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Philadelphia Local Bars


Although Philadelphia is well known for being one of the most historic cities in the country, it should also be recognized for having a great nightlife. Philly has a diverse bar scene—there’s truly something for everyone. Live music clubs, college bars, dance clubs, dive bars and sports bars are just a few of the drinking establishments that can be found in Philadelphia. Old City has many popular bars including Eulogy Belgian Tavern that boasts about 300 bottled beers and over 20 on tap. Lucy’s Hat Shop, near Eulogy, has an infamous happy hour that attracts hordes of college students. Northern Liberties is another area of Philadelphia that is home to several great bars. The Khyber is a funky live music venue with two floors, each with its own bar.
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105 Social

105 Grape St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.930.0321
This newly transformed club is not like your parents' basement anymore but has become a trendy hangout in Philadelphia. The club has several rooms with different moods and has the bar essentials like a pool table, classic video games and big screen TVs. For customers who are sensitive about their budget, 105 Social boasts that it has the best priced happy hour in Philadelphia with $5 Red Bull/vodkas and jumbo wings for a quarter a piece making it hard to debate the low-price claim. On Fridays 105 Social serves up large portions of $5 beef tips and their special "Social Fries" all day. The crowd is hip and friendly with an easygoing vibe making it easy to be a newcomer to the bar. Every other weekend 105 Social hosts an art show and every Wednesday they bring in live music.

12 Steps Down

831 Christian St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.238.0379
This neighborhood sports bar is one of local Philadelphians' favorites. A friendly atmosphere, pool table, darts and electric jukebox make 12 Steps Down a great little joint to watch the local Philadelphia teams and have a little entertainment. For those who work up an appetite, the relatively cheap pub grub will hit the spot and get fans right back on their feet cheering. The sports bar serves up all the usual bar food like burgers and fries but also has vegetarian options so everyone can fill up during a game. Take note, 12 Steps Down really is 12 steps down into a basement so newcomers should keep an eye out for the local gem.

1201 Bar

1201 S. 28th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.339.9282
When the night requires a local hang out and a few cold beers, 1201 Bar has everyone covered. From the outside the bar doesn't look like much but once inside the Philadelphia neighborhood has character and a fun atmosphere. The bar is in the heart of a neighborhood which is why it's the perfect locals hangout looking to take in a good conversation and imbibe a few drinks. Friendly bartenders and company make the 1201 Bar an excellent choice in terms of Philadelphia neighborhood bars.

12th Air Command

254 S. 12th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.545.8088
With three floors of dance club excitement it's no wonder this is the favorite spot for gay men and a smattering of women. For a gay bar, 12th Air Command has plenty of options in the way of activities on each level of the bar. The first floor has pool tables and a disco bar, the second floor has arcade games and even more dancing while the third level is a lovely outdoor rooftop deck for taking in the Philadelphia night air. Depending on the day of the week, events might be taking place like karaoke, drag shows or college night. On the weekends, especially Saturdays, 12th Air Command gets filled to the brim with gay men and women dancing the night away. The crowd, made up of people 17 and older encompasses Philadelphians from all walks of life looking to dance to top 40s and '80s classics all night.

32 Degrees

16 S. 2nd St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.627.3132
Old City's 32 Degrees is known for being one of Philadelphia's hottest nightclubs and best places to meet hot young singles. Leather cube seating and black on red accenting add to the hip vibe at this Philly club. This may be one of the best places in the city to try out new top-shelf concoctions—the liquor selection at 32 Degrees is very impressive. This club features liquor lockers, European bottle service and a plush VIP area. 32 Degrees even accepts the Euro interchangeably with US dollars, making it an ideal bar for those far from home on businesses or vacation.

Bamboo Lounge

101 N. 20th St. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.636.0228
Having taken over the second floor of a popular Philadelphia bar with a renovation, Bamboo Lounge is a hip lounge to hang out and enjoy cocktails under a ceiling of bamboo. The beautiful décor has an Asian flair and plush leather couches to lounge on if you just want to sit back and enjoy the scenery. The cocktail waitresses and bartenders are decked out in custom designed outfits by designer Wade Blackmon that make the servers part of the suavity in the atmosphere. The Bamboo Lounge features DJs spinning everything from rock and techno to hip-hop and reggae for the 21 and over crowd. The Bamboo Lounge has an intimate setting has an exclusive VIP area with full bottle service, but the whole bar is something of a VIP experience for those looking for an upscale night on the town.

