The 2017 NFL Draft puts Philly back in the national spotlight through Saturday. Instead of game planning around all the road closures, call an audible for a fun-filled weekend.
Experience the Draft Experience
The NFL Draft is the hottest ticket in town as the makeshift theater on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be filled to capacity. Thousands of others will be ready to put their skills to the test at the open-to-the- public NFL Draft Experience. We are talk- ing about three-days of must-do activities including interactive experiences, autograph sessions with current and former NFL players, pictures with the rarely seen (at least in Philly) Vince Lombardi Trophy and more. Free to attend. The hours are noon-11p.m. April 27–28 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 29. Benjamin Franklin Parkway. nfl.com/draft- experience.
Looking for food? Well, the NFL Draft Experience Tailgate will serve up selections from some of Philly’s best restaurants in this taste of the town affair. The hours are noon-11 p.m. April 27–28 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 29. Benjamin Franklin Parkway. nfl.com/draftexperience.
Toasting the pick
Stop by the NFL Draft Tavern presented by Bud Light to grab a drink and support your team while they’re on the clock. Benjamin Franklin Parkway. nfl.com/draftexperience.
The Tostitos Cantina is a golden opportunity to chat it up with current and former NFL players while they talk about draft experiences. Ron Jaworski will appear 4–5 p.m. April 28 while Zach Ertz will stop by 11 a.m.-noon April 29. While you’re at it, grab a bag of Tostitos tortilla chips. Benjamin Franklin Parkway. nfl.com/draftexperience.
Soup for you!
Campbell’s Soup will be rolling into the NFL Draft Experience in their food truck with samples of two fan favorites — Campbell’s Chunky and SpaghettiOs. NFL players will be making special appearances throughout the weekend. After filling up on samples, head over to the NFL Play 60 Zone Obstacle Course to test your football skills. Benjamin Franklin Parkway. nfl.com/draftexperience.
Bypass the crowds on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for what what is be- ing billed as “The Biggest Draft Party in Town.” The Draft House inside the Refin- ery Bar & Restaurant opens at noon with a star-studded lists of guests lined up through- out the day including NFL Hall-of-Famer Lawrence Taylor (5–6:30 p.m.), 97.5 The Fanatic live broadcast with Natalie Egenolf (9 p.m.-midnight), and former Eagles Jeremiah Trotter and Seth Joyner (9–10:30 p.m.). The party keeps going until 2 a.m. with a live DJ and the SugarHouse Sweeties. SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Ave. phillydrafthouse.com.
Have draft party plans? Head over to Sonesta Philadelphia’s Art Bar to watch the first round unfold while enjoying any draft beer and two hot dogs for $7, a draft and a burger for $10, and salsa chips and guaca- mole for $4. 1800 Market St. sonesta.com.
Lagers and oysters, oh my!
Revolutionize your NFL Draft Experience at the Little Lion Restaurant’s upstairs bar. The Old City spot will be serving up $3 lagers and buck-a-shuck oysters while fans follow the action on the big screen. 243 Chestnut St. thelittlelionphilly.com.
Pint it up
The Cambridge on South Street is join- ing the NFL Draft festivities with food and drink specials when the Eagles are on the board. Enjoy $4 pints of Yard’s Philly Pale, St. Benjamin Wit or Witout and Dock St. Rye IPA plus half price sweet sesame or garlic with a side of house-made blue cheese sauce. 1508 South St. cambridgeonsouth. com.
Kimpton Hotel Palomar is hosting viewing parties in its living room for guests and locals. The hotel will project coverage of the draft on the living room wall and provide its famous truffle popcorn for snacking. Menus will be pay as you g,o and parties will take place 8–10 p.m. April 27, 7–9 p.m. April 28 and noon-3 p.m. April 29. 117 S. 17th St. hotelpalomar-philadelphia.com.
Break away from the Center City crowds and enjoy the draft on TV — sound included — while sipping cans of Founders All Day IPA for $4 while the selections are being made. Taproom on 19th, 2400 S. 19th St. taproomon19th.com
Chalk it up
First-round selections will likely be the hot topic of conversation when former Eagles
quarterback Ron Jaworski, ESPN’s Mike Golic and other special guests host Chalk Talk presented by First Trust Bank. This draft breakdown session includes lunch, open bar, meet & greet, photo-ops and more. Noon-2 p.m. $50. Xfinity Live!, 1100 Pattison Ave. draftinPHL.com.
The NFL Draft hype will reach a new level when Grammy-nominated singer Redfoo and the Party Rock Crew will likely perform The Juicy Wiggle at this free ticketed event (reserve tickets in advance). 10 p.m.-1 a.m. The Event Center at SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Ave. phillydrafthouse. com.
On Tap for Saturday
Before you start digesting all the news from the final day of the NFL Draft, join Fanatic anchor Natalie Egenolf for a special kegs and eggs brunch featuring more than 10 craft and domestic beers on draft, mimosas, bloody Marys and breakfast sandwiches. Local cover band Eleven Eleven will perform during brunch. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Refinery Bar & Restaurant at SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Ave. phillydrafthouse.com.