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The Best Live Music in Philadelphia

The Best Live Music in Philadelphia

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Updated: 12 December 2015
The music scene in Philadelphia is simply electric, with venues located all over the city. This current music renaissance makes Philadelphia one of the prime locations for new undiscovered talent. Read further for the Best Live Music In Philadelphia.

Jazz Club
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Chris’ Jazz Cafe

Chris’ Jazz Cafe remains dedicated to showcasing local talent. With sets running as late as 4AM on some nights, Chris’s Jazz Club offers options for all types of patrons. The atmosphere at Chris’s is relaxed and intimate, and is perfect for a romantic night out. Throughout the year, Chris’s hosts jazz performances from students from Philadelphia’s five largest universities.

Chris’ Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St Philadelphia, PA 19102 (215) 568-3131

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Silk City

Silk City has found a balance between affordable food and great music. On Saturdays, Silk City transforms and offers a live DJ with a converted dance floor for patrons. Each month, Silk City offers live musical acts with each day of the week as a different genre of music. Silk City also offers a bar and a lounge that stays open daily until 1AM.

Silk City, 435 Spring Garden St Philadelphia, PA 19123 (215) 592-8838

Union Transfer

Union Transfer is known for its electric atmosphere and variety of live bands. Converted from an old luggage transfer station, Union Transfer offers patrons exciting décor with sky-high ceilings, dramatic chandeliers, and stained glass. Rolling Stone Magazine recently named Union Transfer as one of the ‘Top 20 Venues in America,’ plus, they offer private events and boast a large lobby, four bars and a mezzanine with tiered seating and a balcony.

Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St Philadelphia, PA 19123 (215) 232-2100


This two story music venue offers patrons a change of pace with each live music performance. Located in the heart of Philadelphia, MilkBoy constantly entertains and delivers lasting experiences. Live musical performances are hosted every weekend with a mixture of local and non-local bands. MilkBoy also serves as a restaurant, serving customers local produce with vegan options, and there’s a recording studio a short distance away from the venue.

MilkBoy, 1100 Chestnut St Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215) 925-6455

Cafe Venue
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World Café Live

Located in University City, World Café Live redefines the typical live music venue – it does not offer general admission standing room tickets, and instead offers ticketed seats which makes the venue more intimate. World Café Live offers a full bar that serves handcrafted cocktails and locally sourced beer. Patrons can experience a live music performance every day of the week with varying genres of music.

World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St Philadelphia, PA 19104 (215) 222-1400

By Robert Wilder