Bob & Barbara's Cocktail Lounge is more of a gritty dive than the name suggests. It's been serving the thirsty Philly community since 1969, and its cheap and dirty brand of fun hasn't lost its charm. Pocket pleasing specials, like a nearly free shot of Jim Beam with a can of PBR keep the floors sticky, while a diverse crowd packs into the tight space for weekly live performances, from punk to jazz. No night is more wild than Thursday, as lineups of lip-synching drag hit the bar, presided over by the beloved local trans icon Miss Lisa. Bring singles for tipping.
This legendary spot on South Street is big on PBR, live music, and facilitating many a meet cute (or some distant cousin of a “meet cute”). If you like to dance, head over on a Friday or Saturday night, treat yourself to a citywide special, and enjoy mingling.