Whether you want to be transported back to a time when malt shops and hoop skirts were the rage, or you’d rather take control of the music reins for the night, a jukebox joint is your best choice. Philadelphia has quite a few haunts with an authentic jukebox that’s filled with all of the appropriate music that should be found in one. Whether you are looking for all 50s, rock, metal, indie or a little bit of everything, it’s out there. We’ve comprised a list of Philly’s best jukebox joints, and we’re talking the real deal – original jukeboxes that play scratchy old vinyls that probably skip the 45s until the Fonz hits it with the palm of his hand to make it stop.
347 S. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Dirty Franks is arguably considered the oldest and most popular dive in Philadelphia. The folk lure is a tale of starving troubled poets and artists commiserating and spending their last pennies at the infamous bar, but in reality it is more of a trendy haunt you must visit at least once on a trip to the city of brotherly love. Dirty Franks is a favorite among the college kids in town who take advantage of the wide variety of tunes found on the jukebox while throwing back some brews with their frat buddies. Dirty Franks also has ongoing art exhibits all year long.
2201 Lombard St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
A local favorite in the Fitler Square neighborhood of the city, Doobies has been a resident for 36 years. Its jukebox is infamous for having a wide selection of the greatest rock gods and for representing Philly’s local artists. Stop by for some good food and delicious craft beer, and hang with the locals, sit back and enjoy the music.
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Khyber Pass Pub
56 S. Second St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Take a trip to New Orleans without leaving your hometown of Philadelphia and visit the Khyber Pass. The Southern cuisine, wide selection of beers in bottles and on tap and the jukebox with all of the greats can be found at Old City’s long-time (but recently revamped) resident the Khyber Pass.
937 E. Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
You can find everything on the jukebox and the menu – from soup to nuts – at the Royal Tavern. Enjoy fine American cuisine and enjoy the tunes on the jukebox that span every genre imaginable. Royal Tavern is located in the East Passyunk section of South Philadelphia, the new trendy area for shopping and restaurants.
530 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Not one but two jukeboxes are at your disposal at Tattooed Mom on Philly’s most famous street, South Street. Are you more of a metal head or enjoy a little hip-hop once in a while? Then head upstairs and check out the jukebox that is dedicated specifically to those two genres. Stay downstairs if you’re more of the R&B or indie rock type since the vintage jukebox with those tunes can be found there. Tattooed Mom offers lunch, dinner and late-night snacks, as well as local and regional beers. There are also two pool tables and different activities always happening on each floor.
Christina Thompson is a freelance travel writer living in Philadelphia. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.