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Hawthornes IPA Block Party, a Dessert Pop-up at Volver, and More Things to Do This Week

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Welcome to Eater Philly’s events roundup, a curated listing of not-to-miss dinners, food and drink festivals, and more.

Day of New Beginnings

What: Cristina Martinez and Ben Miller are closing their Bon Appétit-approved South Philly Barbacoa and moving it into sister restaurant El Compadre in the Italian Market. To ensure a smooth transition, they’re hosting a tradition Cuban ceremony at El Compadre with percussionist Shakoor Sanders, Bembesito, Emory Damon, and other musicians. Wear white clothes.

When: Tuesday, June 27, 7-10 p.m.

Where: El Compadre, 1149 S. 9th Street

How Much: Free admission

Brauhaus Schmitz Anniversary Party

What: Brauhaus Schmitz is turning eight and throwing a birthday party to celebrate. Expect live music, a buffet of German eats, and, of course, plenty of beer, including $4 drafts, plus $4 ciders and wines. German cider Bembel-With-Care, new to the U.S., will be available.

When: Tuesday, June 27, 7-11 p.m.

Where: Brauhau Schmitz, 718 South Street

How Much: $10 admission

Michael Laiskonis at Volver

What: James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Michael Laiskonis is heading to Jose Garces’ Volver for the evening for a dessert pop-up. Laiskonis, who was the executive pastry chef at Le Bernadin and is now creative director of the Institute of Culinary Education in New York, will be whipping up a savory-sweet dessert tasting, including the caprese, with tomato, blackberry, almond, olive oil, and basil, and the el campo with chocolate, coffee, coconut, and banana. Reservations are required; call 215-670-2303 to make one.

When: Thursday, June 29

Where: Volver, 300 S. Broad Street (in the Kimmel Center)

How Much: $65

Brews & Views at the Free Library

What: It’s the last installment of Brews & Views, a pop-up beer garden on the Skyline Terrace at the Free Library on the Ben Franklin Parkway. Brûlée Catering will have beer, wine, cocktails, and snacky foods for sale — but the real reason to show up is the views.

When: Thursday, June 29, 5-9p.m.

Where: Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street

How Much: Pay as you go

Hawthornes Beer Café Block Party

What: Hawthornes is throwing Philly’s favorite kind of fiesta: a block party. The theme is “IPA, Champagne, and Rosé,” with 75 choices of beer, bubbly, and wine all $5 each. Along with the drinks, there will be food for sale, including soft pretzels with beer cheese sauce, sweet Italian sausage, ribs, a three-bean burger, and lemon-poppy churros, and live music. Kids are welcome — Hawthornes is setting up a kids’ area with activities.

When: Saturday, July 1, noon to 8 p.m.

Where: 11th Street between Fitzwater and Catharine streets

How Much: Pay as you go

The Traveller Bar

What: Drink cocktails based off 150-year-old recipes at The Traveller Bar, a pop-up making the round of Loews hotels across the country. And while it is a hotel bar event, don’t write it off too quickly: The Traveller is an elevator car remade into a bar, with an antique cash register, a metal mesh wall with shelves to hold bottles and vintage cocktail recipe books, and leather bar stools. The books are too rare to risk spilling a Gin Fix on, but customers can peruse them digitally via iPads set up at the bar.

When: Thursdays to Sunday, 3-7 p.m., through July 8

Where: Bank & Bourbon in the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market Street

How Much: Pay as you go