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The Best Spots for Late-Night Eats in Philadelphia

Awesome restaurants and bars serving food until 1 a.m. or later

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Pat's King of Steaks Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia
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Looking for a late-night bite? Philadelphia is full of restaurants and bars that keep the kitchen open until 1 a.m. and later, so you can eat before and after a night on the town.

As Philadelphia’s dining scene has continued to grow, the city’s bistros, pubs, brasseries, eateries, diners and fast-food spots have also grown by…hours.

By law in Philly, last call at the bar happens at 2 a.m. Last call for food, however, is anywhere from 11 p.m. to never.

Restaurants like Royal Tavern and Standard Tap offer pierogies, burgers and other delicious bar food well into the wee hours — or you could always head to South Philadelphia for a 3 a.m. cheesesteak at Pat’s or Geno’s.

So no matter how late your night or how strong your craving, there are plenty of ways to get a late-night snack.

Read on for our list of the hottest, coolest and coziest spots to nibble, nosh, gobble and dine well into the early-morning hours.

Note: Schedules do change, so if you plan to hit up one of these awesome spots, check online or with the restaurant or bar to ensure it’s serving food late.

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Franky Bradley’s

Serves until 1 a.m. during the week; midnight on the weekends

Midtown Village’s new school/old school tavern Franky Bradley’s accommodates night owls with homey plates of potato skins stuffed with brisket and horseradish crème fraîche; Franky’s meatballs and marinara; pressed duck Cuban sandwiches, and smartly updated spins on classic cocktails.

Where: Franky Bradley’s, 1320 Chencellor Street

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McGillin's Olde Ale House

Serves until 1 a.m.

It’s one of the oldest taverns in the country, but as far as McGillin’s Olde Ale House is concerned, the night is always young. Drop-ins can indulge in straight-up bar food such as fried shrimp, nachos and mile-high meatloaf.

Where: McGillin's Olde Ale House, 1310 Drury Street

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Charlie Was a Sinner

Serves until 1 a.m.

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Nicole Marquis’ sophisticated resto-bar Charlie was a sinner provides a great meatless alternative to diners any time of the evening. On weekends, the kitchen turns out carrot mousse, zucchini crab cake sliders and buccatini and meatballs until the witching hour.

Where: Charlie Was a Sinner, 131 S. 13th Street

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Valanni

Serves until midnight

Washington Square West’s modern Medi-Latin restaurant Valanni keeps it fresh Thursdays through Saturdays by turning itself into a lounge with specialty cocktails and a late-night menu of enticing items like Parmesan-truffle fries, lobster-and-crab mac and cheese and crispy shiitake polenta.

Where: Valanni, 1229 Spruce Street

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Varga Bar

Serves until 1 a.m.

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With its pin-up theme and comfort food menu, Varga Bar celebrates guilty pleasures. No one minds when orders for truffled mac and cheese, Kobe chili-cheese dogs and duck confit wings come in after midnight.

Where: Varga Bar, 941 Spruce Street

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Johnny Brenda's

Serves until 1 a.m.

A menu of chalkboard specials is offered at this corner hangout for Fishtown hipsters and the live rock acts that entertain them. Johnny Brenda’s serves clever seasonal fare — romaine salad with fennel and Yellow Springs Farm goat cheese, barbecue seitan sandwiches, crispy skin salmon over quinoa, hand-cut fries — and taps locally brewed beer.

Where: Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Avenue

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Martha

Serves until 1 a.m.

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There’s no rush to catch the last call at Kensington watering hole Martha. The full menu of quirky hoagies, pickled veggies and soba noodles runs through nearly to closing.

Where: Martha, E. York and Martha streets

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Loco Pez

Serves until 1 a.m.

Dinner can rightfully be ordered at Loco Pez until the last call at the bar. That includes the volcano burrito, chorizo quesadillas and bacon-wrapped street dogs.

Where: Loco Pez, 2401 E. Norris Street

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Standard Tap

Serves until 1 a.m.

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Having paved the way for decades of gastropubs to follow, Northern Liberties’ Standard Tap knows just what its clientele wants. Grilled octopus, bowls of mussels, chicken pie and serious burgers perfectly complement the noteworthy local beer list.

