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Philly for the LGBTQ Crowd

Philadelphia is home to many vibrant people, places and communities, one of the most celebrated being the LGBTQ community. Ten years ago, to honor the history and diversity of the “Gayborhood”, the city dedicated 36 rainbow street signs in the area of 11th and Broad streets and Pine and Walnut streets, making it the heart of the LGBTQ community.

For years, there has been a thriving bar scene with legendary stops such as Woody’s Bar but more recently there has been a shock to the system with more new and innovative stores and restaurants popping up and creating a bigger and more inclusive home for many.

Look for stores such as Open House, where you can find just about any unusually unique home item. Doggie Style, which keeps your pooch as decked out as you are; and Nutz & Boltz, a fun and fabulous shop catered towards men’s undergarments.

If you are looking to make an impact while you shop, Philly AIDS Thrift is a staple of the LGBTQ Philly community that directs all proceeds to organizations helping to fight HIV/AIDS in the city.

Looking for something more culturated than just shopping? The Mauckingbird Theatre puts on wonderful gay oriented theatre with new shows every season. Pamper yourself at Andre Richard Salon, with new educators and stylists innovating every day they will make sure your hair makes a statement worth bragging about. Plus, tons of great food options—don’t miss out on a scoop of “Salty Pimp” at Big Gay Ice Cream.

So what are you waiting for? Get out and explore the vibrant and friendly community Philadelphians call home. 

Woody's Bar

A gay nightlife institution, this recently renovated bi-level club is the place to dance, drink and mingle every night of the week. Drink specials change daily. Open daily 5 pm-2 am.

Mauckingbird Theatre Company

Mauckingbird Theatre Company is committed to producing professional gay-themed theater, while also exploring classic literature and musical genres. Check website for upcoming shows.

Open House

In this Center City Spot, shoppers easily get lost among co-owners Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran's beautiful mix of kitchen goods, jewelry, furnishings and bath products. Open M-Sa 11 am-8 pm, Su noon-6 pm.

Lolita

This popular Midtown Village restaurant holds its own amongst the authentic Mexican eateries found in South Philly's Italian Market.

Doggie Style Pets

Yes, this pet shop with several locations carries everything man's best friend might need, but it also stocks supplies for feline, avian and even reptilian BFFs. Other products include clothing, nutritional supplements and gourmet treats. Open daily.

Square One Coffee

This award-winning micro-roaster based out of Lancaster now has two retail locations in the city. The small, family-owned business takes pride in taking a small batch, handcrafted approach to roasting, and it shows in the coffeehouses offerings. Hours vary by location.

Jones

The '70s make a comeback in a good way at this avocado-hued and cork-floored restaurant, steps from Independence Hall. Get nostalgic for home cooking with dishes like fried chicken and waffles or year-round Thanksgiving dinner. L (M-F), D (daily), Br (Sa-Su).

Carré d'Artistes

This art gallery is a leader in affordable contemporary art, selling world-class original paintings and specializing in a wide variety of artistic styles, from figurative and abstract to landscape, Pop and street art, all created by a vast collection of internationally known artists. Framing services available.

André Richard Salon

This local favorite offers some of the city's best stylists who glam it up with color, cuts, balayage, keratin treatments, relaxers and even makeup application. Open daily.

Big Gay Ice Cream

A longtime New York favorite since June 2009, Douglas Quint and Bryan Petroff recently brought their once mobile ice cream truck to a storefront in Philly. With a playful attitude, Big Gay Ice Cream creates a new spin on old-school soft-serve that appeals to a diverse mix of clientele.

Philly AIDS Thrift

This nonprofit founded in 2005 sells an eclectic collection of donated items with proceeds going to local organizations involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Open daily.