Why I Don't Like Going to Sips at Pagano’s in Philadelphia

I really don’t want to go to Sips in Philadelphia today. For those of you who don’t know, Sips is a city-wide happy hour that offers $4 beers, $5 wine and $6 cocktails. Yes, I know what you’re thinking; How in god’s name could I complain about drinking beers with friends… Well, I am so… fuck you.

Listen I love to drink especially with my friends, but Sips in Philly is not worth the trek for me. First of all, I don’t live in the city. I have to take a train for 35 minutes after work today to get there. They have happy hours in my area. I don’t know why people are obsessed with going there. To make this easier on everyone, I’ll break down my issues with headers.

They are easy on IDs

Yeah. Right off the bat, this is a bugaboo for me. When I was in high school, everyone with a fake ID would go to Sips on Wednesday. I can’t imagine that’s changed. It’s such a big event that there’s no way they care enough to check thoroughly. Drinking beers around 17-year-olds isn’t exactly my ideal Wednesday evening. I mean cool for you guys that your fakes work somewhere. It’s always awesome when you find those places, but now that I’m older, I don’t want to be around a bunch of high school kids.

Not Worth the Journey

This one probably seems stupid, but I am not the only one who makes this trip. The train is always full on Wednesday with people going one of the Sips in the city. If you live/work in the city, then stopping off to grab a couple of beers there is fine. Taking the train to this thing is not at all worth it though. It’s a pain in the ass to get a beer. I don’t want to take a train for 30 minutes to wait another 15 per beer. Usually, I like the crowds, but not if I’m showing up stone-cold sober, which I am coming directly from work.

No Food or Restrooms

Listen I love a good happy hour. I love going to grab some half-price apps and drinking a pitcher. You can’t do that here. Yeah, I guess you could grab food elsewhere, but standing in a courtyard to only get a 3 beer buzz feels lame to me. Maybe, if I was flying hotter then it would be more fun, but I did that last time and it wasn’t. Again, a train ride to not eat and have to use a portable shitter and not be able to get a drink in a timely fashion…it sucks. Also the portable shitters have hordes of people around them at all times.

I’m probably just grumpy or something but traveling an hour to only drink for two hours sounds pretty pointless. I would much rather hit a happy hour around here and do the same thing. There wouldn’t be as many people, but I’m not sure if that’s such a bad thing in this case.

Either way, I’m going. My friend is moving to Arizona this weekend, so Sips will be the only way to see him off. Hopefully, something fun happens so that I’ll be too miserable in the morning to write tomorrow’s entry. We’ll see. More than likely I’ll lose $40 on this adventure and not get any form of satisfaction out of it.

I want to talk about Lonnie Walker IV’s summer league performance, but I’ll save it for another time. I have to finish getting my life together this morning and honestly am in no mood to talk sports.

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