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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 M Room

    Live music and craft brews

    Short for The Manhattan Room, The M Room features its performance venue on one side and its bar/restaurant on the other.

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  • The PFS Roxy Theater

    Home of independent cinema in Rittenhouse Square

    The PFS Roxy Theater in Rittenhouse Square.

    The new home of the Philadelphia Film Society (PFS), the The PFS Roxy Theater brings top independent cinema to Rittenhouse Square.

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  • The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts

    Sound the horn

    A neighborhood institution, the Clef Club’s mission is to preserve Philly’s rich musical history through regular performances and programming.

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  • The Piazza at Schmidts

    A European-style open space surrounded by shops, restaurants and galleries

    Above the Piazza at Schmidts

    A European-style open space surrounded by shops, restaurants and galleries

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  • The Roots Picnic

    A 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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  • The Rotunda

    Performance space and community gathering place

    The Rotunda hosts live music, movie screenings, yoga classes, theater projects and art exhibits.

    Built as a house of worship in 1911, The Rotunda is now a smoke-free and drink-free space for world, soul, hip-hop, rock, jazz and experimental music. When bands aren’t playing, the socially conscious venue hosts movie screenings, yoga classes, theater projects and art exhibits.

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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 Starlight Ballroom

    Dance the night away

    A former roller rink, the down-and-dirty Starlight hosts DJs, dance parties and largescale events.

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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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  • The Trocadero Theatre

    Long-standing venue for live music in Chinatown

    A onetime burlesque theater, the Trocadero Theatre in Chinatown is now a favorite spot for live music, special events and weekly movie screenings.

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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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  • Tin Angel

    A haven for singer-songwriter performances in Old City

    The Tin Angel, in the historic Old City section of Philadelphia, is a cosmopolitan café, cozy, comfortable and perfect for its intimate presentations of classic folksingers like Ramblin’ Jack Elliot and Odetta.

    The Tin Angel, in the historic Old City section of Philadelphia, is a cosmopolitan café, cozy, comfortable and perfect for its intimate presentations of classic folksingers like Ramblin’ Jack Elliot and Odetta.

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  • Tinto

    Small plates from the Basque country arrive near Rittenhouse Square

    Tinto by Iron Chef Jose Garces

    Tinto, the second restaurant from Iron Chef Jose Garces, showcases the extraordinary tastes of the Basque country, the coastal and mountainous region that blurs the lines of demarcation between Spain and France.

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  • Tired Hands Brewing Company

    Innovative craft beer just down the Main Line

    Tired Hands makes flavorful yet simple beers with inventive names like “Perfectly Preserved Brain” and “Beautiful Crystalline Structure.”

    This Belgo-French cafe-brewery has won some of the world’s most prestigious awards, including second place in ratebeer.com’s ranking of the best new breweries on earth. What makes Tired Hands special? Flavorful yet simple beers with inventive names like “Perfectly Preserved Brain” and “Beautiful Crystalline Structure” are brewed in one room and served in the next, and house-made bread fermented with ale yeast, house-brined and pickled snacks and locally sourced cheeses, charcuterie and produce are available as well.

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  • Tony Luke’s

    The age-old dilemma: the Cheesesteak or the Roast Pork Italian

    Tony Luke's Philadelphia

    Located next to an I-95 underpass on an otherwise dull stretch of Oregon Avenue in South Philadelphia, Tony Luke’s is a Philadelphia institution. There’s no need for an inside here — you order and pick up your sandwich from the street side windows and feast upon your reward at the outdoor picnic-style tables.

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  • Triumph Brewing Company

    A lively brewpub that rocks all night

    Triumph Brewing Company

    Triumph’s industrial-yet-swanky decor is enough to turn heads, but the award-winning selection of home-brewed lagers and ales definitely ups the ante.

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  • Twenty Manning Grill

    Style and substance on the Square

    Twenty Manning

    Pan Asian fare and a sleek, minimalist style make this restaurant and lounge an ideal Rittenhouse retreat

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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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  • Union Transfer

    Incredible space for alternative sounds

    The city’s newest major concert hall distinguishes itself with excellent sound and light quality, along with a stellar selection of microbrews at the three full bars and tasty vegan fare. The lineup of all-ages shows, booked by R5 Productions, includes indie, hip-hop, punk and dance acts.

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  • Urban Saloon

    A citified bar fit for all kinds of crowds

    One of the largest bars in the neighborhood, Urban is a popular place to catch a game on several flat-screen TVs or enjoy a relaxing meal. On weekend nights, the scene shifts from locals’ bar to dance club, complete with a DJ.

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  • Valanni Social

    Stellar food and drink just off the Avenue of the Arts

    Fancy drinks in a stylish setting are just the beginning at Valanni Social.

    Fancy drinks in a stylish setting are just the beginning at Medi-Latin eatery Valanni Social, which boasts one of the best late-night snacks in town — a feast of roasted feta, Greek olives, hummus and pita, spicy pulled-chicken empanadas and grilled adobo beef kebobs.

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  • Vango Lounge and Sky Bar

    A lounge of Rittenhouse with an amazing upstairs deck and outdoor seating

    Vango Lounge

    After snagging fizzy cocktails from the bar, partiers kick up their heels to DJ-spun beats before lounging on king-sized beds and admiring the city skyline on the Skybar.

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  • Victory Brewing Company

    The Philadelphia region’s largest craft brewery

    Victory Brewery Company formally began operations in February 1996 in an old Pepperidge Farm factory in Downingtown, Chester County and hasn’t looked back.

    Founded in 1996 by childhood friends, Victory has seen awesome growth thanks to its superb line of brews and the industry rise of craft beer sales. From its humble beginnings brewing barrels of HopDevil Ale, Victory Festbier and Brandywine Valley Lager, Victory is now one of the largest craft breweries in the country.

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  • Vie

    Party city

    Quickly becoming of Philly’s hottest event venues, the gorgeously appointed Vie plays host-with-the-most to all manner of upscale soirees and events.

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