Six Pack: Philadelphia’s Zombie-Proof Restaurants

In the wake of yesterday’s zombie attack in Miami, I’ve been thinking (as I often do) about the inevitable zombie apocalypse. And when I get to thinking about the inevitable zombie apocalypse, my thoughts often turn to practical questions like: When the worst finally happens, where would I hole up for a final drink? Or, when feeling somewhat less fatalistic, what restaurants in Philadelphia would be best for weathering an invasion of the undead?

Thus, as a public service, the Foobooz Zombie Defense Working Group has come up with a list of the 6 best restaurants in Philadelphia for witnessing (and possibly surviving) a zombie attack.

You’re welcome.

Philadelphia’s Most Zombie-Proof Restaurants


Important safety tip: Zombies don’t take elevators. Luckily, you–with your un-gnawed digits and fully-functioning frontal cortex–can. Zipping up to this second floor Italian steakhouse will lift you out of any immediate danger and also offer you a fine view of 17th Street while knocking back double-whiskeys at the bar.


111 South 17th Street



When the end truly comes, I call dibs on this place. 19 stories up, accessible only by elevator and with a commanding view of the Philadelphia skyline (and streets far below), a lovely bar, steak frites, shrimp cocktails with Bloody Mary cocktail sauce and patio seating hundreds of feet above the zombie-clogged streets? It’s perfect.


200 South Broad Street



All those things I said about 19? They go double for R2L. Being on the 37th floor puts a lot of distance between you and the brain-eaters on the street. Plus, a couple lobsters (roasted and poached) and a pork porterhouse with spaetzle and bacon will certainly make the evening pass more pleasantly. The only problem? I’m pretty sure zombies can smell bacon from a long way off…


50 South 16th Street


Perch Pub

A beautiful view of Broad and Locust, ideal for watching the world end. And the 100 different beers and dozen tapped kegs don’t hurt either. Again, this place gets you up off the ground (always a bonus, even if it’s only the 2nd floor), but really makes the list for its central location and immediacy.

Perch Pub

1345 Locust Street



Okay, so I’m just saying that if you’ve got to go, there are worse places to spend your last night on earth, right? Plus, holing up at Lacroix has a few advantages beyond the contents of the coolers and the bar. First, the stairs with their weird height changes and broad sweep will likely slow the zombies down some (uncoordinated critters that they are). Plus, the lack of handrails across their width means that if I’m being chased, it’s that much easier for me to push you down (first rule of zombie survival: I don’t have to be the fastest guy out there, I only need to be faster than you). Beyond that, there are doors that can be closed, windows that can be covered. And since it can be tough to find the entrance to the place even on a perfectly normal, non-zombie-filled Friday (unless you know where you’re going), I like my odds of beating the horde.


210 West Rittenhouse Square


The Rooftop Lounge At Continental Midtown

I’ve spent enough time watching the zombies downstairs at the Continental. Now we can all watch them from the safety of the roof while we drink gin and eat giant plates of shoestring fries with Szechuan mustard. Also, I’m pretty sure the lounge area is big enough for a helicopter to land once we move all the tables and twinkle-lights out of the way, and isn’t that how these movies always end? With the dashing food editor and his friends scrambling aboard the last helicopter out of town just as the zombies swarm over the walls? Well that’s how the movies always end in my head anyway…

Continental Midtown
1801 Chestnut Street

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  • no

    Zombies TOTALLY take elevators, as demonstrated in both Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead.

  • @No:

    Perhaps they might stumble into an elevator if the door is open, but they get confused by the buttons and blinky lights and never seem to end up on the proper floor. They are the hungover Monday-morning office temps of the undead world.

  • Tacklebury

    Great topic, I don’t think nearly enough thought has been put into the coming zombie attacks. What about a basement bar, like Sugar Moms? It’s certainly secure and there are no windows to worry about. On the downside there’s only one exit (that I know of) so you could be trapped. Also, the food there is subpar so an extended stay is out. Another decent spot would be along the Delaware waterfront, like Moshulu or Chart House or even Dave & Busters (ugh). You’ve got the natural defense barrier of the river and easy access to boats. As we all know, when the power grid fails you’re going to want a sailboat to get out of dodge.

  • @Tacklebury:

    A basement joint would make me nervous for exactly the reasons you mentioned. I don’t like the idea of being trapped somewhere that I can’t get out of, especially when that place is underground. And as for the water? If you read World War Z, you’ll understand exactly what zombies can do once they get in the drink. Underwater zombie attack on a Chinese submarine? Awesome. Floating zombie attack on a booze-filled party barge? Less awesome.

  • What about The Corner on 13th Street? They’ve got an upstairs Deck Bar, which allows you to eat, drink and watch the zombies go through McGillins Olde Ale House like Ms. Pac Man. Look Out, ground drinkers!

  • Not really a restaurant, but I would most definitely hole up inside of Yards Brewery.

  • I’d be enjoying a Zombie Root Carousel Cocktail.