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World Cafe Live

Music club, restaurant and WXPN radio studios

Dining and music at World Cafe Live

Dining and music at World Cafe Live Credit: K. Ciappa for Visit Philadelphia


This multi-level venue features a casual dining/listening space, 300-person bistro-style concert room, music shop and WXPN’s radio studios.

Settle into the sunny Upstairs Live Cafe where, through late-night eats and drinks, you can enjoy live music and food in a city-chic setting. Downstairs, past the enormous, colorful mural and WXPN’s studios (Go ahead and peek into the window. You might catch the namesake show being taped), is the main performance venue featuring nationally-known artists.

No sticky floors here. Downstairs Live’s muted colors, contemporary design, top-notch sound system and good sight lines create a lively, sophisticated atmosphere. Food and drinks are optional but advance tickets are required.


When a brainstorm hit a local entrepreneur/amateur musician simultaneously, he decided adults needed a place to hear live music. Turns out WXPN also needed new studios, especially for its nationally popular show, “World Cafe.” Mutual interests merged and six years later, World Cafe Live came to be.

Insider Tip

There’s not a bad seat in the house, but the best place to see a show is from the bar.

Kids’ Stuff

Peanut Butter and Jams is a family-friendly Saturday lunchtime program that offers a fun and interactive live music experience for kids and parents. For a complete schedule of performers and ticket information, visit World Café Live.

Monday Night Jazz Jam

World Cafe Live’s Monday Night Jazz Jam, hosted by Marcel Bellinger, offers an incredible opportunity to jazz musicians from the Philadelphia region. Each week, the house band opens the evening with two songs, and then makes way for the new talent to to perform with the band.

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