Celebrating the holidays is even better when you can help those less fortunate at the same time. From donations that net you drink discounts to sweets purchases that benefit charities, here are six ways to give back at Philly bars and restaurants this season.
Through Saturday, December 20, a collection of bars all over the city are trading booze for baubles. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to the United States Marine Corp’s Toys for Tots program, and you’ll get a free shot of liquor. Participating spots include Tashan, Crow & the Pitcher, PYT, Loco Pez and more — find the whole list here.
Philadelphia recently lost our first female firefighter in the line of duty, and to benefit the fund set up for the children she left behind, Melissa Torre of Cookie Confidential is selling special cupcakes, according to Philly Grub. Head to the bakeshop just off South Street and pick up a $5 jar of red velvet cake, and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the cause.
Pull out your wackiest sweater and head to this Northern Liberties bar on Friday, December 19. From 9 PM onward, one dollar of each beer or cocktail you buy will be donated to Philabundance. There will be $5 Citywides (PBR and top-shelf whiskey), plus beer from Great Lakes and special Tito’s vodka drinks.
Bring a nonperishable food donation for Philabundance to the Mexi-themed pop-up at Mugshots Coffee in Fairmount on Sunday, December 21, between 5-8 PM and get a free pint of Yards beer to go with your burrito or tacos.
During Thanksgiving, this Philly hunger nonprofit sells pies, but for the winter solstice holidays, it's brownies that are on sale. Click here to order the chocolate squares in original fudge or gluten-free (made with black beans) in quantities of four, eight or 12, and get a sweet to eat or gift while helping provide hot, nourishing meals to people with AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses.
Perishable goods are not often accepted at food banks, but if you shop the West Philly market between 10 AM-2 PM on Saturday, December 20, and you’ll be able to help the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger stock its pantries with fresh, healthy food. Simply tell one of the vendor’s you want to buy something to donate, and it’ll be whisked directly to those in need.