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The Best Spots for Late-Night Eats in Philadelphia

Awesome restaurants and bars serving food until 1 a.m. or later

Looking for a late-night bite? Philadelphia is full of restaurants and bars that keep the kitchen open until 1 a.m. and later, so you can eat before and after a night on the town.

As Philadelphia’s dining scene has continued to grow, the city’s bistros, pubs, brasseries, eateries, diners and fast-food spots have also grown by…hours.

By law in Philly, last call at the bar happens at 2 a.m. Last call for food, however, is anywhere from 11 p.m. to never.

Restaurants like Royal Tavern and Standard Tap offer pierogies, burgers and other delicious bar food well into the wee hours — or you could always head to South Philadelphia for a 3 a.m. cheesesteak at Pat’s or Geno’s.

So no matter how late your night or how strong your craving, there are plenty of ways to get a late-night snack.

Read on for our list of the hottest, coolest and coziest spots to nibble, nosh, gobble and dine well into the early-morning hours.

Note: Schedules do change, so if you plan to hit up one of these awesome spots, check online or with the restaurant or bar to ensure it’s serving food late.

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Franky Bradley’s

Serves until 1 a.m. during the week; midnight on the weekends

Midtown Village’s new school/old school tavern Franky Bradley’s accommodates night owls with homey plates of potato skins stuffed with brisket and horseradish crème fraîche; Franky’s meatballs and marinara; pressed duck Cuban sandwiches, and smartly updated spins on classic cocktails.
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McGillin's Olde Ale House

Serves until 1 a.m.

It’s one of the oldest taverns in the country, but as far as McGillin’s Olde Ale House is concerned, the night is always young. Drop-ins can indulge in straight-up bar food such as fried shrimp, nachos and mile-high meatloaf.
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Charlie was a sinner

Serves until 1 a.m.

Nicole Marquis’ sophisticated resto-bar Charlie was a sinner provides a great meatless alternative to diners any time of the evening. On weekends, the kitchen turns out carrot mousse, zucchini crab cake sliders and buccatini and meatballs until the witching hour.
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Valanni

Serves until midnight

Washington Square West’s modern Medi-Latin restaurant Valanni keeps it fresh Thursdays through Saturdays by turning itself into a lounge with specialty cocktails and a late-night menu of enticing items like Parmesan-truffle fries, lobster-and-crab mac and cheese and crispy shiitake polenta.
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Varga Bar

Serves until 1 a.m.

With its pin-up theme and comfort food menu, Varga Bar celebrates guilty pleasures. No one minds when orders for truffled mac and cheese, Kobe chili-cheese dogs and duck confit wings come in after midnight.
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Johnny Brenda's

Serves until 1 a.m.

A menu of chalkboard specials is offered at this corner hangout for Fishtown hipsters and the live rock acts that entertain them. Johnny Brenda’s serves clever seasonal fare — romaine salad with fennel and Yellow Springs Farm goat cheese, barbecue seitan sandwiches, crispy skin salmon over quinoa, hand-cut fries — and taps locally brewed beer.
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Martha

Serves until 1 a.m.

There’s no rush to catch the last call at Kensington watering hole Martha. The full menu of quirky hoagies, pickled veggies and soba noodles runs through nearly to closing.
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Standard Tap

Serves until 1 a.m.

Having paved the way for decades of gastropubs to follow, Northern Liberties’ Standard Tap knows just what its clientele wants. Grilled octopus, bowls of mussels, chicken pie and serious burgers perfectly complement the noteworthy local beer list.
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Jerry's Bar

Serves until 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays

The late-night menu at Jerry’s Bar in Northern Liberties comes out on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 11 p.m. Diners can tuck into plates of sesame falafel, buffalo honey wings and the house burger with comeback sauce.
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Cantina Dos Segundos

Serves until 1 a.m.

The Northern Liberties location of a two-cantina chain, Cantina Dos Segundos bustles through the night. Fresh juice margaritas, tacos and plenty of vegetarian options make it a favorite among the nocturnal crowd.
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N. 3rd

Serves until 1 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays

Dinner’s for sale until early-morning hours Thursday through Saturday at N. 3rd. International dishes include curry-sauced salmon, shrimp and veggie dumplings; potato-cheddar pierogies; and Moroccan-spiced lamb burgers at this boisterous Northern Liberties spot.
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Silk City

Serves until 1 a.m.

