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Neon beer signs, car parts, narrow booths and outrageous drinking decorate this watering hole. A large jazz selection on the jukebox. What this joint lacks in sophistication and décor, its crowd more than makes up for in unpretentious, zealous exuberance about having a good time. College students and those who drink for sport tend to patronize this popular dive. You can always count on cheap drinks and plenty of people to sink them down with at Dirty Frank's. Cash only!
The signature drink of Bob & Barbara's Lounge, "The Special", a combo of a Pabst Blue Ribbon can and a Jim Beam shot, is extremely popular in the neighborhood. Their weekly live jazz and drag show are equally crowd pulling. Bob & Barbara's Lounge has thus created its own niche among the city's many dives. The extremely friendly bartenders make your drinking experience all the more pleasing. Check out if you are searching for a place with character to enjoy your weekend evening.
Catering to the neighborhoods of Fitler Square and Rittenhouse Square areas, Doobies is a friendly, neighborhood bar with a lot of character. In business for more than 30 years, the bar revels in its simplicity and takes pride in its craft beers and honestly cooked albeit delicious food. Midst a retro-style ambiance, the bar features uncomplicated, darkwood furniture, vintage chandelier ceiling fans and a classic jukebox and exudes a thoroughly nostalgic charm. The service is friendly and prices are delightfully low; if you're short on cash and high on expectations, Doobies is just the right place for you.
Tattooed Mom stands out among the neighborhood bars with its unique decor and flashy color tone. The atmosphere inside is totally laid back and the service is friendly. The beer list has a lot of local flavors and the bar food covers sandwiches and vegan grubs. Pink Puss, their signature cocktail, is worth a try if you are in the mood. Overall, this centrally located joint is ideal for a casual drinking session with a few friends. To go by what regulars say, they play good music too!
You cannot get any more dive-y in Philly than The Dive Bar on Passyunk Avenue. A gem of Bella Vista, the simple, uncomplicated bar has a simple, uncomplicated menu of favorite drinks, dominated by several beers on tap, for pocket-friendly prices. The place boasts of a friendly staff and a smoking zone, for those who cant do without their nicotine fix. The happy hours are extended and include a free pizza for every table! Catering to a wide demographic of patrons, The Dive Bar makes sure that you have a great time and meet interesting people here. They do no accept credit cards but thankfully there's an ATM on site, and there are no table reservations, so try and get there earlier, especially on weekends.
Ray's “Happy Birthday” Bar is a well known name in the neighborhood with its casual ambiance and eclectic crowd. There is a good range of beer on tap, which has the local flavor and down-to-earth prices. Opening at 7a, every day is a "Happy Birthday" at Rays, the hint: you can start drinking pretty early. There's karaoke, if you prefer to show off some vocal skills. The greasy pub grub is also ordered by many. Check out Ray's if you like the smokey dive bar ambiance.
Fiume is a hidden gem of University City located between Locust and 45th Streets. A mysterious speakeasy that keeps a zealously low profile, Fiume is quite difficult to spot, since they haven't put up any signs and GPS maps are often ignorant of the place. On offer at this totally rad, attic bar are stiff drinks at cheap rates and live music entertainment that keeps the patrons frequenting. Although they don't serve food, you can order-in from the wonderful Ethiopian restaurant, Abyssinia located downstairs. The drink list at Fiume is quite impressive featuring a great whiskey, cocktail and beer selection. They do not accept cash, better hit the ATM before venturing here!