Philadelphia comes alive at night, with people jetting about to all points of Center City to eat, drink and take in a show. Entertainment options cater to all walks of life, from opera to fringe theatre, classical performances to hip-hop dance clubs and relaxed jazz bars to stadium rock concerts. Philadelphia also has some well-noted culinary schools and its graduates often open shop in town. The city has dining options to meet all tastes and diets, and many restaurants are reasonably priced. Center City is also fairly small and very walkable, so it’s possible to check out several venues in one evening.
The nightlife in Center City is plentiful and varied, from uptown clubbing in Old City to hordes of youths crowding to South street’s shops and bars as well as historical summer evenings with the Lights of Liberty’s audio-visual guided walking tours. Delaware avenue is home to several large dance clubs that attract big name DJs, while smaller clubs dot the city, but are primarily located near Rittenhouse, Old City and South Street. Art lovers also congregate in Old City to visit the many galleries after work during ‘First Friday’, a free monthly event that often marks new openings with wine and hors d’oeuvres.
Philadelphia is renowned for its jazz, soul and hip-hop, but music lovers of any stripe will easily find a club or venue to suit their tastes. Once the home of John Coltrane, Philadelphia has a strong jazz history and culture. Zanzibar Blue on Broad and Walnut, and Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus, housed in the tavern of the former Ortlieb’s brewery, offer nightly jazz shows as well as touring acts. For more jazz as well as classical and dance, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is an impressive modern hall on Broad street, while the beautiful and historical Academy of Music is on the same street.