Music & Nightlife in Philadelphia

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Sleater-Kinney performs at a sold-out Union Transfer.

MUSIC VENUES

Union Transfer 
1026 Spring Garden St. (Eraserhood)
Formerly the Spring Garden Farmer’s Market, Union Transfer Baggage Express Co., a tire shop, trust company and a Spaghetti Warehouse, Union Transfer became a general admission show welcoming artists of a multitude of genres.  

First Unitarian Church 
2125 Chestnut St. (Center City)
This basement of a church (and it’s sanctuary) houses the sweaty, intimate shows you’ll soon grow nostalgic for. Shows at this venue are booked less regularly than years past.  

Underground Arts 
1200 Callowhill St. (Eraserhood)
You’ll also find theater, comedy, spoken word and other types of performances in this eclectic underground venue.

World Café Live 
3025 Walnut St. (University City)
Bi-level: Seating upstairs, standing room downstairs. Double the entertainment and also the home to WXPN’s studios.

Soundgarden Hall 
520 N. Columbus Blvd. (Northern Liberties)
Where the EDM scene lives, having welcomed Tiesto, Diplo and Armin van Buuren.

The TLA 
334 South St. (South Street District)
The Theatre of the Living Arts, formerly a movie theater, holds fairly intimate all-ages experiences with everyone from hardcore bands to hip-hop artists.

The Trocadero Theatre 
1003 Arch St. (Chinatown)
Built in 1870, the former burlesque theater now holds concerts, comedy and movie screenings in the Victorian-era building.

Electric Factory 
421 N. 7th St. (Eraserhood)
Formerly an electric factory, now a spacious general admission venue where you’ll get packed shows from Fall Out Boy to A$AP Ferg.

Johnny Brenda’s 
1201 Frankford Ave. (Fishtown)
The upstairs of this bar is reserved for seeing your favorite acts right before they hit the big time. The two-tiered space is the perfect size for an exclusive show.

Kung Fu Necktie 
1250 N. Front St. (Fishtown)
Low-key, good beer selection, packed calendar of indie, hardcore, punk, dance artists.

Boot and Saddle 
1131 S. Broad St. (South Philly)
Before he was a Grammy winner, Sam Smith belted it out in this 150-person capacity room in the back of this rustic bar.

Tower Theater 
69th and Ludlow Streets (Upper Darby, PA)
Both seated and general admission music and comedy performances take place here, just outside of Philly. Huge names like David Bowie, John Legend, The Decemberists and more have performed here since it’s opening in the ‘70s.

Festival Pier 
Columbus Blvd. and Spring Garden St. (Penn's Landing)
A waterfront entertainment hotspot open in the summer months and home to the Roots Picnic. Fully equipped with food trucks, a beer garden, mini boardwalk and beach.

Morgan’s Pier 
221 N. Columbus Blvd. (Penn's Landing)
Warm weather DJ and band entertainment in this riverside beer garden that overlooks the Ben Franklin Bridge.

Mann Center 
5201 Parkside Ave. (Fairmount Park)
An amphitheater environment in Fairmount Park featuring everything from the highbrow — The Philadelphia Orchestra — to the accessible — Ed Sheeran.

Milkboy 
1100 Chestnut St. (Market East)
Bar and restaurant downstairs, venue upstairs. Catch top local acts and nationally touring acts.

 

NIGHTLIFE

The Trestle Inn
339 N 11th St. (Eraserhood, Callowhill)
Retro dance vibes glisten throughout this whisky-laced establishment. Go-go girls and vintage movie projections make you feel like you’ve time warped. Trestle hosts some great 50s, 60s, 70s themed nights as well as modern dance parties.

Voyeur Nightclub
1221 St James St. (Center City, Gayborhood)
No matter who you are, you’re welcome at Voyeur. They host a variety of gay nights, drag nights and late nights that all amount to a great night out. Making Time is one of our favorite frequent jam.

The Dolphin Tavern
1539 S. Broad St. (South Philly)
The South Philly bar was best known for its dancing bartop entertainment. But since rennovation and reopening earlier this year, The Dolphin has quickly gained a reputation for hosting some of the best dance nights around and brinign some of the most sought out up & coming DJs and producers from around the globe.

The Barbary
951 Frankford Ave. (Fishtown)
A place like The Barbary only exists in dreams. It's home to a variety of monthly parties that cater to all levels of taste: Hip-hop, '80s, '90s, goth, indie, metal, punk – they’ve got it all.

Silk City
435 Spring Garden St. (Northern Liberties)
It's not only a great spot to grab some night-time munchies, it's also home to a great dance floor, just feet away from the diner. On weekends, it's packed wall-to-wall with DJs playing the most infectious dance music. Thursdays & Saturdays are prime nights.

700 Club
700 N. 2nd St. (Northern Liberties)
Nestled on a corner in Northern Liberties, downstairs is for those looking to have a conversation and a pint, but take a walk to the back stairwell and head up to the second floor for a whole different experience. Three words: stellar house party. Upstairs has quirky decor, a cheap cash-only bar in what looks like your grandmother's kitchen and a crazy dance floor in what looks like a living room.

Woody's
202 S. 13th St (Center City, Gayborhood)
Many people will tell you, Woody’s is the heart of Philly's gay nightlife. Downstairs caters to a more lowkey crowd, offering craft beer on tap and a delicious food menu. Upstairs is where the party really happens with two very different dance areas, each with their own unique aesthetic.

Lit Ultrabar
460 N. 2nd St. (Northern Liberties, Old City)
With a great lineup of some of the world's best EDM acts every month, Ultrabar is the spot for crazy dance fiends. It's also one of the few after-hours clubs located in the heart of Philly's nightlife scene.

Medusa Lounge
27 S. 21st St. (Center City)
If you want to dance in a room that feels like your friend's cool, eclectic basement; check out Medusa. The parties tend to favor sub-genres of dance music, making it a great place to discover new sounds.

Ruba Nightclub
416 Green St. (Northern Liberties)

Hidden on a side street in Northenr Liberties, this after-hours esttablishment has been around for 100 years. From jazz to hip hop, burlesue to open mics, it's hard to define exactly what Ruba Club is. But if you're still hankering for some nightlife once the bars close at 2 a.m., this is a great spot to catch one last drink and hang with industry folks.