Philadelphia, like most big cities, can be an expensive place to spend a night out, but it doesn’t have to be. These bars are great places to drink in Philly without having to spend a small fortune or pay a cover.
McGillin’s – Located in center city at 13th and Drury (it can be tricky to find), McGillin’s is the oldest bar in Philadelphia. They have cheap pitchers of PBR and Miller Light. College bar atmosphere.
McGlinchey’s – Located on 15th st. between Locust and Spruce, McGlinchey’s is the ultimate Philly dive bar. They have a great selection for the price (~$3 for a good beer). The staff is surly and they let you smoke. What else could you want.
Bob and Barbara’s – Located at 15th and South st., Bob and Barbara’s will probably get you the most alcohol for your money. $3 gets you the Philly special, a can of PBR and a shot of Jim Beam. The walls are covered in ads for PBR and they have a great live band on Saturday nights.
Las Vegas Lounge – Located at 7th and Chestnut. Not the most festive atmosphere, but it’s in Center City and they have 20oz beers.
Oscar’s – Located on Sansom st. between 15th and 16th, Oscar’s has 20oz drafts and prices that are tough to beat. It gets crowded though, and seating can be hard to come by.
Locust Bar – Located at 10th and Locust, Locust bar has a definite neighborhood bar feel to it.
Sugar Mom’s – Located on Church st (half a block north of Market) and 2nd, Sugar Mom’s is the cheapest bar in Old City. It’s located in the basement and has cheap pints and PBR pounders (16oz cans).
The Republican – Located at 17th and Snyder, The Republican is one of those places you have to see before you die, and then never return. The beers are cheap for an after hours bar. They have “dancers” that no one really pays attention to and the furniture may or may not have bugs living in it.