Where did Philly party and find free beer after the Eagles parade?

Women walk past trash along Pennsylvania Avenue after the Eagles Super Bowl parade on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. TIM TAI / Staff Photographer

While some fans rushed back to train stations after the Eagles parade, others stayed in the city and flocked to bars. Once they could get in, that is.

Many bars in Center City had long lines — especially those handing out free Bud Light.

Upscale spots were also packed. Rouge on Rittenhouse Square was full of fans and festive decor, with green and white balloons hanging from the ceiling.

An employee at a liquor store on Locust Street said crowds were not big all day. “Last night was crazier, she said. “I think everyone expected we would be closed.” Business was slightly more than a normal Thursday, and only a few people stood in line after the parade.

Meanwhile, fans lingered at the big party on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. At the end of the parade, the crowd sang “We Are the Champions,” then danced their way back toward Center City while green confetti rained down on them.



Many fans set off in search of their free Bud Light at one of 34 bars in the city.

Some of those bars were had cover charges to get in, causing fans to question the concept of “free” beer.

Others seemed happier, saying on social media that they had managed to get multiple Bud Light tokens.

Bud Light also promised fans that they could get rebates if they purchased beer from a store in the Philadelphia area.

Chickie’s and Pete’s in South Philly claimed that it was home to the “official Bud Light Philadelphia Eagles post parade party,” and boasted that Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson would make an appearance Thursday evening. Johnson inspired Bud Light’s promise to Philly fans, and Chickie’s and Pete’s said he would be there to sell his “underdog” shirts that raise money for the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia.

Staff writers Julia Terruso, Caitlin McCabe, and Samantha Melamed contributed to this report.