The windows are latched and scotch-taped to perfection and you have enough Pop-Tarts to last for weeks. But now what? No school and the Hurricane Streaking Party at Penn Park isn’t for a few hours. UTB’s got you covered, kids:
- Your mom calls (again) to make sure you haven’t died yet. Drink.
- UPennAlert. Drink.
- Someone says Frankenstorm. Drink.
- Someone mentions hurricane drinking. Finish your drink.
- Super original, hilarious tweet about procrastinating studying for the next midterm because we have two days off. Take a drink. Two if there’s a hashtag involved.
- Ditto with a Day After Tomorrow reference.
- OMG soooo crazyyyy pic of empty shelves at CVS oh nooooo. Drink.
- Commons starts to sound pretty freakin’ amazing. Vom. Then drink.
- Stock up like it’s the apocalypse but then realize that Allegro’s has been open the whole time and there’s still power. Drink.
- A Penn Security person bikes past your fourth-floor window, Wizard of Oz style. Two drinks.
- Sandy kicks Hill’s ass once and for all and hundreds of Hill refugees flood the West Philly streets. CHUG.
- Shots for every raindrop. YOLO?
In keeping with the now-heralded tradition, Center City Sips returns tonight and lasts all summer long. For the uninformed, CCS runs every Wednesday evening through August 29. More than ninety bars and restaurants participate by offering drink specials from 5pm to 7 (hello $3 beers, $4 wines, and $5 cocktails) and half-priced appetizers. Some restaurants continue the fun and discount menu items 15% after 7pm. Round up the
most tolerable best of your fellow interns and friends and get there tonight!
Get your drinking pants on now because registration ends tomorrow for what sounds like a winning combo: a team scavenger hunt and bar crawl through some of our favorite (…and not so favorite) UCity spots on Cinco de Mayo! (For you Anglophiles, that’s May 5th.)
According to uwishunu, Young Friends of University City, which exists, is partnering with six bars and restaurants to put on the first (annual, we hope) “Hunt ‘n Crawl”. Participants form teams of up to 10, and then complete a list of tasks and challenges throughout University City at spots like City Tap House, Landmark Americana Tap & Grill, New Deck Tavern, Smokey Joe’s, The Blockley, and Pizza Rustica.
All participants get in on the drink specials offered at each locale, as well as a few other perks. We’re hearing reports of “Hunt N Crawl” promotional T-shirts, and in culturally insensitive Cinco de Mayo fashion, a team sombrero. The winners will receive a complimentary brunch at City Tap House and a $75 bar credit at Blockley. Take us out for a drink after you claim your prize!
Dying to know why it takes 7 hours to be seen at HUP? Well, for the third year in a row, University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranked Philly as the least-healthy county in Pennsylvania, as Philly.com reports.
Philadelphia health care experts link this crummy ranking to elevated numbers of smokers, more STI’s, more violence, less access to recreational facilities, and limited access to healthy foods (good thing we have Commons). These experts also link economic standing with health, reflecting the disparity of Philly’s economy.
Maybe we’ve just got a case of the Mondays, but we can’t help thinking everyone could use a nice drink to wash away the weekend/get through this week/start the Fourth celebrations really, really early. Check out our picks across the nation:
West Philly: Because summer classes are heading into finals, it’s cheap and why not: Biba happy hour from 4-6 p.m. $5 gets you a glass of “real wine, not that cheap, yucky stuff,” so ditch the Franz get classy. They even have new outdoor seating!
Read the rest of this entry »
…And no, it is not a Breathalyzer or the smell of vomit emanating from the bathroom!
“Have you ever been to a wine or beer tasting and left not remembering anything you just tried?” asks the City Tap House website. Why yes, that has happened to us before. How’d they know?!
A new feature called Tap Notes, part of the Tap Member Database at the recently opened City Tap House allows drinkers to keep track of their brew intake. Grub Street reports that drinkers can fill out cards with thoughts on the beers they drank. Then you write down your contact info, and it’s all entered into an online database where you can revisit those brews went down smoothly and those that you didn’t love (Side Note: we found the bacon beer, while cool in theory, to be fairly disgusting).
We kind of doubt people will really use this, but the novelty is fun nonetheless.
Allow us to delve into politics beyond the Penn bubble for a moment, as this one may affect you.
In case you haven’t noticed, Pennsylvania is a little wacky on liquor laws. The BYOB’s, the shady state-run liquor stores, the lack of beer in supermarkets, and so on.
In any event, here’s the story: PA Senator John Rafferty and his peeps have been researching boozy issues, and they’ve found that underage folk are purchasing beer in large quantities (i.e. kegs and cases rather than six-packs) from beer distributors. They believe part of the reason may be that six-packs aren’t sold in supermarkets, so youngins are more likely to call up University City Beverage and the like. We tend to think that young people also just enjoy kegs. Obviously, this reported excessive purchasing of kegs does not please the politicians.
So…in short, there’s talk of passing some legislation to loosen liquor laws, which would allow small quantities of beer to be sold in supermarkets.
We're here to recruit you.
It’s the first week of interviews for On-Campus Recruiting, and we are sorry to report that here at Under the Button stress levels are high.
We are so stressed, in fact, that this morning in some kind of delirium we accidentally set a trip wire outside of Huntsman and all of our classmates are probably going to fall right over it and some may even sustain minor injuries. We are so stressed that we are incapable of remembering the simplest of things! Like, for example, this very same morning we forgot to not put a huge vat of lukewarm porridge directly on the other side of that trip wire! And, get this, then we forgot not to take Polaroid pictures of each porridge-covered student, and to not write across the photos in Sharpie “[Name] is unable to attend interviews today. Probably drunk,” and to not distribute these to recruiters! The stress is taking its toll on us indeed.
“OC-Are you serious?” you might ask. Well, come to think of it, no. OCR is not really our thing. We had to ask the president of Wharton Women to explain it to us (seriously). But you know what is our thing? Giving advice!
We gave readers Ben Rosen the chance to ask questions about interviewing. Questions that are weighing heavily on all of our minds right now.
“This will be a great Q&A and because of it everyone will get a job!” we thought to ourselves. Were we right? Find out after the jump.
Read the rest of this entry »
Move over, Mad4: looks like there’s a new chica in town. Jose Garces’s University City outpost Distrito is opening a new student-friendly Cantina that will replace their first floor dining space this fall.
Offering fruity cocktails for $5, $2-3 mexican beers and a reduced priced food menu, the Cantina at Distrito is scheduled to open on August 31. And unlike their margarita-pumping competitors to the east, these prices will be available every day after 4 p.m. without any sort of annoying happy hour cut-off time. This is even better than the student special they offered in the spring!
Read the rest of this entry »
Friends and fellows of the UnderTheButton persuasion,
Believe it or not, the UTB writers and editors are, in fact, real human beings. People who want to hang out and drink… with you! If you’re camping out in New York City for the summer, we invite you to join us for the first official UTB gala, otherwise known as happy hour. Come as you are, with whomever you like.
Thursday, July 23
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
47 E. Houston St., near Mulberry
(enter to the right of Nolita House and head down the stairs)
Click for Directions
Bring anyone and everyone. We’ll be in the back room. No ID required to enter before 8 p.m.