The Top Dive Bars of Philadelphia
When your looking for a good night on the town there isn’t anything wrong with grabbing quality mixed cocktails, martinis, or a top shelf tequila on the rocks. But sometimes you just want to grab a cheap beer, mix it up with an eclectic crowd, play some tunes on a good jukebox, and maybe even play a game of Ms. Pacman. And for those things a good dive bar is the number one destination. Being a dive doesn’t constitute that the place is dirty and dingy (although it can be a plus). it means that the crowd is diverse, there’s a good music selection, there plenty going on, and most importantly the drinks are cheap. Here’s a look at where to go when you’re in Philadelphia.
Starting the list off by getting the obvious name out of the way. The Dive is always a great spot to unwind while enjoying their beer of the week (especially when it’s $2 during happy hour). It also hooks up darts, a killer pool table, an internet jukebox. and an Adult Swim Happy Hour every Sunday evening that has cartoons aplenty. You also can’t go wrong with their triva night every first Tuesday, or the fact that their happy hour features FREE PIZZA!
Dirty Frank’s Bar
It’s best known for the well known mural on its outside – which features images of Frank Zappa, Frankenstein, Benjamin Franklin, and other famous franks (they even have a frankfurter!). Inside you’ll find an cheap microwaveable food, a good selection of cheap drinks, plenty of free reading material, art on the walls, and one of the most eclectic crowds that you’ll encounter. toss in the $7 pitchers, 25 or so bottled beers, and arcade games that you can play and you have a winner.
Dirty Franks on Yelp
Doobie’s is one of those quirky bars that hooks up Christmas lights on the walls and board games. It also has highly accommodating bartenders and a cheap menu that leans on the vegetarian side of the spectrum. toss in the extensive and cheap selection of craft beers, and a timeless jukebox selection that has plenty of David Bowie and Tom Waits, and you have a place of legends.
“Johnny Cash, is dead. Long live Johnny Cash.” is just one of the signs that you’ll notice when you first walk into this unassuming West Philly dive that’s on top of an Ethiopian restaurant, and is the size of you’re living room. you’ll also notice that “the bar is not responsible for the sex you’re not going to have!”. And as you toss back something from their extensive beer selection, a Citywide Special (a shot of J & B and a can of Pabst), or a Dead Pirate (a Dead Guy Ale mixed with a shot of Captain Morgan’s), you might feel right at home. there’s also an interesting book shelf in the back, and if you’re lucky you might just catch their famous bluegrass night.
When former owner, the late great Rick D. purchased this place h brought a winner. He turned it into a music venue that gave anyone with an idea a chance to play, a restaurant that hooked up a gumbo of the day and deep fried candy bars, and a bar that hooked up cheap drinks like The Special (see Fiume). And the deep red walls with eclectic art of Tritone still house the same great things today.
Taco Tuesday, Pierogie Wednesday, and Craft Sundays are just a few of the reasons to enjoy Tattooed Mom’s. This wonderful bar hooks up a special every day of the week, hooks up veggie corn dogs and other vegetarian menu items, and gives away free lollipops and tops to play with. Upstairs has an exceptional punk fueled jukebox and a killer pool hall. and of course there’s nothing that beats enjoying a PBR while sitting in a bumper car!
Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar
Happy Birthday to us everyone! when you enjoy the cheap shots and beers at Ray’s it really does feel like your birthday. especially after you sung a few songs during DJ Lars’ Karaoke night every Friday. it’s kind of dingy, and it’s filled with smoke. But it’s also the number one bar to welcome you to South Philly community spirit. so stop by Ray’s to enjoy their jukebox and check out the wall of autographs.
Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar
One of those very rare bars where seeing is believing. the cheap drinks, 50 cent pool tables, and eclectic crowd are all there. But so are the go go dancers dancing to classic rock every Friday and Saturday. The Dolphin is a classic bar to go to for a good time, whether your looking to remember it the next day or not. and it’s run by a firecracker of an old woman affectionately known as Mom!
The Bar that is known for serving the cheapest drinks in Philadelphia. But for the cheapest drinks, it also provides one of the most well rounded beer selections. the place can be dingy, the bartenders can be surly, and the bathroom can be a cesspool. so it isn’t without it’s foibles. it also does allow smoking for better or worse. But it also has one of the best jukebox’s that you’ll find in the city, table top Ms. Pacman to play, 75 cent hot dogs that are actually pretty damn good, and one of the most eclectic bar crowds that you’ll ever come across. So it gives you more reasons to enjoy it than hate it.
Bob & Barbara’s
Easily one of the most timeless dive bars that you’ll ever find, and it’s often dubbed the best in Philly. The first thing that you’ll notice when you walk in is their extensive collection of Pabst Blue Ribbon memorabilia.At least, that will be the case if they aren’t hosting a game of bingo were you can win pornography, or their famous drag show. Bob & Barbara’s is the place to go where your looking to experience something totally different with your cheap drinks. And you might just be able to watch a jazz band play while you do it. Just don’t play any Journey on the jukebox!
Bob & Barbara’s
There are plenty of honorable mentions out there in the City of Brotherly Love – including Oscar’s Tavern, the Happy Rooster, Medusa’s Lounge, Locust Rendezvous, Kung Fu Necktie, and so many others. But these are the ten that just might stand out the most. but if you’re looking for that cheap drink fix that hooks up an eclectic crowd, and a variety of things to do while in Philly; then keep in mind that there are plenty of places to go that are worth the adventure.