Tinsel Philly: Happy Hour Meets Christmas

So if you love Christmas and you love drinks and getting out this is your bar. This pop-up Christmas bar is the envy of anything holiday that I have attended. Tinsel Philly Pop-Up bar is your go to. What is Tinsel and how should you prepare? Bring some friends, be ready to drink, bring a fun attitude and leave the decorations, great fun and awesome Christmas atmosphere to Tinsel.

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First of all you are going to want to be in the holiday spirit from the door until it’s time to leave. From the window display to the bathroom, there is no corner or ceiling that is left unturned. I loved it.  The ceiling even has real drop down presents.

It is an eye pop of happiness. If you had the unique opportunity to attend last year, you will be pleasantly surprised to find that its bigger and better. It features a 33 foot bar. Say it with me, dranks!   I was impressed. Being a lifestyle blogger I feel as if it is my job to be able to bring anything that makes your life fun, easier, and gets you out and about and this had all of that. I am going to start from the front of the venue to the back.

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I found super convenient street parking. I only had to walk less than one block away. This was not a turn off for me. Tinsel is not hard to find. Once you are on the block it literally sets itself apart from all of the other venues around it. It’s the most lit Christmas display and that itself reassured me I was in the right place. Once inside, I walked into an overhead of lights. Lights engage me. Once inside, the 33 foot bar is undeniable. The bar was absolutely wonderful. Now I am going to keep it real. Bars sometimes for me can intimidate me, but not at Tinsel. The staff was warm and welcoming and let me know their favorites off the bat. Now I had my sight set on the Tinsel Snow Globe. It is a keepsake.  Let me say the inner child kicked in as I shook my globe and enjoyed the tastings of Grey Goose La Vanile, White Cranberry and the best part edible snow. Yes, you read that correctly, edible snow. The slew of drinks that Tinsel has to offer has something for everyone. From cold Christmas drinks and specials to hot drinks and wines and beers, you are sure to be pleased. I was super happy not just with the themed drinks having great names but making sure it didn’t lack in quality. At Tinsel, that is not the case. You know I love to be on point and if I am spending my coins, I want my drinks to be worth it. You will find my personal stamp of approval. I love adult juice so when I am out and about I want to be able to get out and know that I am getting what I paid for.  Knowing that last year’s Tinsel Philly was packed nightly I can definitely see why.

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So let’s hit you with the Logistics:

Where is Tinsel Located:

116 S. 12th Street, Philadelphia PA, 19107

What drinks Does Tinsel offer?

Like I stated above there is something for everyone. The coveted Take Home souvenir drinks include the Tinsel Globe, Canned “Good” which is what it sounds like, a canned good can that is filled with your choice of either Deep Eddy’s Vodka or Bacardi Cuatro, Cranberry or Cinnamon (proceeds benefit MANNA) and Makers Mark Stocking Shot or the Neat X-Mas Ornament. I personally tried the Tinsel Globe, the Canned “Good” and the Makers Mark Stocking and they all were worth their price because one the bartenders were awesome and they didn’t short change me on the liquor.

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Tinsel Philly is donating $1.00 for every “Canned Good” drink to Manna who prepare and deliver meals to those are in need and are battling sickness and would otherwise not be able to have nutritional meals. Learn more about MANNA.

They have cold and warm drinks like the Hot Toddy, and the spiked hot chocolate that was made with either Stillhouse Mint Cocoa or the Bacardi Coconut. Absolutely everything that the holidays drinks  are about.

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There is also an assortment of holiday beers, wines and what we all need to know about the happy hour which is Monday-Friday from 5-6 pm with $2 off most drinks.

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Oh and for my Mall or any other professional Santa, you get one drink free and 50% off at all times. You must be wearing your full attire and credentials may be asked to verify.

Music

No bar is complete without music. When you come into Tinsel you will be welcomed by Philadelphia DJ Robert Drake aka Mr. Christmas. He also in addition to spinning at Tinsel will host his 26th year on XPN which is the Night before Christmas with 24 hours of nonstop sounds bringing everyone into the holiday spirit. You can check out his music takeover on XPN

Tinsel Holiday Take overs

DJ Drake will be spinning Monday Mixers on December 10 and December 17 from 5-7pm where there will be prizes. Yes prizes.  That means you can have some fun, dance, drink and win a gift for you or for someone else and have one less gift to purchase. Come on out!

Letters to Santa

This year Tinsel will have brand new post cards to the first 500 patrons. Tinsel staff will take these postcards that can be sent to Santa, or to spread holiday cheer to others. Staff will take these cards and mail them off for you!

Santa’s Throne

This was one of my favorite spots. It was a great place for that coveted Instagram pic! I had to make sure I got one! The room attached to the Santa Throne was well decorated and completely inviting. So make sure you bring someone who can get that great shot and angles for you. Definitely well worth it!

