Best Philadelphia, PA Nightlife

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    10. Union Transfer

    This newish Philadelphia music venue has already become a staple in the indie-rock scene, hosting touring bands and local musical groups alike. Located in a beautifully renovated historic building in the Eraserhood...

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    9. Whisper Club

    From Thursday to Saturday night, the city's best-dressed party-goers ride an elevator to the second-floor club, where six bars, a light-show, and two elevated VIP platforms await them. Private bottle-service areas...

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    8. SugarHouse Casino

    Sugar House is the only casino in Philadelphia proper. It stays open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for gamblers and entertainment seekers, as well as those just interested in checking things out. Sure, slots and...

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    7. Water Works Restaurant & Lounge

    One of Philadelphia's only waterfront restaurants is one of its most romantic. This is thanks to the sweeping porch that provides for a drink or a meal full of breathtaking views of the Schuylkill River and of...

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    6. World Cafe Live

    This unassuming venue is a community-focused listening room that caters to serious music fans in and around Philadelphia. World Cafe books an impressive variety of talent from week to week, including national acts...

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    5. Monk's Cafe

    An oldie but a goodie. While dozens of newer craft-beer bars have opened since this one, you can't argue with a destination that's still considered the beer mecca of Philadelphia. Called "One of the Top Ten Places to...

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    3. Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

    As home to the American Theater Arts for Youth, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Peter Nero & the Philly Pops, Pennsylvania Ballet, PHILADANCO, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society,...

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    2. First Friday

    If you are in Philadelphia during the first Friday of the month, don't miss a chance to explore the city's incredible art scene. This fun, free open house takes enthusiasts and newbies alike through many of the...

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    1. Rittenhouse Square

    Located in the geographical heart of the city, Rittenhouse Square serves as a hub for much of Philadelphia's more upscale shopping, dining and people-watching. Rittenhouse Square itself glows gorgeously all year...

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About Philadelphia, PA Nightlife

At one time, if you were going to go bar-hopping in Philadelphia, you'd mostly focus your energies on South Street. While it's true that a lot of the city's most well-established nightspots are there, there are now myriad reasons to step out into other neighborhoods. Old City's Continental, Eulogy and The Khyber are all just a few strides from Independence Mall and would have made for great places for Franklin and Jefferson to duck out between sessions of the Continental Congress. A few blocks north, spots like Standard Tap, Bar Ferdinand and PYT have helped turn Northern Liberties into a hip spot. Rittenhouse Square, meanwhile, continues its reputation as being the city's cosmopolitan heart and soul by offering nighttime crowds topflight destinations like The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. and 

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Tara Nurin is a veteran freelance journalist based just outside  Philadelphia. The former TV reporter specializes in craft beer, dining and destination coverage and writes regularly about her three passions -- Philly, food, drink -- for local and national pubs.  Tara, who grew up speaking Spanish and French, spent childhood holidays on a Puerto...  Read more »

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