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Upon stepping inside Infusion Lounge, you're immediately immersed in both the traditional and the modern. Guests enveloped in clouds of smoke puff on shisha pipes under classical European paintings. The haziness blurs together the vibrant crimson and royal purple decor, giving guests a sheen of privacy as they lean back and socialize on plush couches. They pass around hoses filled with traditional flavors of shisha such as Al Fakher lemon mint, but there are more options than just the classic flavors of the East. The extensive hookah menu also includes modern flavors such as Starbuzz Exotic apple martini. Nearby, an even more modern scene meets the eye. DJs spin electro house music next to guests mingling at the bar or ordering bottle service for friends lounging in the VIP area or at the make-your-own ship-in-a-bottle station.

16 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia,
PA
US

A beloved neighborhood pub and grill, Billy Murphy’s Irish Bar welcomes a host of regulars and newcomers to its casual corner spot in East Falls. A nice selection of beers on tap complement the American fare, ranging from cheesesteaks and chicken potpies to basic cheeseburgers and more adventurous options, like a version topped with jalapeños, chipotle aioli, bacon and fried onions. Weekday specials regularly include Mexican Monday, when basic tacos are only $2 each, and Wednesday Wing Night, when various styles – think spicy, barbecue and more – go for a mere 35 cents each. You might encounter a live Irish band one night, a crowd of Eagles fans on Sunday afternoon or a locals-only vibe inside the cluttered, low-ceilinged space, but the patio always makes for a great summertime sit, especially with a glass of cheap beer.

3335 Conrad St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

This nearly 100-year-old Chestnut Hill institution will forever be known as the home of the gut-busting sandwich called the Schmitter, piled with beef, grilled salami, fried onions, tomatoes and tons of cheese. But there’s more to McNally’s than just their signature meal. The tavern exudes charm, from its old black-and-white family photos on the wall to the line of metal beer steins hanging behind the bar. A tiny open kitchen puts out sandwiches with distinctly literary names, like the George Bernard Shaw, a three cheese mix melted on top of peppers, onions, mushrooms and tomatoes; and the Dickens, a Thanksgiving-inspired combo of roasted turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce. More straightforward fare includes burgers, salads and soups. Outside, a bench and a traditional coach light welcome customers.

8634 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Catahoula Bar & Restaurant brings the down-home comfort foods of New Orleans to Queen Village, presenting them in a cozy, laid-back setting complete with dark wooden trim and glowing flat-screen televisions. One such Cajun classic is the chefs' signature gumbo, packed with smoked chicken and andouille sausage that's simmered in a deep-hued roux and plenty of herbs. "A bowl of this gumbo alone is worth the visit to Catahoula," according to Craig LaBan from The Philadelphia Inquirer, and a spread of po boy sandwiches, fried catfish platters, and jambalaya with crispy duck confit keeps guests coming back. In between bites, diners can enjoy a beer or cocktail from the bar while watching the game on one of televisions around the restaurant instead of on portable crystal balls.

775 S Front St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Established: 2009

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 30 Minutes or Less

Brands Used: Hohner, Weltmeister, Scandalli, Borsini, Roland, Stagi, Saltarelle

Pro Tip: Take a look at our hundreds of online video demos to see different types of accordions that we carry.

Q&A with Mike Bulboff, Owner

Describe a time your services really changed a client's life for the better.

We were able to do a emergency bellows replacement for Flogging Molly's Matt Hensley one day before their show.

Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?

Every day, we meet customers from all over the world who play their own unique styles of accordion music. It's like going to a concert in a new country every day.

When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?

I found my father's dusty old accordion in the attic at age 17. Since that first encounter, we've had about 3,000 accordions come and go, and I have seen and played every kind you can think of.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

We play every one of our instruments on our YouTube channel: user libertybellows.

947 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Brunch is synonymous with dishes and drinks such as eggs benedict and mimosas. But at Fire & Ice Restaurant Bar & Lounge, brunch is also synonymous with drag queens. Once a month, they grace the stage during Fire & Ice's gospel drag brunches, entertaining diners with their renditions of gospel classics and general fabulousness. Gospel drag brunches are part of the lounge's eclectic event lineup, which also includes comedy nights and a resident DJ, whose sets lure patrons onto a spacious dance floor awash in blue and purple lights.

And like the lounge's entertainment, the dishes served at Fire & Ice's restaurant are equally diverse. Borrowing from American bar food and Viet-Thai cuisine, Executive Chef Chris Nguyen seamlessly balances Western and Eastern flavors. The American influence mostly dominates the appetizer menu, which is anchored by bar snacks such as boneless wings with spicy honey butter sauce and cheesesteak spring rolls. The entrees, on the other hand, spring primarily from Asian cuisine, and include jasmine fried rice with smoked sausage and Alaskan cod wrapped in a banana leaf.

312 Market St
Philadelphia,
PA
US