Drinking and Diving in the City of Brotherly Love

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    Food and music editor of the Philadelphia Weekly BRIAN MCMANUS’ liver has given him the go-ahead to be on Radio Times. This is an optimistic clearance as McManus has toured over 100 bars in his colloquial journalistic due diligence reportage on Philadelphia dive bars. Those of you who are familiar with the collective scent of stale beer, the lingering of cigarettes smoked 40 years ago and the intimate body fragrance of your neighbor after working the third shift, then you’re in familiar territory of McManus’ anthropological work. The transplanted Texan, who is used to picking up a cheap six pack at a gas station, views Philadelphia’s bar scene as a necessary social pocket carved out of old blue liquor laws and the recent smoking ban. He’ll spill some bar-sacred anecdotes of bartenders who refuse to mix a drink (a single pour of whiskey into a glass is Service), ancient pickled eggs and thirsty, restless souls. His new book is, “Philadelphia’s Best Dive Bars: Drinking and Diving in the City of Brotherly Love.”

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