Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name—or, in this case, where everyone knows the words to your favorite song. Tavern on Camac, a fun staple of the Gayborhood scene since 1935, boasts live entertainment singing show tunes and hits on the first floor and a fun dance floor/lounge upstairs. Tavern is one of the best bars with a lively atmosphere, great service and a bit of history (it’s rumored the bottom floor was once connected to the underground railroad.)
Address & phone number: 243 S Camac St Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-545-0900
Petruce’s happy hour from 5-7PM is one of the best under-the-radar experiences in the city. An industry favorite, they serve $5 pours from local breweries like Nodding Head and $6 glasses of wine, cider and sherry curated by the owner/sommelier Tim Kweeder are offered. There’s also a rotating $7 cocktail list with creative twists on classics. Be sure to check out their flavorful appetizers like the tomato and furikake.
Address & phone number: 1121 Walnut St Philadelphia. PA 19107 267-225-8232
As mentioned in our previous article highlighting the best cocktail bars in Philadelphia, Charlie was a sinner. is a must-try. The bar offers vegan-friendly cocktails and wines–patrons do not have to worry about animal by-products like fat or glycerin being used in any drinks. There’s a reason the cocktails here have been described as lush and hedonistic. They’re very strong and are infused with house-made tropical fruits to fresh juices or a idiosyncratic mixture. All cocktails are $12, and also offered are four drafts and five bottled beers, along with several wines.
Address & phone number: 131 S 13th St Philadelphia, PA 19107 267-758-5372