Goodbye to 2016, we can certainly say without hesitation…

We may not have felt much love for this passing year, but we shared affection and opinion with our fellows at the last Publetters of the year, in the comfy confines of Doobies Bar, 22nd & Lombard Sts.


We wrote about two dozen letters, and emptied an untallied number of glasses.  Our words went out to Misty Copeland in NYC, and that miserable orange Cheeto in T___p Tower, and to a Peace Corps pal in Paraguay. Some citizens of Brick, NJ, and the little town of Frackville, PA (Hmm, don’t drink the water?) also will be getting mail.

New Year’s Resolution: write more letters! We will be at Fergie’s Pub* every single Tuesday evening in January, starting 1/3.  Of course, Doobies Bar offers Publetters on the first Tuesday of every month which presents a dilemma on that date.  We say, go to whichever pub is closest to you.  Or perhaps hit Fergie’s first, and close things out at Doobies. It’s a free country (thus far!).

Publetters is brought to you by the letter Y, which stands for Yards Brewing, makers of Philly Pale Ale, our favorite beer, and Trophy Bikes, the shop that sells machines that get you there AND back. Our stationery is provided by the Gang of Three: Rittenhouse Instant Press, Printer’s Place and Northern Liberty Press.

Thanks and we hope to see you one of these crisp, cool Tuesdays at Fergies, 1214 Sansom Street, just around the corner from Springboard Media, a great place to buy Macs and such.

BTW, ICYMI, FYI, Publetters has a modest Interweb presence: we are on FB, Instagram and Twitter. Consider following us out there, just to boost our fragile self-esteem!



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The Final Publetters of 2016!

Last Tuesday we marked the Publetters-Before-Christmas with a nice stack of handwritten mail.  We reached out to the Naughty (Pauly Shore), the Nice (Frank Ocean), the Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and the Outright Disgusting (Donald Trump) – and of course, to friends and relations all over the globe.


Four of our correspondents, in a thrifty move, planned to hand-deliver their letters to colleagues the next day. Good for them!

Get those Thank You notes, those year-end wrap-ups, and those we-simply-must-get-together-more missives out before the calendar page turns!  Join a sophisticated, yet still open to new ideas group at DOOBIES BAR, 22nd and Lombard Streets, in scenic SW Center City, this very Tuesday, the 27th of December.

COMING UP: For January, we shift over to FERGIES PUB, 1214 Sansom Street to begin 2017 (first session is Tuesday, 1/3). BUT remember, Publetters always happens in two places on the first Tuesday of each month–in the month’s designated tavern–AND-in Doobies Bar, which holds its own Publetters on the first Tuesday of every month.

FAQ: Publetters always starts right around 7 p.m., goes for a couple-few hours, and it’s always FREE, thanks to Yards Brewing, Trophy Bikes, and our lovely stationery providers: Rittenhouse Instant Press, Printers Place, and Northern Liberty Press.



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Well-Done, Doobies!

Fantastic! We scratched out 50 letters and cards to Athens OH, Brattleboro VT, and to those men and women who are still needing a home, at the Sunday Breakfast Mission, among others.

This despite a persistent, chilly, Casablanca-esque drizzle. Thanks to all; we’re looking forward to seeing even more letters as Doobies Bar hosts Publetters every Tuesday this month.

As always, Publetters is free, thanks to Yards Brewing Co. (makers of Rival IPA, The Thirst-Slaker!) and Trophy Bikes (AUTHORIZED re-sellers of the astonishing Brompton folder).

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Holiday letter writing at Doobies Bar

Let us note that we are not perfect, no we are not, by a long shot. Maybe even a city block. That’s how far we tried to move Doobies Bar – which is and has always been at 22nd & Lombard (not South Street, as we tagged it in, oh, about 200 flyers, postcards and Instagram posts!).


— That correction made, please join us any and every Tuesday in December, from about 7 p.m. till well after 9 to write all sorts of cards and letters. Stay in touch with pen & paper. It’s free – even the postage stamps –and we’ll lend you a pen if you forgot yours.

As always, we thank our sponsors: Yards Brewing Company, Trophy Bikes, and not one, not two , but three intrepid printing companies: Northern Liberty Press, Rittenhouse Instant Press, and the Printers’ Place.

Cheers and keep warm, friends.



