2023 New Dive Bar
To be fair, Philly isn’t flooded with new dive bars, because it’s potentially not the wisest business decision to open a place without gimmick or pretense. But the Jim is so much more than that. With (ostensibly) no natural light and a “Hang out here if you want to; we don’t really care” energy, Fergus Carey and Jim McNamara’s South Philly spot feels like the kind of precious neighborhood gathering place that cities are losing, not gaining. Don’t leave without an order of the twice-fried, napkin-destroying chicken wings.
1701 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148; thejimphilly.com