It’s become a tired, old cliche: guys dragging an unwilling groom-to-be to a seedy strip club on his last night of freedom. But it doesn’t have to be that way, fellas. Check out these pasty-free ideas for a great night out with the groom that nobody will have to cover up the next day.
McGlinchey’s Bar and Grill
259 S 15th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 735-1259

If your bachelor party is on a tight budget (or you plan on hitting as many bars as you can), start with McGlinchey’s. The drinks are dirt cheap ($2 Yuengling bottles, $3 Jameson shots), and the waitresses can be surly, but they’re tolerant of loud, obnoxious people, and smoking is allowed. There is always something great on the jukebox, and you will definitely see all walks of life, from old timers who look like they’ve been fossilized in their seats to frat boys and bachelorettes for the single fellas partying it up with you.

Chickie’s and Pete’s
1526 Packer Ave.
Philadelphia, PA  19145
(215) 218-0500

Conveniently located within walking distance of the stadiums, Chickie’s and Pete’s has been a Philly mainstay since 2003, consistently winning awards from ESPN, Maxim and Philadelphia magazine for Best Sports Bar. Even if your party isn’t seeing the Phillies, you can stay at Chickie’s and Pete’s all night and have a blast. Take advantage of the large bars with friendly bartenders, lots of huge-screen TVs and even private party rooms. Every day boasts a different beer special: On Saturday, it’s Coors Light for $2, and every day Rolling Rock drafts are $2.50. Regulars say the crab fries are a must, and the mussels aren’t too bad either.

Yards Brewing Company
901 Delaware Ave.
Phialdephia, PA 19123
(215) 634-2600

At Yard’s Brewing Company, take a free tour of the brewery (samples included) or, even better, rent out its private tasting room. Either way, you and your buds will come out a little more educated and a lot more hydrated. If you’re not ready to leave when the tour is over, grab some seats at the Tasting Room (it’s really the bar), order yourselves some bison burgers and a flight or two, and challenge your pals to a game of pool or shuffleboard.

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Bob and Barbara’s Lounge
1509 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 545-4511

Bob and Barbara’s is divey in a good way. There’s no cover, the beer is cheap, entertainment is either live jazz or a drag show, and the staff is efficient and tolerant. It’s famous for its every night drink special: a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon and a shot of Jim Beam for a measly $3 (cash only, please). Don’t expect haute cuisine in a place like this, but there is a menu if you need to soak up some of those PBRs.

National Mechanics
22 S. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 701-4883

Bring your boys to National Mechanics, a cool gastropub in an even cooler old building that was once a bank and a few different churches. Enjoy more than 36 beers, some on tap, for about $5 to $6 each. Stella Artois and Boddington’s are on tap, but this place also offers bottles of Arrogant Bastard and Chimay Bleue. The DJ is fun and keeps the party going, so go knowing that you may find yourself on the dance floor.

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Trish Deitemyer is a freelance writer living in Philly. She covers Food Drink and has been writing since 1986. Her work can be found at