A distressed wood sign, like something from a sleepy Mexican border town, hangs outside Cantina Dos Segundos, a laid-back but occasionally loud spot that will transport you to a south-of-the-border siesta state. Strings of colored lights and star-shaped twinkly ornaments illuminate the exposed-brick walls and the rustic tables and chairs painted dark red, teal and yellow. To get a sense of the cocktails, try El Caliente (“the hot one”), a kicky concoction of Tequila, Triple Sex, lime juice and chile oil. Order food like a quesadilla appetizer filled with chicken or wild mushrooms, various incarnations of tacos, or entrées of a tortilla casserole or slow-cooked goat. Salsas come complimentary, in tame green and fiery red varieties.
A combination bowling alley, lounge and restaurant, Philadelphia’s North Bowl bills itself as being “strikingly different.” It’s an apt description given its modern, geometric exterior and space-agey retro interior. This bi-level Northern Liberties hot spot lets bowlers fuel up on appetizers, salads – including the Bowlympian, a mix of romaine, tomatoes, red onions, olives and feta – burgers and sliders, as well as eleven flavors of tater tots, including the Mazel Tots, which are topped with apple sauce and sour cream. Downstairs, the hip patrons pull on their bowling shoes and aim for strikes amid the orange and beige 1950s furniture, while upstairs, a glowing royal-blue bar awaits. There are even four private lanes that can be rented out for private events, as well as a perch from which to watch the action below.
Named Billboard's top Hot 100 artist of 2010, electropop sensation Ke$ha electrifies fans with catchy tunes, punchy lyrics, and a larger-than-life persona. With a list of chart-topping hits that includes "TiK ToK," "We R Who We R," and "Your Love is My Drug," Ke$ha charms even the most curmudgeonly, highbrow ears with irreverent, catchy lyrics and taut, shimmering beats that get stuck in listeners' heads like peanut-butter-covered dreams. Presided over by a quirkily becostumed Ke$ha, the Get $leazy tour sucks fans into a nonstop, glitter-filled night of dancing, performance, and languor-shattering rapture. LMFAO, the tuneful twosome behind the high-energy hit "Party Rock Anthem," and electro-rapper Spank Rock complement Ke$ha's sonic spectacle with their own dulcet melodies.
Scenically besieged by water on three sides, Cavanaugh's River Deck culls meals from land and sea to serve in picturesque surroundings. The maritime menu is known for its famous crab dip ($10.99), which emcees mealtimes with a piping mix of seasonings, cream cheese, and crab alongside sidekicks of grilled pita. Customers hold lunch in the palm of their hands with Cavanaugh's spread of sandwiches, such as the seasoned lobster roll ($14.99) and ciabatta-encased panko-crusted chicken ($10.99). The prime rib and crab leg surf 'n' turf ($19.99, served Sunday–Tuesday only) satisfies cravings for both meaty fare as well as rhyming, unlike a dough trough.
Silk City Diner is indeed a diner, but only if the definition of that word also includes deejays, a lounge vibe and a large outdoor beer garden that gets packed in warm weather. The diner car itself dates to the 1950s and was relocated to Philly’s Northern Liberties neighborhood from Patterson, New Jersey. While retaining a classic chrome-and-neon scheme, the interior glows with red lights, a cool setting for upbeat dance music later in the night. Outside, colorful benches and umbrellas create a different atmosphere for enjoying bites such as cilantro-spiced calamari, pork belly empanadas or sandwiches, including a turkey BLT or a shrimp burger.
Trilogy Hookah Lounge isn't just a place to smoke hookah with friends, though they have over 50 flavors. It's also the recipient of the "Best Hookah Bar" award from the 2013 Philadelphia Nightlife Awards and a place to mix and mingle. Swankily-dressed clientele can hit one of the three dance floors, each with a different DJ, converse over drinks at the bar, and network as they puff on flavorful hookahs. As guests socialize, staff make their way around the room replacing ashen coals with new, neon orange nuclear reactors.