Arts Lush Life

2010 “Lush Life” Column Removed

Editor’s note, June 2012: The first-person essay from a freelance contributor that previously appeared on this page (and in a 2010 print edition) has been removed from our online archive. An assessment by our new editor in chief, Stephen H. Segal, determined that it did not represent the journalistic standards to which Philadelphia Weekly is committed.

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Drinking at Monk’s—for the Children!

A line was stretched over half a block outside of Monk’s at 11:15 a.m. on a Monday. Russian River’s Pliny the Younger was being sold for $15 a pour, and it was all in the name of Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a foundation looking to seek a cure for childhood cancer.

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Cash-Only Bar

A tribute show is an excuse for urban atheists to pray together to the same musical gods—on this night, legendary country singers Johnny Cash and Hank Williams.

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A Professional Drunk and Philly Native Makes It Big

Living Loaded: Tales of Sex, Salvation, and the Pursuit of the Never-Ending Happy Hour is the funny, compulsively readable memoir/survival guide from Playboy booze scribe and Philly native Dan Dunn. He stopped by Baby Blues BBQ in West Philly for a book signing last Thursday.

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Sinful Sundays upstairs at Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar

Last Sunday marked the third weekly run of the up-and-coming show, set in the new Gayborhood venue’s intimate bar and lounge area. Admission is only $5, and comes with a free drink ticket, plus Happy Hour prices … until midnight.

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Fight SAD with Suds at Winter Beer Fest

Bring your Seasonal Affective Disorder to the table, and sip a diverse array of spiced ales and winter warmers from each vendor, showcasing one seasonal beer and one produced year-round.

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Local Comics on Bars and the Bards

Drinking does not help my comedy. If I’m drunk on stage, it’s because the show is horrible and I don’t want to be there and my brain is like, ‘I refuse to stick around for this shit. You’re on your own, body!’

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The Foggy History of the “Shelf of Shame”

There are two bars in Philly where you can drown your sorrows on the cheap, and in retro style, without having to look apologetic for it; self-deprecation’s already on the menu.

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BYO Vinyl at Prohibition Taproom

B.Y.O.V. Sundays are the general manager’s night to shine. He has customers bring in their favorite records (for 20 percent off their tab) and relishes the “crackle” of a needle making contact with vinyl. When 10 people bring in a record, it’s a good night. He plays each one all the way through.

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A Good-Time South Philly Bar

At McCusker’s Tavern, a family owned South Philly pub hidden in plain view on the corner of 17th and Shunk, everyone’s a regular, no matter how often they show up.

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