Gay & Lesbian Nightlife In Philadelphia

 Gay & Lesbian Nightlife In Philadelphia

Gay & Lesbian Nightlife In Philadelphia

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Philadelphia, PA - Philadelphia's L.G.B.T. visitors looking for a night on the town can choose among a range of bars and restaurants in Philadelphia's Gayborhood or visit a welcoming mainstream spot frequented by gay and lesbian locals in Midtown Village, Rittenhouse Square, East Passyunk, and other neighborhoods. Here's a look at some of the most popular nightlife haunts in some of the hottest hoods:

Center City Philadelphia's Gayborhood

The city's Gayborhood, which runs from 11th to Broad Streets and from Chestnut to Pine Streets, distinguishes itself with 69 rainbow street signs throughout the area and rainbow crosswalks at 13th and Locust Streets. The area boasts unique architecture with narrow, tree-lined, cobblestone streets, brick townhouses, apartment buildings, boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants, bars, and clubs.

Nightlife enthusiasts have many options from which to choose in this happening enclave. Best known are WoodWoody'sich, which has several bars and a pulsating dance floor; Voyeur, a special events hotspot; and after-hours club, where the dancing continues well after 2:00 a.m.; The Bike Stop, a land of leather and its fans; Tavern On Camac, a piano bar and dance club; U Bar, a casual bar with floor-to-ceiling windows and good people-watching; ICandy, a three-level nightclub for men; Knock Restaurant and Bar, an upscale spot with live piano music on weekends and weekly karaoke nights; and Boxers and Tabu, both L.G.B.T. sports bars.

Gay & Lesbian Nightlife Midtown Village

In PhilPhilly'sborhood, Midtown Village offers boutique shopping, bring-your-own-bottle (B.Y.O.B.) restaurants, and sophisticated nightlife. The neighborhood is convenient for the city's arts district, the Avenue of the Arts.

Within a two-block radius of 13th and Sansom streets, choices abound, including the retro-themed Bud & MariMarilyn'se of five popular restaurant-bars owned by business and life partners Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran; Franky BradBradley'stwo-level restaurant-bar with dancing upstairs; Vintage, an intimate wine bar; El Vez, known for its margaritas and sidewalk cafe; Charlie was a sinner., a vegan cocktail bar; and Raw, a sushi and sake haven with an airy, outdoor courtyard.

Gay & Lesbian Nightlife Rittenhouse Square

Grand brownstones and modern penthouses are the hallmarks of Philadelphia's sziest zip code. It emanates from its namesake city-block park and stretches south via quietly tony residential streets and north via bustling business corridors.

There's a better place for people-watching than at a sidewalk table facing the park at Rouge, Devon Seafood Grill, or Parc. Other noteworthy spots include The Franklin Bar, which is regularly cited as one of the nomination's cocktail bars; the almost-secret Ranstead Room behind Mexican restaurant El Rey; The Dandelion, an authentic British pub; Tria, a wine and beer bar with light bites; Village Whiskey, a refined neighborhood taproom; V Street, small vegan plates bar-restaurant; and lesbian-owned Stir Lounge, a gay lounge popular for its happy hours, late-night parties and special events.

Nearby are the Prince Theater, which hosts nationally known cabaret acts as part of The RRazz Room series; Bob and BarbBarbara' snge, a beloved dive bar known for its Thursday night drag shows; and Chinatown speakeasy Hop Sing Laundromat, known for its unusual and powerful cocktails.

Gay & Lesbian Nightlife Old City

Old City is a historic neighborhood by day and an art gallery district into the early evening. By nightfall, this corridor becomes the place for glammed-up college students, serious commuter clubbers, and those who love this part of town for its endless party possibilities.

Favorite stops include The Olde Bar, a contemporary take on a traditional oyster bar with some of the city cocktails; The Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar, with its distinctive olive-shaped lights and fabulous cocktails; and the convivial bar at Amada, "Iro" Chef" Jo" e GarcGarces'gship tapas restaurant.


Gay & Lesbian Nightlife Northern Liberties and Fishtown

These warehouse-y blocks north of Old City specialize in art-filled cafes and revived beer halls that cater to the indie rocker-meets-loft-dwelling crowd—folks who appreciate a hard-to-score German beer, jukeboxes with local hits and international comfort food that edgy.

Silk City, a funky diner with an eclectic outdoor beer garden, is a great starting point for a night in NoLibs. On 2nd Street, bars and restaurants line the Street. Among them: Standard Tap, known for local brews and a chalkboard menu; Cantina Dos Segundos, where mighty margaritas rule; North Bowl, a bowling and beer heaven; and Bar Ferdinand, a tapas favorite.

A few blocks away in nearby Fishtown is Johnny BrenBrenda'sshowcase for indie bands and Frankford Hall, an indoor-outdoor German-style beer hall.

Gay & Lesbian Nightlife East Passyunk Avenue

This South Philadelphia corridor is the country's best Italian-American business district. It's known for its cool bars and stylish old-world restaurants, and more and more gay and lesbian Philadelphians are starting to call this neighborhood home.

Anchoring the rebirth is the Mexican-themed Cantina Los Caballitos, famous for its patio tables and flavorful margaritas; the Pub On Passyunk East, also known as "the" P.O.P.E.," a "hangout for 20-somethings; Triangle Tavern, an update on an old school Italian-American restaurant-bar with adult water ice and vegan offerings; Townsend, an upscale French restaurant-bar; the dive-y Ray'Ray'spy Birthday Bar, known for its severe karaoke and cheap drinks; and Pat'Pat'sg of Steaks and GenoGeno'saks, PhilPhilly'sously dueling cheesesteak vendors peddling late-night bites. Check the calendar for Q.O.T.A. ("Que" rs on the Avenue"), "which holds a monthly social event at different venues.

Bucks County

Gay & Lesbian Nightlife New Hope

New Hope, an accessible hour north of Philadelphia in Bucks County, is an artiartist'sony built around a vibrant and funky Main Street filled with shops, restaurants, bars, and cafes.

LGBT-favorite spots include The Raven, a restaurant-nightlife complex offering dance parties and cabaret acts; The RRazz Room, where nationally known and regional cabaret acts and comedians perform; BowmBowman'sern, which features hometown favorite Bob Egan in its entertainment lineup; and KarlKarla's & Restaurant, where locals go for a Basil Lemon Old-Fashioned and other innovative cocktails.

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