At this point, Philly is very familiar with Christmas pop-ups, like the glittery Tinsel. Limited-time Halloween bars? Easy to find. How about one themed for St. Patrick’s Day? This year, it’s happening, and it has corned beef–flavored popcorn and Jello shots.
Called Lucky’s Charm, Philly’s St. Paddy’s theme bar will pop up in Rittenhouse most likely on Friday, March 13, pending permitting, and run through Sunday, March 22, at 117 S. 19th Street, which was for a long time Topper’s Spa. It’s the pop-up debut for Rob Wasserman, who owns Rouge on Rittenhouse Square along with Audrey Claire and Twenty Manning, both in the neighborhood. He’s working with staffers at Happy Rooster, the long-running pub at 16th and Sansom.
Lucky’s Charm is two bars in one, starting with a magic forest in the front. A hallway has been turned into a rainbow tunnel that leads to a dance area decorated top to bottom in gold — like a pot of gold. At the end of the rainbow.
There’s beer, wine, and White Claw, but if you’re looking to stay in the spirit go for a fruity cocktail like the Shamrock Champagne with orange juice and curacao (the slightly bitter, orange-flavored liqueur) or a Lucky Stars with vodka, pineapple juice, and Sauza Agua Fuerte Mango. Also on the drinks list: Jello shots.
The food options are more snacks than meals, like soft pretzels, hot dogs, marshmallow-y cereal bars dipped in chocolate, and popcorn dusted in flavors like pickle, white cheddar, and corned beef. Or go for the mint chocolate chip cookies served alongside milk spiked with Baileys.
Here’s a peek at the enchanted forest part of the bar:
A rainbow coming out of a unicorn’s horn guides the way...
...to the pot of gold:
And here is a leprechaun chilling in the forest, in case you missed the theme:
Hours at Lucky’s Charm will be Monday to Friday from 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 11 p.m. On Tuesday, March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, it’s open weekend hours, noon to 11 p.m. Entry is for those 21 and up.