Philadelphia has a multitude of fabulous and funky dive bars equipped with great music. From classic rock to home-grown local bands, the jukeboxes are stocked with divine and diverse music. Next time you are planning a night on the town, be sure to check out these local hotspots.
Hours: Mon – Sun 12 p.m. – 2 a.m.
South Street has long been a destination for tourists and locals alike. For the rock set, there are two vintage jukeboxes at the Tattooed Mom. The bar controls the vibe of the crowd by stocking the jukebox with the appropriate tunes. The downstairs jukebox offers indie rock and R&B. You should expect to hear artists such as Mos Def and the local band Mischief Brew. The upstairs jukebox offers metal and hip-hop acts.
Dirty Frank’s Bar
Hours: Mon – Sun 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
This legendary spot near Antique Row attracts a mix of art students and residents from the neighborhood. This dive bar has been spruced up with an Internet jukebox that features thousands of song choices. As a result, the vibe is dictated by the eclectic clientele. Almost any artist or song can be found by searching the jukebox selection. You can even purchase songs using an application on a smartphone. Discover more Philadelphia dive bar favorites here.
Hours: Weds – Sat 12 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Tucked off a cobblestone alley in the heart of Olde City, this basement venue serves up a great selection of music. Artists from nearby galleries and students come to hear the eclectic mixture of alternative, grunge, Motown and hard rock. The cozy bar, with whimsical seating, offers a relaxing, casual escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Hours: Mon 5 p.m. – 12 a.m.; Tues 2 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Weds 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Thurs 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.; Fri -Sat 3 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Arguably, Doobies is considered Philadelphia’s best jukebox joint. A true neighborhood watering hole on a residential corner, the place is a local’s favorite. The jukebox is stocked with plenty of David Bowie to satisfy the owner’s musical tastes, There are also plenty of local bands featured on the jukebox, such as The Rolling Hayseeds. The wide variety also includes Nuggets, Cat Stevens, Cheap Trick, Patsy Cline and The Best of Edith Piaf. Discover other hidden bars of Philadelphia here.
Dark, dank and dirty, this Philadelphia institution attracts suburbanites and locals alike. Inside, the bar shares space with a Pacman machine in the corner and a jukebox on the wall. There are 100 CDs, including Sticky Fingers by the Rolling Stones and War by U2. The song selection also includes music by the Shins, the Smiths, UB40, the Ramones, the B-52s and local faves The Dead Milkmen.
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