Bob & Barbara's

1509 S. St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.545.4511
Bob & Barbara's may not be the classiest bar near Rittenhouse Square, but it may have the best drink specials, games and jukebox around. Bingo winners can look forward to receiving porn, while the losers could get stuck with a can of meat. This Philly dive also features drunken spelling bees, ping-pong and rock paper scissors tournaments and weekly drag shows. Bob & Barbara's special is a shot of Jim Beam and a can of Pabst—for only $3. They may as well have invented the dive bar.

Brownies Pub

46 S. 2nd St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.238.1222
Brownies Pub in the heart of Philadelphia's Old City serves up perfectly poured pints in a laid back atmosphere. Brownies is the sort of dingy bar that's easily missed when not actively looking for it. Beyond the seedy exterior lies a relaxed neighborhood bar that sees a crowd mixed between middle-aged professionals and college-aged serious drinkers. Brownies Pub is known for its fast and friendly service, low beer prices and delicious hot wings. This Philly pub is ideal for shooting pool, playing darts or just chatting with friends.

Cascamorto Piano Bar

1939 Arch St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.563.4704
This lovely little bar and lounge is packed every night with Philadelphia locals interested in having a good time with entertainment and drinks. The house pianists can perform everything from Broadway to Radiohead and do nightly when requested by customers. An excellent happy hour Wednesday through Friday draws a healthy crowd to enjoy piano music and discounted drinks at the bar. As an added bonus the club offers to pay for cab fare from anywhere in Philly. Friendly staff and customers in addition to excellent piano music make Cascamorto the premiere Philadelphia piano bar and a great bar to explore.

Cheerleaders Gentleman's Club

2740 S. Front St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.467.1980
With almost as many amenities as a day spa, Cheerleaders Gentleman's Club is one of the premier strip clubs in Pennsylvania. Over 200 gorgeous dancers and exotic showgirls appear at the club and nine televisions with the current Philly game on carry out the sports theme. The club has hot ladies behind the bar and delicious food serving lunch and dinner seven days a week. As if fine cigars and top shelf liquor weren't enough, there is a private VIP room and "Bubble Lounge" for a little more privacy with the lovely ladies. For any injuries sustained in sports or otherwise, an in-house massage therapist is available to work out all the kinks, how many gentlemen's clubs can say they offer that? Cheerleaders Gentleman's Club hosts pre-game and post-game parties for the local sports games with specials on appetizers and drinks. Topless women and sports go together like bread and butter at Cheerleaders Gentleman's Club, one of the best in Philadelphia.

Chickie's & Pete's Cafe

4010 Robbins Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.338.3060
Fans of Philadelphia's major teams—the Eagles, Flyers, Phillies, and Sixers—swarm Chickie's & Pete's on game day for beer, seafood and to watch on one of the several TVs around the bar. For people wanting a true, local sports experience, it will be hard to beat Chickie's & Pete's fanatics while munching on some mussels or "famous" crab fries and downing pints from the beer towers. Opposing team's fans beware: Chickie's & Pete's features diehard fans who will support their teams to the bitter end.

Club Flow

700 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.629.3569
A cavernous interior, plush lounge areas, the hottest music and gorgeous patrons make Club Flow one of Philadelphia's most popular dance clubs. For anybody who wants a night of pure fun, Club Flow is definitely the place to be. This massive building was originally a warehouse, but has been transformed into a multi-level dance club with several different rooms, each with a unique vibe. Dancers of all kinds will be accommodated by the vast array of music—techno, hip-hop, trance, R&B, Latin and reggae play all night. Club Flow is also known for its awesome drink specials, making it one of Philadelphia's best places for pre- or after-parties.

