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Philly Nightlife

The nightlife in Philadelphia is one of its most exciting attributes. For many places, you won’t be able to enjoy the nightlife unless you are 21 years of age or older, as 21 is the legal drinking age in the U.S.

Please also remember that if you choose to drink, you must drink responsibly. There are strict rules about drinking alcohol in Philadelphia:
• You must be 21 years of age to drink AND buy alcohol, and to enter most bars and clubs. You must bring a photo ID with you.
• It is illegal to drink alcohol, or to have open containers with alcohol in them, in public places.
• It is illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol, so remember to bring cab fare with you!

As always, we at the ELC want our students to have fun, but we also want you to stay safe.

Nightlife Locations

Old City

You will hear people talk about the dance clubs, bars, and restaurants in Old City. Restaurants, bars, and dance clubs can be found around Market and Chestnut Streets between Third Street and Front Street.

South Street

There are many pubs, bars, restaurants, shopping stores, and specialty stores on this street. It’s a great place for people watching! This street is located about 6 blocks South of Market Street, and the best area is from Front Street to 9th Street. It is easy to get to South Street by taxicab, or by taking the Subway (from University City, take the Blue Line toward "Market/Frankford," and stop at 2nd, 5th, or 8th Streets). Subway tokens cost $2.25.


This is an upscale neighborhood that is located about 15 minutes West (by car or train) from University City. On Main Street in Manayunk, there are many upscale pubs, bars, restaurants, cafes, shopping stores, specialty stores, and even a movie theater. It’s a great place for people watching! From 30th Street Station, take the R7 train towards Chestnut Hill, which costs approximately $4 each way. A one-way taxicab ride from Manayunk to University City costs approximately $30, so don’t miss the last train of the evening (around midnight)!

Sansom Street

The University City section of this street is packed full of a variety of restaurants and bars catered towards the Drexel and UPENN communities. Sansom Street has many places to eat out, including the White Dog Café, New Deck Tavern, and  Mad Mex. This is a great place to eat out during the day, and a fun place to go out and explore the nightlife.


Sláinte means "cheers" in Gaelic and is New Deck Tavern’s sister pub. Located right across the street from 30th Street Station, it is a popular place for college students coming back on the train.

Dave and Buster’s

This is a popular place for ELC students to go for fun. D&B offers not only a bar and restaurant, but also interactive arcade games! Located on South Columbus Boulevard, this exciting night out is easily accessible by SEPTA services and offers half priced games every Wednesday night.