New Deck Tavern Pours the Best Pint in Philly

Here the beer flows, the crowds are loud, and the atmosphere is just right!

There’s no better placPicture 11e than New Deck Tavern to grab a cold pint and a Philly, cheese steak that is, with friends after a hard day’s work. Although the grub’s unbeatable, the happy hour is what’s got people coming back for more. The Deck boasts a vast array of beers from around the world as well as one of the largest single malt scotch collections in Philly. They’re proud to pour the best pint in the city, thanks to their European Draft System imported straight from Country Cork.

Study up for Quizo Pub Trivia on Wednesdays, or, perhaps, get your sing on for Karaoke Tuesdays.  This pub’s got it all, with live music, Monday night football, and more. Stop by any night of the week and confirm that the Irish sure know how to party.

A Land with Anything but Waste: Wasteland Clothing

Whether it’s vintage or brand new, Wasteland has become a go-to shopping spot for fashion addicts, celebrity stylists and those looking for a good deal.

Though the racks of Wasteland can be filled with expensive vintage pieces ranging from Louboutin heels to Chanel bags, the store is also filled with clothing that was sold to the store by fellow Angelinos and can be very reasonably priced.

Selling to Wasteland is pretty similar to other consignment stores except for the fact that they are probably pickier. Their buying guide can be found online from what designers they are looking for to different trends and seasonal picks.

What makes Wasteland unlike other Los Angeles stores is that it takes away the “digging” you would probably do in other vintage stores. All the clothes are uniquely and thoughtfully purchased from sellers and can include vintage and new pieces. Wasteland will also come to your home to purchase large collections of vintage accessories and apparel.

One man’s treasures ends up at Wasteland.

Enid A. Haupt Garden’s Unexpected Break From City Life

There’s only one spot in DC where you can travel to China, Philadelphia and the 19th century all while on a rooftop. This break from city life can be had at the exquisite Enid A. Haupt Garden, filled with brick paths taking you to elaborate flowerbeds and exotic plants. Named after its donor, a noted supporter of horticulture, this garden offers something for everyone, from the avid horticulturist to someone just looking to relax.

With plant-filled urns, water fouPicture 57ntains and baskets hanging from reproduction 19th-century lampposts, the four-acre garden is actually located on the roofs of the National Museum of African Art, the Arthur M. Sackley Gallery and S. Dillon Ripley Center. Make sure to visit the Haupt Parterre that’s inspired by the design from the 1876 Centennial Exposition’s Horticultural Hall.

Also, make your way to the Moongate Garden (part of the Haupt Garden), inspired by the gardens and architecture of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China. Inside, there is a circular pool made out of granite that’s next to nine-feet tall pink granite moon gates.

Tours are offered every Wednesday during the summer. For those who just want to sit and relax, there are plenty of benches as well as Wi-Fi access throughout the garden.

North Third is First in NoLibs

Northern Liberties is filled with quirky bars with attitude, and North Third is no different. The menu features bar food favorites that have a wonderful reputation around town. If you’re friendly with a football team (or, just a cute blonde with an empty stomach), order “Pound your Wings” with North Third’s Famous Sauce or Asian Style – 1 pound of wings for $7 and 2 pounds for $11 can accommodate any budget. N3 is still known for its burger after all these years, too – 8 ounces of Black Angus with your choice of cheese.

The beer list is long and will put any fermentation-lover swooning. The margaritas and sangria also come in pitchers or carafes, which is perfect for the outdoor seating with friends in the summer. And we are slowly learning that in Philly you’re nothing if you’re not serving up a stellar belly-bombing brunch. N3 can check that one off the list too – omelets for the masses and pseudo breakfasts of champions like eggs and chili over cornbread with sides of potatoes and pico de gallo.

Eclectic Colorado Cuisine at 1515 Restaurant

1515 Restaurant is fine dining Denver style. It’s a nationally recognized, award-winning restaurant that takes contemporary American cuisine, splashes it with some European flair, and adds some one-of-a-kind “eclectic Colorado cuisine” to top off the menu.

People come for the food as well as the ambiance. The bar scene on the first floor is usually crowded with a hot crowd, with lots of people watching of those who come through the door. The upstairs dining room is a bit quieter, and focused on the fabulous food like braised lamb shank or Kobe beef with saki-glazed ahi. There are a few vegetarian options and features an award-winning wine list that’s received praise from Wine Enthusiast and Wine Spectator.

Potager: Where the Perennial Meets the Seasonal

Picture 15The name means “kitchen garden,” and with good reason. Though Potager’s dining room is decidedly urban- with its high ceilings echoing cement surfaces, floor-to-ceiling windows, and exposed ducts- it leads to a positively pastoral back patio surrounded by, you guessed it, a vegetable and herb garden. Chef Teri Rippeto was espousing locavorism before it was trendy, and to this day her oft-changing menu is rife with farmer’s market finds and sustainably raised meats, be it Gnocchi with pea shoots, baby leeks, mint, bacon, and goat cheese or a Grilled Pork Chop with rhubarb sauce and pickled turnips. The wine list, too, emphasizes boutique labels. And Rippeto’s eco-consciousness doesn’t end there: Potager recycles, composts, and relies partly on solar and wind power. No wonder it’s perennially popular. On that note, be prepared for a wait at the bar: reservations aren’t accepted.

DC’s Morning Must: The Bean Counter

The Bean Counter is a friendly neighborhood spot for more than just a cup-a-joe.  It’s open for breakfast and lunch and is famous for its Cuban Sandwich. At breakfast you can find, Huevos Rancheros stuffed English muffins, a Peanut-Butter-and-Nutella sandwich, and more. The owner’s wife bakes up cholesterol-conscious brownies made with olive oil, oatmeal and chocolate-chip cookies made with whole-wheat flour and even dog treats for your pooch! And there’s coffee, all locally roasted from organic fair-trade beans. Colombian is the house brew, with rotating specials like Tanzanian and Ethiopian.