Sprawl at the outdoor beer garden’s picnic tables (there’s indoor seating in case of rain) and devour soft pretzels and brews by the liter. Remember to organize a ping-pong or foosball tournament, so you can finally beat the pants off your brother.
Your birthday counts as a legit reason to stuff your face with sugar. Skip dinner and delve straight into dessert with artisan gelato, truffles, and cakes. Since it’s BYO, call ahead for the owner’s expert opinion on liquor pairings. Golosa Chocolate Bar & Dessert Lounge, 806 South Sixth Street (215-925-1003 or golosacafe.com).
Old-school video games and craft beer make for a grown-up visit to the arcade. Scores of friends coming out to wish you well? Ask about extended happy hour prices. Bonus: Mom doesn’t have to pick you up at 10.
At the former Tierra Mia, manicurists meticulously apply organic polish. Sip agua panela — a specialty from owner Karina Restrepo’s Colombian homeland — and nibble flights of chocolate while they work. Mi Cumbia, 328 South 17th Street (215-735-7980 or micumbia.com).
Impress friends with the maccheroni alla mugnaia, a single strand of pasta that stretches up to 60 feet. The Abruzzese specialty arrives at your table uncut alongside sauces and condiments. Just remember to order 24 hours in advance. Le Virtù, 1927 East Passyunk Avenue (215-271-5626 or levirtu.com).
Request songs (anything from Elvis to Prince) and croon along with pianists on baby grands. They’ll make the guest of honor blush by roasting her on stage, too. Jolly’s American Beer Bar and Dueling Pianos, 3801 Chestnut Street (215-222-1232 or jollyspianobar.com).
Intimate party more your thing? Eight people can sidle up to the counter to watch chef Greg Vernick at work. Moms-to-be will love the salt-rimmed raspberry and basil mocktail and other sophisticated booze-free options. Vernick Food & Drink, 2031 Walnut Street (267-639-6644 or vernickphilly.com).
Your tie-dye T-shirt party was the talk of your third-grade class. To one up yourself, pick a medium and invite friends for a few hours of making art. And this time around, greet guests with BYO beverages instead of soda.
If it’s warm, ask for a seat under the magnolia tree — though more than 50 types of tequila bring the heat no matter the weather. Fill your belly (and stave off the spins) with seasonal guacamole and nachos de la casa.
Jose Garces’s fiesta spot nods to Mexico with decor that’s as colorful as a pinata. Total wallflower? Stumble through “Heart of Glass” in the tucked-away karaoke lounge (reservations required). Distrito, 3945 Chestnut Street (215-222-1657 or distritorestaurant.com).