2016 Social Activities

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The Social Activities Group is working on several events and social opportunities for after conference hours. We will be adding more events as they come along. Watch this page!

Also, if you find a cool event to go to, and want to share the wealth with others, feel free to add the event to the page. :)

Planned Events

Newcomer Dinner, Monday, March 7th

First time at code4lib? Join fellow c4l newbies and veterans for an evening of food, socializing, and stimulating discussions about demonstrations of the many uses of bacon XML EZProxy LibGuides alternatives spreadsheets.

Code4Lib veterans, you're invited too. Join us in welcoming the newcomers!

Sign Up Form


  • When: Monday, March 7th
  • Time: 6 PM (ish) or whenever you can get your group together
  • Mastermind (if you have any questions): Becky Yoose


  • Max of 6 per group
    • Please, no waitlisting
    • Some restaurants can hold multiple groups of six. It is up to you to investigate the venue to see if this is possible.
  • ID yourselves so we can get a good mix of new people and veterans in each group
    • New folks - n
    • c4l vets - v
  • One leader needed for each location (declare yourself! - Vets are highly encouraged to lead the group)
    • Leader duties
      • Make reservations if required; otherwise make sure that the restaurant can handle a group of 6 rowdy library tech type folks
      • Herd folks from hotel to restaurant (know where you're going!)
  • See a restaurant that's not listed? Feel free to add one, but please make sure that it is open that Monday evening.

Reception at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia / Mütter Museum , Tuesday, March 8th

All attendees are invited to join us for a "disturbingly informative" opening reception at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, home of America’s finest museum of medical history. The Mütter Museum displays its beautifully preserved collections of anatomical specimens, models, and medical instruments in a 19th-century “cabinet museum” setting.

The reception includes an open bar and free access to the museum exhibits from 5:45PM through 7:45PM. We will also provide a selection of vegan, vegetarian, and omnivore friendly appetizers featuring: Pennsylvania flatbreads, a locally-sourced variety of sausages, and a Mediterranean spread that includes three different varieties of hummus and other plates.

LibTechWomen Meetup, Wednesday, March 9th

An informal meetup for women and their friends in library technology organized by #libtechwomen. No need to RSVP. We'll make sure there's an announcement ahead of time, and some of us will be in the hotel lobby at 5:15 to point people in the right direction.

When: Wednesday, March 9th - 5:30pm - 7pm

Where: National Mechanics (menu) at 22 South 3rd St

Come have a drink (soda is a fine choice!) Eat a snack or a big meal. Stay as long as you want. We just want a good time for the community to connect and chat.

NOTE: There is a small chance we might overcrowd National Mechanics. If we do, there many options within one block. We'll make sure to coordinate such "satellites" if need be.

Questions? Contact Kate

Play and Share in the Conference Hotel, Wednesday, March 9th


A large space in the conference hotel will be available for conference attendees to gather and socialize, play games and share goodies. We will be providing tables and chairs for Board Game Night (list of games being brought), and some attendees are planning to organize an acoustic jam session. You are also welcome to bring stuff to share, from craft sodas and beers to baked goods to local treats (#cannoli4lib).

Beer/drink activities will be in Hamilton. Boardgames are in Bromely/Claypoole (if you want quiet) or in Hamilton with the music/drinks.

If you would like to play, sing, or just request a song (Board Game Night folks might want to do this!) put title and lyrics here (if you can get chords, awesome, but optional): Song Requests Go Here

Social Map - Places of Interest


  • A trip to Barcade for vintage arcade games, craft beer, and tacos. Only a ten minute train ride from the conference hotel.
  • #jog4lib - currently being planned on the code4lib Slack channel.

