Hip Nightlife in Philadelphia

The diversity of subcultures and people in Philadelphia gives the city its edge. Some hotspots are low-key but ever-popular dive bars; others are bouncing nightclubs; and some are ultra-cool music venues featuring the next rising star. There is a wide range of hip bars in Center City. Those on or near Rittenhouse Square tend to be swanky -- places to sip a martini and watch Philadelphia's power couples. Wine bars, gay clubs, and music venues speckle the streets east of Broad. And of course you'll find dive bars tucked into small streets throughout the city. Some of the hippest and edgiest bars are in neighborhoods where the housing prices haven't yet reached their peak; these neighborhoods include South Philadelphia (along Grays Ferry Avenue on the western side of Center City and Passyunk Avenue on the eastern side) and West Philadelphia.

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Fluid

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613 South 4th Street
Between South and Bainbridge sts

Intimate hip-hop/techno nightclub... read more

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Drinker's Pub

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1903 Chestnut Street

Lively pub in heart of Center City... read more

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Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar

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138 Market Street

Trendy restaurant and night spot... read more

Good Dog

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224 South 15th Street

Perfect for a good time... read more

Bistro Romano

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120 Lombard Street

Italian food, mysteries, and a piano bar... read more

Brasil's

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112 Chestnut Street

Festive and trendy... read more

Continental Mid-Town

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1801 Chestnut Street

Upscale restaurant and martini bar... read more

Drinker's Tavern

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124 Market Street

Lively pub in heart of old city... read more

Noche

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1901 Chestnut St, 2nd Fl

Restaurant and nightspot with spacious interior...
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Bob and Barbara's Lounge

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1509 South St

Popular dive bar with live jazz... read more

Tattooed Mom

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530 South St

Punk/hipster bar in heart of south street... read more

Transit Nightclub

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600 Spring Garden Street
At 6th St

Popular dance locale... read more

105 Social

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105 Grape Street

Chic restaurant and bar with live dj's... read more

Silk City

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435 Spring Garden Street

Diner and hip lounge, together... read more

Lounge OneTwoFive

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125 S Second St

Private social club... read more

Pure

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1221 Saint James St

Popular gay bar and dance club... read more

Club 27

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27 South Bank Street

Industrial techno nightclub... read more

Zee Bar

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100 Spring Garden Street

Cream Crowd... read more

TPDS Club

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114 South 12th Street

Where The Locals Party... read more
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