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Getting Around Town

If you are staying in Center City, you are just fine getting around on foot. Taxis are readily available, but when the weather is cooperating, why not walk around?

Places to Eat/Drink

Center City West

Good Dog Bar and Restaurant

224 S 15th St
(215) 985-9600

For the best burger in Philadelphia, give the Good Dog Burger ($11) a try. This multi-level dive bar serves a 1/2 lb. house ground sirloin burger stuffed with roquefort cheese, topped with carmelized onions, and served on a toasted brioche bun. When it arrives at your table, be sure and allow it to sit for a few minutes to let the cheese cool down so you won't burn your mouth. The accompanying combination of white potato and sweet potato fries and homemade aioli are a hit too.

Pen and Pencil Club

1522 Latimer St
(215) 731-9999


Four Rivers

936 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 629-8385

Crystal wontons

Old City


217-219 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 625-2450

Eulogy Belgian Tavern

136 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 413-1918

National Mechanics

22 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 701-4883

Built in 1837 by famed architect William Strickland, this former bank is now home to…well…a bar.

I recommend going elsewhere on Monday and Tuesday nights. For Monday Night Club, this establishment hosts open mike night, and there are quite a few acts who should never be in front of a microphone, much less an audience. Tuesday is Karaoke Night and can be equally as painful. Save yourself and a group of friends for Wednesday's Quizzo at 8 pm.

Closed for lunch on Monday, the rest of the week has a $6 burger lunch special that's an excellent value. While the Guinness pour here is not as good as some of the other establishments, they have quite a few other beers on tap that should be quite suitable for quenching your thirst and/or drowning your sorrows.

Free WiFi is available for those impromptu offsite work meetings.

The Plough & The Stars

123 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 733-0300

Located at the site of the former Corn Exchange National Bank & Trust Co., this is THE regular hang-out for me. When I arrived in Philadelphia for work in the first week of April 2009, I stepped into The Plough for a beer on a Tuesday night after having had dinner at Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar. There I met the bartender, Emily, who asked where I was from when I accidentally dropped a "y'all" in passing conversation. Ever since that night, I have dropped by on a weekly basis and had the pleasure of meeting the other bartenders and servers who are all fantastic people. They have graciously accepted me into The Plough family, and I enjoy spending time with them both in-and-out of the bar as they have become my second family away from home.

Along with a great pour of Guinness on draft, they offer a wonderful bar/dinner menu. My favorites include the calamari, the vegetarian pasta, and the rack of lamb.

Free WiFi is available for those impromptu offsite work meetings.


Franklin Mortgage & Insurance Co

112 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 231-9911

This slightly difficult-to-find prohibition era bar features a variety of unique, signature cocktails. Most of the cocktails are $12. They do not carry vodka and sodas, except for tonic and soda water.

South Street

Jim's Steaks

400 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 928-1911

Cash only - ATM onsite

Percy Street Barbecue

600 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 625-8510

For some Texas-style barbecue, check out Percy Street Barbecue where they also happen to carry Tito's Handmade Vodka direct from Austin, TX. Try the FM 423, which consists of Tito's, peach juice, and sweet tea. As for the food, while quite salty by Texas standards, the moist brisket has the texture and smokiness reminiscent of true, Texas Hill Country barbecue. I recommend selecting one of the All In platters which offer a combination of meat and sides.

Washington Square West

Aqua Malaysian & Thai Restaurant

705 Chestnut St
(215) 928-2838

Beef chow fun!

Garces Trading Company

1111 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 574-1088

Varga Bar

941 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 627-5200

Located at the corner of S 10th and Spruce Streets, this great gastropub offers a constantly rotating draft beer menu, including rare appearances by the super-kick-ass Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA, which at 18.0% ABV is not to be toyed with. The food here is excellent as well with the kitchen open until 1 am daily. Be sure to follow on Twitter at VargaBar for the latest on-tap selections.

Places to Stay

Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown

21 N Juniper St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 496-3200

Complimentary WiFi

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

1201 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 625-2900

Old City

Omni Hotel at Independence Park

401 Chestnut St
(215) 925-0000

This is the best hotel in Center City and beyond. Be sure and join the Select Guest program before staying here as this will allow you access to free WiFi as well as complimentary morning beverages. Each room also houses a personal safe to secure your valuables.

Sheraton Society Hill Hotel

1 Dock St
(215) 238-6000

Despite my love for the Starwood hotel, I cannot help but be disappointed time-after-time at this hotel. Do not expect any special treatment as a Platinum member here.



100 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 625-2800

From what I've "heard," this is the best gentlemen's club in Philadelphia.

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