Are you looking to discover the best bars in Philadelphia?
Then we have you covered!
On this page, you’ll find the official shortlist of all the bars in Philadelphia. (More in-depth further below). And, each with why it’s best to go.
Feel free to check out each bar’s official profile to find out more and to find out which is best for you.
We’ve also created separate shortlists for each genre you might like to visit on your time out.
Furthermore, you can get on the guest list or book a table with bottle service on some of the more exclusive bars. We are happy to help you out with either.
1. The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz features a neon abstract sculpture marking this 4-story jazz institution with a 200-seat theater & lounge. Jazz is a unique, interactive musical art form. Masterful jazz performances rarely just happen. They are the result of improvisational talent, practice, and carefully honed skills developed through education.
2. Chris’ Jazz Cafe Philadelphia
Chris’ Jazz Cafe is a Southern-style cuisine & drinks served in a relaxed lounge setting with live jazz performances.
3. Knock Philadelphia
Knock is an upscale cocktailing gay bar & New American dining in a stylish venue with a piano lounge and late night scene. Food, drinks, and friends. Knock operates Sunday – Thursday 11:00 am – 12:00 am, and Wednesday – Saturday 11:00 am – 2:00 am.
4. The Bike Stop Philadelphia
The Bike Stop is a veteran gay bar with different vibes on 4 levels including sports-viewing, dancing and more. All gay without the pretentious posturing. A gay landmark in Philadelphia and a popular gay cruise bar. The Bike Stop has no pretension to speak of. This four-storey venue may not be fancy, but it’s loads of fun and usually gets packed.
5. Tavern On Camac Philadelphia
Tavern On Camac is a gay bar located Camac Street, Philadelphia, United States. The exterior is very attractive in the historic building. The interior is renovated and very clean. It’s a comfortable but classic piano bar.
6. Woody’s Bar Philadelphia
Woody’s is a gay bar in Philly that offers dancing and theme nights in the nightclub and food in the area. Located in the Gayborhood of downtown Philly, get ready for some fun. Woody’s is an LGBTQ bar that’s proudly served the community for over 38 years. It’s their mission and privilege to make sure that every customer has the best experience possible.
7. Paddy Rooney’s Pub Philadelphia
Paddy Rooney’s Pub was founded by Paddy Rooney, a native of Castlewellan, County Down in 1997. Since then, Paddy Rooney’s Pub has established itself as one of only a few true Irish pubs in the Philadelphia area. If it is a real Irish atmosphere that you are looking for, then look no further. Rooney’s is the pub for the area’s Irish community. From the time you enter Rooney’s, you are greeted by a friendly face and a warm smile. You are sure to meet some of the Irish boys, and take in all of the craic as you enjoy the best pint of Guinness in the area.
8. Curley’s Pub Philadelphia
Curley’s pub is a great neighbourhood bar with a great atmosphere. Great place to watch a local sport game or just have a drink with friends. Clean a decent bar!
9. Monaghan’s Irish Pub Philadelphia
Monaghan’s Irish Pub is a community pub where locals come to enjoy each other, relax, and cheer on their favorite teams. Situated on the border of Essington and Lester this community pub is the center for fun times.
10. McGillin’s Olde Ale House Philadelphia
McGilln’s Olde Ale House is the oldest continually operating Irish pub in Philly featuring a vast beer selection, pub fare, and karaoke.
11. Paddy Whacks Irish Sports Pub – Welsh Road Philadelphia
Nice little Irish bar along the infamous South Street in Philly. Paddy Whacks aims to serve the social dining entertainment needs of all members of the community, young and old. It’s a place to meet, laugh, hear music, relax, or dance the night away. In short Paddy Whacks has a culture of its own, integrating the rich traditions of pub into the heart of community.
12. New Deck Tavern Philadelphia
Great place in University city! New Deck Tavern is a traditional American restaurant and Irish Pub that offers a vast array of draft beers from around the world and one of the largest single malt scotch collections in Philadelphia. Their European draft beer system imported from county Cork, Ireland gives us the reason to boast that we pour the best pint in the city. Squash New Deck Tavern is a great place to host a party or an event from birthday parties, graduation parties, baby showers and other special parties and events.
13. Fado Irish Pub Philadelphia
Fado Irish Pub serves traditional fare with a solid beer lineup, lots of nooks & crannies, and DJs on weekends. Fado also offers a great Major league Soccer experience with a traditional Irish pub atmosphere.
14. The Plough & the Stars Philadelphia
Fantastic Irish restaurant and bar. Great place with a lovely Irish owner! The Plough is located in the old city District of Philadelphia, just a stone’s throw from the birthplace of America, Independent wall. The Plough is an authentic Irish pub renowned for its friendly staff and patrons, and it’s great atmosphere, and highly celebrated food. At The Plough & Stars, food is described as Western European with a strong Irish influence, and they’re determined to bring the authentic taste of Ireland to Philadelphia. Their dishes, sauces, and breads are prepared with care in-house from scratch using as many seasonal ingredients from as many local, responsible farms as possible.
15. Fergie’s Pub Philadelphia
Wonderful hole-in-the wall Irish pub. Fergie’s is one of the best Irish and Guinness pubs in Philadelphia. Great places to grab a beer and socialize with friends. Fergie’s pub is open 7 days a week. It’s an Old-school, TV-free Irish pub with pints & grub plus live music & open-mike comedy shows.
16. Tir na nOg Irish Pub Philadelphia
Tir na nOg Irish Pub features draft beers, plus Irish American pub fare, for happy hour, soccer matches & casual hanging out. The idea was to provide a unique Irish experience incorporating the warmth of an Irish pub with New American cuisine and all the while creating a sense of charm and hospitality. The idea became a reality when the trio opened Tir na nOg Irish Bar & Grill in the heart of Manhattan.
17. O’Neals Pub Philadelphia
A real Irish pub in Philadelphia. O’Neals is an Irish pub featuring bar grub and drinks. The drinks and service are both exceptional. Situated in the historic heart of Dublin, just a stone’s throw from Temple bar is O’neals pub. You’ll
18. Moriarty’s Restaurant and Irish Pub Philadelphia
Classic cozy Irish pub offering a full menu of Irish-American appetizers and entrees. Moriarty’s Restaurant and Irish Pub has proudly served Philadelphia for over 77 years with great food – from traditional fare like Shepherd’s Pie to their own award-winning wings, their menu boasts plenty of pub grub and some creative spins on local favorites sure you’ll have, great variety of drinks – with their plenty of beers on the tap and new rotations always on deck, they’re sure there’s something to keep your glass full, and atmosphere.
19. The Black Taxi Philadelphia
One of the best places to hangout and chill when in Philadelphia. The Blacl Taxi Bar is an Irish pub & American grub is offered at this cozy pub with TVs for sports and rotating beers on the tap.
20. Cub and Bunny Cafe & Karaoke Philadelphia
What a lovely place in Cherry Hill. Karaoke Room opens 7 days a week. This little unassuming spot next to a gas station is amazing.