Local Food


Name Variety of Food Address Distance from Hotel (miles) Cost Take Reservations Veg*n Friendly
Khyber Pass Pub Gastropub/Cajun 56 SW. 2nd Street 0.1 $$ no yes
City Tavern 18th Century American (historical + founding father's beer recipes) 138 S. 2nd Street 0.1 $$$ yes meh
Zahav Israeli 237 St. James Place 0.2 $$$ yes yes
Han Dynasty Chinese 123 Chestnut Street 0.2 $$ meh vegetarian
2nd Story Brewing Co Brewpub 117 Chestnut Street 0.2 $$ yes vegetarian
Franklin Fountain Ice Cream 116 Market Street 0.2 $$ no- cash only yes
Amada Tapas (Jose Garces) 217 Chestnut Street 0.2 $$$ yes yes
Eulogy Belgian Tavern Belgian 136 Chestnut Street 0.2 $$ yes vegetarian
Karma Indian Restaurant Indian 114 Chestnut St 0.2 $$ yes vegetarian
The Plough & the Stars Irish Pub 123 Chestnut Street 0.2 $$ yes meh
FARMiCiA Farm to Table 15 S. 3rd Street 0.3 $$-$$$ yes yes
Bierstube German Beer Hall 206 Market Street 0.3 $ yes vegetarian
Fork New American 306 Market Street 0.3 $$$ yes yes
High Street on Market New American 308 Market Street 0.3 $$ yes yes
Capofitto Pizza and Gelato Neapolitan pizza 233 Chestnut Street 0.3 $$ yes
Buddakan Asian Fusion 325 Chestnut Street 0.3 $$$ yes yes
Mac's Tavern Gastropub/New American 226 Market Street 0.3 $$ no vegetarian
The Gaslight New American 120 Market Street 0.3 $$ yes vegetarian
National Mechanics Traditional American 22 S. 3rd Street 0.4 $$ yes vegetarian
Pizzeria Stella Pizza/Italian 215 Lombard Street 0.5 $$ no vegetarian
Talula's Garden New American 210 W. Washington Sq. 0.5 $$$ yes vegetarian
Cooperage Gastropub/New American 123 S. 7th Street 0.5 $$ yes vegetarian
Tamarind Thai 117 South St. 0.5 $$ yes vegetarian
Hikaru Japanese 607 S 2nd St 0.5 $$ yes vegetarian
Bridget Foy's Traditional American 200 South Street 0.6 $$ yes yes
Famous 4th Street Delicatessen Sandwiches/Breakfast 700 S. 4th Street 0.6 $$ no vegetarian
Morimoto Japanese (YES Morimoto works the sushi bar some nights) 723 Chestnut Street 0.6 $$$$ yes meh
Wedge + Fig New American/Cheese Bistro 160 N. 3rd Street 0.6 $$$
Jones American comfort food (Stephen Starr) 700 Chestnut St. 0.6 $$ yes yes
Blackbird Pizza/Vegan 507 S. 6th Street 0.7 $ no yes
Serpico New American 604 South Street 0.7 $$$ yes
Tattooed Mom Pub Grub 530 South Street 0.7 $ no yes
Bistrot La Minette French 623 S. 6th Street 0.8 $$$ yes vegetarian
Brauhaus Schmitz German 718 South Street 0.9 $$ yes vegetarian
Catahoula Cajun/Creole 775 S. Front Street 0.9 $$ no no
Little Fish Seafood 746 S. 6th Street 0.9 $$$ yes no
Strangelove's New American / Craft Beer 216 S. 11th Street 0.8 $$ yes veg*n friendly
Reading Terminal Market Market/Grocery 12th and Arch Street 0.9 $$
Strangelove's Gastropub 216 S. 11th St 0.9 - 1 $$ yes yes (veg*ns & carnivores welcome)
Tria Cafe Wine & Cheese 1137 Spruce St. 1.0 $$-$$$ no yes
The Foodery Bottleshop/Sandwiches 10th and Pine Streets 1 $-$$$
Capogiro Gelato Gelato 119 S. 13th Street 1 $$ yes
Percy Street Barbecue Barbecue 900 South Street 1 $$ yes no
Vegan Tree Vegan 742 South St. 1 $ no yes
Blind Pig Pub food 702 N 2nd Street 1.1 $$ no meh
Charlie was a sinner Vegan bar 131 S. 13th St. 1.1 $$ yes yes
Silk City Diner New American 435 Spring Garden St 1.2 $$ no meh
Su Xing House Chinese 1509 Sansom Street 1.3 $ vegetarian
The Standard Tap Pub Grub 901 North 2nd Street 1.3 $$ no yes
The Foodery Bottleshop/Sandwiches 2nd and Poplar Streets 1.3 $-$$$
Coeur Gastropub 8th St. at Christian St. 1.3 $$-$$$ yes yes
Kennett Gastropub/New American 848 S. 2nd Street 1.4 $$ yes yes
Honey's Sit 'n Eat Diner/Homestyle 800 N. 4th St. 1.4 $ no - CASH ONLY yes
Jasmine Rice Thai 306 S. 16th St. 1.5 $$ yes yes
Tria Cafe Wine & Cheese 123 S. 18th St. 1.5 $$-$$$ no yes
Monk's Cafe Belgian 264 S 16th St 1.8 $$ no yes
Village Whiskey Whiskey pub (Jose Garces) 118 S 20th St 2 $$ no vegetarian
Mama's Vegetarian Kosher 18 S 20TH STREET 2.1 $ no- cash only yes
The Belgian Cafe Belgian/Pub (Great beer list) 601 North 21st Street 3.3 $$ no yes
Jose Garces Restaurants various various $$-$$$$ yes yes
Stephen Starr Restaurants various various various $$-$$$$ yes yes


