Winter Events- Nightly!
Grim Philly’s: Nightmare Before Christmas Tavern Tour!
Keebler elves, yule logs, and a jolly flying fat man delivering Hollister and IPods from some secret snow kingdom to the north. Curious traditions for a manger bound birthday gala with a couple wise guys and an egg nog. From Krampus to Christmas caroling and medieval holiday toasts with authentic hot spiced recipes- hear the roots of our holiday celebrations over seasonal beverages, snacks, and giveaways while socializing with friends new and old on this mostly indoor tavern experienceof the holiday season.
Relax in warmth enjoying appetizer and drink specials along with a complimentary snack, a seasonal beverage, and prizes (included) as you learn a full range of the surprising histories of Yule, and Viking lore and Saturnalia- all which have worked their way in to our modern Christian celebrations including ideas of magick, gift giving…and origins in even infanticide and human sacrifice.
Revel in little known facts of our holiday past including the season’s pagan roots in Roman, Celtic & German traditions, while learning of medieval, and New World additions in mumming & mistletoe. So toast with the ghosts of Christmas past as we drink in the yuletide spirits of grog & nog on this most entertainingly fact-(& alcohol) filled tour of the holiday season!
Zento (bar and front room):
3:00 PM forward- appetizer and drink specials available for ticket
holders before and for duration of tour.
5:45 PM: Ticket Collection.
6:00 - 7:15 PM (approximate): Holiday histories with a complimentary snack, a seasonal beverage, and giveaways.
10% off entire menu. Optional dinner (not included).
JJBootleggers Moonshine Bar:
7:30 - 8:45 PM: Light trivia and socialization. Shot of seasonal specialty moonshine and drink giveaways included.
Seranno Restaurant OR Sassafras Bar: (Optional)
10:00 PM on- Happy hour specials on beer, wine, and well drinks available for ticket holders.
*Please note- times and locations are approximate and subject to available space and coordination with partner establishments.
Duration: 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM (apx): most nights.
And- 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM (apx): Saturdays.
*2015/16 Schedule: Runs 6pm & 4pm most nights (when available) November 28th through January 27nd from Zento, located at 132 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19106.
Grim Philly's: Moonshine & Valentine
A Tavern Tour with Blood, Sex, & Magick!
Love spells, chocolates; blood, & sex; aphrodisiacs, magick; drinking, & hex. Join Grim Philly on this intimately juicy & steamy evening for the uninhibited as you enjoy complimentary chocolates and drinks and hear the true history of this lovers holiday with its dark, bloody, and sordidly promiscuous past.
From Roman animal sacrifice to Aztec aphrodisiacs, Indian Kama Sutra, Celtic courtship practices; and Wiccan and Voodoo love potions- learn of the multifaceted and magickal history of love rituals across cultures and time with some surprisingly bloody, magickal, and steamy origins as we visit 2-3 of the best local watering holes, enjoying a complimentary beverage and additional give-a-ways at each. This is a tour like none other by Grim Philly. So bring your Valentine out on the town for a pulsating lovers evening out with Grim Philly for a night you'll not soon forget.
Zento (upstairs private room):
5:30 - 5:45 PM: Ticket Collection
6:00 - 8:00 PM: Valentine entertainment/information, sake shots, giveaways, love spells, et cetera included. Happy hour tour prices on select appetizer menu and cocktails, 10% off entire menu. Optional dinner (not included).
JJBootleggers Moonshine Bar:
8:15 - 9:15 PM: Socialization, moonshine shot, wings or other small
amount of food provided at bar's discretion.
Seranno Restaurant OR Sassafras bar (optional):
9:30 - 10:30 PM: socialization, beer, wine, and wel specials included.
*2016 Schedule: Runs 7 night's a week 1/28 through 2/28 from:
Zento Contemporary Japanese Cuisine and Sake- 132 Chestnut St. Phila, Pa 19106.
Voucher holders: to register select number of "Participants" and enter your number under Promotional Code for a 100% off ticket price . Show your email confirmation with your 100% discount at the tour and you're all set! For more detailed instructions see our FAQ.
*All three guides at one tour subject to availability.
*Bar drinks and specials subject to availability.
*Additional food, drinks, gratuity not included.
