Picking your own tunes has become a mainstay for people at bars. Whether they’re looking to hear a current top 40 hit or something obscured from years past, Philadelphia has it covered. Read on to discover some of the top bars with jukeboxes in Philadelphia.
2201 Lombard St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Doobies is a friendly cash-only (ATM fees go towards a local cat rescue!) neighborhood bar located at 22nd and Lombard owning one of the few CD jukeboxes remaining in the city. It’s full of classic music from the 70s and 80s and, if you’re a fan of Elvis Costello and especially David Bowie, you’ve come to the right place. Get to know the bar and patrons while treating everyone to some classic tunes. Along with music, Doobies serves great craft beer and citywide specials. Doobies also has board games and hosts open mic comedy nights and quizzo.
Good Dog Bar
224 S. 15th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Good Dog Bar’s jukebox is constantly blaring popular tunes throughout its three-floor location in Center City. The digital jukebox is on the first floor and holds almost any song you can think of. The first floor is also home to its main bar and wooden booths you can enjoy your Roquefort stuffed Good Dog Burger and a craft beer. The second floor has more tables and a smaller bar. Head to the fourth-floor standing room if you’re looking for a game of pool or darts.
Percy Street Barbecue
900 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
For great BBQ and music, Percy Street Barbecue in Washington Square West is the place to head. The vintage quarter jukebox is one of the few left in the city. It plays plenty of classic music from the 70s and 80s. The restaurant offers a laid-back environment with craft canned beer and a menu featuring smoked meats and Southern comfort foods like mac and cheese and biscuits.
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Khyber Pass Pub
56 S. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Khyber Pass Pub is a popular bar in Old City with a rock ‘n’ roll jukebox full of classic tunes from days gone by. Khyber Pass Pub serves up New Orleans fare including po-boys, fried chicken, smoked barbecue, gumbo, and the must-try popped Benton’s Bacon grease popcorn served with Cajun seasoning. Khyber Pass Pub, which used to be an important live music venue in the punk-rock scene, is also known for its extensive beer list.
530 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Tattooed Mom is a funky bar on South Street with not one, but two jukeboxes (one on each floor.) The jukeboxes offer an eclectic array of music ranging from rock, hip-hop, metal, and punk and each floor has a different feel to it. Tattooed Mom is full of unique art, candy, toys and even has two pool tables. Spin some tunes while enjoying one of the best happy hours in the city (every day from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. until 11 p.m.) and indulge in half off drafts and other weekly specials including taco Tuesdays ($1 tacos), burger Wednesdays ($3.50 burgers) and pierogie Thursdays (50 cent pierogies).
Kelly Neilson is a freelance writer living and working in Philadelphia. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.