Is Philly’s Club Scene Blowing Up?

Illustration by Gluekit

On the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, I stood a few feet from Steve Aoki as he hurled 10 frosted sheet cakes at ravers dressed in neon CAKE ME t-shirts in the sweaty crush of a nightclub. The superstar DJ, an EDM darling with his own Netflix documentary, trots the globe performing at big-deal festivals like Belgium’s Tomorrowland and Vegas’s Electric Daisy Carnival. But I didn’t hop on a plane to see Aoki spin. All it took was a 10-minute Lyft ride from West Philly to 1209 Vine Street, where NOTO, Philly’s only 1,000-capacity nightclub, opened to fanfare (and a few eye rolls) back in February. Read more »

Get High at the World’s Most Celestial Beer Garden



Every spring, beer gardens pop like cherry blossoms across Philadelphia in vacant lots, historic sites, and parks. These sometimes controversial spots provide spaces to gather outdoors and enjoy the warm weather over a frosty beverage.

Philly’s (and the world’s) tallest, SkyGarten — which looms 51 stories above street level — has reopened for a second season of German-inspired festivity in the Sky Philadelphia space atop 3 Logan Square (1717 Arch Street).

(Also, we hate to burst your bubble—but it’s just a coincidence that we’re posting this headline on 4/20. Only legal substances are served at SkyGarten.)

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Philly Nightlife Calendar: The 27 Best Things to Do in December

Johnny Showcase | Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Johnny Showcase | Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

This Month’s Really Big Show

Johnny Showcase

If you want to know how we’ll be celebrating New Year’s Eve, look no further than sweaty South Philly funk wizard Johnny Showcase. The perpetually Spandexed singer and his 10-piece “absurdist soul outfit” are teaming up with Balkan brass dance band West Philadelphia Orchestra for a double bill sure to leave you too wrecked for the Mummers the next day. It’s okay; you can watch the parade on TV.

December 31st at Underground Arts.

And 26 Other Things to Do in Philly This Month
A Year With Frog and Toad

Nov. 23-Jan. 29 at Arden // Perfect for when the little ones really start getting on your nerves over the holidays.


Nov. 29-Dec. 11 at Wilma // Written, directed and performed by Lebanese-Canadian artist Wajdi Mouawad, Seuls tells the semi-autobiographical story of a man ripped out of his homeland as a child due to civil war. Critics have been raving.

The Carols
The Carols | Marc Garvin

The Carols | Mark Garvin

Dec. 1-31 at Plays & Players // Need a good laugh right about now? Look no further than this world-premiere musical from the always-funny 1812 Productions.

Norah Jones

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Philly Nightlife Calendar: The 27 Best Things to Do in November

Nowhere Fast, at La Peg at FringeArts this month |Photo by Travis Chantar

Nowhere Fast, at La Peg at FringeArts this month |Photo by Travis Chantar

The Legend of Georgia McBride

Through Nov. 27 at Arden // A drag queen-led musical comedy starring Dito van Reigersberg of Martha Graham Cracker fame.

“The Three Realms: A Dialogue Among Earth, Sea, and Sky”

Nov. 2-30 at Da Vinci Art Alliance // New works from three area visual artists, including Best of Philly-winning photographer Sarah Bloom.

Jérôme Bel

Nov. 2-3 at FringeArts // An early work from the provocative French choreographer.

Tegan and Sara
Courtesy Teagan and Sara

Courtesy Teagan and Sara

Nov. 3 at The Fillmore // Hard to believe they’ve been at this for more than 20 years.

Louis C.K.

Nov. 3 at Wells Fargo Center // Widely considered the best comedian of his generation.

“World War I and American Art”

Nov. 3-Apr. 9 at PAFA // Plenty of exhibits have focused on artistic responses to Vietnam and other, more modern wars, but this is the first major exhibition to examine how American artists viewed the “War to End All Wars.”

Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Nov. 4 at Wells Fargo Center // Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas in the flesh.

Temple of the Dog

Nov. 4-5 at Tower Theater // The kickoff to a hotly anticipated five-city tour from the grungy Pearl Jam/Soundgarden supergroup. Read more »

17 Gay Philly Nightlight Events for August 2015

Pulp Fiction Header

If you’re looking for a way to stay cool this August, we rounded up 17 hot nightlife events and shows that might not provide the chill you are looking for, but will be fun nonetheless. There’s something for just about everyone, from grooming get togethers to a Pulp Fiction-themed dance party. Enjoy!

Vixens and Vagabonds Queer and Kinky Cabaret’s Roadtrip: Join the burlesque and drag troupe as they say farewell to one of their own members. Saturday, August 1st, 8 pm, $10-12, Tabu, 200 South 12th Street

6 Appeal!: This weekly burlesque show will feature performances by Mika Romantic, Nikki Malicious, and Shia D. Monday, August 3rd, 9 pm, $5, Pennsylvania 6, 114 South 12th Street

Back to the 80s: Tavern on Camac invites you to a time when MTV actually played videos. The evening will feature music from Pet Shop Boys, Madonna, the Go-Gos, and more. Wednesday, August 5th, 9 pm, pay as you go, Tavern On Camac, 243 South Camac Street Read more »

Weekend Roundup

Friday, Dec. 7

Butch Cordora celebrates the grand opening of his new gallery - Gallery - on Friday in Old City (courtesy of Cordora)

Do some holiday shopping at Starboard Side Gallery (5 p.m) with vintage gifts, beer and lots of music.

