412 West Girard Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19123 +1 267 671 9298
The Fire is the best venue in Philadelphia to catch live acts by local bands and musicians. The place is committed to encouraging new talents and is a great platform for them to showcase their talent. Be it pop, rock, blues or even classic...they have it all! When there is no music show, you can enjoy singing along with the jukebox. The bar is fully-stocked and the drinks are at an affordable price. However, be ready to tackle a lot of crowd, especially during weekends.
325 North Columbus Boulevard Penn's Landing at Pier 19 Philadelphia, PA 19106 +1 215 592 7100
Hibachi is an interesting concept with chefs at your table side preparing your fancy. A real entertainer, with great views and separate stations for the different varieties of food. Although dilly-dallying with the chefs while eating might get you a few stares, especially when the chefs have to service other customers. Not a good idea for a relaxed full-of-conversation meal, but definitely great for a quick and a tasty bite. Events are held here too and this place can be rented as a venue for private parties.
408 South Second Street Philadelphia, PA 19147 +1 215 238 7280
Xochitl (pronounced "so-cheet") serves up a modern take on authentic Mexican cuisine, and a great variety of mixed drinks to go along. Seating is prompt and spacious in a warmly decorated hall, and the servers are knowledgeable and friendly-they'll make guacamole for you at the table to go with fresh tortilla chips. Try one of their tempting seafood dishes, such as their Vuelve a la Vida ("Return to Life"), a shrimp, octopus, and oyster cocktail served with jalapenos, tomatoes, and avocado. Or go for one of their hot dishes like the Pechuga de Pollo Rellena, a sesame-crusted chicken breast smothered in pepper sauce and served with fresh tortillas. The Xochitl lounge is a good option as well, with comfortable couches and a long bar.
1039 South 8th Street Philadelphia, PA 19147 +1 215 627 9798
A well-equipped jukebox, cheap beer, and an ashtray waiting for every customer-these are the bare-necessities of any true bar. At Philly's Friendly Lounge, the lack of extras is what makes this watering-hole actually worth hunting down. There is no gimmick, cute decoration, or an ounce of hand soap to be found in this place-just be prepared to meet some regulars and possibly play a game of darts.
147 North 3rd Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 +1 215 627 2140
This bright, sunny café is bustling with activity from the nearby Arden Theatre and eclectic shops in the area. Upbeat jazz music playing over the stereo and outdoor seating during warmer months create a pleasant experience at Café Ole. Fresh salads, soups, and sandwiches are the reason why this café is a favorite among health-conscious locals while the wide selection of coffee and teas make this a daily destination for caffeine addicts. There's also a comfy couch and oversized chairs for customers to relax on, and free wireless internet service is available to patrons.
217-219 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 +1 215 625 2450
Chef Jose Garces had come a long way since his graduation from culinary school. The Latin cuisines he dabbles in draw inspiration from Flamenco. Amada pays respect to this iconic Spanish tradition by organizing live music and dances once every week on the premises. The name of this restaurant means 'loved one' in Spanish and a lot of regulars will willingly vouch for it. Book in advance if you are interested in hosting a party or if you want to try the suckling pig.
116 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 +1 215 627 1899
Homemade ice creams, ice candy, Franklin Fudge, soda and other bakery products are the offerings of this age old ice cream parlor. Get The Franklin Fountain's detailed history by visiting their exhibition Franklin Fountainalia. You may want to try the signature waffle ice cream, Franklin Fountain that comes topped with hot fudge and whipped cream. So any part of the day or night come here for gigantic scoops of your favorite flavors made the way you want it.
125 South 2nd Street Between Chesnut & Walnut Streets, Front and 2nd Streets Philadelphia, PA 19106 +1 215 925 7900
For quality films in a fantastic setting, head to this two-screen venue. Equipped with hi-tech sound systems, wide screens and comfortable seating, Ritz East sure makes movie-watching an enjoyable experience. For further details, check the website.
640 Water Works Drive Philadelphia, PA 19130 +1 215 236 9000
Set in a neo-classical building with a spectacular view of the Schuylkill River, the Water Works Restaurant and Lounge succeeds in the looks department. This is an elegantly designed eatery, with a dining area for hundreds, indoors as well as outdoors. The menu offers some truly unique dishes-be sure to try the Grilled Octopus with sliced red onion, cilantro and warm extra virgin olive oil, a popular creation of chef Adan Trinidad. Seafood enthusiasts can go for the Vanilla Butter Poached Lobster. But hey, if you are not really hungry, you have the option of just sipping a cocktail on the breezy terrace...ahhh, true serenity! Open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am onwards in the afternoons and 5pm onwards in the evenings.
2639 Poplar Street Philadelphia, PA 19130 +1 215 787 0488
North Star is among the top rock bars in Philly. Originally a hub for folk performers, it has now reverted to its rock days. The bar is spacious with pool tables and an additional balcony to hang out on, from which you get a view of the neighborhood.
Set in a neo classical building with a spectacular view
of the Schuylkill River, the Water Works Restaurant and Lounge succeeds in the looks department. This is an elegantly designed eatery, with a dining area for hundreds, indoors as ...
It's hard to believe the Hard Rock has been around
for over 30 years now. It started as a place in London to get authentic American hamburgers and somehow turned into an international institution. The rock memorabilia includes Pete ...