Philadelphia is known for its nightlife and historic downtown. If you’re in the area and in the mood to let loose, be sure to check out one of these classic dive bars.
Bob and Barbara’s Lounge- Bob and Barbara’s Lounge gained their notoriety for their $3 drink special, creatively coined “The Special.” It consists of a shot of Jim Beam and a PBR as chaser. Though not specifically a gay bar, they do attract a large gay crowd. Be sure to catch their Thursday Night Drag Show, featuring Miss Lisa, one of Philadelphia’s most legendary female impersonators. They also have live jazz every Friday and Saturday night, featuring a phenomenal organ player and saxophonist.
Dirty Frank’s- The name is by no means a misnomer. This place is quite filthy indeed. But then again, that’s what makes it a dive bar, right? With pitchers starting at just $8 and regular rock, paper, scissors tournaments, it’s no wonder why Dirty Frank’s is a favorite hangout amongst the locals.
Doobies- No need to leave your furry friends at home just to enjoy a night on the town. Head down to Doobies for a drink; your pets are welcome too! Not only do they allow pets in the bar, but they continuously make an effort to support animal welfare by hosting fundraisers throughout the year. With good food, cheap beer, a relaxed atmosphere, and an endless supply of board games, this is easily one of the most enjoyable bar experiences in Philadelphia.
Tattooed Mom’s- This bar has two unique floors so it is hard to get bored. They have pool tables, regular live music, art shows, zombie crawls, and more. There menu features a variety of bottles and drafts, including a wide variety of locally crafted brews. They have an extensive food menu as well, including a menu that caters specifically to vegetarians and vegans. Every weekend they serve brunch from 12:00pm-4:30pm with a variety of breakfast themed cocktails.
Jack’s Famous Bar- Jack’s Bar is home to some of the cheapest food and beer in Philadelphia. One of the most historic bars in the city, they have bottles of liquor dating as far back as WW2. They don’t serve from those bottles, however, but it goes to show how long Jack’s has been around. Constantly brimming with locals and regulars, Jack’s embodies the very essence of urban Philly.