World Cafe Live

Music club, restaurant and WXPN radio studios

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World Cafe Live, a multi-level venue, features a casual dining/listening space, a large concert venue and WXPN’s radio studios.

Guests can settle into the Upstairs Live Cafe where, alongside late-night eats and drinks, they can enjoy live music and food in a city-chic setting.

On the lower level, Downstairs Live serves as the main performance venue, hosting nationally known artists in a large room with varying seating arrangements that can accommodate up to 650 guests.

Go ahead and peek into the WXPN’s window downstairs to catch the namesake show being taped.

The History

When a brainstorm hit a local entrepreneur/amateur musician simultaneously, he decided that adults needed a place to hear live music.

Turns out WXPN also needed new studios, especially for its nationally popular show, “World Cafe.”

Mutual interests merged, and six years later in 2004, World Cafe Live came to be.

There’s not a bad seat in the house, but the best place to see a show is from the bar.

The Experience

Housed in a spacious renovated Art Deco factory, World Cafe Live can accommodate multiple shows on any given night.

Upstairs Live features a full-service cafe and bar, large windows, an intimate stage and room for more than 200 guests.

Downstairs Live’s muted colors, contemporary design, top-notch sound system and good sight lines create a lively, sophisticated atmosphere. A three-tiered concert hall, the space can hold up to 300 seated guests and 650 standing. There’s not a bad seat in the house, but the best place to see a show may be from the bar on the mezzanine level.

Like the Upstairs venue, food and drink are readily available downstairs for all shows. Menu availability varies, so
Guests can access both venues from Walnut Street or from downstairs off of 31st Street. Upstairs and Downstairs Live are also fully ADA accessible from all levels.

Be sure to check here for FAQs, parking information and the most up-to-date information about current shows.

Don’t Miss

A full calendar of events runs down the always-changing happenings at World Cafe Live.

Ongoing events worth seeking out include the monthly first Friday celebration of all things Cuban, Havana Nights, the Philly Rising Open Mic hosted by Boy Wonder on the first Tuesday of every month, and a Vinylly Friday Happy Hour with WXPN DJ John Vettese every first and third Friday of the month.

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