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New chef at Lucky 13 Pub - City Paper Blog, Dec. 29 2010

For the longest time, I’d drive by Lucky 13 (1820 S. 13th St.) and think, "Man, that’s a swell spot for a tattoo parlor.” But no, it’s one of the neighborhood’s better punk-pub experiences, courtesy of owner/bartender Clark Newman. It's a manly place — one that needed a strong woman’s touch. A little while ago Ice Cubes welcomed World Cafe Live ex-sous chef Amy Selevan to L13. We knew what she could do at WCL, especially as we understood she was often responsible for the venue’s booze, beer and meal parings...

Have a Beer With That Bird - Philly Weekly, Nov. 24 2010

... Chef Amy Selevan of Lucky 13 Pub (1820 S. 13th St.) is our food/beer expert. Before she landed at the South Philly pub of proprietor and all-around amazing bartender Clark Newman, she was a banquet and sous chef at World Cafe Live , where she often paired beer with her meals. Here, she’s given us some trusty beer picks to complement holiday gluttony. Now pass the gravy and chug, chug, CHUG! ...

From Bar Keep to Key Keeper - Philly Beer Scene, Feb/March 2010

...When he opened Lucky 13 in 2008, he wanted it to be an extension of his living room. Non-stop Encore movies get the bar talking to each other. His all time favorite band, the Clash, plays in the foreground. You know you’re drinking at Clark’s bar when you see posters of the beloved Joe Strummer on the walls, and Buzz Lightyear figurines on the back bar. “These are all my toys; this is what I grew up on.”...

...craft beers and a quirky clientele... - Philadelphia Inquirer, April 26, 2009

Put the craft on draft, and they will come. In Philadelphia these days, great beer really does seem to have such transformative powers, where a changing of the brews at an old-time tappie can open the door to a new world of customers and a new source of energy for neighborhood life. Take, for example, the case of the Lucky 13 Pub, which after just seven months has become the latest "old-man bar" to change hands, upgrade its beers, and become a full-fledged player in South Philly's rising gastropub revolution. ...

At Lucky 13, superstition is served cold - Philly Weekly, Jan. 21, 2009

...I was born on Friday the 13th. So was my cousin. So was my great-grandmother. Spooky, right?

The number has never been unlucky for me, and I'd wager the same for bartender-about-town Clark Newman, whose new pocket-sized pub looks superstition dead in the eye. Ballsy, especially on East Passyunk, where the likelihood of a sweet old nonna putting the evil eye on you is pretty high...

It's Your Lucky Day: Lucky 13 Pub -uwishunu.com Jan. 7, 2009