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* The Jeweler's Row bar, known for its award-winning Christmas pop-up, is now debuting its first ever Halloween experience, complete with pumpkin mac and cheese and two special theme milkshakes to pay homage to the Tim Burton classic movie * 
Philadelphia, PA -  Craftsman Row Saloon, at 112 S. 8th Street, announces the debut of their first-ever Halloween pop-up experience. Nightmare Before Christmas will have the Jeweler's row restaurant and bar decked out in all its Halloween glory with decorations from floor to ceiling and wall to wall, including dozens of floating witches' hats, real pumpkins, black ravens, giant spiders, cobwebs, twinkling candles, and installations inspired by the movie. With the Halloween take-over in the dining room comes two new themed milkshakes that are over-the-top and feature elaborate decorations, giant cookies, and more. On the Halloween menu of food additions, look for pumpkin mac n cheese, witches chicken sandwich, Jack's burger, mummy dog, and more. Look for a special menu of potions and cocktails from the bar, including a candy corn martini and cocktails out of real pumpkins. Halloween is one of their favorite times for the brother-sister duo George and Vasiliki Tsiouris. They had wanted to do this before the pandemic, and now seemed the time to make it happen. All the spooky fun will continue through October 31st, when the two owners will quickly begin work on their award-winning Christmas pop-up that debuts on November 7th. Hours are Wednesday to Thursday, from Noon to 9:00 pm, Friday and Saturday, Noon to 10:00 pm, and Sunday, Noon to 9:00 pm. Reservations are now available on Opentable.
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"We have transformed the space into a Halloween destination and are serving up fun and delicious fright," said George. Tantalizing all the senses for Halloween, Craftsman Row Saloon is bringing a new Nightmare before Christmas Pop-Up Experience. "We love the movie and wanted to celebrate our favorite elements through decorations, food, and drink - all the elements for a truly unique and whimsical experience. We are nationally known for the Christmas season's over-the-top floor-to-ceiling décor and delicious and creative offerings of burgers, drinks, and milkshakes. Now, we wanted to present something for every Halloween enthusiast."
For décor and vibes, Craftsman Row Saloon is already known as one of Philadelphia's most over-the-top decorated Christmas restaurants and bars. Following pop-ups earlier this year for Mardi Gras, St. Patrick's Day, and Shore Season, Craftsman is back for its first Halloween pop-up experience. With the decorations come not one but two themed over-the-top milkshakes themed around Nightmare Before Christmas, plus new drinks and spooky cocktails. 
Characters from the movie, such as Jack Skellington, Sally, and the Boogie Man, hang over your thoughts and hang witches' hats and spiders ready to weave the webs of positive energy.
Inside for the #spookyszn vibes, look for dozens of witches' hats of all shapes and sizes, whimsical skeletons, spider cobwebs, installations inspired by the movie, twinkling lights, giant hairy spiders, black ravens, spooked-out Christmas decorations, dozens of pumpkins, cemetery stones, flying bats and more. 
The space was thought up, designed, and artwork was drawn by George's wife, Annette, who established the flow of the food, drink, and milkshake menus. The outside strategy starts the experiences of Halloween decorated with frightful delight.
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For your dining enjoyment, look for two over-the-top theme milkshakes this time, including: 
This is Halloween
Bassett's chocolate ice cream with crushed Oreos, house-made Jack cookies, black rock candy, Oreo cookie crumble, and black sprinkles.

Bassett's pumpkin ice cream and donut crumble, vampire donut, rock candy, Halloween sprinkles.
From the kitchen, find the full menu of comfort food favorites, plus Halloween additions, like: 
Haunted Mac $14
Four cheese blend, pumpkin, toasted breadcrumbs, pumpkin seeds

Jack's Burger $16
Two smashed patties, American cheese, maple-candied bacon, pumpkin aioli, pumpkin seed topping, martin's potato roll (can be made vegetarian)

Witch's Chicken Sandwich $15
Crispy chicken breast, cheddar cheese, caramel, carrot-apple slaw, martin's potato roll

Mummy Dog $11 
Puff pastry-wrapped hot dog, crinkle fries, ketchup-mustard dip.
Munster Bun $13
Matcha-breaded chicken tenders, pickle-tomato-onion relish, ketchup, hot dog roll, sweet potato fries

All of the above will be available on the more extensive menu of comfort food staples with all of Craftsman Row Saloon's other dishes, including Dorito-coated mozzarella sticks, award-winning burgers, and fiery buffalo mac-n-cheese. As the perfect pairing with the shakes, for all the sweet tooths, George recommends also trying Donut Fried Chicken with glazed bacon, American, maple syrup, and the Mac Daddy Burger with smashed patties smothered and dripping with mac and cheese on a martin's potato roll. 

For spooky season drinks and potions, look for these additions to the menu: 

Blood Sample $15

vodka, apple cider, lemon, grenadine, syringe shot keepsake

Pumpkin King Margarita $15
tequila, spiced pumpkin, ginger, lemon,
served in pumpkin

Sally's Brew $14
red wine sangria, cognac, fall fruit, mint,
skeleton stirrer

Mayor's Mule $13
fireball, honey, lime, ginger beer, marshmallow garnish

Boogie Manhattan $15
crown apple, caramel, sweet vermouth spritz, crushed peanuts

Vampire $13
bloody mary garnished with celery, olive eyes,
tomato, lettuce, lemon, lime, pickle, candied bacon

Sandy Claws Warmer $13
spiced rum, warm maple tea, amaretto, lemon

Candy Corn Martini $15
house-infused vodka, pineapple, whipped cream

Frankenstein  (shot) $12
tequila, root-lime, souvenir skull glass

Guts  (shot) $11
raspberry gin, apple, honey-lemon, muddled strawberries
Decorations and unique menu items are available now through October 31st. Hours are Wednesday and Thursday, 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Friday and Saturday, 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm, and Sunday, 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 
Craftsman Row Saloon is owned by brother-and-sister restaurateurs George and Vasiliki Tsiouris, co-owners of Midtown Village's famous Drury Beer Garden that currently features their beloved Greek cuisine with the Opa Pop-up. Craftsman Row, located at 112 South 8th Street, is named for the hard-working artisans that comprise this area known as Jeweler's Row. Craftsman Row offers guests a comfortable neighborhood setting.

Since taking it over, the Tsiouris family has refreshed the space, a landmark for eating and drinking for 100 years, most recently known as Coco's, which opened in 1984. Respecting the building's deep history, the Tsiouris maintained specific aspects of its character, such as the original bar facade, marked by nameplates of Coco's regulars at each end. The nine booths, reupholstered in button tufted brown leather, and the 16 bar stools have been painted black to match the new distressed black hardwood floors. The ceiling is also dark, brightened by light wooden beams that are now exposed. Five televisions positioned at various points of view will broadcast sports games and other events for those looking to root for their favorite local teams. Bright accents, including small, wooden faux taxidermy and modern campfire-style pendant lighting and sconces, are thoughtfully placed throughout the space, lending to the saloon vibe.

Craftsman Row Saloon
112 S 8th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 923-0123

Call 215-923-0123 (Opentable will go live by Friday!)