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
At night, McGillin’s is a crowded mess of young twenty-somethings (fun if you’re into the loud, rowdy thing), but during the afternoons this bar is a nice mix of professionals, students and locals. Looking like a large beer hall, the bar has been open since Lincoln was elected president and is the oldest continuously-operating tavern in Philadelphia. The bar has a big selection of regional and local beers on tap. The food menu is full of extensive, delicious bar food. Named one of the ‘Best Irish pubs in America’ by Complex magazine and one of the ‘Coolest bars in the U.S.’ by Gourmet, the fun and friendly atmosphere is not hard to see why.
Address & phone number: 1310 Drury St Philadelphia, PA 19107 215-735-5562
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