Vampires, Sex, Ghost Tour
Our maiden tour voted best in Philadelphia. With an eclectic array of sites and frights from dark & deviant sexcapades to torture, mass burials &
execution, to vampires, pirates, and ghosts! A solid year of research & development by university professor Joe Wojie this high energy, R-Rated adult night tour ensures the highest value in entertainment and fact. An exceptionally one of a kind, unique, and far different tour than any other- adventurers are guided past Independence Hall, The Library of Congress and 2 dozen other sites starting with a core of traditional stories from our founding fathers and quickly moving to Philly's most seedy locations like our whipping posts, gallows, red light district; even recounting hauntings such as that of the City Tavern, pirate ghost ships that sail the Delaware, and more!
Duration: 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm (& other times available)
*Departs from Independence Visitor Center (April through December)- 599 Market St. Phila, Pa 19106.
Cemetery, Serial Killers; Blood & Beer Tour
From the burial ground to the bar! Eat, drink, & be merry!
From grave robbers like Dutch Pillet and Levi Chew to psychopathic killers like the “Corpse Collector,” “Frankfort Slasher,” “Hednik’s House of Horrors,” and H.H. Holmes; America’s first- this is not your typical Liberty Bell tour! And…after a fact-packed late afternoon Grim Philly® walk we’ll rest our weary bones one of Philly's finest watering holes for choice moonshine and hot snacks just in time for dinner before leaving on our (optional) "Bootleggers Ball Historic & Haunted Pub Crawl!"
Sparsely sprinkled with national icons, tales of yellow fever death, & up close visits to the graves of Ben Franklin, & other founding fathers- this tour tells more of the modern; gritty…some would say “twisted” side of our history. So join us, please- on this fascinating Grim ® adventure of blood & beer!
Tour price includes:
Complimentary beverage and hot food snacks.
Numerous historical sites including Franklin's Grave, Elfreth's Alley, Betsy Ross House, & more!
Duration: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Sat & Sun
(& select earlier 12:00 pm times).
*Departs Sat. & Sun. afternoons from Independence Visitor Center (April through November)- 599 Market Street. 1 N. Independence Mall West Phila, Pa 19106.
Oktoberfest Halloween Tour
Fill your bellies on marzen lagers, moonshine, and Halloween and Oktoberfest sweat treats, while regaling in Grim Philly's famous brand of R-Rated grit- in lost pagan traditions in divination and the dead while toasting with the ghosts of Olde City's notoriously sordid colonial era haunts where our Founding Fathers were known to enjoy a spirit or two themselves. As always tour guides include professors, authors, and young professionals guaranteed to push the boundaries of refined language sensibilities in unapologetic and uncensored terms. Ghost stories, toasting, trivia for additional shot give-a-ways and prizes abound on this social drinking and feasting evening out sharing the night in to the witching hour with good friends old and new. Oktoberfest, Halloween, stories of witches and ghouls, and, colonial and craft beer secrets are shared on thsi wicked cool Grim Philly adventure of entertaining learning and fun!
1 hour+ Halloween, Oktoberfest, and beer tour before tavern portion.
2 hours lightly narrated tavern portion with socializing and drink.
3 bar visits.
2+ alcoholic beverages: of taverns choice- including specialty fall moonshine selections such as "apple pie" or "candy corn" moonshine, carmel apple rum and vodka drinks, and other seasonal possibilities.
Additional Oktoberfest beer and/or shot drink give-a-way prizes on top of standard included in price of admission.
Halloween/Fall candy give-a-ways.
*Hot food selections and seasonal beers available at additional cost.
Duration: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm 7 nights a week!
Additional 2 PM, 4 PM and other times available Fridays through Sundays.
*Tour departs from outside front doors of Independence Visitor Center: 599 Market St., Phila, Pa 19106. Please arrive 15 minutes ahead for check-in. 24 hour parking garage located at Visitor Center.
FALL- Special Events
Midnight Ghost Hunting! ~ A Mid-Summer Night's Ghost Hunt!
Join Grim Philly and renowned psychic and ghost hunting expert Laurie Hull-McCabe, author of "Haunted Honeymoons," "Philly's Main Line Haunts," "Brandywine Valley Ghosts," "Supernatural Pennsylvania," and more- for this special edition of Midnight Ghost Hunting.
Search with your own equipment (provided) alongside the most renowned clairvoyant paranormal investigator on the east coast as you hunt for ghosts in famously haunted Olde City under the cool moonlight over the cobblestone paths of America's most historic, and haunted city! Departing from the tavern 11:00 pm sharp, search for spectral spirits throughout the witching hour throughout October on this limited edition midnight ghost hunt!
Duration: 11:00 PM - 1:00 AM Friday Evenings.
*Check-in and orientation at JJ Bootlegger's Moonshine Bar 35 S. 2nd St. Phila Pa 19106.
