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  • RUBA Hall

    Perfect dive bar form

    This is no contrived dive bar—it’s the real thing. Low-cost beer, pool tables, ping-pong and after-hours fun bring a mixed crown (and all nationalities) to the Russian Ukrainian Boating Association.

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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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  • Smokey Joe’s

    A West Philadelphia “Pennstitution”

    The walls are covered with sports photos of great Penn athletes, and the beer taps are programmed for students on a budget.

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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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  • Tattooed Mom

    Dive bar royalty

    One of Philly’s best-loved dive bars, T-Mom’s is known for its oddball atmosphere, cheap drinks and even cheaper weekly food specials (Taco Tuesdays and Pierogi Thursdays!).

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  • The Barbary

    Rocking out encouraged

    This 200-person music venue presents the latest in rising local and touring indie music on the first floor and DJ dance parties upstairs.

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  • The Cambridge

    A new addition to South Street West serving a wide selection of craft beer

    A welcoming neighborhood bar, the UK-ish Cambridge is certainly a beer drinker’s haven, but don’t forget to ask about their classic cocktail list, either.

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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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  • The El Bar

    Head beneath the tracks for cheap beer and live music

    The El Bar

    Situated, as the name implies, under SEPTA’s Market-Frankford elevated rail line (or “The El”), this quasi-dive bar attracts a loyal following.

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  • The Fire

    Burnin’ up

    A classic gritty rock club alternative to some of the neighborhood’s flashier venues, The Fire does two things — loud rock and cheap beer — and does them very well.

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  • The Industry Bar

    An ode to hospitality-industry insiders where all are welcome

    With 12 taps, an adventurous menu and a 20% discount for restaurant industry workers, this Pennsport newbie has established itself as a neighborhood hotspot. Late on Saturday nights, the kitchen prepares a special “staff meal:” hearty, simple fare priced just right.

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  • The Institute

    Neighborhood bar 101

    The main subject matter this institute studies is beer, and a 16-tap draft list offers a wide-ranging selection.

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  • The Irish Times

    The hallmark of this traditional pub is a perfect pint of stout

    The perfectly poured pint of Guinness is what Times bartenders are most fond of talking up, but they do some simple, tasty UK-style bar food, too.

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  • The Sidecar Bar & Grille

    A neighborhood anchor at 22nd and Christian with awesome beer and delicious food

    This two-floor gastropub — proud of its expansive and constantly evolving beer list — reinvents the happy hour, pouring specials from 12:00 midnight to 2:00 a.m. every weeknight. On the weekends, brunch means burritos and Bloody Marys.

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  • The Trestle Inn

    Dive under the tracks

    This updated go-go bar under the Reading Railroad tracks has an undeniable hipster appeal.

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  • Underground Arts

    Great things are happening below ground

    Drawing on the nascent arts community taking root in the neighborhood, architect Gary Reuben established this “incubator” for new ideas and concepts.

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  • Voltage Cafe

    Plug in for a good time

    Come for the pub grub and cheap drinks, stay for the funky hookahs and live entertainment.

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  • West Tavern

    First-rate dive bar

    A killer place to catch a Phillies, “Westy’s” is where you to go to for thrifty drinking and risky eating — try the house special “Dirty Burger,” seasoned with secret spices and topped with nothing but secret “Dirty Sauce,” if you dare.

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