Whether you are looking to listen to jazz, rock, hip hop or EDM – Philadelphia has got you covered.
Philly has a diverse and thriving music scene, which is ideal when it comes to picking a few venues to hit while visiting. Don’t just stop at one, there are varied options all throughout the city across a breadth of neighborhoods. Many of these places aren’t only music venues but also stellar spots for food and drink – so whether you’re after dinner and dancing, brunch with bluegrass, or simply sipping a craft beer, there’ll be plenty to fill your belly.
You can’t miss the neon red sign that mounts the front of this two-story bar. The dimly lit yet warm interior is filled with quirky artwork and has a nostalgic feel. The second floor plays host to DJs, live music, cabaret acts and a full dance floor topped with a disco ball. There’s an act on nearly every night of the week. Downstairs, patrons can munch on a full menu while taking a breather. Franky Bardley’s is located on Chancellor Street and has a brick exterior.
Prior to its reincarnation as the Fillmore, Philly’s version of the San Francisco rock club, was previously the Ajax Metal Factory. Today it’s a concert venue that has three different spaces within it. The two-story main room holds 2,500 people with concrete touches, industrial vibes and imposing chandeliers hanging overhead. The 450 capacity Foundry, a club within the club, that focuses on local acts, singer-songwriters, DJs and smaller bands. Lastly, Ajax Hall, serves drinks before, during and after the show as well as food by Wolfgang Puck. The Fillmore is located in Fishtown at 29 E. Allen Street.
The Union Transfer building has been standing since the 1800s and the name is in honor of its former life as a railroad facility. It’s a fixture in the music scene, hosting a mix of indie rock, hip-hop, folk and electronic performers and bands. Known for its acoustics, the space holds up to 1,200 music lovers and has three bars. The venue is all-ages, so head upstairs to the balcony for a crowd of over 21-year-olds and to find a seat in the mostly standing room space. Union Transfer can be found on Spring Garden Street.