Club Risque

1700 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.463.6900
Club Risque is true to its name—this Delaware Avenue strip club features special events, including Naughty Nightie Mondays and various bikini parties. Some of Philly's hottest ladies dance here regularly, and visiting adult-film stars make cameos when in town. This club has VIP and champagne lounges, perfect for ordering bottle service or cigars while checking out the game or the dancers. Club Risque is perfect for bachelor parties and group events. For those who want to make a day out of it, Club Risque offers a full menu complete with breakfast served all day. Lunch is free from noon until 3pm during the week, leaving patrons with extra cash for more private dances.

Club Wizzards

3801 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.382.4105
Central to University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, Club Wizzards is a full-nude strip club that is popular for its seven hour long happy hour and cheap cover. Despite all the money saving that goes on, the enormous strip club is clean and fun. Club Wizzards has a private room in the back for those interested in one-on-one special dances and plenty to look at in the main room. Good drinks from the bar and sexy dancers make Club Wizzards a strip joint loved by local college students and those interested in entertainment.

Delilah's

100 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.625.2800
Delilah's, located right on Philadelphia's waterfront, has long been recognized as Philly's ultimate gentlemen's club. The ladies at Delilah's are the hottest around. Complete with a large humidor, 60-foot runway and multiple plasma TVs, Delilah's is the perfect place to head after work or to watch Eagles away games. The extensive menu includes filet mignon, rack of lamb, New York strip and even steamed mussels, tempura and crab cakes. This classy club caters to business travelers and conventioneers—simply show a room key and get in for free. Delilah's is available for bachelor parties that will leave the groom wanting to get married over and over again. This Philly gentlemen's club is truly unrivaled.

Dirty Frank's Bar

347 S. 13th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.732.5010
For those who want a dive bar environment where nobody is judged for drinking pitchers alone, Philly's Dirty Frank's Bar couldn't be better. Pints at Dirty Frank's are cheap, but the $7 pitchers are an even better deal. True dive bar enthusiasts will appreciate the Ms. Pac Man machine, a semi-functioning pinball machine (complete with a deactivated tilt mechanism) and trivia nights with a crotchety host. This may not be the cleanest bar, but it has more atmosphere than most in Philly.

Dolphin Tavern

1539 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.467.1752
Nobody's going to argue that the Dolphin Tavern is a classy establishment, but this pasties bar has personality and atmosphere that is unmatched in Philadelphia. Actually, calling it a pasties bar may be a little bit of a stretch—band-aids and electrical tape are more commonly used. Dolphin Tavern features classic rock while patrons shoot pool or watch the game on TV. The dancers are actually secondary here and just add to the Dolphin's charm. It'll be difficult to find a dive bar in Philly with a more unique vibe—the Dolphin Tavern is worth checking out just to tell friends about it later.

Doobie's

2201 Lombard St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.546.0316
Ah yes, another Rittenhouse Square dive bar. But this may be the only dive around Philadelphia with an excellent pub-grub menu that also features vegan cuisine. This is the kind of bar that oozes smoke from the dark, wood-paneled walls even though smoking is no longer allowed. Bring some friends and a deck of cards, order pitchers and spend the night relaxing in one of Doobie's comfortable booths. The jukebox is known for having a large selection of diverse tunes that regulars enjoy playing. This Philly dive is a favorite among locals to watch the game or unwind after work.

Drinker's Pub

1903 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.564.0914
Neon signs, pinball machines and 40s of the High Life—what else could be expected of a place called Drinker's Pub near Philly's Rittenhouse Square? This popular dive bar caters to drinkers, but not of the sophisticated sort. Mostly students and twenty-somethings populate the place. Some specials include $2 draft and $5 pitchers of Bud Light, $3 Finlandia vodka drinks and $3 Jack Daniel's shots. This may not be the classiest establishment, but for those who want to get drunk on a budget, Drinker's Pub may be the best Philadelphia dive bar to do it in.