Where: Standard Tap, 901 N. 2nd Street

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Jerry's Bar

Serves until 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays

The late-night menu at Jerry’s Bar in Northern Liberties comes out on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 11 p.m. Diners can tuck into plates of sesame falafel, buffalo honey wings and the house burger with comeback sauce.

Where: Jerry's Bar, 129 W. Laurel Street

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Cantina Dos Segundos

Serves until 1 a.m.

The Northern Liberties location of a two-cantina chain, Cantina Dos Segundos bustles through the night. Fresh juice margaritas, tacos and plenty of vegetarian options make it a favorite among the nocturnal crowd.

Where: Cantina Dos Segundos, 931 N. 2nd Street

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North Third

Serves until 1 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays

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Dinner’s for sale until early-morning hours Thursday through Saturday at N. 3rd. International dishes include curry-sauced salmon, shrimp and veggie dumplings; potato-cheddar pierogies; and Moroccan-spiced lamb burgers at this boisterous Northern Liberties spot.

Where: North Third, N. 3rd & Brown Street

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Silk City

Serves until 1 a.m.

An old stainless steel car houses the always-popular late-night diner Silk City. Here, a global menu of sloppy roast beef sandwiches, shrimp burgers with Sriracha aioli, pork belly empanadas and fried chicken brings a contemporary spin to down-home cooking.

Where: Silk City, 435 Spring Garden Street

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Bar Ferdinand

Serves until 1 a.m. on weekends

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Things don’t even start to warm up at this Northern Liberties tapas bar until around 11 p.m. Bar Ferdinand serves garlic shrimp, roasted octopus and all manner of Spanish cheeses, charcuterie, wine and sangria until midnight during the week, 1 a.m. on weekends.

Where: Bar Ferdinand, 1030 N. 2nd Street

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Bar-Ly

Serves until 2 a.m.

Sports tavern Bar-Ly embraces its role in providing late-night entertainment. With 60 taps, dozens of TVs and a menu of Asian-American food — Shanghai wings, a variety of summer rolls and kimchi pizza — it’s Chinatown’s preeminent after-midnight bar.

Where: Bar-Ly, 101 N. 11th Street

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Shiao Lan Kung

Serves until 2 a.m.

Chinatown eatery Shiao Lan Kung hosts the post-bar crowd on a nightly basis. Hot pots, salt-baked squid and pan-fried beef noodles hit the spot.

Where: Shiao Lan Kung, 930 Race Street

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David's Mai Lai Wah

Serves until 3 a.m.

A well-known spot for Philly’s post-shift restaurant workers for years, David’s Mai Lai Wah offers budget-friendly late-night eats. While the experience is no-frills, the salt and pepper wings, roast pork noodle bowls and walnut shrimp provide tasty sustenance.

Where: David's Mai Lai Wah, 1001 Race Street

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Tai Lake

Serves until 3 a.m.

Open daily until 3 a.m., Tai Lake takes care of the tardiest Cantonese seafood-loving visitors. Dishes to try here include fish maw soup, clams in black bean sauce and steamed fish with ginger and scallions.

Where: Tai Lake, 134 N. 10th Street

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Khyber Pass Pub

Serves until 1 a.m.

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Southern-fried cuisine with vegan options and a superior beer list make Old City’s Khyber Pass Pub a mainstay for late eaters. On any given night, platters of cornmeal-crusted oysters, brisket and po’boys steadily roll out of its kitchen.

Where: Khyber Pass Pub, 56 S. 2nd Street

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Sonny's Famous Steaks

Serves until 3 a.m. on weekends

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Sonny’s Famous Steaks supplies the steaks to nightlife-filled Old City. Open until 3 a.m. on weekends, Sonny’s serves up cheesesteaks of all sorts, rib-eye burgers, cheese fries and onion rings to partiers who need to proper fuel up before turning in for the night.

Where: Sonny's Famous Steaks, 228 Market Street

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Lorenzo's and Sons

Serves until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays

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It’s an all-ages show until 4 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at Lorenzo and Sons, a walk-up pizza kiosk on South Street. Here, an energized post-concert crowd loads up on $2 slices of oversized, thin-crusted, cheese-loaded pizza, devouring floppy wedges that taste distinctly better the later the hour.