Grim Philly's Riverboat Cruise: Pirates & Jersey Devil!
"Grim Philly's Riverboat Cruise: Pirates and the Jersey Devil."
Cool dark waters abound as you're spell bound in legends of pirate ghouls and the Jersey Devil on this uncensored R-Rated cruise of the Delaware's grittiest tales under the blue moonlight with the city's urban skyline at our side. Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, Anne Boney, and pirate ghosts and treasure are dredged up alongside turn of the century encounters with Jersey's frightening woodland sky serpent; a thirteenth child and son of Satan himself along the very river upon which we sail. As always- Grim guides include professors, authors, and young professionals guaranteed to relay fact and legend in grimly unapologetic terms. So join us aboard Patriot Harbor Lines' genuine 1920's replica commuter yacht for Grim Philly's nighttime Pirates & The Jersey Devil Riverboat Cruise from Penn's Landing on The Delaware this fall season. 100% educational; 200% entertainment.
Ages 17 or over with parental supervision.
Ticket Collection: 30 minutes prior to departure.
Duration: Friday Evenings 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM and occasional 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM and Saturdays.
*2014 Schedule: Runs most Friday Night's May 14th through October 30th from southern end of Penn's Landing. "Patriot" Riverboat departs from "behind" the Hilton Hotel at the Independence Seaport Museum Dock. GPS (Street) Adress: 211 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Parking at Independence Seaport Museum lot. Dock is directly behind the Seaport Museum and hotel which can be accessed by going around museum either to the left or to the right. Dock can be seen from Hilton Hotel and Spruce Street Harbor Park, which is an exceptional place ot arrive early to for food before your tour!
*Please show up for your tour so you do not loose your seats!
Please note that unlike Grim Philly's walking tours, which can be rescheduled any number of times for five bucks- because of the limited amount of space available no-shows not making prior arrangemens to reschedule prior to 72 hours before their cruise will forfeit their tickets as they will have reserved space on the vessel that would not have been able to have been taken by others.
Ghost Ship Terror Cruise: Pirates & The Jersey Devil!
Cool dark waters and Oktoberfest marzen lagers abound as you're spell bound in legends of pirate ghouls and the Jersey Devil on this irreverently uncensored R-Rated cruise of the Delaware's grittiest tales under the blue moonlight with the city's urban skyline at our side. Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, Anne Boney, and pirate ghosts and treasure are dredged up alongside turn of the century encounters with Jersey's frightening woodland sky serpent; a thirteenth child and son of Satan himself along the very river upon which we sail. As always- Grim guides include professors, authors, and young professionals guaranteed to ignore the boundaries of refined language sensibilities in grimly unapologetic terms. So join us aboard Patriot Harbor Lines' genuine 1920's replica commuter yacht for Grim Philly's fall edition sunset Pirates & The Jersey Devil Booze Cruise extravaganza from Penn's Landing on The Delaware this fall season. 100% educational; 200% entertainment...so drink up me hearties yo ho!
Ages 17 or over with parental supervision. Must be 21 with valid state ID to drink.
Arrive early and sip cocktails while you wait!
Ticket Collection: 30 minutes prior to stated departure time.
Duration: 90 minutes.
Friday Departures: 5:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM.
Saturday Departures: 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, (11:00 PM TBA).
Check calendar calendar for precise fall schedule, frequency, and departure times, and block out dates.
Tour is unsuitable for children or those of prudish disposition.
*Please DRESS WARM!!
Temperatures can be slightly cooler on the water.
*2014 Schedule: Runs most Friday and Saturday nights in October from southern end of Penn's Landing. "Patriot" Riverboat departs from "behind" the Hyatt Hotel at the Independence Seaport Museum Dock. GPS Adress: 211 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Parking at Independence Seaport Museum lot.
*Please show up for your tour so you do not loose your seats!
Please note that unlike Grim Philly's walking tours, which can be rescheduled any number of times for five bucks- because of the limited amount of space available no-shows not making prior arrangemens to reschedule prior to 72 hours before their tour will forfeit their tickets as they will have reserved space on the vessel that would not have been able to have been taken by others.
Bootlegger's Ball Pub Crawl
Bootlegger's Ball Pub Crawl!
