June 14th, 2012
Morgan’s Pier Has Been Open For About Three Weeks, They Have Bomb Food And Drink, And Then This Saturday They Will Have Birdie Busch With Adam & Dave’s Bloodline
Do you guys know about this? The owners of Lucy’s Hat Shop and Drinkers and Union Transfer have stepped it up. They’ve opened this HUGE space just off of Columbus Boulevard, on the water, which can facilitate hundreds of people and it’s professionally-done. The menu is simple but delicious: burgers and sandwiches, tacos, and snacks (like crab and corn fritters, fries, fried tomatoes, etc.). One of the cool things about this place? Nothing on the food menu is more than $10 – plus they have a really impressive eye for craft beer drafts and cans. It’s a good list. And they still managed to keep PBR, High Life and Lager at $3 or less.
We went last night. A beautiful June night on the river with a chill DJ set (playing lots of soft, classic and classically soft rock) and you’ve got a summer staple for the meeting of friends and the consumption of drinks with music. It is a huge space – think of Frankford Hall but on the river with a better food menu and less ping-pong and no valet service. And then, lookee here, we take a look at R5’s listings and see that they will also have shows and events there. AND OH MY GOODNESS, R5’s doing this for you for FREE on Saturdays. There’s also Rocktits DJs on Wednesdays, Club Paradise with Dirty Joe South on Tuesdays, Jamaican Soul on Mondays, and a Sundae Summer Open-Air Dance Party on Sunday nights.
So what if the new, exciting thing to do this summer in Philly is a big-ass, deep pockets-funded, impending live music hegemony-based affair? We still benefit with great, decently-priced food and drink and our wallets stay a little fatter. And Saturday should be one of the first of many, many great R5 moments on the watahhh. Looks like the formula is an early-evening, late-afternoon set that starts around 5pm, and then a heady DJ set gets started at 10pm. The DJ set this Saturday looks to be courtesy of Holy Ghost (!), next week it’s BAIO (of Vampire Weekend) and Icona Pop, and then the last Saturday of the month it’s a DJ set from Juan MacLean (!).
You know we love Birdie Busch. She covered our Music Issue two summers ago. She’s Emily Busch and she’s been a fan of Gillian Welch, Paul Simon and Neil Young. Look how sweet and earnest she is here and then go see her FOR FREE on Saturday: