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1. Howl at the Moon258 S 15th St, Philadelphia
2. Fado1500 Locust St, Philadelphia
3. Time Restaurant1315 Sansom St, Philadelphia
4. Mad River4100 Main St, Philadelphia
5. Ladder 151528 Sansom St, Philadelphia
6. Drinker's Tavern124 Market St, Philadelphia
7. Smokey Joe's210 S 40th St, Philadelphia
8. Irish Pub1123 Walnut Street & 2007 Walnut St, Philadelphia
9. The Blarney Stone3929 Sansom St, Philadelphia
This factory-style singing joint (read: dueling piano bar!) has made its way to Philly, and has all the hook ups for you and your buddies to make their Billy Joel debut. It's filled with libations, snacks, and the chance to embarrass yourself.
Irish pub with a clubby weekend vibe. Recommended for the younger set.
This combo whiskey bar, resto, and taproom also plays host to various musical performances in its Market East digs. Tuck in to a cozy booth and feast on dishes like roast duck, shrimp ceviche, and more.
A staple in the college scene, Mad River's got you covered with all kinds of dive-y goodness, rocking a dark wood interior plus plenty of drink specials.
Ladder is actually in a cavernous old-time firehouse, but instead of firemen's hats and Hoseburgers, the owners have outdone themselves, with the homey-industrial setting (mesh cage rock-walled wraparound mezzanine, cold-rolled steel paneling, wide-plank dark cypress floors, lantern chandeliers, mahogany walls, and a birch log-encased fireplace), a menu designed by the Bon Appetit-feted Little Fish chef, and cocktails that expertly summon up your fatboy youth.
With a murderer's row of bars in the area, the one true dive bar that sticks out in Old City is Drinker’s. Those claiming that Khyber Pass is a dive bar are fooling themselves; dive bars aren’t stocked with a beer selection that includes Bayerischer Banhof Leipziger. Drinker’s, however, is the quintessential dive -- a place where you go to drink, often times hard. It serves 40s, cheap draft beer, and boozy huggie bombs (for the nostalgic). And like any dive bar, the food is pretty good as long as it’s swimming in buffalo sauce.
A stomping ground for UPenn students and alumni to drink beer, eat pizza, and watch the game.
An Irish pub with contemporary sensibilities. Fun fact: This bar made a cameo in the movie "Rocky Balboa" starring Milo Ventimiglia.