From the time the first bars and taverns opened their doors in ancient civilizations such as Greece and Rome, innkeepers and bar owners looked for ways to attract new business and keep regular customers. In addition to food and beverages, taverns would often feature live entertainment. At some point, an ingenious bar owner began offering drinking games, and this ply to bring in more business is still holding strong in these Philly bars.
1718 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Raven Lounge, located in Rittenhouse Square near the Penn Center, is well known for its board games such as chess, trivial pursuit and card games. Weekly events include Rock Paper Scissors on Wednesdays, Happy Hour w/Kev on Tuesdays, Center City comedy on Thursdays, Monday night Quizzo, Reed Streets on Saturdays and rotating guest DJs on Fridays. Located below the Raven Lounge is a premium whiskey/scotch bar known as The Pendulum.
Atlantis, The Lost Bar
2442 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Known as one of the best dive bars in the city, Atlantis, The Lost Bar features board games, a pool table, snacks and other treats. Along with low beer and shot prices, this bar offers PBC pints and has a unique fish tank behind the bar. Customer favorites include bagels and pretzels, and Atlantis also has a daily happy hour.
118 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
With its old-fashioned pool parlor atmosphere, Old City’s Buffalo Billiards has two full bars on two floors. Equipped with 17 HDTVs, BB features eight Brunswick Gold Crown pool tables, four shuffleboard tables, five dart boards, foosball, skeeball and Big Buck Hunter & Golden Tee. With all drafts and well drinks at $3 during happy hour, this business is a favorite of bar game enthusiasts.
Dirty Frank’s Bar
347 S. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
A landmark bar in downtown Philadelphia, Dirty Frank’s Bar has been around since Prohibition. Known as a watering hole for writers, artists, politicos and others, it features dart boards on opposite walls and a vintage Ms. Pac Man video machine. A favorite place to watch a football game, Dirty Frank’s features a daily happy hour, too. Make sure to check out its Off-The-Wall Gallery of the works of local artists!
1114 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
When it comes to games, Barcade, located in historic Fishtown, is a must-visit bar. Featuring classic video arcade games such as Space Invaders, Donkey Kong, Asteroids, Super Mario Brothers, Tetris and Ms. Pac Man, the price of a round of each game is still only a quarter. Serving American craft beers, it provides a trip down memory lane. Barcade is a perfect place to relax and play games.
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