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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

    Built as a house of worship in 1911, The Rotunda now comprises two spaces that host arts and cultural events.

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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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Warmdaddy’s

    Southern classics and live jazz, blues and R&B

    Warmdaddy's has a down-home vibe, a down-home Southern menu and a get-down lineup of national jazz, blues and R&B artists every night.

    Warmdaddy’s has a down-home vibe, a down-home Southern menu and a get-down lineup of national jazz, blues and R&B artists every night.

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  • Water Works Restaurant and Lounge

    A gorgeous restaurant and lounge on the banks of the Schuylkill River

    The Water Works Restaurant and Lounge

    More than 140 years after it closed for business, Fairmount Park’s famed Water Works — onetime home to the engine room for Philadelphia’s cutting-edge water department — reopened as a chic destination lounge and restaurant.

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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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  • White Dog Cafe

    Farm-fresh dining in University City

    Years ago, the White Dog Cafe started a trend in Philadelphia: an unusual blend of award-winning cuisine and social activism, including its focus on farm-fresh, organic ingredients. Different dining rooms tucked into corners of the Victorian mansion allow patrons to choose seating based on the atmosphere they prefer.

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  • World Cafe Live

    Music club, restaurant and WXPN radio studios

    Dining and music at World Cafe Live

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

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