Eulogy Belgian Tavern

136 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.413.1918
Eulogy Belgian Tavern, located in Philadelphia's Old City, has been popular among beer fanatics since its opening. Eulogy is actually Belgian owned and offers 300 different bottled beers and over 20 on tap. For the true connoisseur, Philadelphia's Eulogy Belgian Tavern is hard to beat. Tasty pub-grub with Belgian influences is served, including Beneluxx Belgian frietjes and Waterzooi chicken. Or combine the beer with your meal and try bratwurst boiled in Stella Artois. A lively after-work crowd keep Eulogy an exciting addition to the City of Brotherly Love.

Fergie's Pub

1214 Sansom St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.928.8118
Step inside Fergie's Pub, possibly Philadelphia's most authentic Irish pub, and you'll immediately feel like you have been transported from Market East to Downtown Dublin. Traditional pub fare—Fergie's fish & chips and Shepard's pie—can be found on the menu, but juicy hamburgers, deluxe nachos and Fergie's famous Buffalo wings are also offered. This popular Irish bar is a great place to hear local music and readings during open mic nights. When there aren't any performances, Fergie's jukebox boasts a huge selection of Irish folk and rock tunes along with American bar favorites. Fergie's Pub is an excellent choice for something unique when exploring the Philly nightlife.

Fluid Nightclub

613 S. 4th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.629.3686
Philly's Fluid Nightclub is the South Street district's best place to hear great tunes spinning all night by the city's top DJs. Fluid puts an emphasis on having quality music night after night, and with ?uestlove of the Roots as a resident DJ, it's easy to see how this is true. Fluid hosts some of the best club nights in Philadelphia, including TastyTreats (?uestlove's night when he's in town) and Fast, Cheap & Out of Control—Philly's original rock and roll, amateur go-go party and contest. Besides being known for its music, Fluid is also notorious for pouring strong drinks, making for a well-lubricated crowd of dancers.

Friday Saturday Sunday

261 S. 21st St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.546.4232
Don't let the name be misleading, this charming little restaurant near Rittenhouse Square is open for business Monday through Friday. Friday Saturday Sunday is a wine lover's dream, offering every bottle on the list for just $10 over cost. The owner, Weaver Lilley declares, "A great meal deserves an equally wonderful wine." The passion for wine is equaled by the quality of food and commitment to customer satisfaction. Hosts and servers are known for taking extra steps to make sure that everyone who passes through the doors leaves satisfied. Wines from America, France, New Zealand, Australia, Italy and Spain make up the diverse list. Friday Saturday Sunday lives up to its reputation for being one of the best restaurants Philadelphia has to offer.

Gayle

617 D. 3rd St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.922.3850
Gayle is known for being one of the best upscale American restaurants in Philadelphia, but the bar alone is worth checking out. A wide variety of beers are available, including Yeungling, Rogue Dead Guy Ale and Yards Philadelphia Pale Ale. The wine list at Gayle is what is really impressive, with selections from both well-known vintners and large wineries all over the world. Professionals love meeting other hip, young singles in the cozy bar. Patrons of all kinds leave the restaurant raving about the expertly crafted dishes and delectable desserts that are featured at Gayle. Don't miss out on half-price wine nights on Thursdays, perfect for unwinding after a long day of work.

Good Dog Bar and Restaurant

224 S. 15th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.985.9600
Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square has a smattering of bars, but few have the personality of Good Dog Bar and Restaurant. Photos of dogs decorate the walls and the interior has a homey feel with beautiful deep-wood accents. Good Dog features local brews and gourmet food, including what many locals consider is the best burger in Philly. Upstairs has a pool table, internet jukebox and several arcade games. The list of beers on tap includes Philadelphia Pale Ale, Hoegaarden, Rogue Dead Guy Ale and Stoudt's Scarlet Lady—not the usual transparent brews that are found at many area bars. Relaxing in a true neighborhood bar is easy at Good Dog Bar and Restaurant.

Locust Bar

235 S. 10th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.925.1800
The Locust Bar has the reputation for having the friendliest crowd in Philly, and with good reason. The eclectic mix of old timers, med students and after-work drinkers provides for a relaxed atmosphere in the heart of Philadelphia. Dives generally have a short list of beers on tap. Bud light, Pabst and maybe Coors can be found at most dives. Locust Bar has about a dozen draught beers and even more in the fridge along with a variety of cocktails. Don't miss out on Sunday night karaoke—some of Philadelphia's worst singers come out to embarrass themselves publicly. It's quite a spectacle.

