Every Thursday from April through December, a group of folks meet at 6th and Chestnut Streets and go back in time as they pub crawl through Historic Philadelphia.
They’re led by a man from the year 1776 who talks about his life in the present tense as they learn about the political events of the day and the watering holes where those who made history met and discoursed on the future of the nation.
Along the way, along with drinks and snacks at four locations, including the historic City Tavern, you can imbibe bits of the culture and language of the time. The Colonial guide shares songs, stories and drinking traditions from 18th century Philadelphia.
The City Tavern was called “the most genteel tavern in America” by John Adams. Dating to 1773, it was built by prominent Philadelphians who felt the City of Philadelphia needed a public house that reflected it “…as the largest, most cosmopolitan city in British North America.” It became the meeting place for delegates to the Continental Congress as the rift with Britain widened.
The Tipplers Tour is a unique look at our history and a wonderful treat for visitors to Philadelphia, but it’s equally rewarding if you live here. It’s a kind of street theater in which you are encouraged to interact with a time traveler from long ago to discover the roots of our present day vibrant city and the nation it helped to create. The tour covers about 7 blocks of Historic Philadelphia and takes about two hours. Since the group is small, reservations are a must, and you can go here to make them. Find out more about this and other tours at Historic Philadelphia.
Below, watch Ben Franklin discuss the internet and contrasting of “his” time with ours.
30 Days of Philly Arts, The Key Arts