Where: Lorenzo's and Sons, 305 South Street

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Jim's Steaks

Serves until 1 a.m. during the week, 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays

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A South Street institution for decades, Jim’s makes one of Philly’s finest cheesesteaks. That means there’s often a line, but don’t worry – it moves quickly. Plus, the intoxicating smell of the ribeye steaks and sizzling onions on the grill will keep you focused while you wait. Open until 1 a.m. during the week and until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Where: Jim's Steaks, 400 South Street

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Southwark

Serves until 1 a.m.

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When the evening needs go beyond burgers and fries, Southwark in Queen Village has a menu of solutions, including some of the best cocktails around. Among the offerings at this neighborhood bistro: pickled beets with tonnato, smoked mackerel pâte and roast chicken over farro.

Where: Southwark, 701 S. 4th Street

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The Good King Tavern

Serves until 1 a.m.

An urbane French boîte, The Good King Tavern slings platters of socca with ratatouille, steak frites and duck confit well into the late hours.

Where: The Good King Tavern, 614 S. 7th Street

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Royal Tavern

Serves until 1 a.m.

With a jukebox stocked with indie hits, Bella Vista’s Royal Tavern plays host to a devoted crowd who come for pints of microbrews, refined meatloaf sandwiches, crispy-edged gnocchi, duck-confit potato skins and vegan noshes, available nightly.

Where: Royal Tavern, 937 E. Passyunk Avenue

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Pat's King of Steaks and Geno's Steaks

Serves all night long

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By 2:15 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks, across-the-street rivals, get slammed. “Originator” Pat’s, with its notoriously sloppy Cheez Whiz topping, and blindingly neon bright Geno’s, with its fancy provolone, draw crowds that meet in the avenue’s center, often stopping traffic just before dawn.

Where: Pat's King of Steaks, 1237 E. Passyunk Avenue

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Pub on Passyunk East

Serves until 1 a.m.

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South Philly beer hall Pub on Passyunk East (a.k.a. the P.O.P.E.) packs eaters (and drinkers) in, night after night. Fourteen taps and a mega-list of bottles accompany vegan cheesesteaks, burgers with grilled red onion, fried green tomato and basil mayo and spicy wings.

Where: Pub on Passyunk East, 1501 E. Passyunk Avenue

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Fountain Porter

Serves until 2 a.m.

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The formula for East Passyunk neighbor Fountain Porter is quite simple: Serve a wealth of craft beers on tap, plus five-dollar cheeseburgers and a small menu of other eats until closing.

Where: Fountain Porter, 1601 S. 10th Street

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Cantina Los Caballitos

Serves until 1 a.m.

As the first of the two cantinas, Cantina Los Caballitos set a high standard for quality Mexican food with a contemporary approach. The fun atmosphere, excellent drinks and solid cooking draw patrons past traditional dinner times.

Where: Cantina Los Caballitos, 1651 E. Passyunk Avenue

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Tony Luke's

Serves until 2 a.m.

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It’s worth ducking out of the pub to get in line at Tony Luke’s, a sandwich vendor deep in South Philadelphia. Just-baked rolls filled with slow-cooked roast beef and broccoli rabe, house-made roast pork slathered in garlicky spinach and sharp provolone, veal or chicken cutlets topped with marinara — and one of the best cheesesteaks in town — are just a taxi ride from Center City.

Where: Tony Luke's, 39 E. Oregon Avenue

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Melrose Diner

Serves all night long

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The slogan at the Melrose Diner, a 70-plus-year-old South Philly institution, is “Everybody who knows goes to the Melrose.” On weekend nights, it seems like every Philadelphian does. Counter seats are many; peach pies are homemade; and the servers are no-nonsense.

Where: Melrose Diner, 1501 Snyder Avenue

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South Philadelphia Taproom

Serves until 1 a.m.

South Philadelphia Taproom, a corner bar on the edge of the Passyunk Avenue neighborhood, serves its super eclectic cuisine — Cuban-style rice and beans, chicken meatballs banh mi, wild boar tacos and grilled mushrooms over cheddar grits — nearly as long as it serves its fantastic selection of beer.