Lounge 125

125 S. Second St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.351.9026
Lounge 125 is an intimate members-only club in the heart of Philadelphia's Old City. Non-members aren't allowed to purchase drinks, so cozy up to those with wristbands and make some new friends. DJs spin house, trance, hip-hop and soul to keep the crowds on the dance floor happy. Philly's younger partiers can be found here nearly every night of the week. Premium spirits and tasty cocktails are the drinks of choice at Lounge 125. Make sure to dress to impress, this premier Philadelphia club has many people worth doing it for. Lounge 125 is great for those who want to have a classy night out in Philly.

Lucy's Hat Shop

247 Market St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.413.1433
Lucy's Hat Shop, located in the heart of Philadelphia's Old City, is best known for its happy hour, making it a favorite stop for college students. Besides always having $3 SoCo and lime shots and $1 bottle specials, rotating daily food and drink specials will help save money. For entertainment, most nights feature DJs in both of the large rooms—one usually spins hiphop and the other plays 80s hits and rock. Lucy's Hat Shop is also a great place to watch any game on one of the several TVs throughout the bar. This Philly hotspot has one of the best happy hours in the city with a great crowd of students and young professionals. Don't miss out on "Drunken Monkey," Lucy's all you can drink Sunday Brunch.

McGillin's Olde Ale House

1310 Drury St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.735.5562
McGillin's Olde Ale House is true to its name. This really is Philadelphia's oldest bar—it opened in 1860, the year Lincoln was elected president. Although old, really really old, McGillin's keeps up with the times and has new high def TVs for watching the Eagles all season long. Patrons may purchase a beer mug for $5, filled the first time for free, and for just $1 each time after that on Sundays. McGillin's Olde Ale House also has Texas Hold 'Em tournaments on Thursday nights and various special events throughout the year. This Philly bar has an awesome beer selection, including two McGillin's house beers brewed by Stoudt's.

McGlinchey's Bar & Grill

259 S. 15th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.735.1259
McGlinchey's Bar & Grill must be what Hollywood bases dive bars on for movies. It's the whole package: surly waitstaff, dark and hazy with smoke (smoking ban be damned) and some of the cheapest drinks in Philly. If service and breathable oxygen are high priorities, McGlinchey's might not be an ideal fit. But there might not be a better place to get fed and intoxicated for less than $20 while enjoying meeting new people from the excited and young crowd. This Philly bar might not fit the mold of the typical bar, but for those who want to experience a true dive, McGlinchey's is hard to beat.

North Star Bar

2639 Poplar St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.684.0808
Small, local acts and nationally recognized bands play at North Star Bar, one of Philadelphia's best live music clubs. Besides being known for awesome shows, North Star Bar has an excellent selection of hard to find beer on tap, which only makes the music sound better. The stage is unusually high, making it easy to see the bands from anywhere in the main room. For those who aren't excited about the music, fire up the awesome jukebox and shoot some pool in a separate room. North Star also delivers delicious burgers, quesadillas and even calamari. Quality calamari served with garlic aioli in a dive bar—not too places in Philly can boast about that.

North Third

801 N. 3rd St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.413.3666
North Third is a funky neighborhood bar located in the Northern Liberties area of Philadelphia that offers specialty cocktails, comfort food and a large selection of draught beers from around the world. Don't miss out on the well-known blood orange margarita or the delicious weekend brunches. Local artwork, Christmas lights and random trinkets adorn the ceiling and walls, giving North Third a unique atmosphere that's hard to find elsewhere. This Philly bar also hosts a weekly film night that showcases shorts from local filmmakers.

Ortlieb's Jazzhaus

847 N. 3rd St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.922.1035
Although Ortlieb's Jazzhaus in Philadelphia's Northern Liberties neighborhood looks like a complete dive from the outside, it is actually home to the best jazz in city. Tuesday nights are great for visiting Ortlieb's—Philly's best musicians come out to jam all night at this cozy club. When it's not jam night, notable jazz musicians including the drum legend Mickey Roker and tenor sax player Bootsie Barnes please crowds all night long. Ortlieb's Jazzhaus has an extensive menu featuring southern comfort food with a Cajun flair. The sweet potato fries are consistently delicious and go great with an ice-cold draught. Couples love to frequent Ortlieb's for exciting dates, and groups always have a great time relaxing to the best jazz in Philly.