An old stainless steel car houses the always-popular late-night diner Silk City. Here, a global menu of sloppy roast beef sandwiches, shrimp burgers with Sriracha aioli, pork belly empanadas and fried chicken brings a contemporary spin to down-home cooking.
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Bar Ferdinand

Serves until 1 a.m. on weekends

Things don’t even start to warm up at this Northern Liberties tapas bar until around 11 p.m. Bar Ferdinand serves garlic shrimp, roasted octopus and all manner of Spanish cheeses, charcuterie, wine and sangria until midnight during the week, 1 a.m. on weekends.
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Bar-Ly

Serves until 2 a.m.

Sports tavern Bar-Ly embraces its role in providing late-night entertainment. With 60 taps, dozens of TVs and a menu of Asian-American food — Shanghai wings, a variety of summer rolls and kimchi pizza — it’s Chinatown’s preeminent after-midnight bar.
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Shiao Lan Kung

Serves until 2 a.m.

Chinatown eatery Shiao Lan Kung hosts the post-bar crowd on a nightly basis. Hot pots, salt-baked squid and pan-fried beef noodles hit the spot.
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David's Mai Lai Wah

Serves until 3 a.m.

A well-known spot for Philly’s post-shift restaurant workers for years, David’s Mai Lai Wah offers budget-friendly late-night eats. While the experience is no-frills, the salt and pepper wings, roast pork noodle bowls and walnut shrimp provide tasty sustenance.
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Tai Lake

Serves until 3 a.m.

Open daily until 3 a.m., Tai Lake takes care of the tardiest Cantonese seafood-loving visitors. Dishes to try here include fish maw soup, clams in black bean sauce and steamed fish with ginger and scallions.
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Khyber Pass Pub

Serves until 1 a.m.

Southern-fried cuisine with vegan options and a superior beer list make Old City’s Khyber Pass Pub a mainstay for late eaters. On any given night, platters of cornmeal-crusted oysters, brisket and po’boys steadily roll out of its kitchen.
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Sonny's Famous Steaks

Serves until 3 a.m. on weekends

Sonny’s Famous Steaks supplies the steaks to nightlife-filled Old City. Open until 3 a.m. on weekends, Sonny’s serves up cheesesteaks of all sorts, rib-eye burgers, cheese fries and onion rings to partiers who need to proper fuel up before turning in for the night.
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Lorenzo's and Sons

Serves until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays

It’s an all-ages show until 4 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at Lorenzo and Sons, a walk-up pizza kiosk on South Street. Here, an energized post-concert crowd loads up on $2 slices of oversized, thin-crusted, cheese-loaded pizza, devouring floppy wedges that taste distinctly better the later the hour.
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Jim's Steaks

Serves until 1 a.m. during the week, 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays

A South Street institution for decades, Jim’s makes one of Philly’s finest cheesesteaks. That means there’s often a line, but don’t worry – it moves quickly. Plus, the intoxicating smell of the ribeye steaks and sizzling onions on the grill will keep you focused while you wait. Open until 1 a.m. during the week and until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
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Southwark

Serves until 1 a.m.

When the evening needs go beyond burgers and fries, Southwark in Queen Village has a menu of solutions, including some of the best cocktails around. Among the offerings at this neighborhood bistro: pickled beets with tonnato, smoked mackerel pâte and roast chicken over farro.
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The Good King Tavern

Serves until 1 a.m.

An urbane French boîte, The Good King Tavern slings platters of socca with ratatouille, steak frites and duck confit well into the late hours.
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Royal Tavern

Serves until 1 a.m.

With a jukebox stocked with indie hits, Bella Vista’s Royal Tavern plays host to a devoted crowd who come for pints of microbrews, refined meatloaf sandwiches, crispy-edged gnocchi, duck-confit potato skins and vegan noshes, available nightly.
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Fountain Porter

Serves until 2 a.m.

The formula for East Passyunk neighbor Fountain Porter is quite simple: Serve a wealth of craft beers on tap, plus five-dollar cheeseburgers and a small menu of other eats until closing.
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Cantina Los Caballitos

Serves until 1 a.m.