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Farewell (for a while) to Chestnut Hill

Tonight, take shelter from the (warmish) rain inside the snug confines of McNally’s Tavern, very near the highest point in Philadelphia. We will lay out the pens and stationery and US Postal Service stamps very near to 7 p.m. and go till well after 9 p.m.  Here’s our full-color flyer, just as a visual reminder. You may have seen these tacked up in cafes, yoga joints, bookstores and laundromats along Germantown Avenue!


This will be our last evening at McNally’s, so grab am umbrella and come on out. (it’s just a few paces from the SEPTA Chestnut Hill West rail station)  •  •  •  As  November shifts into December, we make our monthly shift of location–we’ll be in Doobies Bar for all of December.  Patti Brett, Doobie’s fearless proprietor, will be laying out some special holiday cards to make things a bit more festive. Doobies, BTW, is where Publetters first made the leap from a flaky idea to an actual flaky event. Doobies also holds the record for the most letters and cards (79!) hand-written in a single Publetters evening.

•  If you’ve never been to Doobies: • 

1) They always have an interesting selection of beers on tap, and some plain old regular beers if you don’t want to be all fancy.  2) They have one table that is fragile and you can’t move it. Don’t even try.  3) GREAT jukebox, one of the best we have ever seen.

Here’s the flyer, and if you can Spot The Differences, then you will no doubt find us at 22nd & Lombard Streets, any Tuesday next month. First one is Tuesday, 12/6. FREE, as always–thanks to Yards Brewing and Trophy Bikes.  Same timing, i.e., we start at about 7 p.m. and go till well after 9-ish. flyer_publetters_doobies_square_color

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We’ll Keep On Writing Letters, That’s One Thing We Shall Do.


Joe BIDENyou just keep being you, OK?  … is perhaps what it says inside this one, written earlier this week. We didn’t stop there; we wrote to Salcha, AK, for the first time ever, and we didn’t forget about the Tavern right next door with the nice barman named John who said, “Letter writing? That’s at McNally’s Tavern.”

Please join us the next two Tuesdays at McNally’s, 8634 Germantown Avenue, a quick sprint from the Chestnut Hill West rail station. (It’s the end of the line, so you can’t miss your stop!)

We start a minute or two after 7 p.m. and wrap up in time to rush down the steps to catch the 9:44 to 30th Street Station! It’s FREE, as always, thanks to Yards Brewing and Trophy Bikes.  Follow us on Twitter, FB and Instagram if you like, or just show up on Tuesdays.

LOOKING AHEAD: It’s always a pleasure to sit down at DOOBIES BAR, the birthplace of PUBLETTERS, and we will be there (22nd and Lombard Streets, SW CC Phila.) each and every Tuesday in December, starting on 12/6 (13, 20 & 27) … write to the North Pole, the Equator, or anywhere in between, from 7 p.m. to 9-ish. Of course, we’ll have some holiday cards, and we will lend you a pen.



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Let’s climb Chestnut Hill, shall we?

It was a very good October at Local 44, and we had an impressive list of letter (and postcard) destinations to reflect upon:  Vatican City, Bangkok, Sheboygan, Svit, and Upper Darby, to name a very few. We wrote to The Pope (see above) , to actor John Goodman and ACTOR! William Shatner!!, to the UK Atomic Energy Agency, and to sharp-elbowed Rahm Emmanuel out in Chicago IL.


For November, we head up to a place that Harry Potter could (and actually just did) feel at home in–Chestnut Hill, where we set up shop at McNally’s Tavern, 8634 Germantown Ave. The snug pub is just 72 paces from the Chestnut Hill West station of  SEPTA’s Regional Rail line (Which, NOTE WELL, will not be affected by any strike). Our first session is Nov. 1, our second is Nov. 15 (we’re taking off Election Day–VOTE!), and so on.

• Please join us and write a letter to anyone you like about anything you like. •

We start at 7-ish and end a bit after nine in the evening.  FREE, thanks to Yards Brewing and Trophy Bikes.



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BOO! We’re almost done at Local 44

Each Tuesday at LOCAL 44, we’ve come up with more and more letters, including this one below, that shows love can be a bit scary at times.

We scarcely had time to finish our Yards IPA, hand-pumped out of the basement of what was once Murphy’s Tavern. Which, BTW, is one of only two pubs from which your Publetters host has ever been flagged–as a foolish ute, I discovered that you could feed the toilet paper roll into the exhaust fan and it would unroll and shoot out into the alleyway. A well-deserved one-month suspension followed!


