Best Philly Bars with Live Music 2015

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There’s never a dull moment in the City of Brotherly Love! One of the reasons is because of all the shows and live music constantly going on around the city. Here are some of our favorites…

Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown has awesome food, good selection of local beers on tap poured by the nicest bartenders, and a banging upstairs stage. They have hosted bands from all over the world, along with local favorites like CRUISR and Avers.

Photo by Lucy Briggs

For those of you who like to sing along to pop standards, the piano bar Howl at the Moon is the place to be. The performers are always on point, the bar is huge, and the setlist is every 90’s lovers’ dream come true. Good luck getting in though, as there is always a long line outside.


Photo by Nathaniel Dodson

Boot & Saddle on Broad Street is the little sister to Union Transfer, another relatively new venue on Spring Garden. It’s a smaller venue, but it’s the perfect place to discover up-and-coming artists. Before British R&B superstar Sam Smith played at the Liacouras Center last winter, his first performance in Philadelphia was at Boot & Saddle.

The Legendary Dobb’s on South Street is one of the venues a die-hard music fan must go to at some point. It’s practically part of Philadelphia’s rock history, with huge names like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Green Day taking their stage in the past.


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Ortlieb’s Lounge is tucked away into the middle of Northern Liberties. It houses jazz and rock musicians, local and traveling. Some names that have performed there are The Relationships (members of Weezer, U.S. Bombs, and Bravery), Vita and the Woolf, and MOTHXR (Penn Badgley and members of Lolawolf), and their Taco Tuesdays are the bomb-diggity.


Photo by Wakana Narisako

Milkboy Philadelphia in Center City is a great place to catch awesome shows while mingling with the performers before and after their set. The small, upstairs venue guarantees that you’ll be able to say hi to your favorite bands in the most casual way. Some bands that have sold out Milkboy include The Griswolds, Catfish and the Bottlemen, and Emily Kinney of The Walking Dead.

Emily Kinney performs at MilkBoy

Photo by Ruby Mora

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