Food & Drink

Dancing girls and salty dogs on S Broad St

The exterior sign of the Dolphin Tavern in Philadelphia

A legendary South Philly go-go bar where your dad learned everything about women (well, full-nude's illegal, so maybe not everything), the reopened Dolphin Tavern's a decades-old Christmas-lighted dive bar now shining bright with rotating craft drafts, DJ dance parties, and local burlesque-ers brought to you by the guys behind Morgan's Pier and Union Transfer. Chalkboards surrounding the front-room bar school you on a 10-can, four-draft brew list scribbled with local and seasonal selections like Yards Philadelphia Pale Ale and Victory Swing Session Saison. Or opt for classic vodka 'tails like a ginger ale-topped Moscow Mule or a vodka-and-grapefruit Salty Dog, also what happened when A&E cancelled that show about the bounty hunter. Either is perfect for when these are making you thirsty. They installed these glowing walls in an homage to the bar's old light-up dance floor. Lionel Richie is furious nothing was done to the ceiling. Or leave the dancing to the professionals. These glow-in-the-dark murals haven't been updated, but the roster of nightly go-go girls like Melissa Bang Bang and Violet Sweet has. They'll be dancing to indie rock and darkwave records on vinyl. Because you don't want to mess with a classic.

Beer at the Dolphin Tavern in Philadelphia
A Moscow Mule and a Salty Dog at The Dolphin Tavern in Philadelphia
Pretzels at The Dolphin Tavern in Philadelphia
A glowing wall at the Dolphin Tavern in Philadelphia
A hula girl mural at the Dolphin Tavern in Philadelphia
Vinyl at the Dolphin Tavern in Philadelphia