From ruthless "businessmen" gangsters shooting up the city in a war to control the liquor trade, to a few haunting stories of pirates and colonial brewers- enjoy a couple complimentary drinks, tavern entries, & histories as you're entertained with the most chillingly interesting, twisted, & unique facts of our fair city. Though a typical "Grim Philly"® dark history mix of old & new, pub crawls are a solid departure from Grim Philly's usual fast pace & fact-packed regular tours; and are designed as guided evenings out socializing with friends in between bursts of historical intrigue befitting the tavern environment. Come along to socialize as we explore "Grim" Philly's early tavern & waterfront drinking cultures, and some of our most famous prohibition gangsters- Al Capone, Mickey Duffy, Waxy Gordon, Leo Lanzetti, and others on Philly's "RRR" rated #1 educational drinking tour! With plenty of time to socialize and mingle in between activities, including trivia for chances to win free shots or beer, at least one additional stop with drink specials ordinarily is included to make a spectacular evening out. Two tours in one- your Bootlegger's Ball begins with a narritave tromp around hstorically significant Philadelphia colonial brewing spots recounting craft beer and early drinking histories of our earliest residents before moving on to the second alcohol/tavern phase where we'll enjoy similar libations served up for us by some of the finest watering holes the city has known!
*One hour historical tour of “Grim” Philly's colonial brewing, bootlegging, and gangster history prior to arrival at first tavern.
*3 Tavern stops:
One alcoholic beverages of tavern's choice at 2 different taverns.
Drink specials at 3rd tavern.
Additional drink giveaways and/or snacks.
Ample opportunity to socialize with friends old & new.
Ticket Collection: 5:45 PM.
Tour Begins: 6:00 PM.
Duration: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
*A departure from our usual fast pace & fact-packed regular tours, pub crawls are designed as guided evenings out with friends. Taverns are chosen less for historical significance and more for giving tour goers a modern & cultural variety of local flavor. For differences between our pub crawls and regular walking tours please visit our FAQ page for more details.
*Departs 6:00 PM Thursday through Saturday from Independence Visitor Center (March through August)- 599 Market Street, Phila, Pa 19106.
New Year’s Eve Bash 2015!
Lobster and grilled shrimp; wagyu beef and more…Join Grim Philly at Zento Contemporary this New Year’s Eve for a gluttonously decadent and exclusive evening of fine dining cuisine for the discriminating connoisseur. Ring in the New Year with friends old and new; with fireworks and champagne; beer, wine, mixed drinks; and Zento’s award winning culinary creations from roasted matsutake, sashimi and spicy tuna to omakase, rainbow fish citron, and a sinfully sexy array of desert spreads from some of the city’s top chefs. Come for the opening festivities of a three course diners delight and desert or stay through the evening enjoying fireworks displays over champagne toasts of Auld Lang Syne. Tax and gratuity included with your purchase.
Three Course Fine Dining
4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Three Course Fine Dinning
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Three Course Fine Dinning
9:00 PM – 11:30 PM
Open Bar and Limited Buffet
11:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Location: Zento Contemporary Japanese Cuisine and Saki Bar located at 134 Chestnut Street Olde City Philadelphia 19106.
Parking: Indoor parking garages located one block to the north and south on Second Street. Outside lot located same block on Chestnut Street.
Fireworks: Penn's Landing firework displays at 6:00 PM and 12:00 PM viewable from under the heat lamps outside.
Ice Skating: Throughout the day and evening at Penn's Landing Winterfest until 1:30 PM.
Ticket Times: reservations/tickets must be used for the specific time/s for which they have been purchased and may not be used interchangeably with other times as other patrons will have reserved those times and seating is limited to only those tables available. NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES will be available on unused reservations for this one night annual event.
Prefer not to take grandma & the kids along to the, “…Sex, Ghost” tour?
Want to take the, “…Serial Killers & Beer” tour but can’t ditch the kids?
...this is what’s up, & you can thank us later for getting you out of family fun at another gradeschool-esq liberty bell snooze!
Cemetery & Urban History Tour
(Grim Philly’s “Cemetery, Serial Killers;
Blood & Beer” tour for the kiddies ...a wider audience)
“The only thing better than a hooker is a dead hooker, unless you’ve got a half dozen of them stuffed in your closet”- or so sayeth Marty Graham: The Corpse Collector.
If you’d rather jump through a plate glass window sooner than see another friendly free footstep tour consider yourself saved.
You get the graveyard and leeches same as the adult variety with Grim Philly guides spinning the same tales of killers & death: all spoken in the queen’s finest English for the kiddies, of course.
This all ages (mostly) family friendly version of our, “Cemetery, Serial Killers; Blood & Beer” tour is (just about) suitable for a day trip with Aunt Ethel, Cousin Maude, & Tiny Tim too- prudish uptight’s aside…who’d be best advised to steer clear (no, seriously- are you uptight? Then stay home; take someone else's tour).
