8/28: Beers, Bars and the Best Bands

Night in Old City: Spend the night at Mad River Bar & Grill in Old City. Happy hour begins at 8 p.m. and it’s only a $5 entry. Drink specials are through 10 p.m. and include $1 Coors Light drafts and well drinks. After you’re done with happy hour, why leave? Stay out for some great timesuntil 2 a.m. Remember, this is one of the last weekends to party before Old City is completely invaded by all the college kids. Mad River Bar & Grill, 126 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19106.

Crows in AC: Head into Atlantic City tonight for one of the best (and under-rated) 90’s bands, the Counting Crows. The Crows may have been away for a while but they're on their 15th year as a group. Selling over 20 million records, with such hits as “Mr. Jones” and “Colorblind,” they still bring down the house with their smooth pop-rock sound. The show’s at the Borgata and begins at 8 p.m. Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, $65-85.

Drinks and Shows: Enjoy happy hour specials and two shows for the price of one at North Star Bar & Restaurant tonight. Specials include half off all pints of beers and well liquor as well as 25 cent wings. Stick around another hour or two for Ritual and Misstallica, both cover bands are some of the best around. Ritual's got Jane's Addiction down from their look to the sound. Misstallica, on the other hand, is an all girl group, but still rock it to their favorite Metallica songs. Both groups are a can't miss -- especially since the cost is only $10 at the door. North Star Bar & Restaurant, 2630 Poplar Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19130.

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