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20+ Awesome Bars and Nightlife Spots in Philadelphia’s Gayborhood

Some of the Gayborhood’s best nightlife spots

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Philadelphia’s LGBT 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 to Broad streets and from Chestnut to Pine streets, the Gayborhood lays in the heart of Midtown Village and distinguishes itself with 69 rainbow street signs throughout the area. You’ll also find fun rainbow crosswalks at 13th and Locust streets.

As you take a nighttime stroll through the neighborhood, take your 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 seeking to grab dinner before hitting the bar, check out our list of top restaurants in the Gayborhood.

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Woody's

Philadelphia’s classic gay bar

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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

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Voyeur

The Gayborhood’s after-hours spot

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When it’s last call at nearly every bar in the city, Voyeur 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, 1221 St. James Street

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Tavern On Camac

Piano bar meets dance club

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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, 234 S. Camac Street

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Knock Restaurant and Bar

Weekly karaoke and weekend live music

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White tablecloths line the tables of this classy restaurant and bar, serving up live music every weekend. But Knock Restaurant and Bar isn’t afraid to let its guests get down and get silly — don’t miss out on the karaoke nights offered every week.

Where: Knock Restaurant and Bar, 225 S. 12th Street

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Tabu

Sports bar and lounge with awesome daily specials

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From Taco Tuesdays to Whiskey Wednesdays 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, if you’re trying to catch the Phillies while relaxing with a local draft, you can certainly do that here, too.

Where: Tabu, 200 S. 12th Street

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Boxers

An LGBT sports bar

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At Boxers, find two levels equipped with a pool table, a brick pizza-making oven, plenty of beer on tap and multiple plasma screens.

Where: Boxers, 1330 Walnut Street

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Franky Bradley's

Come for the drinks and stay for the dancing

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Franky Bradley’s offers a spacious, two-level restaurant/bar, serving up classic cocktails and American food. If dancing’s what you seek, head upstairs where the music’s always bumping.

Where: Franky Bradley's, 1320 Chancellor Street

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Vintage

An intimate wine bar

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For wine by the bottle or glass and a curated menu with which to pair it, head to Vintage, a small, chic wine conveniently in the Gayborhood.

Where: Vintage, 129 S. 13th Street

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El Vez

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Located on a hot corner on 13th Street, El Vez, named after the Mexican Elvis, serves lunch and dinner. If it’s warm out, take a seat within its sidewalk cafe, and, regardless, definitely go for one of the margaritas on the menu.

Where: El Vez, 121 S. 13th Street

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Charlie was a Sinner

A vegan cocktail bar

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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

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Dirty Frank’s Bar

Dive bar scene with beer pitcher options

One of the area’s only dive bars, Dirty Frank’s comes decked out with local art that lines the walls, an eclectic crowd, dart board and an array of affordable pints and pitchers. Note: The bar is cash-only.

Where: Dirty Frank’s Bar, 347 S. 13th Street

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The Bike Stop Philly

Premiere sports and leather bar

Leather and Levi’s visitors, The Bike Stop is for you. Tucked away on a side street in the Gayborhood, this off-the-beaten path locale may be one of the friendliest and most unique leather bars you’ll ever visit. Find a leather-wearing crowd upon walking in and a sports-watching crew upstairs, often cheering alongside a beer and some wings. Third floor dancing also goes down on weekends.

Where: The Bike Stop Philly, 206 S. Quince Street

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Tria Cafe Wash West

A true dedication to fermentation

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Whether you’re an addict of fine wine, artisan cheese, craft beer or all three, Tria has a slew of options for each with a well-trained waitstaff to tell you about them all.

Where: Tria Cafe Wash West, 1137 Spruce Street

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U Bar

An unpretentious bar with great happy hour deals

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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

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Time Restaurant

Dancing, live jazz and an absinthe bar

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Sip on one of about a dozen varieties of rye in the Bohemian Absinthe Lounge or take a walk up the stairs and enter the Parisian-inspired salon to hear some DJ mixes and watch the barkeeps pour the traditional towers of absinthe at Time. Downstairs offers live jazz every night of the week that you can enjoy alongside dinner before hitting the dance floor upstairs.

Where: Time Restaurant, 1315 Sansom Street

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Graffiti Bar

Year-round outdoor bar with colorful graffiti walls

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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, enjoy drinks outside with light bites from Sampan while taking in the graffiti-lined walls that surround the bar.

Where: Graffiti Bar, 124 S. 13th Street

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Bud and Marilyn's

Memorable cocktails from a famous female couple

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Bud and Marilyn’s, a retro-inspired restaurant-bar, is the latest hotspot from business and life partners Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran. Attracting a lively happy hour crowd, the bar serves up signature cocktails like the Blinker, a whiskey sour made with rye and Marilyn’s O-F (a brandy old-fashioned).

Where: Bud and Marilyn's, 1234 Locust Street

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Valanni

Hip lounge with innovative tapas and night-cap drinks

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This hip lounge attracts a well-chiseled crowd for top-notch cocktails and innovative Mediterranean Latin cuisine. The popular tapas sampler includes a substantial tasting of hummus, spicy empanadas, kabobs and more. The lively bar scene can be enjoyed well into the wee hours of the night.

Where: Valanni, 1229 Spruce Street

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Tredici Enoteca

Diverse wine selection to pair with small plates

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Some 20 diverse wines by the glass, a raw bar and a selection of small plates such as fried goat cheese and bacon-wrapped dates are among the signature elements of Tredici Enoteca. The wine bar and restaurant sits along the bustling 13th Street corridor across from its sibling pizzeria Zavino.

Where: Tredici Enoteca, 114 S. 13th Street

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Pennsylvania 6

Gay-owned contemporary raw bar and restaurant with craft cocktails

Serving up libations like the “Gin-Jin” with ginger, cayenne and elderflower, seven different local and international draft beer options and a sizable wine list, the gay-owned Pennsylvania 6 offers a contemporary bar-setting for grabbing a drink in the heart of the Gayborhood. Warm up your appetite with the beverage of your choice and then snag a snack from Pennsylvania 6’s fresh raw bar.

Where: Pennsylvania 6, 114 S. 12th Street

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Woody's
Voyeur
Tavern On Camac
Knock Restaurant and Bar
Tabu
Boxers
Franky Bradley's
Vintage
El Vez
Charlie was a Sinner
Dirty Frank’s Bar
The Bike Stop Philly
Tria Cafe Wash West
U Bar
Time Restaurant
Graffiti Bar
Bud and Marilyn's
Valanni
Tredici Enoteca
Pennsylvania 6
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