1250 N. Front St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
At this bar and music venue, a live show can be caught almost every night of the week. Even though it’s small, Kung-Fu Necktie has an amazing sound system that aids every musician taking the stage, no matter how little known they are. Kung-Fu Necktie has an eclectic lineup of music too, ranging from hip hop to indie rock to hardcore punk. At this dive bar with charm, the bartenders are always friendly, and there’s cheap beer served along with more expensive ones. The tickets for shows are usually inexpensive and can be purchased at the door or through the website ahead of time.
1201 N. Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Johnny Brenda’s often has weeknight shows, featuring many local and national indie musicians. Located in the Fishtown area of Philadelphia, it has an upstairs venue situated over the main dining area. The venue has a balcony overlooking the main stage (which also has its own bar). Johnny Brenda’s seats 250, allowing for intimacy, but it is still big enough for it to feel like a real concert. All shows are 21 and over and many only cost $10 to $12. Johnny Brenda’s also supports the local community by serving only craft beer from area breweries and by purchasing locally grown food for its always-changing menu.
304 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
The Legendary Dobbs is a music venue with history. This iconic club, first known as JC Dobbs, once saw performances by then little-known bands like Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Oasis, Green Day and the Smashing Pumpkins. Reopened in 2010 as The Legendary Dobbs after JC Dobbs closed in 1996, this venue is bringing its mission back to Philly, which is to showcase local and national original talent. Even though the stage is small and the bar is narrow, the Legendary Dobbs is a fun place to go after a long day to hear live music…maybe you’ll even get to witness the start of a band’s successful career!
3025 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
World Cafe Live was designed just for live music, and many bands from all over the world take the stage here, including on weeknights. World Cafe features two stage areas — one downstairs and the other upstairs. Downstairs Live is a three-tiered room and holds about 300 concert goers, while Upstairs Live offers a more intimate setting, with space available for just 100 people. For those traveling in from the suburbs or other areas, 30th Street Station is only a few blocks away.
2639 Poplar St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Fun., the White Stripes and more nationally known bands have played at North Star Bar one time or another. This music venue is in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia and is also a good place to see local acts. Tickets are frequently between $8 and $10. North Star Bar is also known for its happy hour, which features half-price drafts and homemade wings for only 50 cents. After work, it’s the perfect place to hit up happy hour before enjoying some live music.