Between the Uber and the drinks and the weather, is it really worth going downtown to spend a ton, just to have a mediocre time and barely get a buzz on?
Yes. If you know where to go.
Turns out – for those of us who do not often frequent our dear capitol – there’s a ton to do in Harrisburg. But it can be daunting to tackle an entire city on your first go-round. So let’s keep it simple, and stick to 2nd Street, or thereabouts.
Your budget: $50
Pick your pleasure:
Music: Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center (1110 3rd St.)
You and your pal are looking for a place where you can hang out to live music and grab a couple of drinks to get out of the cold, but not have to pay a hefty cover charge. You just had dinner on 2nd St. but can’t find a place with a stage. What gives?
H*MAC gives, because they get you. They’ve got a heap of live bands monthly, and have free activities like karaoke and open mic nights. Their live acts are usually anywhere from $5-10, and their drinks won’t break the bank either. House wines are $5 and craft bottles are surprisingly affordable, rarely topping $10.
#ProTip: We recommend seeing Mother Moses and Ellen Siberian Tiger on February 19. It’s a sweet lineup for an even sweeter price at $5. Find more at harrisburgarts.com/calendar.
Food: Cork & Fork (200 State St.)
Treat yo’ self. Right at the corner of 2nd and State streets, Cork & Fork has a classy atmosphere that still welcomes your flannel and boots. The menu may look pricey, but if you do it right, you can have a decadent night without a decadent bill.
#ProTip: Get yourself a stiff drink (like the Moscow Mule) and share a plate of the buffalo chicken meatballs to get the most bang for your buck. Check out the menu before heading out at corkandfork.us.
Drink: Brick Haus (229 N 2nd St.)
You don’t need anything fancy, but you’re not looking for the dive bar feel. Brick Haus is the perfect place to grab a pint and hang out for a while without feeling rushed. You can even get some nibbles without having to share, too.
#ProTip: Want to see their drink specials before popping in? Check out their Facebook page.