10 Best Dive Bars and Taverns in Philadelphia

10 Best Dive Bars and Taverns in Philadelphia

10 Best Dive Bars and Taverns in Philadelphia

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Best Dive Bars and Taverns PhillyPhiladelphia, PA - Dive bars are a break from the upscale downtown party scene. A casual, unpretentious location serves up various inexpensive beers, cocktails, and (occasionally) cheap snacks.

Best Philadelphia Dive Bars and Tavern

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.

Ray's Happy Birthday Bar

Longtime dive bar where locals and hipsters rub elbows in South Philly, with karaoke on Fridays and local bands on Saturdays. Located at 1200 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147

El Bar

This cash-only dive bar has a deck under the train tracks with weekly live music and diverse crowds. Located at 1356 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19122


A dive bar located in a small, cramped space with a dirty frat vibe. They boost over 150 beers, primarily cans and bottles. Located at 229 S 45th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

McCusker's Tavern

Great staff and food well above what you'd expect from a dive bar, with cheap drinks and a mixed crowd. Located at 2601 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Oscar's Tavern

This old-school dive bar serves up pub grub & cocktails amid red booths, wood-paneled walls an old jukebox. Located at 1524 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Tony's Way

You might feel weird about drinking at a bar under the El. Still, Toney's is one of the best dive if you want to step out of your comfort zone bars in the city. Located at 1900 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19122

Dirty Frank's

Cash-only dive bar filled with eclectic knickknacks dangling from the ceiling and plenty of local art. Located at 347 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Bob & Barbara's Cocktail Lounge

A jazz bar and worn-in dive bar famous for its rowdy crowds and cheap beer-&-a-shot specials. Located at 1509 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

Tattooed Mom

A hipster dive bar with great food & drink specials, pool tables, and candy on the bar. Located at 530 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

The Dive Bar

As the name implies, the perfect dive bar and hangout allow smoking in the evenings and boasts a free happy hour pizza. Located at 947 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147

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How do we choose who is the best? PhillyBite's Best of Philly and regional lists are based on suggestions from our readers and our staff's deep knowledge of the region's deep cultural history. If you find any errors or have a suggestion of your own. Email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Written By: Philly Bite Magazines Staff

Philadelphia Best Of Series consists of a round-up of the best places to find great food, entertainment, and more in Philly.

Best Philadelphia Dive Bars and Taverns


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