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A Late-Night Cabaret Bar Is Popping Up in a South Philly Auto Body Shop

The Bearded Ladies are bringing in performers from all over for this month-long Fringe Festival experience

Messapotamia Lefae is performing at Late Night Snacks.
Ben MacMaster

For anyone who’s been thinking what this city needs next is a bar with nightly cabaret performances and cocktails set in a former auto body shop in South Philly, your wish has been granted. Coinciding with this year’s three-week performing arts fest Fringe Festival, FringeArts, Opera Philadelphia, and the Bearded Ladies are organizing Late Night Snacks, a pop-up cabaret bar at 1316 S. Percy Street, near East Passyunk Avenue’s restaurant strip.

The Bearded Ladies, an always-entertaining experimental cabaret group lead by John Jarboe, will be bringing in performers from all over, including opera star Stephanie Blythe and Philly’s own Martha Graham Cracker, for what they’re calling “part performance installation, part fever dream, part neighborhood jawn.”

Working with costume and set designer Machine Dazzle, the Bearded Ladies are turning the former alley street auto body shop into a speakeasy-style space serving cocktails created by bartenders from Old City’s Sassafras and Tin Angel, plus Flying Fish’s Opera Philadelphia Ale.

Late Night Snacks is happening Tuesdays to Sundays from September 7 through September 29. Ticket prices vary a lot depending on the performance — the max is $50. There will also be some pay-what-you-can tickets available each night.

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