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Being a summer associate in Philadelphia has a lot of advantages, one of which is the wide array of places to celebrate happy hour after a long day at the firm. Intrepid reporters that we are here at The Legal Intelligencer, we think it’s important to cover all the bases of what a summer associate needs, which we surmise includes a great deal of socializing at fine eating and drinking establishments. So we’ve compiled our own personal list of hot places to hang out where an associate might meet other aspiring and actual attorneys. We’ve also snooped around a bit and found some interesting insights on the Greedy Associate’s Mid-Atlantic Board. If you’re not tuned in to that yet, it’s a message board found on http://www.infirmation.com/, where Philadelphia’s greediest young barristers swap information about the legal environment and such. Sometime in mid-April, an aspiring attorney who goes to law school in Boston and will be summering in Philadelphia inquired about the Philly club scene. The question was met with a barrage of off-the-cuff responses, from where to go dancing to where to get a good beer. Here’s a sample of what Philadelphia lawyers think about the social scene. ON CLUBS “Even though [the club scene] is not really my thing, I can tell you that (1) all of my female friends do like Maui, Egypt and especially Polyesters out of all the ‘dance’ type of clubs/bars, and (2) as a guy, I do like going to those places with them just to watch. … Just be forewarned that there are a ton of cheesy guys in this town, and in all likelihood, you will hear the worst pickup lines in your life at the aforementioned places.” “Delaware Avenue in general is scary …” ON CUTTERS “Philly lawyers hang out at Cutters in One Commerce Square (20th & Market) …” ” ‘Slutters’ may be full of lawyers, but that doesn’t make it any less cheesy. It’s one of the biggest meat markets in town.” “I agree. Though in my single days, I frequented Cutters more often than I will admit. … It’s a great place to people-watch for the dating/engaged/married types.” ON BARS IN GENERAL “Lawyers I tend to run into while drinking seem to favor Fado (hardly original Irish pub place), Nodding Head, Black Sheep, many, many places in Old City and Rouge/Devon/Bleu, all on Rittenhouse.” “Not a club, but Monk’s has a dark, intimate atmosphere and great beer. LaTrappe Triple will knock you on your a-�. They serve food till 1 a.m.” “The Five Spot is nice, as is everything in Old City, which seems to have one of the lowest cheese levels in town, and the restaurants are great just about everywhere. Zanzibar Blue and Warmdaddy’s are cool but laid back.” “Standard Tap in Northern Liberties gets a good after-work drinking crowd, especially on Fridays. Bishop’s Collar in Fairmount gets a good crowd.” “There are a ton of bars in the downtown area, so it is always easy to buy beer/drinks.” THE LIST Susanna Foo, 1512 Walnut St., nationally recognized, upscale Chinese restaurant; The Striped Bass, 1500 Walnut St.; Brasserie Perrier, 1619 Walnut St.; The Saloon, 750 S. 7th St.; The Palm, 200 S. Broad St. Best places to impress clients and out-of-towners. Bring the gold card. Bistro St. Tropez, 2400 Market St. Great date spot. Gourmet but not wallet-busting. Zocalo, 3600-04 Lancaster Ave. This ain’t Taco Bell. Inspired variations on Mexican fare. Fork, 306 Market St. Tough to get a reservation on a weekend, but well worth booking weeks in advance. Judy’s Cafe, 3rd & Bainbridge Streets. Offers unusual takes on traditional “comfort” food, like veal and pork meatloaf for those who miss Mom. Samosa Indian Vegetarian Cuisine, 1214 Walnut St., Suburban Station. Great place to grab lunch. It’s quick and under $7 — and it’s all-you-can-eat. Cherry Street Chinese Vegetarian Restaurant, 1010 Cherry St. The best place to get meatless Chinese in the city. The Painted Parrot Cafe, 209 Chestnut St. Desserts galore! Wednesday nights are best with the themed all-you-can-eat dessert buffet for $7.95. Dmitri’s, 795 S. 3rd St., and Audrey Claire, 276 S. 20th St. Two of the foremost BYOBs in the city. The first concentrates on seafood prepared with a Mediterranean flair. The latter offers a wide variety, but don’t leave without trying the creme brulee. 