It might be hard to venture out of your own home on a rainy day, but if you’re up for the task, comfort food, games and good beer awaits you at one of the bars listed below.

1114 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 634-4400

If you plan on spending your rainy day playing video games in your living room, try venturing out to Barcade for a bit of video game playing instead. It has a room full of classic arcade games, like Super Mario Brothers, Donkey Kong, Frogger and Ms. Pac Man. The best part: each game only costs a quarter and there’s a change machine on site, just in case you forgot to fill your pockets before hand. Great craft beers are on tap (Victory, Troegs, Sly Fox) and cheap comfort food (mac and cheese, pierogies, tacos).

Buffalo Billiards
118 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 574-7665

Buffalo Billiards is full of entertainment and activities to keep you busy during a rainy day. It has two floors of pool tables with a bar on each floor, dartboards, skeeball, arcade games and shuffleboard. This roomy bar also has 17 HDTVs if you would rather just relax and watch the game. There’s cheap food – sandwiches for less than $10, $10 wings and $5 fries – and drink specials daily, including $3 domestic bottles and drafts.

North Bowl
909 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 238-2695

This 1950s styled bowling alley is perfect for bad-weather days. With two-floors and 21,000 square feet, there’s a lot more to do than just bowl. There are two full bars, billiards, arcade games and a photo booth. North Bowl also has a tasty menu. It’s famous for its tater tots, which come in many variations. Raining or not, come here Wednesday night for its $2 late night happy hour, where you can indulge yourself with $2 bowling, $2 tater tots and $2 beers.

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Sto’s Bar
236 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(267) 687-8653

Sto’s Bar is a laid back bar in Old City. It’s the perfect place to watch the game, socialize with your friends and play a few games on a rainy day. It has 10 LED TVs for your viewing pleasure, as well as arcade games, cornhole, shuffleboard, Nintendo 64 and Xbox 360. Specials are held throughout the week, including $2 tacos on Tuesday and 50-cent wings on Monday. Its drafts are all local and while here, you’ll want to try one of its seven variations of fries.

The Twisted Tail
509 S. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 558-2471

Come to the Twisted Tail for Southern comfort food, whiskey, live music and a cozy lounge area. The lounge features two fireplaces and is adorned with TVs, couches, brick walls and shuffleboard. It is adjacent to “the Juke Joint,” the Twisted Tail’s southern styled-music hall that brings in top blues musicians. If you’re hungry, try something off of its charcoal grill (smoked pork sausage, octopus or shishito peppers, for example) or enjoy comfort food, like crawfish mac n’ cheese or fried chicken. It also has an extensive whiskey list. Order a flight to sample.

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