Philadelphia residents and visitors visitors looking for a night on the town can choose from a range of lively bars and clubs in the city’s Gayborhood.
Running from 11th Street to Broad Street and from Chestnut Street to Pine Street, the Gayborhood sits in the heart of Midtown Village and distinguishes itself with 36 rainbow street signs throughout the area.
As visitors take a nighttime stroll through the neighborhood, they can pick from energetic dance clubs, relaxed jazz scenes, sports-watching destinations, dive bars and more, all of which welcome the LGBT crowd with enthusiasm.
See our full roundup of top picks in the Gayborhood below. (And if you’re grabbing dinner before hitting the bar, check out our list of top restaurants in the Gayborhood.)
Named one of the “50 Greatest Gay Bars in the World” by Out Magazine, Woody’s offers several bars and a pulsating dance floor.
Where: Woody's, 202 S. 13th Street
When it’s last call at nearly every bar in the city, Voyeur Nightclub is only getting started. At this after-hours club, find an abundance of special events and a dance floor that stays alive well past 2 a.m.
Where: Voyeur Nightclub, 1221 Saint James Street
Classic cocktails, local brews and reasonable wines pour every night at this piano-bar-meets-dance-club located right in the heart of the Gayborhood.
Where: Tavern on Camac, 243 S. Camac Street
This classy restaurant and bar serves up live music every weekend and fun-filled karaoke nights on Wednesdays.
Where: Knock Restaurant and Bar, 225 S. 12th Street
From Quizzo nights to burlesque shows to the occasional movie screening on Tabu’s big screens, there’s more than just the big game going on at this sports bar. That being said, it’s also a great spot to catch the Phillies while relaxing with a local draft.
Where: Tabu, 200 S. 12th Street
At Boxers, patrons find two levels equipped with a pool table, a brick pizza oven, plenty of beer on tap and multiple plasma screens.
Where: Boxers, 1330 Walnut Street
Owned and operated by the former manager of Sisters Nightclub, this uber-welcoming bar and 3,800-square-foot performance venue serves all the usual drinks, plus tacos, skewers, sliders and other snacks available late-night. Patrons who swing by on a weeknight might stumble upon any number of drag and variety shows, TV viewing parties or meet-ups.
Where: Toasted Walnut Bar & Kitchen, 1316 Walnut Street
U Bar serves as a great low-key spot to grab a drink or two with friends. Plus, with floor-to-ceiling windows, it’s a great locale for people-watching, too.
Where: U Bar, 1220 Locust Street
For leather and Levi’s visitors, The Bike Stop is a must. Tucked away on a side street in the Gayborhood, this off-the-beaten-path locale sets a scene that’s both friendly and unique. Find a leather-wearing crowd upon walking in and a sports-watching crew upstairs, often cheering while enjoying beer and wings.
Where: The Bike Stop, 206 S. Quince Street
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In this dimly lit, comfy hangout with Scrabble-lettered walls and a bound library book for a menu, bartenders serve exquisite, Instagrammable craft cocktails of both the woodsy and floral variety, along with beers and a plentiful selection of wines. Upstairs seating is available for libations-enhanced reading sessions and casual conversation.
Where: Writer's Block Rehab, 1342 Cypress Street
Franky Bradley’s offers a spacious, bi-level restaurant and bar that serves up classic cocktails and American food. Head upstairs to dance the night away where the music’s always bumping.
Where: Franky Bradley's, 1320 Chancellor Street
Bud and Marilyn’s, a retro-inspired hangout, is yet another killer concept from business partners Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran. Attracting a lively happy-hour crowd, the bar serves up signature and classic cocktails.
Where: Bud & Marilyn's, 1234 Locust Street
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This hip lounge attracts a well-chiseled crowd for top-notch cocktails and innovative Mediterranean-Latin fusion. The popular mezze board includes an oversized tasting of hummus, lamb steak, sausage and more. The lively bar scene stretches well into the wee hours of the night.
Where: Valanni, 1229 Spruce Street
Tria is the premier Gayborhood destination for fine wine, artisan cheese, craft beer or all three. Can’t decide what to order? A well-trained waitstaff will happily make recommendations.
Where: Tria Cafe Wash West, 1137 Spruce Street
Enjoy vegan drinks and plant-forward food in the enclaves of this stylish, dimly lit cocktail bar.
Where: Charlie was a sinner., 131 S. 13th Street
For wine by the bottle or glass and a curated menu with which to pair it, head to Vintage, a small, chic wine bar on bustling 13th Street.
Where: Vintage, 129 S. 13th Street
El Vez serves modern Mexican dishes for lunch and dinner in an atmosphere that’s as vibrant and colorful as the food. If it’s warm outside, snag a seat at one of the sidewalk tables and sip a frozen margarita while taking in the sights and sounds of the neighborhood.
Where: El Vez, 121 S. 13th Street
At Time, sip on one of more than 200 varieties of whiskey in the Whiskey Bar, or walk upstairs and enter the Parisian-inspired salon to hear some DJ mixes. The main dining room features live music every night of the week.
Where: Time, 1315 Sansom Street
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Graffiti Bar is an intimate, 30-seat, open-air patio tucked behind its sister restaurant, Sampan. An ideal destination for happy hour, guests enjoy drinks outside with light bites from Sampan against a backdrop of graffiti-lined walls that surround the bar.
Where: Graffiti Bar, 124 S. 13th Street
One of the area’s only dive bars, Dirty Frank’s comes decked out with an iconic mural on the building’s facade, an always-eclectic crowd inside, a dart board and an array of affordable pints and pitchers. Hit the ATM on the way, as this popular spot is cash only.
Where: Dirty Franks, 347 S. 13th Street
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Essential spots on 13th Street and beyond