Top Philly Spots to Grab Grub after Hours

Late night eats: they can be so good but so bad. Where does one head for good eating in Philadelphia after the stroke of midnight? Fortunately there's no shortage of options. From grabbing a quick plate of fries to gobbling down some Chinese to going to town on a scrumptious sandwich, there are options available all over town. Treat those tastebuds to choices from Standard Tap, chat with friends over food from Silk City Diner, wrap up the night with a date at Sidecar Bar & Grille or eat your heart out at David's Mai Lai Wah. While some of these haunts offer sustenance in an unpretentious and unassuming environment, others step it up a bit with a tad more class. Depending on where the rest of the evening has been spent, one venue may be better for you and your crowd, but they've all got the ability to fill up your belly and get you on your way. Some will bring you back for more on another night, and others will simply satisfy for the time being. Check out which venues are high on our list, and add them to the venues you already know and trust for this time of the night.

University City


Drop into Cavanaugh's Restaurant for good times and great food. The restaurant isa neighborhood favorite, and offers a casual, friendly dining atmospherethat you and your friends are sure to enjoy. Cavanaugh's Restaurant also featuresa friendly,...  Read More



This Graduate hospital haunt is perfect for late night drinks and eats in South Philly. Whether you're hungry or thirsty, this venue satisfies your cravings. Meet friends or head here after an event to unwind and enjoy a great casual setting and...  Read More

South Street


Many folks in the Graduate Hospital area rave about this venue as a great drinking spot. Yet don't discount this place as a great place to eat as well. Locals credit the laid-back atmosphere, great beer and interesting Cajun-inspired eats, like...  Read More



Good dog attracts a more hipster-type of a crowd, and does its thing in a venue decorated in admiration of the beloved dog. Pooch-themed items can be found from one end of the restaurant to the other, and gives it a friendly and fun feel. The...  Read More



This Chinatown eatery offers late-night food options which include soups, noodles, dumplings and other delicacies at affordable prices. The joint is small, an the staff is business-only and don't mess around with small talk or helping you...  Read More

South Philadelphia Tap Room
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The South Philadelphia Tap Room is a pretty damned fine establishment, there are 13 taps, local breweries and Belgian imports are strongly featured and back up by an eclectic 100 bottle selection. A long spacious bar with booths, exposed brick...  Read More

North 3rd Bar & Restaurant


This cozy corner watering hole, located at 3rd and Brown, has emerged as a true haven for the more sophisticated palates that live and play in the Northern Liberties. Works by local artists adorn the place's exposed bricks walls, and the...  Read More

Khyber Pass


Named after the legendary geographical feature in the Hindu Kush Mountains, this Old City music venue isn't for the faint of heart. Punk and indy acts with names like Oppenheimer, Nashville Pussy, Human Television and Iggy Pop take over the...  Read More



On the corner of 2nd and Poplar stands the Standard Tap, a neighborhood pub that boasts some of the city's most innovative cookery. Yes the Standard's beer selection is impressive � very impressive, in fact � and includes a number...  Read More



Built on to a trolley-car diner/restaurant and a funky beer garden, the long-time Northern Liberties hipster hangout brings DJs, live bands and special events like comedy showcases to a simple, single-room space. Home to an exceptionally diverse...  Read More