Pure Nightclub

1221 Saint James St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.735.5772
Pure is Philadelphia's premier gay nightclub in Washington Square West and offers dancing throughout its two enormous floors. With several bars throughout, specialty cocktails, beer and wine are always close by, but only members are allowed to make purchases. This makes Pure Nighclub have an incredibly open, social vibe. The main floor houses the huge main dance floor that is always action-packed with music spun by Philly's best DJs. Bottle service is available in plush booths surrounding the main dance floor—an excellent location for checking out the beautiful people of Philadelphia.

Ray's Bar "The Happy Birthday Bar"

1200 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.356.1169
Ray's Bar in the heart of Philly may have the best motto out of any dive: "You can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning." Perfect. Since it opens at 7am Monday through Saturday (11am on Sunday), they truly stand by this. Its close proximity to some famous Phillly cheese steak shops allows patrons to get some great food and bring it to Ray's to wash it down with cheap drinks. On Friday nights, Ray's Bar is home to some of the best karaoke in Philly.

Show & Tel

1900 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.755.8812
Show & Tel is an all-nude BYOB strip club, which means that anybody over 18 can get in. Located right on the Riverfront, Show &Tel is in a great location to stop by and see Philly's most beautiful women bare it all. BYOB means that money will be saved by not having to purchase expensive strip-club drinks. Inside the club are video booths, a large dance area and even private VIP rooms. No food is served, so those staying awhile may want to bring snacks for uninterrupted viewing. This Philly Gentlemen's Club also caters to ladies and couples, making it a perfect place for anyone who wants a more excitement in Philadelphia nightlife.

Southwark Restaurant

701 S. 4th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.238.1888
The beautiful dark wood interior, long bar and quiet ambiance make Philadelphia's Southwark Restaurant an ideal place to meet for drinks and enjoy engaging conversation. Delicious French-influenced cuisine is a staple at Southwark. Grilled pheasant, wild mushroom risotto and steamed clams are favorites here. A wide variety of beer, wine and cocktails will compliment any meal. During the warmer months, Southwark opens up outdoor dining which is reminiscent of eating in a quaint European alley. For a classy Philly experience, don't pass up Southwark Restaurant.

Standard Tap

901 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.238.0630
Philadelphia's Northern Liberties neighborhood boasts the Standard Tap, a lively beer bar popular among locals and visitors alike. The Standard Tap offers more than a typical bar menu and has a large selection of local and regional brews. Make sure to check out the jukebox—it is well known for having an outstanding variety of music sure to please anyone. The portabella sandwich, fried oysters and octopus keep regulars coming back. With such a unique bar menu and great atmosphere, it shouldn't be a surprise that Philly's Standard Tap has been a prime nightlife destination for years.

Tattooed Mom

530 South St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.238.9880
Tattooed Mom's bar is a hipster hangout on South Street, the heart of Philadelphia's nightlife. Punks, mods, artsy types and anyone looking for a bar that strays from the norm will love Tattooed Mom. Weekend nights feature $1 Pabst tall cans, and all sandwiches are half-price noon-4pm every day. Tattooed Mom is well known for having an incredible jukebox that plays everything from indie to hiphop. Two floors, each with a bar, keep things interesting at this popular Philly hotspot.

The Cave

700 N. Delaware Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.923.0504
Philly's only male revue, The Cave, is one of Philadelphia's most popular party places for ladies' 21st birthdays, bachelorette parties or just having a crazy night out. The gorgeous, oiled-up men of The Cave put on a show to remember and their great attitudes keep the ladies coming back for more. Make sure to bring those dollar bills to tuck into these hunks' g-strings and jocks. This is the perfect place in Philly to spice up ladies night out. With so many tasty guys in one room, it's easy to see why The Cave is Philadelphia's hottest nightlife destination for ladies.

