If you are out and enjoying all the city of Philadelphia has to offer, you will eventually work up an appetite. If you are seeing a show, game, or concert you may be interested in finding a nice bite to eat after and Philly has plenty of places that are open late. Here are the top 5 places that are considered “after hours” and are open late night that serve bites and options such as sandwiches.
123 S. 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA. 19103
The Tria Café is open late until 1 am (1:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays) and is in the heart of the city so it’s near many different venues in the theater district, and other smaller musical venues. You can find more upscale food here and items of interest for foodies. Some popular items are the truffle egg toast, figs with prosciutto, and smoked salmon. You won’t find any TV’s or karaoke or other “modern diversions” here, which may be just what you prefer after seeing a show. This way you can all discuss the experience.
264 S. 16th St
Philadelphia, PA. 19102
Monk’s Café is also known as a Belgian beer emporium and restaurant. They have what they call a “Beer bible” to help you select your favorite new brew. The book will take into consideration the type of drinks you normally prefer such as being a whisky drinker. They will pair it up with the type of beer you would like. Some popular eats here are the duck salad sandwich, and their bourbon mayo. This is both delicious and authentic to much of the Netherlands where it’s common to put mayo on fries. Monk’s is open daily 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., and is accessible from many public transportation options. They also have many options for vegetarians.
McGillin’s Old Ale House
1310 Drury St.
Philadelphia, PA. 19107
McGillin’s is a favorite in the city for numerous reasons from the historical significance, the food, the atmosphere, drink specials and many more. It is an Irish pub styled establishment, full of fun, regulars, and tourists. It is also great for history lovers as it’s the oldest tavern in the city, established in 1860. They serve a variety of both American and European food, all of which are tasty and fresh. Some traditional American food options are burgers, seafood, and pasta dishes. Some of the European delights include German sausages and their famous Shepherds Pie. McGillin’s is open all week from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and is easily accessible from most venues in in the area. McGillin’s was also named one of the “Coolest Bars” by Gourmet Magazine.
South Street Diner
140 South St.
Philadelphia, PA. 19147
Open 24 hours so it’s very convenient and the location is excellent for any clubs you may have been visiting, or even if you were touring South Street. Diner’s always have a variety of food for many different tastes, and the prices are generally on the cheaper end with meals priced under $10. Breakfast is always a winner here, and is the most recommended item by patrons.
1315 Samson St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Time is open late from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. and is a 2 level bar, so there is usually something for everyone. They are most known for being a jazz and whiskey bar. It is a place where whiskey lovers unite and you can find Absinthe. Time is on the upscale side so if a burger and pizza isn’t what you are looking or, this is a classier place to end your evening. Prices are reflective of this and are in the $11-$30 range. Some popular snacks are Salmon Crostini, deviled eggs and varieties of Mac-N-Cheese. You can also enjoy plenty of music at Time as musical acts are frequently booked.
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Christina Dagnelli is a freelance writer in Philadelphia and the author of Little Squares with Colors: A Different way to look at autism. Her work on examiner can be found here Examiner.com.