* Today's Yo! Food cover story is on the resurgence of whiskey and whiskey-based cocktails. More proof of hard liquor's status is the return of the boilermaker, a shot dropped shot glass and all into a beer. Wrap Shack Kitchen & Bar (120 S. 18th St., 215-569-1666) does it the traditional way or in eight exotic new "bomb" combinations. Our fave? A shot of Bailey's Irish Cream and a shot of Jameson Irish Whiskey swimming in a glass of Guinness Stout for $8.

Bottoms up!

* So three lobsters walk into a bar . . . and they'd better look out if it's the bar at Alison two (424 S. Bethlehem Pike, Fort Washington, 215-591-0200), which has a lobster-and-fries special after 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, for $25 a person. Or try a three-course lobster dinner in the dining room for $35, weeknights through December. Your crustacean will be cracked and split for easier eating.

* Speaking of specials, Avril BYOB (134 Bala Ave., 610-667-2626) has two: a three-course, $25 prix fixe menu Tuesday nights, and pasta specials on Wednesday, featuring such combos as Fettuccini Bolognese for $20 and Frutti di Mare or Seared Tuna with Spaghetti for $24.

* Planning a stroll through Center City to check out the holiday shows at Macy's and the Comcast Center? Stop for a cozy pick-me-up at 10 Arts Bistro & Lounge by Eric Ripert (10 Avenue of the Arts, 215-523-8273), which is serving hot chocolate and cupcake for $14. Your cocoa comes with whipped cream or toasted marshmallow topping. Cupcake flavors include chocolate caramel and gingerbread.

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