The 10 Best Dive Bars in Philadelphia

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PhillyBite Philly Dive BarsPhiladelphia, PA - Dive bars are a break from the upscale downtown party scene. A casual, unpretentious location serving up a variety of inexpensive beers, cocktails, and (occasionally) cheap snacks. And Philly has tons of dive bars scattered across the city, PhillyBite Magazine has put together a list of our Top 10 based on drink prices, reputation, and overall aesthetic.


  1. Ray's Happy Birthday Bar- 1200 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147 – Longtime dive bar where locals and hipsters rub elbows in South Philly, with karaoke on Fridays and local bands on Saturdays.
  2. El Bar - 1356 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19122 – This cash-only dive bar has a deck under the train tracks with weekly live music and a very diverse crowd.
  3. Fiume - 229 S 45th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 –  A dive bar  located in a small and cramped space with a dirty frat vibe. They boost over 150 beers mostly cans and bottles.
  4. McCusker's Tavern - 2601 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19145 – Great staff and food well above what you'd expect from a dive bar, with cheap drinks and mixed crowd.
  5. Oscar's Tavern -1524 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 – An old-school dive bar serving up pub grub & cocktails amid red booths, wood-paneled walls an old jukebox.
  6. Tony's Way - 1900 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19122 – You might feel weird about drinking at a bar under the El, but if you want to step out of your comfort zone Toney’s is one of the best dive bars in the city.
  7. Dirty Frank's - 347 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 - Cash-only dive bar filled with eclectic knickknacks dangling from the ceiling and plenty of local art.
  8. Bob & Barbara's Cocktail Lounge - 1509 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146 – jazz bar and worn-in dive bar famous for its rowdy crowds and cheap beer-&-a-shot special’s.
  9. Tattooed Mom - 530 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 - A hipster dive bar with great food & drink specials, pool tables and candy on the bar.
  10. The Dive Bar - 947 E Passyunk Ave , Philadelphia, PA 19147 – As the name implies the perfect dive bar and hangout that allows smoking in the evenings and boasts a free happy hour pizza.


 


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