Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
So, you scored tickets to a Philadelphia Phillies game. It's time to grab your friends and plan a day of Phillies activities. I'm talking about a day of baseball, good food and cold beers. Let me introduce you to baseball, Philly style.
Before the game (give yourself at lease a few hours), meet your friends to get some pre-baseball drinking in before you head to the ballpark. First stop, Tavern on Broad in Center City to get the party started right.
Tavern on Broad (or TOB as many folks call it) offers a great lunch and is the ideal restaurant and bar to watch any type of sporting event. So, even if you didn't score tickets, you can always go to TOB for a gamewatch. With over two dozen TVs, TOB doesn’t have a bad seat in the house. Their menu is great and has been created by Philadelphia’s own awarding winning Executive Chef, Terry White. Whether you select their signature Chicken on Broad or their finger-licking Double Double Burger, you can’t go wrong when you order off the menu at Tavern on Broad.
The drink specials at TOB are always affordable. Tavern on Broad has the best beer and cocktail specials in town - perfect for your very own Phillies pep rally! TOB doors open at 11:00am, so you can get there early and mentally prepare for your fun-filled day of partying with the Phils!
200 S. Board Street (Broad and Walnut Streets)
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Insider tip: If you feel like going straight down to the ballpark, you can always get in some tailgating in the parking lots as well. You'll see a lot fans out their grilling, listening to music and playing games.
You and your friends will promptly arrive at the corner of Pattison Avenue and Broad Street. As your group makes its way down Pattison, you will begin to feel the energy that builds as game time grows closer.
Once inside, stop to get a photo opp with the newly installed With Love, Philadelphia XOXO 3D Art (pictured above), just inside the Left Field Gate right at the beginning of Ashburn Alley.
Head down to Asburn Alley next, located behind Center Field near the Bullpens. Ashburn Alley has made a name for itself with its food spots--we'll get to the food in a sec--but this area of the ballpark is all about entertainment. Named in honor of Phillies legend Richie Ashburn, Ashburn Alley has some fun that will bring out phanatic in all of us.
Ashburn Alley Spot Checks:
Check for concession specials offered during the first hour Ashburn Alley is open each game. Specials are posted at the Ashburn Alley and Left Field Gate.
Phillies All-Stars since the first All-Star Game in 1933 are on display along Ashburn Alley.
Check out the bi-level bullpens and watch pitchers from both teams warm up.
Citizens Bank Games of Baseball
Make sure you play the three free games presented by Citizens Bank - Ring 'Em Up, Run the Bases and Phan Trivia Challenge. Guests may redeem coupons at the Citizens Bank kiosk (also located in Ashburn Alley) for various prizes.
Located on the back of the batter's eye walls is an illustrated history of Philadelphia baseball, including the Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics and Negro League teams in the city.
Wall of Fame
Bronze plaques of the players enshrined in the Phillies Wall of Fame that started at Veterans Stadium in 1978 are on display in Memory Lane.
New This Year:
New this year to Citizen's Bank Park is the largest HD jumbotron in the National League — 7,372 square feet large to be exact. There's also an “At the Ballpark” feature in the MLB At-Bat app that lets you order ballpark food through your iPhone. Speaking of food...
At Citizens Bank Park, there are so many food options to choose from, and it's hard to pick just one--so don’t! My biggest suggestion is to B.Y.O.A. (Bring You Own Appetite). So, let your impulses run wild as you sample all of the tastes of Philadelphia. From the iconic cheesesteak at Tony Luke's and the have-to-try-it-to-understand-it Schmitter sandwich to the legendary Crabfries at Chickie's and Pete’s, there are some many food options at Citizens Bank Park.
Insider tip: The number one food spot in Citizen's Bank Park is Ashburn Alley. So make sure this is your first food stop when you're in the ballpark if you looking for some good eats.
Here are some of my food picks:
Named in honor of and owned in part by former Phillies outfielder Greg "The Bull" Luzinski, this BBQ spot in Ashburn Alley is serving up some serious southern-style barbeque.
The Heater which is a spicy cheesesteak with jalapeno cheddar and buffalo sauce is Campo's signature Phillies cheesesteak. They are also serving up many more delicious hoagies and sandwiches.
There is no place like Chickie’s and Pete’s! So thankful there is one located right inside Citizens Bank Park in Ashburn Alley. Warning: Be prepared to wait in line for the popular, mouth-watering Crabfries! These fries are well worth the wait, and don't forget to grab a side of cheese with you fries.
If you are planning to attend a game with a large group, McFadden’s Ballpark is a good spot to go for some sit down eats. Connected to to Citizen's Bank Park, they have great party menu options to choose from.
The home of the Schmitter, McNally’s Tavern in Chestnut Hill, has brought their delicious sandwich to the home of the Philadelphia Phillies. No need to take the ride up Kelly Drive to taste this one-of- a-kind sandwich. Guests can now enjoy this massive medley while they watch their favorite team.
The iconic Tony Luke’s cheesesteak establishment that you have loved for years can also be found within Citizens Bank Park in Ashburn Alley. No need to leave the stadium in order to get an authentic Philadelphia cheesesteak.