Center City Philadelphia nightlife is easing its way back after a long, lonely stretch. On the other side of Thanksgiving, the lights will be switched on for what promises to be a busy, festive season. Read on for our look-ahead, plus 12 fantastic cookie recipes, a look at a new taqueria, and suggestions on what beverage to pair with each track from the new Adele album. Holiday spirit? You betcha.
Do not blink. This image is a test of your phone or monitor. You should see about 14 gazillion colors inside Tinsel, the Christmas-theme pop-up bar at 12th and Sansom Streets. Tinsel makes its annual return Friday, Nov. 26 and runs through the end of the year. Aside from an over-the-top streetery, new twinkling light display, and Christmas cocktails served out of ornaments, boots, and snow globes, owner Teddy Sourias and crew have brought in a snow machine and set up a snow-covered ice cave with (holy Damocles!) more than 700 icicles suspended overhead. Hours: 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Thursday, 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday, and noon-2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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