(The following is a special series on Bluejeanfoodcritic.com written by guest contributing writer William Knowles. He highlights his passions of of trying something new whenever the opportunity presents itself, or possibly something old, but new again since it has been a while. I hope you enjoy his very special perspective that I am sure many of you can relate to. Follow him on his exciting journey “Around Town”)
Wednesday evening, October 22nd, saw East Passyunk Avenue in Philadelphia taken over by Halloween ghouls, goblins, witches and the like for the annual Witch CRAFT Beer Crawl. Thirteen bars total along the famed South Philly street took part in the revelry, celebrating both a fun holiday, all proceeds benefiting EPABID’s cleaning and greening programs, and possibly the most fascinating season of the year for craft breweries.
Kicking off at the Garage, located directly across the street from both Philly cheesesteak landmarks Geno’s and Pat’s, the tone was set early as a very large crowd gathered to partake in the festivities. All were garbed in Halloween attire, either of the frightening or provocative nature. Spirits were high as we strolled from bar to bar, including Cantina los Caballitos, the legendary Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar, South Philly Bar and Grill, The Pub on Passyunk East, Noir, and Stogie Joe’s, amongst others. The event wrapped up at the Adobe Cafe, where prizes were awarded for most creative costumes.
In addition to providing a fun and innovative way to celebrate Halloween, the venture down Passyunk provided an opportunity to see many new shops, bars and cafes that are now thriving in this part of our city. Although this area has always had a certain element of neighborhood charm, it seems that it is now more vital than ever as the volume of people out on a chilly and somewhat rainy night proves.
I look forward to attending this annual event again in the future. If this is the adult version of trick or treating these days, then you can count me in! See you around town…