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Holiday Events Coming Up:

Saturday December 22, 2018: Jingle Bars Holiday Crawl. For tickets and more Info

Follow Tinsel and keep yourself updated you don’t want to miss, The White Elephant Party where you bring an unwanted gift and exchange it for something else. Also they will announce Day parties and New Years Eve Party and you don’t want to miss out!

Shout out to Craft Concepts Group which includes,Teddy Sourias (owner of Trademan’s BRU Craft, and Wurst, U-Bahn, Cinder Cooper and Lace, Uptown Beer Garden, Finn McCool’s Ale House) and the local artist  who worked to make sure that they opened up the space to exceed the space from last year to this year’s bigger, and definitely decorated open space. The intrict detail in all of the artwork was mesmerizing and appreciated.

And as always thank you Kory Aversa and Aversa PR for having me.

Make sure that you don’t let the holidays over take you, take some time to have a drink at Tinsel where you can have a drink and leave the cleaning and stress up to them. You deserve to have a ball and celebrate. Grab your friends and family and Pop-up to Philly’s Christmas Pop-Up at Tinsel. You will not be disappointed!

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Happy First Day of Summer

OH yes can you feel the sun on your skin?  I can.  I love summer.  I’m not sure if I love Summer more than Fall but I love Summer.  It’s such a magical time of year for me.  I love being outside at festivals, cookouts, at the pool, etc.  I love it all.  Nothing like mingling with friends and family during the Summer heat.

I know for all of those who borderline hate Summer, I still love you but just keep in mind if you live in one of those areas like me that gets hit with snow.  As soon as the snow hits we get the complainers that cry bring on the heat but when it comes we complain about that, right?  Not me I live for the heat.  I rather be hot than cold.  Any who so as usual with this being my favorite time of the year let me hip you to my list of Summer time etiquette.

  1. Cookouts-always no matter if someone says don’t bring anything, come with the goods.  Even if it’s a hostess gift like a bottle of wine, bring something more than your belly and mouth.  Cookouts are fun but expensive to pull off.  The cost in meat alone can throw a budget into a downward spiral.  Always stay gracious and no do not do what Beyoncé says and get your paper.  No get you some packs of hamburgers and rolls to share.  Yes you will need paper to get the hamburger rolls but often times folks sitting on the paper don’t always want to contribute.  So take a dive to the store on your way to the cookout.  Bring a bag of ice, something especially if you rolling in deep with a party of 5 like me at all times.
  2. Sunblock should be your friend.  I don’t care if you are a walking melanin poster board, get you some SPF.  You can and will burn and skin cancer, hello?  Ain’t nothing cute about skin cancer, so protect yourself and your family.  I meant it they sell them 2 in a pack nowadays.  I don’t care what brand but make sure it’s at least 50 SPF.
  3. Drink but don’t forget the water. I know I for one love a good alcoholic drink like the next one but don’t skip on the water.  No the excuse that alcohol is mixed with water won’t work while your behind is at the bottom of the pool laid out due to dehydration.  Nope get you an adult sippy cup aka them BPA free cups and get your drink on.  Then when you drink your alcoholic drink you earned the right for that cold one.
  4. Plan ahead. Summer is mixed with a lot of sun and the weather can be unpredictable. So make plans and always have a back up plan especially if you have children.  I usually don’t even tell my kids that we are going somewhere until we are in route.  However make sure if the occasional shower pops up you are ready.
  1. Be stylish.  Summer is a good time to throw on a dress ladies.  Its something that you don’t have to even think about.  But newsflash sun dresses ain’t for everyone. I know you think it is but it’s not.  Get the dress that flatters you.  If you got problem areas it’s no time to be working a body con dress.  You need a dress with a little flair.  You can be cute and not looked squeezed into your outfit in the name of Summer.  Trust me your friends didn’t tell you but I will.  Get the right dress for the body you carrying around and not the one you wish you had.  If you putting in the work, that other body is on its way.  If not well you got work to do but leave the other dresses for the other ladies that need them.
  2. Have fun-do you know how many free events are in a city near you?  No really there are plenty.  You have a phone in this day and age and Goggle works pretty much on all of them.  Stop the “I have nothing to do” phrase.  You got things to do its the little path between look it up and get up.  I am the queen of the goggle.  If I want it, I look for it and then follow through and go.  Fun is really just a click away.  Also have backups ready for rainy days.  I love to place all of my magazines in a bin so when a slow day comes, I can read them or a good book.  I may even open the windows and doors and let the rain quiet myself.  However on high fun days, my family and I are usually up and out.  
  3. Make memories-are you the type to look at what others are doing but you yourself don’t have Summer vacation, or Summer fun photos?  Well that’s because you got to take some.  Get out and capture the moment but don’t lose yourself behind the lens. Memories are what it’s about so make some.

Summer is a time to have fun.  Make sure you are out and about.  We will be talking about some of the fun things that take place in summer time such as outside dates, wedding season, etc.  So be on the lookout.