We wrote two letters to Pope Francis and one to actor John Goodman, to Hollywood CA, and Oricut, MA, both magic–just in different ways. We also sent a letter to a friend in INDIA, which may be our first ever to that subcontinent.

Please join us at 44th and Spruce next Tuesday, Oct. 25, for our last session at Local 44. We will have a dazzling array of stamps to put on your letters–but you must write them first, so bring your best words.


Below is a diagram for your reference:


It shows how to build the signature sandwich of our November hosts–McNally’s Tavern in Chestnut Hill.  Will it be physically possible to eat a Schmitter AND write a letter at the same time? Let’s find out!   We will be at McNally’s almost every Tuesday in November (we will be busy VOTING on Election Day, Nov. 8) – starting Nov. 1. ( and 15, 22, & 29) Note that McNally’s is just 75 paces from SEPTA’S Chestnut Hill West Regional Rail station, and perhaps a 10-minute walk from the Chestnut Hill East station, so it’s an easy train ride from nearly anywhere.  We put out the pens, stamps and stationery at 7 pm, and write letters till a little after 9. FREE, of course, thanks to Yards Brewing Company and Trophy Bikes.


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28 at 44!

Twenty-eight Letters, that is–at Local 44, to give the full name of this month’s venue for the highly-esteemed-and-pressed PUBLETTERS.  Our intrepid letter writers doubled the evening’s tally (we had 14 letters in our opening Tuesday) to 28 utterly sincere, ink-on-paper epistles.

…Among which were some DIY postcards with graphic cheers and jeers going out to friends and fiends. (WARNING: Trump imagery below)


Besides The Donald, we wrote to the altogether more pleasant George (Lt. Sulu)  Takei, to pals in Australia, Ann Arbor and for–the first time in Publetters history–to Norcross GA and Conestoga PA.  Bet those places have some good diners to visit, you know?  We also dropped a line to friends in Matthew-battered Florida to let them know we’re thinking of them.

We’d like to thank Yards Brewing and Trophy Bikes for keeping Publetters FREE, and the US Postal Service for delivering billions (over 60 BILLION, to be exact) of actual First Class Mail pieces in the past year.  Why not add your words to that awesome Pike’s Peak of paper?  Join us for two more Tuesdays (10/18 & 10/25) at Local 44, at the corner of 44th and Spruce Street, where West Philly and University City meet and fist-bump, or shake hands as the case may be!  We set out our paper, envelopes and stamps as close to 7 p.m. as possible and stride off to the mail box a bit after 9.

COMING UP: Is it even physically possible to eat a “Schmitter”  – and write a letter? Find out this November, when Publetters comes to Chestnut Hill, every Tuesday night at McNally’s , 8634 Germantown Ave., just a few steps from SEPTA’s Chestnut Hill West rail stop.

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Greetings, are you seated comfortably?  Let’s us first just take a moment to look backward fondly at Manayunk and Lucky’s Last Chance: we hung there on Main Street for every Tuesday in September, and discovered a whole new floor on the Food Pyramid: Tater Tots. Lucky’s serves them in a wild variety and we could go on, but we had better not stray into Craig LaBan’s turf! Back to letter-writing, and boy did those who came out to Lucky’s write letters to places, including: Uxbridge MA, Honolulu, Ephrata and Forty Fort PA, and Katonah and Brooklyn and Bridgewater NY, and Yorba Linda CA, to name a few.

For October, we travel to disputed territory in the 19104 – the corner of 44th and Spruce, where Local 44 (once Murphy’s Tavern, we old-heads can tell you…) stands like a border checkpoint, if a border checkpoint sold great burgers and pitchers while checking your ID. Is this the place where University City ends–and West Philly begins? Some say so… but the line blurs with the seasons,and the age of those discussing the issue while trying to pick from a ridiculous selection of craft beers inside Local 44. (more underneath the pic, please scroll down….)


Into this comfortable frame, we will set out a stack of nice paper, envelopes, a pint glass full of pens, and a binder of US Postal Service First Class stamps.  ALMOST everything needed to write a letter. We’re counting on you for the words, and we know you will come up with them here in “Brainy University City”… um, we meant West Philly.  Our first of four Tuesdays is 10/4.  See you at Local 44!

(details, details…. we start around 7 pm, and trundle our bundle of letters to the mail box a bit after 9 pm, and of course it’s free–thanks to Yards Brewing Company and Trophy Bikes. Stationery by those inkjet-stained fellows at Northern Liberty Press. )

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