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Posted on May 09, 2019

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“Balcony Bar @ the Kimmel” gets bubbly, w/ #happyhour specials, #menu from @GarcesEvents, and best view of Broad St. in #Philadelphia. NEW THIS SUMMER: reinvented space by @papertini, rotating DJs, ticket giveaways, and more! Join @KimmelCenter for @CCDSips. #KCBalconyBar


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Lauren Woodard








Outdoor Pop-Up Bar overlooking Broad Street & City Hall, with

Happy Hour-priced menu options from Garces Events


Experience reinvented & relaxing spaces from Philly-based Papertini,

plus rotating DJs, ticket giveaways, and more!


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA, May 9, 2019) –– The Kimmel Center Cultural Campus is pleased to announce the return of “Balcony Bar @ the Kimmel”, in association with culinary partners at Garces Events. The pop-up space, located on the second-tier balcony of the Kimmel Center overlooking iconic Broad Street and City Hall, will be open on Wednesdays from 5-9 PM as part of the Center City Sips happy hour series, beginning June 5 and running through the summer. Admission is free. Center City Sips special pricing is available each week until 7 PM, with beer, wine, cocktails, and food from Garces Events.


Partnering with Philly-based designer Papertini, the Kimmel Center’s Tier 2 Balcony Lounge, outdoor Balcony, and downstairs Commonwealth Plaza spaces will be reinvented for Balcony Bar @ the Kimmel, integrating reimagined design elements to create several new, inviting spaces. Along with rotating DJ entertainment from DJ Royale (June), DJ Mike Nyce (July), and DJ Craig Dash (August), attendees can expect ticket giveaways, surprises, and more. Balcony Bar @ the Kimmel guests are welcome to enjoy free WiFi throughout the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts building.


“The return of Balcony Bar @ the Kimmel as part of Center City SIPS really is the kickoff of all things summer and fun in the city,” said Ed Cambron, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “Our Philadelphia neighbors are invited to join us each week for iconic views and delicious food & beverage options from our partners at Garces Events. Plus, this year, we’re excited to reveal reinvented spaces from Philly’s own Papertini – welcoming the neighborhood to hang with us all summer long.”


"Now in our third season, Balcony Bar @ the Kimmel is one of Philadelphia's best new summertime traditions,” said Chef Jose Garces. “Make city nights memorable with our menu of wallet-friendly sips and snacks, with the best view of the beautiful lights and bustle of the Avenue of the Arts."



$4 beer

Yuengling, Miller Lite, Magic Hat #9 & Lagunitas IPA


$5 wine

Canyon Road Pinot Noir, Canyon Road Sauvignon Blanc & La Marca Prosecco


$6 specialty cocktails

Arnold Palmer - Iced Tea, Lemonade, Vodka

Sparkling Yuzu Gimlet - Yuzu Vodka, Sparkling Water, Cucumber

Rose Ginger Mule - Rose Vodka & Ginger Beer

*Made with Effen Vodka, Jack Daniel’s Whiskey, Dewar’s Scotch, Don Q Rum, El Jimador Tequila & Beefeater Gin



Cheddar Lime Popcorn

House Made Chips - House Made French Onion Dip

Smoked Eggplant Hummus - Garlic Lavash, Edamame, Feta Cheese

Guacamole - Tortilla Chips, Roasted Jalapeño, Cotija Cheese
Whipped Feta - Crudite & Toast

House Made Pretzels - Beer Mustard



Chef Jose Garces’ award-winning restaurant located in the Commonwealth Plaza, will be open Wednesdays through Saturdays, and will also feature daily happy hour specials. Guests can enjoy dinner post-SIPS and receive a 15% discount by mentioning the Balcony Bar. The restaurant will have a special summer menu available.




Garces is a Philadelphia-based hospitality group specializing in personal dining experiences rooted in the rich cultural traditions and culinary vision of renowned Latin-American chef Jose Garces. Taking a heartfelt and creative approach to time-honored recipes and dishes, Garces, in partnership with New Orleans- based Ballard Brands, operates numerous restaurants including Amada, Distrito, Tinto, Village Whiskey, JG Domestic, Volvér, The Olde Bar, Buena Onda, Ortzi at the LUMA Hotel Times Square, Okatshe, Olon and Bar Olon at Tropicana Atlantic City and Amada and Distrito Cantina in the Ocean Resort Casino. The group also operates Garces Events, a full-service catering and event division; the Garces Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to Philadelphia’s underserved immigrant community; and Luna Farm, Chef Garces’ 40-acre farm in Bucks County, PA. For more information, visit and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.


The Kimmel Center Cultural Campus

Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, our mission is to engage the region’s diverse communities with art through performance and education. Our Cultural Campus serves more than 1 million guests per year and includes the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Academy of Music, and the Merriam Theater- representing more than 160 years of rich history for the performing arts along Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts. We are home to eight esteemed Resident Companies: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philly POPS, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and Curtis Institute of Music. With nearly 9,000 seats per night, we are the region’s most impactful performing arts center, and the second largest in the country. Our Cultural Campus serves as a preeminent and inclusive place to enjoy exceptional experiences that reflect the spirit of our region by cultivating a creative and socially-responsible environment where our community shares experiences that are delivered with pride, integrity, and respect. As a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization, we collaborate on, present, and produce a broad range of relevant and meaningful events, we serve as an active gathering space for social and community events, we educate the region’s young people through access to quality arts experiences, and we provide support to artists in the creation of new work. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is our proud sponsor of the Kimmel Center’s 2018-2019 Season. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit


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