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Nightlife in Philadelphia

Double Knot —Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

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Philadelphia’s walkable downtown (which Philadelphians call Center City) makes the area an exciting place for a night out.

Start an evening with drinks at one of the city’s many rooftop bars, outdoor beer gardens or cocktail destinations, and then move on to dinner at any number of destination-worthy restaurants all over the city — including several lauded as among the best in the nation.

Prefer a beloved dive bar or a spot for great casual eats? There are tons of those as well. And whether fancy or dressed-down, live music and dancing at venues both in and out of doors keep the party going late into the night — or at least until it’s time for an end-of-the-night cheesesteak…

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