Taking a break from your local dive bar? Whether you’re looking to become a potion master, or wanting to attend a city council forum while eating some fries, here are the most unusual bars in the city of brotherly love.
Eat the best vegan cheesesteak at Tattooed Mom
Tattooed Mom is an off-the-beaten-path bar with mouth watering food and vibrant drinks. With stickers and graffiti covering the walls, the aesthetics of the bar has a gritty edge, but its atmosphere is inviting and cozy. Tattooed Mom also has a list of classic bar food. Looking for a chicken sandwich? The Tattooed Mom’s pickle fried chicken sandwich is brined, fried twice, and placed into a sweet potato brioche bun while freshly fried dill pickles and Crystal hot sauce mayo are placed on the side. If you’re looking for superb vegan bar food, one Google reviewer claims that the Tattooed Mom has the best vegan cheesesteak in Philadelphia.
From city council forums to poetry nights, scroll through the Tattooed Mom’s events page to see how it’s also a community hub for South Philadelphians.
Visit the Tattooed Mom at 530 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147.
Take in the eclectic vibes at Dirty Franks
Known as one of Philadelphia’s most popular dive bars, Dirty Franks has become more than a “regular bar” since its opening in 1933. It’s an inclusive, and inviting place with neon signs and local art. This dive bar is cash-only and will charm you with a sign above its ATM, which reads, “EAT ME.” Customers praise Dirty Franks’ for its affordable drinks and well-known customs such as its “Customer of the Year/Hall of Fame Awards.” Some of its collection of oddities include an antiquated pinball machine and jukebox.
Explore Dirty Franks at 347 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107.
Become a wizard at The Cauldron
The Cauldron is a whimsical and magic-themed bar that’ll fulfill your wizardry dreams. Famous for its potion making classes, The Cauldron will equip you with a wand, robe, and two molecular cocktails during this experience. If you’re simply booking a table and drinks, however, this bar also has delectable meals. Munch on the “Cauldron of Dragon Wings,” which is six chicken wings that’s marinated in dragon sauce, or enjoy its “Fire and Ice” dessert, which is a spiced lava cake with ice cream.
Visit The Cauldron at 1305 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107.