Identical content to our mature audiences tour, given by the same guides—every one of whom holds a college master’s degree—enjoy even your complimentary beer at the end (soda-pop for the youngens) just in time for happy hour food and drink specials at Mexican Post’s restaurant and bar: all ages welcome!
Price: $29.99 (Adult)
$9.99/$19.99 (Child/Under 12)
Duration: 3 hrs (TBA)
Audience: All Ages / Parental Discretion Advised.
*Burial Ground opened weather permitting.
*Christ Church opening subject to event calendar (weddings, funerals, holy day events, etc).
All Ages: 50% Profits Benefit Palmyra Historical Society
Cool waters and Oktoberfest marzen lagers abound as you're spell bound in legends of pirate ghouls and the Jersey Devil on this gritty fact-pact cruise of the Delaware's juiciest tales with the city skyline at our side. Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, Anne Boney, and pirate ghosts and treasure are dredged up alongside turn of the century encounters with Jersey's frightening woodland sky serpent; a thirteenth child and son of Satan himself along the very river upon which we sail. Your tour guides will include one or more of the following: Joe Wojie (Rider University History Professor), Jon Crider (TCNJ History Professor), and Harry Kyrakodis (author of Philadelphia's Lost Waterfront). So join us aboard Patriot Harbor Lines' genuine 1920's replica commuter yacht for Palmyra Historical and Cultural Society's fall edition Pirates & The Jersey Devil Delaware Riverboat Cruise from Penn's Landing. 100% educational; 200% entertainment...so drink up me hearties yo ho!
All ages welcome.
Must be 21 with valid state ID to drink.
Ticket Collection: 30 minutes prior to stated departure time.
Duration: 90 minutes.
Sunday October 5th: 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM.
Sunday October 19th: 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM.
Check calendar for precise fall schedule, frequency, and departure times.
This tour is run in conjunction with Grim Philly Twilight Tours and Patriot Harbor Lines. Contact Grim Philly Twilight Tours for more details at 856-829-3100.
*Please DRESS WARM!!
Temperature can be slightly cooler on the water.
*2014 Schedule: Runs from southern end of Penn's Landing. "Patriot" Riverboat departs from "behind" the Hyatt Hotel at the Independence Seaport Museum Dock. GPS Adress: 211 S. Columbus Blvd, Phila, Pa 19106. Parking at Independance Seaport Museum.
Independence Walking Tours!
(Family friendly; all-ages version of our: Vampires, Sex, Ghost, & so much more tour!)
Developed by Rider University Professor Joe Wojie;
Independence Walking Tours is the family friendly cleaned up afternoon version of our mature audiences, “Vampires, Sex, Ghosts: and so much more” night tour offered by Grim Philly Twilight Tours that’s won Best City Tour on PHL 17’s Hotlist in 2011 & 2012.
Crafted with the same attention to research and care for enthusiasm & entertainment, Independence Walking Tours is a standalone Philadelphia tour suitable for parents and children alike. You’ll enjoy the scandal (not so much sex!), but torture, death…even a ghost story or two from the nighttime variety; with language and delivery sanitized for grandma and the kids! For those family weekends with the kids when the last thing you wanted was to take another constitutional liberty duck tour- we’ve got the answer to your prayers, & you can save that constitutional for after lunch when you’re through.
Price: $19.99 (adult)
$9.99 (child/under 12)
Duration: 75 min. (TBA)
Audience: All Ages
All tours subject to availability.
Tours run rain or shine, so dress appropriately please!
Telephone reservations subject to additional $5 charge per ticket.
Must be 21 to enter tour taverns and participate in all themed Tavern Tours.
Midnight Ghost Hunting Participants under 21 may remain in outside seating at tavern where tour will begin until tour gathers outside at 11:00 pm. Those entering tavern to meet up with Midnight Ghost Hunting Tour after 10:00 pm must show Grim Philly ticket at door to waive cover charge.
Burial Ground opened weather permitting.
opening subject to event calendar (weddings, funerals, holy day events, etc).
Ticket holder agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Grim Philly Twilight Tours and its affiliates in any and all matters, including but not limited to alcohol or other related injury; either personal or to another, and claims sole responsibility for personal actions, injury, or loss there related or not to alcohol consumption and acknowledges the hazards thereof insofar as the consequences of consumption of which will be the sole responsibility of said ticket holder. Ticket holder additionally agrees to all of the General Terms and Conditions stipulated on GrimPhilly.com