Philly: Before the Parade Passes You By, Places to Hit Along the Route
By OUTTraveler Editors
This year Philly Pride marks its 25th year of Pride. Get out your walking shoes or get on your best dress, with the parade on June 9, there's no time to spare. But with so little prep, who has time to find where to eat or drink? No worries, the good folks at Zagat and Here TV (owned by Out Traveler's parent company) partnered up to do all the work for you. Take a look at their list of some of the best restaurants and bars along the parade's trail. Get inspired and try something new! Or hit up an old favorite. Stay Proud, Philly! To get more great suggestions, sign up for the Zagat newsletter.
Tavern on Camac
This unassuming, nearly hidden, 60-year-old pub -- one of the oldest gay bars in the U.S. -- is most famous for its Friday and Saturday singalongs in its downstairs piano bar (so brush up on your show tunes). More recently, the Tavern has opened its upstairs for weekend night dance parties. The crowd here tends to be slightly more grown-up, if not in age, then in attitude, in the way that a dirty martini is more mature than a Cosmo.
One of the oldest gay-friendly bars in Philadelphia, this Wash West institution has been serving 'silver foxes' since the 1950s or before; it’s now fully 'out' and caters to a mature gay crowd who frequent the restaurant for traditional American food and drink. 255 S. Camac St.; 215-545-8731
Long-standing institution Uncle’s was recently given a fresh face by new owners who also run the Gayborhood’s Tavern on Camac; what used to be a divey watering hole is now much more open and sleek - you’ll even find clean bathrooms. 1220 Locust St.; 215-546-6660
This jumbo corner bar has anchored the neighborhood since the '70s, when most of its clientele was still in elementary school. Woody's does a respectable job of pleasing crowds. It's got a cybercafe, a straightforward downstairs bar and sandwich counter, and an upstairs bar where trompe l'oeil atlases hold up a roof of stars. Nights follow themes: '80s on Sunday, all ages on Wednesday, line dancing on Friday. The spot is open to everyone, but women can have a hard time scoring a drink from bartenders 202 S. 13th St.; 215-545-1893
The management of Gayborhood standard Woody’s jumps on the craft cocktail trend with this swanky next-door neighbor; dark wood, leather banquettes and a huge spirits list make this the city’s first gay-centric speakeasy. 1417 W. Shunk St.; 215-336-1335
Unfortunately, this is the only game in town for single lesbians, but Sisters delivers big: three bars over three floors, covering over 5,000 square feet, with a diverse clientele of lipstick, buzz-cut, professional, and student women -- and a handful of the gay boys, too. Go on weekends for 'Cinderella' drink tickets that expire that night, so you'll have to use all of 'em. Music ranges from house to pop to hip-hop to country. The business is run by women for women. (The proof: sparkling, spacious restrooms.) 1320 Chancellor St.; 215-735-0735