigslist, open house for job seekers will continue through tomorrow. They describe themselves as a “live music/beer garden/gastro pub.” It’ll be tough to out-class Chili’s, the reigning restaurant on the 38th and Chestnut block, but we’re excited to see Blockley take a shot.