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20 Awesome Bars and Nightlife Spots in Philadelphia’s Gayborhood

Some of the Gayborhood’s best after-dark hangouts

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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.)

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Woody's

Philadelphia’s classic gay bar

The bar at Woody's The bar at Woody's
— Photo by Visit Philadelphia

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 Nightclub

The Gayborhood’s after-hours spot

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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

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Tavern On Camac

A piano bar meets a dance club

People singing at Tavern on Camac People singing at Tavern on Camac
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

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

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Knock Restaurant and Bar

Weekly karaoke and weekend live music

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

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Tabu

Sports bar and lounge with awesome daily specials

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

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Boxers

An LGBT sports bar

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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

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Toasted Walnut Bar & Kitchen

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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

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U Bar

An unpretentious bar with great happy hour deals

The interior of U Bar in Philadelphia The interior of U Bar in Philadelphia
— Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

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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The Bike Stop

A leather bar and sports bar in one

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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Writer’s Block Rehab

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

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Franky Bradley's

Come for the drinks and stay for the dancing

— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

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

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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 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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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 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

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Tria Cafe Wash West

A true dedication to fermentation

The interior of Tria Cafe Wash West in Philadelphia The interior of Tria Cafe Wash West in Philadelphia
— Photo by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

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

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Charlie was a sinner.

A vegan cocktail bar

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Charlie was a Sinner — Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

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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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 bar on bustling 13th Street.

Where: Vintage, 129 S. 13th Street

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El Vez

— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

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

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Time Restaurant

Dancing, live music and a whiskey bar

Interior of Time Restaurant in Philadelphia Interior of Time Restaurant in Philadelphia
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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

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, 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

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Dirty Frank’s Bar

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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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Woody's
Voyeur Nightclub
Tavern On Camac
Knock Restaurant and Bar
Tabu
Boxers
Toasted Walnut Bar & Kitchen
U Bar
The Bike Stop
Writer’s Block Rehab
Franky Bradley's
Bud and Marilyn's
Valanni
Tria Cafe Wash West
Charlie was a sinner.
Vintage
El Vez
Time Restaurant
Graffiti Bar
Dirty Frank’s Bar
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