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The Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar

The ever-popular Continental illuminates the corner of 2nd and Market Streets. Credit: B. Krist for GPTMC

At night, Philadelphia is sizzling with activity — it’s an exciting, welcoming place to sip cocktails, hear live music and/or do your own thing.

Whether you’re dancing and dining in Old City, heading to a hipster hangout in South Philadelphia or catching a live jazz show in Northern Liberties, you are pretty much always guaranteed a great time.

Another lovable aspect about Philly after dark — everything is conveniently close together. Whatever neighborhood you choose, you can almost certainly hit multiple hotspots within a short walk or cab ride.

And in Philadelphia, you can enjoy great food at anytime. Looking for a place that serves after 10 pm? Or the best place to find a cheesesteak at 3 a.m.? We’ve got you covered.

Don’t miss these hotspots

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  • North Bowl

    It’s not just about bowling at this Northern Liberties hotspot

    North Bowl

    Seventeen regulation bowling lanes on two levels, an old-school photo booth and a billiards area makes this throwback spot a perfect pick for noshing with friends, a date or a family outing.

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  • Frankford Hall

    A little slice of Munich in Fishtown

    Frankford Hall beer garden.

    Stephen Starr’s outdoor oasis in Philadelphia’s neighborhood is a deceptively simple concept; embrace the allure of the German “biergarten” and give it a modern edge.

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  • Parc

    Stephen Starr’s popular Rittenhouse Square bistro pays homage to Paris

    Parc on Rittenhouse Square

    With Parc, famed restaurateur Stephen Starr brings a certain je ne sais quoi to Rittenhouse Square. Parc offers an authentic French bistro experience, fully equipped with a chic Parisian ambiance and gorgeous sidewalk seating overlooking the Square.

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  • Morgan’s Pier

    Perfect summer dining and nightlife on the Delaware River Waterfront

    Philadelphia’s newest summer destination, Morgan’s Pier is an oasis of craft beer, delicious food and incredible live music on the Delaware River Waterfront.

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  • SugarHouse Casino Philadelphia

    Fun and games on the Delaware River

    SugarHouse Casino on the Delaware River

    Opened in September 2010, SugarHouse Casino is the first casino located in the City of Philadelphia. From its home on North Delaware Avenue, the casino will have an unrivaled location on the Delaware River’s waterfront.

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  • PHS Pop Up Garden

    Temporary outdoor escape in the city’s vacant spaces

    The 2013 PHS Pop Up Garden.

    The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s annual Pop Up Garden returns for its third year, transforming a forgotten outdoor area into a gorgeous, landscaped community space.

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  • Johnny Brenda’s

    Delicious food + great beer + live music = a Fishtown landmark

    Johnny Brenda’s

    Located at the intersection of Frankford and Girard Avenues on the southern tip of Fishtown, Johnny Brenda’s is, at once, the catalyst, champion, living room, kitchen/dining room and concert hall of its neighborhood.

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  • Silk City

    Part diner, part bar and part dance club, Silk City is one of Philly’s coolest night spots.

    Danceable beats and guilty pleasure songs are staples at Silk City.

    One-third diner, one-third club and one-third beer garden, Silk City’s American fare with flair has helped it become one of Philadelphia’s most popular destinations.

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  • Standard Tap

    Widely considered “America’s First Gastropub”

    Standard Tap

    A multi-room Northern Liberties gastropub — some say America’s first — that pairs local microbrews with excellent, gourmet pub fare like chicken pies, fried smelts and double burgers.

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  • Pub & Kitchen

    Part bar, part culinary showcase near Rittenhouse Square

    Pub & Kitchen

    It’s a simple formula: Local beer and in-house-infused liquors (“Pub”) and mouth-watering gourmet fare (“Kitchen”).

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  • Center City Jazz Festival

    Day-long celebration of jazz in Philadelphia

    Chris’ Jazz Cafe is one of four venues hosting the Center City Jazz Festival.

    Spend the day relaxing with live jazz during the third annual Center City Jazz Festival. Part of Jazz Appreciation Month, the day-long festival features 16 bands performing at four Center City venues.

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  • The Twisted Tail

    Modern southern cuisine, bourbon and blues in Headhouse Square

    Enjoy a soulful meal at Twisted Tail on South Street.

    Serving southern-inspired comfort food on historic Headhouse Square, the Twisted Tail is known for delicious eats, fine bourbon and live music.

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  • Irish Pub

    Classic pub experience in Center City

    Grab a pint at Irish Pub in Midtown Village.

    With locations on Walnut Street in Rittenhouse Square and Midtown Village, Irish Pub is a convenient and comfortable spot for locals and visitors alike.

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  • Steve’s Prince of Steaks

    Another member of Philly’s cheesesteak royalty.

    Steve’s Prince of Steaks

    Steve’s Prince of Steaks has been a cheesesteak institution in Northeast Philadelphia for more than three decades and now that they’ve opened a location in downtown Philadelphia, more and more happy customers are becoming “loyal subjects” of the Prince…, as the slogan on Steve’s t-shirt happily declares. And for good reason: the cheesesteaks at Steve’s are legit.

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  • The Roots Picnic

    One day of incredible music at Penn’s Landing

    The Roots Picnic

    Now in its seventh year, The Roots Picnic is bigger and better than ever with a day of incredible and diverse music at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing.

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  • Cavanaugh’s Headhouse Square

    Society Hill sports bar with signature wings and cold beers

    Outside of Cavanaugh’s Headhouse Square in Society Hill.

    Located in Philadelphia’s Society Hill neighborhood, Cavanaugh’s Headhouse Square is a relaxed sports bar and local hangout.

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  • Howl at the Moon

    A lively dueling piano bar in Center City

    Audience participation is highly encourage at Howl at the Moon.

    An upbeat, interactive nightlife destination, Howl at the Moon is a high-energy dueling piano bar in Center City.

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  • PHS Pop Up Garden

    Temporary outdoor escape in the city’s vacant spaces

    The 2013 PHS Pop Up Garden.

    The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s annual Pop Up Garden returns for its third year, transforming a forgotten outdoor area into a gorgeous, landscaped community space.

    View More
  • Morgan’s Pier

    Perfect summer dining and nightlife on the Delaware River Waterfront

    Philadelphia’s newest summer destination, Morgan’s Pier is an oasis of craft beer, delicious food and incredible live music on the Delaware River Waterfront.

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  • The Dive

    A smoky den of iniquity

    This casual hangout offers a vast beer selection—from cans of Schlitz to local microbrews—a rock-filled jukebox, inexpensive pool tables and friendly barkeeps. But it’s this pub’s exemption from the citywide smoking ban that makes it earn its name.

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