Where: South Philadelphia Taproom, 1509 Mifflin Street

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The Sidecar Bar & Grille

Serves unti. 1 a.m.

Nestled in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood, The Sidecar Bar & Grille accommodates night crawlers with pretzel-crusted chicken bites, chopped romaine salad and a large selection of burgers. Creative daily specials warrant a visit, too.

Where: The Sidecar Bar & Grille, 2201 Christian Street

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Grace Tavern

Kitchen open until 2 a.m. every night

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Grace Tavern serves its full menu of solid bar fare to 2 a.m. every night. The Grace Burger, with lettuce, tomato, onion and Swiss cheese, is an indisputable favorite. The sausage sandwiches, the jambalaya and the chicken fingers are all great, as well.

Where: Grace Tavern, 2229 Grays Ferry Avenue

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Pub and Kitchen

Serves until 1 a.m.

The seriously inventive yet equally comforting cuisine from Pub & Kitchen deserves notice, with standouts such as duck-liver mousse on pretzel rolls, charred cauliflower with sesame yogurt and tasty burgers.

Where: Pub and Kitchen, 1946 Lombard Street

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Tio Flores

Serves until 1 a.m.

South Street taqueria Tio Flores brings a street food sensibility to its Mexican fare. Open until 1 a.m. every Friday and Saturday, the kitchen concocts beer-battered street corn, New Mexico pork and all manner of tacos.

Where: Tio Flores, 1600 South Street

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Misconduct Tavern

Serves until 1:30 a.m.

A nautical theme and upscale bar food are offered at both locations of the refined yet fun Misconduct Tavern, where the fare centers around approachable comfort dishes such as root vegetable salad with goat cheese, avocado fries, seared salmon sliders and design-your-own mac and cheese.

Where: Misconduct Tavern, 1511 Locust Street

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Steve's Prince of Steaks

Open until 3 a.m. on Friday & Saturday

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If you’re looking for a late-night cheesesteak in Center City, Steve’s is your spot. Served on a long, thin roll that has just the right amount of chew, the cheesesteak sandwich at Steve’s features large pieces of grilled rib eye and a generous helping of whiz and fried onions. Protip: if you want to add an element of heat to your cheesesteak at Steve’s, get one with an order of hot roasted peppers on the side and then scatter them onto your sandwich to taste. It’s good eats.

Where: Steve's Prince of Steaks, 41 S. 16th Street

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Dos Tacos

Serves unti. 3 a.m.

The brainchild of a chef and two nightlife impresarios, Dos Tacos solve the dilemma of where to go when the bar closes. The taco stand dishes up a mix of tacos with traditional and creative flavors, plus a “secret” menu.

Where: Dos Tacos, 120 S. 15th Street

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Insomnia Cookies

Serves until 3 a.m.

For those in need of a late-night or early-morning sugar fix, Insomnia Cookies delivers fresh-baked cookies in all sorts of varieties—chocolate chunk, peanut butter, oatmeal, sugar, snickerdoodle and many more mouthwatering flavors.

Where: Insomnia Cookies, 135 S. 13th Street

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Franky Bradley’s
McGillin's Olde Ale House
Charlie Was a Sinner
Valanni
Varga Bar
Johnny Brenda's
Martha
Loco Pez
Standard Tap
Jerry's Bar
Cantina Dos Segundos
North Third
Silk City
Bar Ferdinand
Bar-Ly
Shiao Lan Kung
David's Mai Lai Wah
Tai Lake
Khyber Pass Pub
Sonny's Famous Steaks
Lorenzo's and Sons
Jim's Steaks
Southwark
The Good King Tavern
Royal Tavern
Pat's King of Steaks and Geno's Steaks
Pub on Passyunk East
Fountain Porter
Cantina Los Caballitos
Tony Luke's
Melrose Diner
South Philadelphia Taproom
The Sidecar Bar & Grille
Grace Tavern
Pub and Kitchen
Tio Flores
Misconduct Tavern
Steve's Prince of Steaks
Dos Tacos
Insomnia Cookies
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