As the first of the two cantinas, Cantina Los Caballitos set a high standard for quality Mexican food with a contemporary approach. The fun atmosphere, excellent drinks and solid cooking draw patrons past traditional dinner times.
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The Industry

Serves until 1 a.m.

As its name declares, The Industry was conceived to serve Philly’s hospitality workers. No wonder then that the Pennsport hangout attends to its clientele with fun food (buffalo chicken meatballs; Korean barbecue pork belly sandwiches; tandoori seitan) after many kitchens close.
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Tony Luke's

Serves until 2 a.m.

It’s worth ducking out of the pub to get in line at Tony Luke’s, a sandwich vendor deep in South Philadelphia. Just-baked rolls filled with slow-cooked roast beef and broccoli rabe, house-made roast pork slathered in garlicky spinach and sharp provolone, veal or chicken cutlets topped with marinara — and one of the best cheesesteaks in town — are just a taxi ride from Center City.
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South Philadelphia Taproom

Serves until 1 a.m.

South Philadelphia Taproom, a corner bar on the edge of the Passyunk Avenue neighborhood, serves its super eclectic cuisine — Cuban-style rice and beans, chicken meatballs banh mi, wild boar tacos and grilled mushrooms over cheddar grits — nearly as long as it serves its fantastic selection of beer.
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The Sidecar Bar & Grille

Serves unti. 1 a.m.

Nestled in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood, The Sidecar Bar & Grille accommodates night crawlers with pretzel-crusted chicken bites, chopped romaine salad and a large selection of burgers. Creative daily specials warrant a visit, too.
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Grace Tavern

Kitchen open until 2 a.m. every night

Grace Tavern serves its full menu of solid bar fare to 2 a.m. every night. The Grace Burger, with lettuce, tomato, onion and Swiss cheese, is an indisputable favorite. The sausage sandwiches, the jambalaya and the chicken fingers are all great, as well.
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Pub and Kitchen

Serves until 1 a.m.

The seriously inventive yet equally comforting cuisine from Pub & Kitchen deserves notice, with standouts such as duck-liver mousse on pretzel rolls, charred cauliflower with sesame yogurt and tasty burgers.
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Tio Flores

Serves until 1 a.m.

South Street taqueria Tio Flores brings a street food sensibility to its Mexican fare. Open until 1 a.m. every Friday and Saturday, the kitchen concocts beer-battered street corn, New Mexico pork and all manner of tacos.
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Misconduct Tavern

Serves until 1:30 a.m.

A nautical theme and upscale bar food are offered at both locations of the refined yet fun Misconduct Tavern, where the fare centers around approachable comfort dishes such as root vegetable salad with goat cheese, avocado fries, seared salmon sliders and design-your-own mac and cheese.
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Steve's Prince of Steaks

Open until 3 a.m. on Friday & Saturday

If you're looking for a late-night cheesesteak in Center City, Steve's is your spot. Served on a long, thin roll that has just the right amount of chew, the cheesesteak sandwich at Steve’s features large pieces of grilled rib eye and a generous helping of whiz and fried onions. Protip: if you want to add an element of heat to your cheesesteak at Steve’s, get one with an order of hot roasted peppers on the side and then scatter them onto your sandwich to taste. It’s good eats.
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Dos Tacos

Serves unti. 3 a.m.

The brainchild of a chef and two nightlife impresarios, Dos Tacos solve the dilemma of where to go when the bar closes. The taco stand dishes up a mix of tacos with traditional and creative flavors, plus a “secret” menu.
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Little Pete's

Serves all night long

Simple, reliable diner staples — burgers, fries, pancakes and waffles — pack the menu at this beloved dive of a diner, with a cash-only policy. Little Pete’s stays open all hours and accommodates a diverse crowd, from business people and politicians to club-goers and struggling artists.
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Insomnia Cookies

Serves until 3 a.m.

For those in need of a late-night or early-morning sugar fix, Insomnia Cookies delivers fresh-baked cookies in all sorts of varieties—chocolate chunk, peanut butter, oatmeal, sugar, snickerdoodle and many more mouthwatering flavors.
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