We’ve published many things to do guides over the last year — from where to eat stories, to where to shop articles, to stories that help you make sense of some of Pennsylvania’s confusing rules (looking at you, liquor laws).

You have had clear favorite articles that you turn to time and time again for advice on where to eat, where to drink, and what to do. Below, we’re sharing our five most popular guides among our readers — the best-of lists you liked most this year. (Hint: you guys really like cheesesteaks.) And I’m sharing my five favorite things to do guides from 2021. Cheers to you and Happy New Year!

— Jillian Wilson (@JillianGloria, phillytips@inquirer.com)

✨ Our five most popular things to do guides of 2021

  1. The best Jersey Shore restaurants with outdoor seating and waterfront views by Kelly Bucci

  2. Best hoagies in Philly to eat right now by Jillian Wilson, Craig LaBan, and Michael Klein

  3. The best cheesesteaks to eat in Philly right now by Jillian Wilson, Craig LaBan, and Michael Klein

  4. Most popular cheesesteaks in Philly, including Pat’s, Geno’s, Jim’s, and Dalessandro’s by Michael Klein

  5. The best ice cream in Philly by Regan Stephens

✨ My favorite things to do guides in 2021

  1. Your ultimate guide to the Free Library of Philadelphia by Maddy Sweitzer-Lamme

  2. Insider’s guide to 22 essential Philadelphia museums by Candis McLean

  3. The best breweries at the Jersey Shore by Tommy Rowan

  4. The best brunch spots in Philly by Kae Lani Palmisano

  5. What to do, eat, and see in New Hope by Regan Stephens

❓Our readers’ most-asked questions this year

Many readers used our Curious Philly call-out to ask questions throughout the year. Lots of your questions were related to the ongoing pandemic, but many were fun and random Philly questions that we have all asked at one point or another. Here are the questions you wanted to know the answers to this year.

Have questions you want answered? Let us know.

  1. Is it legal to smoke weed at the Shore by Nick Vadala

  2. What is and isn’t allowed under New Jersey’s marijuana laws by Nick Vadala

  3. How to order a Philly cheesesteak by Staff Reports

  4. What to know if you get called for jury duty now by Nick Vadala

  5. How to park for cheap or free in Philadelphia by Candis McLean

🥂Cheers to 2021

It’s a strange week. Schools are closed for the holiday, and many businesses are closed, too. Some people took the week off work, some people are truly working, and others are “working.”

It’s a week that’s customarily full of desserts, delicious leftovers, parties, and earlier-than-5-o’clock drinks. Social gatherings certainly look different this year because of the still-raging pandemic, but this week still somehow feels special. And, you likely want to celebrate the end of the year with a drink.

We have a full guide to happy hour in Philly, but for this newsletter, I’m pulling out the spots with outdoor seating — because, well, COVID-19. Treat yourself to a pre-5 p.m. drink and snack at one of these local bars — just bundle up before heading out.

🍷 Bing Bing Dim Sum. Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 4:30-6:30 p.m., Sat., 3-5 p.m, Sun. 4-6 p.m.

🥃 White Dog Cafe. Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 4-6 p.m.

🍸 Bookers. Happy Hour: Wed.-Fri., 5-7 p.m.

🍹 Sampan and Graffiti Bar. Happy Hour: Daily, 4-7 p.m.

🍻 Love City Brewing. Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 4-6 p.m.

» READ MORE: The best happy hours in Philly

💭 2021 thoughts

It’s been fun and exciting to share things to do with you this year. I hope you checked out an online performance, visited a rooftop bar, had a picnic lunch, or saw holiday lights at some point in 2021.

If we can still have fun, joy, and places to go during a pandemic, just think about all the fun we’re going to have as we make steps toward a safer future. I regularly tell myself that every day is a day closer to the end of this pandemic. Little by little, we are getting there.

We’ll get through this with the help of our communities, our friends, our families, and the creativity of our local businesses. Just keep wearing your mask, get your vaccine and booster, wash your hands, and support your neighborhood restaurants and shops.

We’re in this together, Philly.