Best of Philly

Best Performance Venue

2020 Best Spot for Dinner and a Show


We never realized we needed a dressy spot where we could drink cocktails and eat lamb ribs while watching showgirls, showboys, contortionists and jugglers do their thing until this supper club opened its doors. Read More »

1108 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA | 215-203-0202 | Website

2019 Best Second-Floor Fun

Fergie’s Pub

Downstairs is the iconic Irish pub that’s been pouring Guinnesses for nearly 25 years. Upstairs is a lesser-known hideaway with all sorts of no-cover shows, like live-band karaoke, non-sucky comedy open mics and Fringe performances. You never know exactly what you’re going to get — and that’s part of the fun. Read More »

1214 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-928-8118 | Website

2019 Best Intellectual Drunk Fun

Creative at the Cannery Reading and Open-Mic Night

Every other month, you can sip just-made brews and eat pizza by the slice at Dock Street Cannery while local writers take turns pouring out their souls. Read More »

705 South 50th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-726-2338 | Website

2019 Best Burlesque Venue

Franky Bradley’s

The unofficial HQ of Philly’s burlesque resurgence is this funky back-alley Gayborhood bar at which tassels and ostrich fans abound. Read More »

1320 Chancellor Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-735-0735 | Website

2013 Best Performance Venue


With trippy DJs, genre-spanning live bands, performance artists and Naked Girls Reading (just what it sounds like), no other venue is doing as much to boost the underground performance scene as director/curator Eric Breslers creation in what has become known as the Eraserhood the section of town just northwest of Chinatown that inspired David Lynchs Eraserhead. Plus, the setting is comfortable, and theres frequently free beer courtesy of the artists. Thats right: We said free beer. Read More »

531 North 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 267-519-9651 | Website