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Local Drinks




Bottle Shops and Taprooms

Philadelphia Events

Saturday and Sunday, March 5 & 6

Sunday First Free Sunday at the Barnes Foundation!

Leon Bringes and Son Little - Killer night of R&B/ Soul including Philly's own Son Little

Blanck Mass at Johnny Brendas - Electronic /Drone show at a great Philadelphia venue

Monday, March 7

Tuesday, March 8

Party Like a Rock Star at the Science Museum Started by Ben Franklin - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Tune those axes and crank up the volume as Science After Hours travels into a world of lost inhibitions—we’ll take you from Woodstock to Punk Rock celebrating all things rock and roll! Learn how instruments are designed to produce different sounds and the science of how those sounds reach your brain. Rock out to the science of pyrotechnics, ... an evening better than a trip to Bonnaroo (or, at least, more scientific). $15 (Purchase Tickets in advance)

SUPER! Karaoke starting @9pm w/ @singyourlifekaraoke @ 12 Steps Down - 9pm+

A bar + mic + liberal amounts of bathroom graffiti = Tuesdays at 12 Steps Down. Gritty and by all accounts glorious though be warned: A smoking venue.

Wednesday, March 9

French Horn Rebellion, Mystery Skulls - No French Horns were harmed in the making of these beats

South Philadelphia Hackerspace Open House 7-9 PM If interested, add name to list Open house @ Hive 76 Ride Share list

"Design for Real Life" Book Release Party - 6:00PM - 8:00PM, Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia

Sara [Wachter-Boettcher] and [Eric Meyer] will be hosting, with incredibly generous support from A Book Apart and PhillyCHI, a launch party at Frankford Hall in Philadelphia.  We’ll be providing some munchies, some tasty adult beverages, and there will be giveaways of both paper and digital copies of the book.  We’d love to see you there!  If you can make it, please do RSVP at that link, so we know how much food to order.

Thursday, March 10

Sisters of the Stars: Women of Astronomy and Space Science 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Though not always in the limelight, throughout history women have shined as groundbreaking scientists and intrepid team members pursuing amazing discoveries and the daring exploration of space. Join us as we highlight the women behind some of the most extraordinary adventures in the universe. $5

Philly Dev Night - 7pm every Thursday, Philly Dev Night opens the Philly Game Forge (right down the street, 239 Chestnut St.) to anyone who wants to make, play, write, draw, or smell games. "It doesn't matter if you're an aspiring game developer, artist, writer, or even just a gamer; Dev Night will have something to offer. We talk games, play games, make games, compete, collaborate, and share. Dev Night is a creative time for creative people in a creative space."

All days

The 2016 Philadelphia Flower Show, March 5 - 13, Pennsylvania Convention Center

Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation and Change, Barnes Foundation - this museum uses timed tickets; strongly advised to book in advance

The Golden Age of King Midas, Penn Museum

International Pop, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Headed to the White House, National Constitution Center

Drapetomania, African American Museum

Down the Rabbit Hole: Celebrating 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland, The Rosenbach

Getting Around

All info on getting to the hotel is on the conference website: http://2016.code4lib.org/venue.html