Kick start your weekend with tonight’s grand opening at SkyLodge by SkyGarten! The sky top bar launched in June on the 51st floor of 1717 Arch Street. Since opening they’ve earned Philadelphia Magazine’s Best of Philly® award for Best Beer Garden. Later, OktoberFest and their Hot Chocolate Bar kept this spot buzzing right up to one of the city’s most
spectacular New Year’s Eve celebrations.This evening, SkyGarten is unveiling its newest attraction, SkyLodge is a ski-lodge resort inspired pop-up.
“We wanted to give everyone a fun new reason to visit us with SkyLodge,” said Co-owner Mickey Rowley, who along with business partner Doug Hager of Brauhaus Schmitz tricked out the celestial bar space with a taxidermy, mounted antlers, yards of buffalo plaid, vintage skis, toboggans and other decorative items reminiscent of a classic ski lodge. All staff will be clad in Pennsylvania-based Woolrich Inc. red and black buffalo plaid.
Additionally, visitors can expect a roaring “fireplace” projected in loop on SkyLodge’s massive wall-sized screen; a menu from Executive Chef Mark Brinton of ski-lodge favorites, Bar Manager Jesse Cornell’s now-famous spiked hot chocolate bar, a shot ski and a full array of winter beverages. Some of the featured menu items include:
  • Bourbon Wings served with celery, carrots, blue cheese
  • Bacon and Blue Burger with caramelized onions, arugula, and cider aioli
  • Chicken & Waffles with pineapple chutney
  • Beef Stew with wild mushrooms, potatoes, and carrots
  • Pocono Poutine topped with provolone, roast beef and bacon gravy
Beverages take a more wintery turn as Hefeweizens and Pilsners give way to Doppelbocks and Dunkels with eclectic line up of draft beers and multiple offerings in cans from Germany as well as local craft selections. Hot cocktails to include Spiked Hot Chocolate, Hot Cider, and Mulled Wine. A fun Ski Shot allows four revelers to shoot a shot at once for $20.SkyLodge will be open Wednesday-Friday 5:00-10:00 pm Saturdays 5:00-11:00 pm through January (and may be extended through the remainder of the winter!)

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