Kung Fu Necktie’s biggest asset as a venue is its character. The commercial froufrou is set aside, and you’re left with a gritty (yet still trendy) hole in the wall with a small stage that caters to punk bands. While this does attract avid punk followers, the venue is also full of other stragglers who, despite having to pay a cover fee because of a show, aren’t really there for the show -- so don’t expect a hush to fall over the bar or for people to pay attention just because a band is playing. Nevertheless, it’s a good place to catch younger, smaller touring acts, and the occasional dance party.
It turns out The Fillmore is actually two venues in one, with the smaller, upstairs venue -- The Foundry -- pumping out just as many shows as its mainstage counterpart. As one of the newest venues in Philly (it's not even a year old), The Foundry draws comparisons to other small GA venues in the city (though not as large as the TLA or the Trocadero), and offers a lounge setting with plush sofas scattered throughout. The stage is small, and standing room is tight, but the sound quality is still intact. Plus, another benefit of being a new venue: it’s still relatively clean, including the bathrooms. Get in now while it lasts!