Butch Cordora celebrates the grand opening of his new Gallery (formerly Ven & Vaida). The first 100 people will be treated to holiday gifts (6 p.m.).

Raise some money for the animal victims of Hurricane Sandy at Bonejour (6 p.m.) with proceeds to benefit the Human Society of Atlantic County.

Get to the Bike Stop for beer and cupcakes (7 p.m.) to benefit the Mazzoni Center. Proceeds will help the center provide winter coats and toys for area children impacted by HIV and AIDS.

Explore gender with ScrewSmart during Sexploratorium at Passional (7 p.m.).

It’s the holiday dance for LGBT youth (7 p.m.) at St. Luke and the Epiphany.

The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus performs its annual holiday concert through the weekend at Luthern Church of the Holy Communion (8 p.m.).

Thank Goddess It’s OMG (9 p.m.) is at Tabu with special guests Misty Maven, Navaya Shay, Porcelain, DJ Brandon Robert and host Notorious OMG. The theme? A drag before Christmas, of course.

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Where to Watch the Election Results

Join the HRC at the Field House during Equality Watch 2012. Donate $10 and get a Vote Obama t-shirt and a free drink.

Who will win – Mitt Romney or Barack Obama? While we can’t possibly forecast the results, we can tell you where to go to watch the the drama unfold. Here’s a list of bars, restaurants and venues around town that will be broadcasting the results on Election Night – and hosting a few very special events.

The Blockley: The West Philly club is hosting a Sandy relief event with a free drink to each person who donates 10 cans of food. Also look for voting games and other election hijinks.

Devil’s Alley: Try the Obama Mama or Romney Runner at this Rittenhouse Square restaurant/bar.

Doobies: One of our favorite neighborhood watering holes is featuring full television coverage, dollar dogs and an extended happy hour.

Field House: The HRC is hosting the Equality Watch 2012 election night party upstairs with drink specials through the night. Donate $10 to the HRC and you’ll get a Vote Obama t-shirt and free drink.

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Rhino Bar Opens in Gayborhood

Courtesy of Rhino Bar

We may miss Bump and Q, but now that Mike Stollenwerk’s Fish has moved around the corner (less than 100 feet into a smaller space), a new bar has taken over the corner of 13th and Locust in the heart of the Gayborhood.

Rhino Bar has officially opened today within the Independence Hotel – and it’s touting itself as a gastropub with raw bar. The sleek new space features a menu with “snacks” and “plates” – look for dishes like fried green tomatoes, chile verde and miso-glazed salmon.

In addition to eight beer taps – with lots of craft beers by the bottle – and a liquor list with no shortage of happy hour specials, Rhino also serves root beer floats. In fact, the gastropub will be catering to the late-night crowd with food served until 1 a.m. on weekdays and until 2 a.m. on weekends.

Rhino Bar, 1234 Locust Street, 215-557-4442.

Weekend Roundup

Women's rights icon Gloria Steinem talks feminism at Haverford (courtesy of Facebook)

Friday, Nov. 2

Gloria Steinem visits Haverford College (7:30 p.m.) to discuss “The Progression of Feminism: Where Are We Going?”

Bonerama, a brass funk rock band from New Orleans, performs at Havana in New Hope (8 p.m.).

Tabu’s Thank Goddess It’s OMG (9 p.m.) features The Goddess Isis, Notorious OMG, Anita Manhattan, Mr. Farenheit and Stella D’Oro with DJ Brandon Barlieb.

It’s Cut N Paste (9 p.m.) at The Bike Stop with art installations, monthly performances and music by DJs Precolumbian and Nolita Selector.

Celebrate the music of the B-52s during the Seventh Annual Sex Dwarf Wig Party (9 p.m.) at Fluid with DJs Robert Drake and Marilyn Thomas.

Local poets share their works during a poetry slam at PhilaMOCA (9 p.m.).

Sisters hosts Meangurls (10 p.m.) with DJ Deejay.

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Weekend Roundup

Friday, Oct. 26

Justin Bond plays the William Way on Friday (courtesy of the artist)

William Way hosts the Queer Fear Costume Closet (6:30 p.m.) with great garb from Philly AIDS Thrift.

ArtNUDE Philadelphia is presented by the James Oliver Gallery (7 p.m.) to benefit the Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation. The exhibit features 23 artists with performances by Katie Gould, DJ Mike Lowry and DJ Rich, among others.

The Queer Fear Cabaret features none other than Justin Vivien Bond (7:30 p.m.) with the Bearded Ladies. Check out Bond’s amazing new album here.

Play the Halloween Match Game (7:30 p.m.) at L’Etage with the Real Housewives of South Philly.

The eXtreme Masquerade takes over the Top of the Tower (8 p.m.) with Ballet X and DJ Captain Ridiculous.

Night of the Living Drag Queen comes to life at Rainbow Mountain Resort in East Stroudsburg (8 p.m.) with Scarlett Lettah and friends – and a dance party to follow.

Peter Sterling hosts his Halloween Ball (9 p.m.) at D’Ignazio’s Towne House Bar in Media to benefit the Special Olympics. Look for a special appearance from Brittany Lynn and her Drag Mafia – and a costume contest with oodles of prizes.

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