Explore Philadelphia

The Best of Philadelphia Nightlife

The exploring doesn’t have to stop past museum hours. Philadelphia’s city streets awaken after the tour guides have left their post and the night owls return.

And while a walk through Rittenhouse Square or Midtown Village will provide you with many bars to walk into, it’s the ones that are a bit out of the center that offer the best experiences.

If you’re looking for laughs, Helium Comedy Club is the club of choice, while The Fillmore provides a newer venue for live music lovers. For those who like their nights filled beer and bar games, Frankford Hall gets you both with the added bonus of serving some of the biggest (and most delicious) soft pretzels in the city. But, if sitting in a classic bar with a great cocktail in hand is all you’re after, don’t fret: Philly has plenty of that too.

Pick your poison (and your drink of choice) and enjoy the night!

Frankford Hall

This open-air German beer garden may be the liveliest spot in Stephen Starr's empire. Counter service, long communal tables and alfresco ping-pong create a down-to-earth backdrop for enjoying huge steins of traditional German and craft beers.

Johnny Brenda's

Catch locally and nationally renowned indie rock acts almost every night at this hipster hangout in the up-and-coming Fishtown neighborhood. The venue is upstairs from a tavern that features upscale pub grub.

North Bowl Lounge ‘N' Lanes

Northern Liberties catches onto the contemporary bowling craze with this retro alley. Bowl downstairs in the Pop-modern alley and then relax post pins with a drink in the second-floor lounge. North Bowl also offers billiards and classic arcade games. M-F 5 pm-2 am, Sa-Su noon-2 am.

SugarHouse Casino

Wager on having a fantastic time at this 45,000-square-foot casino on the Delaware River waterfront in the Fishtown neighborhood. The huge gaming floor offers slots, as well as live table games such as craps, blackjack and poker. On-site dining, free parking and valet available. Open daily (24 hours).

The Fillmore Philadelphia

Fishtown's legendary Ajax Metal Factory has been transformed into a state-of-the-art 2,500 capacity venue, honoring the traditions of historic Fillmore music halls and weaving in some Philly flavor. On the top floor, The Foundry serves as a smaller venue where local bands and DJs take the stage. Full schedule online.

Morgan's Pier

With sweet views of the Delaware River and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, this backyard beer garden is an ideal spot to soak up sights and sunshine. Claim a spot on the sizable deck to knock back picnic fare from the year's chef/s-in residence and craft beer on draft and in cans.

The Ranstead Room

Hidden off a side street adjacent to restaurant El Rey, this dimly lit enclave serves libations minted at the turn of the century in true speakeasy style. Look for the “RR” on the door. Open daily.

Yakitori Boy

This high-tech karaoke bar in Philly's Chinatown draws a fun crowd. Belt your favorite tunes or rent one of eight private rooms. Daily 5 pm-2 am.


The formerly private Vesper Club has reopened as a restaurant and lounge with a speakeasy vibe, serving up toasts, tastes and steak dinners. At the bar, classic cocktails are on the menu, from the Old Fashioned to the Moscow Mule. Live and local music command attention seven nights a week in the Skyline Room.

Stratus Rooftop Lounge

This sophisticated open-air social space on the 11th floor of Hotel Monaco is the place to be for cocktails with a twist­­ of history (it looks out at Independence Hall, after all). The menu features top-shelf tipples, while a 30-foot-long fireplace heats up the ambiance on cooler nights.