The Irish Pub

1123 Walnut St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.925.3311
Where else in this great country can you get a plate of tacos at place called The Irish Pub? Ok, so this may not be the most authentic Irish pub in Philly, but it still delivers tasty pub grub and beer for cheap. College students flock to The Irish Pub for the excellent drink specials and extensive jukebox selection. Guinness and Harp flow all night long, but Irish beer isn't all that's offered. The usual selections are available, along with some local Philly microbrews. The Irish Pub has a menu much longer than most pubs and serves up everything from chili to veggie burgers to buttermilk ale fish & chips. Philadelphia's Irish Pub leaves out all the unnecessary frills and delivers what really matters: quality drinks and great food at low prices.

The Khyber

56 S. 2nd St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.238.5888
The Khyber is Philadelphia's beloved dive bar meets live music club, conveniently located in Old City. The huge beer selection is what keeps most regulars coming back. There are dozens of different bottled beers and usually 10 on tap. Bands play downstairs for a cover nearly every night, but the upstairs level is always free of charge. The Khyber sometimes pulls nationally recognized acts, but mostly features local Philly bands. On Sundays, the upstairs bar has the best deal in the entire city: $10 all you can drink open bar. Awesome local music, tons of beer and an open bar deal, can you really beat that?

The Raven Lounge

1718 Sansom St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.840.3577
There's always something going on at The Raven Lounge, located a short stroll from Rittenhouse Square. Open mic nights, live music, standup comedy and even art shows are featured at this Philly bar. The two floors often have different types of music playing simultaneously, so patrons can choose whatever fits their moods. Sports lovers can catch games on huge flat-screen TVs downstairs while enjoying happy hour specials from 5pm-8pm. People who love action-packed drinking are sure to enjoy The Raven Lounge, one of Philadelphia's most unique bars.

Tria

123 S. 18th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.927.8724
Tria, a hip, modern wine bar in the heart of Philadelphia, offers delicious cheeses, wines and beers on tap. The modest menu includes gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads and a variety of tasty snacks. Tria sees a healthy after-work crowd and is the perfect place to relax with friends. Its location near Rittenhouse Square makes it an ideal Philly bar to begin—or end—a night out. Sunday School, offered every week, is great for learning about less common wines, beers and cheeses—at 50% off regular menu prices. Philadelphia's Tria offers the best kind of continuing education in a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere.

Trocadero Theater

1003 Arch St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.922.5483
This one-time burlesque theater is now home to some of Philadelphia's best live music shows. The Trocadero Theater, or the Troc. for those in the know, is located in the heart of Philly's Chinatown. Nationally known acts frequent this funky club—everything from hip-hop acts to rock bands have performed on the Troc.'s stage. The small size of this venue makes for great views from nearly anywhere in the club. For those who want to make an evening of it, the Trocadero Theater's location inside of Chinatown is great for dinner before a show and drinks after. This Philadelphia live music club is a favorite among Philadelphia's true live music fans.

Walnut Room

1709 Walnut St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.751.0201
Located a block from Rittenhouse Square, the Walnut Room has a great location for beginning or ending a night out in Philadelphia. This hip hangout is hidden behind an unmarked door in the second floor above the Buttercup Bakery. The sexy décor, enhanced by large windows that overlook Walnut Street, make it a great place to bring someone special or perhaps meet a new one. Expertly mixed cocktails, domestic and imported beers, wines and champagnes are offered. Bottle service is available for those who tire of repeated trips to the bar. Whatever the occasion, Philly's Walnut Room delivers good times in an excellent location.

World Cafe Live

3025 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Tel. 215.222.1400
World Cafe Live boasts some of the best live acts to hit Philadelphia, and does so with class. The interior features upscale seating for dinner shows with tasty American fare. It's easy to enjoy great live music while munching on a pulled pork sandwich or NY strip steak. World Live Cafe has an excellent happy hour with free appetizers and drink specials. Many shows are broadcasted live on Penn's WXPN, which also occupies the building. The intimate setting of the World Cafe Live brings combined with live music, great food and drinks keep locals returning again and again.
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