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Where Midtown Village, The Gayborhood and the Via Slackerosa all bump into one another and say, “Sorry, didn’t see you there, dude….!”
Which intersection of course can only be 13th and Pine. Any Tuesday this month, step inside the door at the NE corner and write a letter, or post card or both, at Dirty Frank’s Bar.
Concurrent with the above activity, enjoy a beer, or a whiskey, or both. (or a Chardonnay, or a Ginger Ale, etc.–totally up to you) When you’re done, choose a stamp, and write another letter or post card if you like (no pressure!) . We take the whole bundle to the mail box a little after 7 p.m., so don’t be too late. WE START at the dot of 5 p.m., snapping open our semi-nerdy Don Draper Samsonite “Slim-Line” brief case full of stationery. Did you not bring a pen? No worries, we have nice Pilot roller pens to lend you.
If you’re not sure who to write your letter to, ask to see our Cheat Sheet packed with the mailing addresses of all sorts of notables, from Rather Bader Ginsburg to Kevin Bacon to Tig Notaro and beyond. Remember, PUBLETTERS is FREE, thanks to those scamps at Trophy Bikes . Just add words! First one is Jan. 7; we’re at DF’s every single Tuesday in January.
Um, those are the dates of the last two October Tuesdays (and the last two PUBLETTERS sessions this fall at TATTOOED MOM). And here’s our little flyer for it.
We have had a banging little time at our “Reserved” table, stamping scores of post cards and letters to Frank Ocean, the unstoppable RBG, a certain Mr. Kaepernick, to the shy and retiring (at least where CHINA’s NBA cash is concerned) LeBron James and – as always – to friends and fam and of course, to Mom.
Join us from 5 to 8 pm the next two Tuesdays… and just maybe help us write to a Philly gal, TC, who has just gone over the rainbow and ended up, not in OZ, but in BOISE (founded 1863). She may need some cheering up, in the form of actual words written on real paper, and yes, we can loan you a pen.
It’s all FREE, thanks to the independently owned Trophy Bikes!, where cheerfully we fix flats, sell Bromptons and Surlys and (less-cheerfully) complain about brunch worshippers parking in the bike lane on weekends!
FOR NOVEMBER… we have unconfirmed reports that Publetters will be setting up our Samsonite “Slim-Line” briefcase in the only Philly tavern that has a tower named after it! More details soon.
IN HONOR OF CW2019, we will have a ton (um, maybe 1/2 a pound) of sticker postcards and crayons/markers/etc. so you can make your own mailable art–and then immediately mail it. See you on South Street!
BAR ERA – is indescribable. We can only list some of its features: a pool table; Ethiopian food; craft beer; VG soundtrack from the juke; charming staff. We snap open a Samsonite “Slim-Line” briefcase and add a tiny bit more to that mix, every Tuesday in August. Come early and take advantage of Happy Hour. FREE, of course, thanks to @trophybikes , an independent shop that is guided by its customers, the weather, and the ingenuity of its brands (among other things). N.B. As always, if you forgot your pen, you can borrow one of ours at Publetters. • • Starts August 6; scratch out some “Wish we were there…” letters and cards over a nice cold beer.
Things to know about Publetters, letter-writing and the Victoria Freehouse:
• They are neatly tucked away from the rumpus of Old City, on Front St.
• You can get to the VFH from almost anywhere via SEPTA/ Patco / Amtrak / Carriage Horse, bicycle, etc. If you drive, expect to search for parking a little, but possible!
• They serve Old Speckled Hen, a mild British ale that is the perfect accompaniment for writing post cards or letters.
• We are doing Publetters there from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Tuesday in July. As of NOW, that means there are still: 7/16, 7/23 & 7/30 left, to scritch and scratch out some heartfelt, handwritten mail.
• It is said that Oscar Wilde would sometimes finish sealing a letter in his London study, then fling it out the window to the street, saying breezily, “Someone will post it!”
• Their Happy Hour goes from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., overlapping nicely with Publetters.
• We bring everything you need (postcards, paper, envelopes, stamps, even loaner pens and pencils) to Publetters. It’s free, thanks to Trophy Bikes. Tell a friend. Thanks!
NEXT MONTH: Bar ERA, in Brewerytown. More on that soonish.
Start with a great, local, craft beer list; add a nice upstairs bar with a fireplace, and a solid menu. That’s why we ❤️ doing our Tuesday night Publetters at the Standard Tap (2nd and Poplar in N. Liberties PHL. •• Write a post card or letter, sip a beer, repeat as desired, and maybe get a jump on Valentine’s Day. Goes 7pm to 9-ish, FREE; first one is 2/5.
Yes—among his other feats—Ben Franklin was the First Postmaster for the 13 Colonies, AND the First Postmaster General for the United States he helped birth.
(Ben’s holding the Samsonite “Slim-Line” brief case—used to bring everything needed to write and send a letter or postcard at Publetters) • L👀K for that case on Tuesday (1/22) at @thepostPHL , a brand-new pub tucked into the ground floor of CIRA SOUTH, 129 S. 30th St. We’ll be tucked into a corner of The PostPHL from 7pm to 9-ish. Find us, and we’ll set you up; then Just Add Words. FREE? But of Course!
IT’S Complicated… but we will be snapping open our #Samsonite briefcase at a *different* bar each Tuesday in January. On 1/8–we’re at the wxyz bar, upstairs at the ALOFT HOTEL (101 N. Broad St.; 7p-9p –roughly where that Pelikan pen nib is pointing to, just above Arch Street.) Come write letters with us! Postcards, too. • Publetters is FREE, of course.
Very simple really, find a seat, get some paper and/or a card and write some words to friends & fam! 🖊❤️📩 It’s FREE, thanks to Yards Brewing & Trophy Bikes. Goes from 7 to 9-ish on Tuesdays. First one is 12/4 and yes, we can lend you a pen.