20 Manning, 261 S. 20th St. Hip Center City West restaurant. Sante Fe Burrito Co., 227 S. 20th St., and Hot Tamales, 114 S. 20th St. Good for quick-hit Mexican food. Sante Fe has burritos as big as your head. Joe’s Pizza, 122 S. 16th St. Pizza that melts in your mouth. It’s a quick and easy choice for lunch. Bertucci’s 1515 Locust St., and Pietro’s Coal Oven Pizzeria, 1714 Walnut St. Great coal oven pizza. Nice for sit-down lunch or dinner. Marathon Grill, Broad & Chestnut Sts., 19th & Market Sts., Suburban Station Building, 16th & Sansom Sts., 19th & Spruce Sts. A lunch staple for anybody who works in the city. 19th & Spruce location, just south of Rittenhouse Square, stays open late for dinner and serves alcohol. Pat’s King of Steaks, 1237 E. Passyunk Ave.; Geno’s Steaks, 9th & Passyunk Aves.; Jim’s Steaks, 400 South St. Philly is home to the best cheesesteaks in the world. The best restaurant is debatable, so check out all three. Buddakan, 325 Chestnut St. For when you really want to pretend you’re living the high life. Rumor has it that Oprah eats here when she’s in town. Penang, 117 N. 10th St. This Malaysian restaurant, part of a New York-based chain, is an exotic and somewhat more upscale choice in Chinatown. BARS Black Sheep, 247 S. 17th St. New bar with quaint atmosphere. Great for happy hour and nighttime socializing. Fado, 1500 Locust St. This relatively new Irish-themed bar has great bar food and mighty fine Irish beers, including Guinness and Murphy’s Irish Stout for you hearty beer lovers. The crowd is always good, from happy hour to late night. Dave & Busters, Pier 19, 325 Columbus Blvd. An arcade for grownups. Have a few beers and then challenge a buddy to skee ball. Pitcher’s Pub, 4328 Main St., Manayunk, and Shula’s Steak 2, 36th & Chestnut Streets. Great sports bars to catch a beer and a Phillies game. Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus, 847 N. 3rd St., Warmdaddy’s, 4 S. Front St., and Zanzibar Blue, 200 S. Broad St. Hottest, swanky places in the city to hear live jazz and blues while dining. Irish Pub, 2007 Walnut St.; Fergie’s Pub, 1214 Sansom St.; McGillan’s Old Ale House, 1310 Drury Lane; The Bards, 2013 Walnut St.; Dickens Inn, 2nd & Pine Sts. Happy hour at its finest, Ireland-style. Also popular pick-up spots. The Five Spot, 5 Bank St. Offers a little bit of everything — hip hop and club music on the weekends, swing dance lessons on Sundays and live bands during the week. Sugarmom’s, 225 Church St., and Tattooed Moms, 530 South St. Great beers. Cool people. Good juke box. Awesome bar food. Lots of games and toys to play with. New Wave Cafe, 784 S. Third St. Great bar near South Street. It’s a corner neighborhood bar across the street from Dmitri’s. The food is beyond your average bar food. It’s delicious. Lucy’s Hat Shop, 247 Market St. Very hip bar in Old City. Cutters, 20th & Market Streets. Happy hour for the corporate-minded. Good food to boot. Roosevelt Pub, 2220 Walnut St. Cheapest happy hour around. Amazing burgers. The Continental, 2nd & Market Streets. For the cooler than cool. Wear black. All black. The Khyber, 56 S. 2nd St.; Pontiac Grill, 304 South St.; Upstage, 22 S. 3rd St; Grape Street Pub, 107 Grape St.; Tin Angel, 20 S. 2nd St.; North Star Bar, 27th and Poplar. Hear live, mostly local, original music. Polly Ester’s and Culture Club, 1201 Race St. Philly’s premiere ’70s and ’80s dance club. Transit, 600 Spring Garden St., Gasoline, 8th and Callowhill Streets, Fluid, 613 S. 4th St., Shampoo, 417 8th St. If you want to pretend you’re at a NYC club. Lots of house, techno and trance music. Abilene, 429 South St., and Mexican Post Restaurant and Bar, 104 Chestnut St. Put Chi-Chi’s and Chile’s to shame. Great margaritas. Ludwigs Garten, 1315 Sansom St. Unbelievable selection of German beer. Good food and drink specials. KatManDu, Pier 25, N. Columbus Blvd., and Rock Lobster, 221 N. Columbus Blvd. Dance by the Delaware River to live bands and DJs. Cuba Libre, 10 S. 2nd St. Judging by the line outside of this place on weekend night, you’d think Radiohead was performing for free. But really, it’s the rum bar and Cuban food that draws ‘em in. Rouge, Bleu, Devon Seafood Grill, S. 18th Street between Walnut and Locust. This triumvirate of swank, outdoor Rittenhouse restaurants is ideal not only for people-watching at happy hour, but a fancy dinner with that date you snagged. On the other side of the square is Smith & Wollensky, 210 W. Rittenhouse Sq., a steakhouse with a schmoozefest bar scene in the downstairs area. Mace’s Crossing, 1714 Cherry St. People are so eager to get into the thumbnail-sized outdoor seating area for happy hour that they just hang out on the sidewalk in front of it — drinking beers! It must drive the LCB nuts. If they kick you out, just hop over to T.G.I. Friday’s next door, take in the awesome view from the roof deck and thank your lucky stars that you get to spend three months in Philadelphia.

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