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Nightlife in Historic Philadelphia

During the day, you can hang out in Historic Philadelphia and learn a little (okay, a lot) about our nation’s past.
But after hours, the area surrounding the Liberty Bell is a vibrant, diverse neighborhood where you can eat incredible food, get your drink on and do a little dancing, too.

Looking for a place to get cozy with a date and a drink? Try Amada for authentic Spanish tapas and cocktails. In the mood for live music? Check out a live show at the Khyber. And if dancing is your thing, head over to Cuba Libre or the always bumping Red Sky.

You’ll soon see why National Geographic Magazine has called this neighborhood “the liveliest urban neighborhood between Soho in New York and SoBe [South Beach] in Miami.”

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  • 32°

    Experience the lap of luxury in the center of Old City

    Lounging with cocktails at 32°

    Fun and innovative cocktails, including drinks served in glasses made of ice, make for an exciting change from the typical bar scene.

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  • National Mechanics

    Nostalgic cuisine with a side of humor

    National Mechanics

    Oozing with authenticity — and a healthy doze of eccentricty — National Mechanics serves outstanding beer alongside old-school favorites like grilled cheese with tomato soup.

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  • Amada

    Iron Chef Jose Garces’ first Philadelphia restaurant

    Amada by Iron Chef Jose Garces

    At Old City’s Amada, chef Jose Garces has created the city’s grandest tapas restaurant, complete with a wall of wooden sangria casks, cured hams and cheeses hanging over the main bar and a menu that ranges from traditional — tortilla espanola, Spanish olives, warm fava bean salad — to edgy — foie gras flatbreads and artichoke and spinach empanadas.

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  • The Khyber

    A gritty little bar in the middle of Old City

    The Khyber

    While many of the bars and clubs in Old City have only opened in recent years, the Khyber is truly an original — the institution dates back to the 19th century.

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  • Buddakan

    Where creativity and cachet loom large


    A towering gilded statue of the Buddha generates elegant calm in this 175-seat, Pan Asian restaurant from restaurateur Stephen Starr

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  • Fork

    A stylish New American bistro and Old City anchor

    A stylish New American bistro and Old City anchor

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  • Farmicia

    Delicious, organic cuisine in Old City


    A green-thumbed tribute to sustainable cuisine in the heart of Old City

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  • Penn’s Landing

    A hub of family-friendly activity throughout the year

    Every Thursday night in July and August, a different film will be screened outdoors on a big screen at Penn’s Landing.

    The Delaware River Waterfront, just a short walk from Old City and Historic Philadelphia, hosts family-friendly attractions and events all year long.

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