Ah, Philly. Known for your schools, history, and our favorite faux boxer, Rocky. We know what you’re thinking: another ode to the culture of Phila. But don’t worry- we understand that while you love the constant attempts at mastering the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, on weekends you’d much prefer to master the Dougie. So here they are, hot off the electrified kite (we had to throw in a B.Franklin reference somewhere), your top 4 dance hotspots.
4. National Mechanics
There’s something about walking up the steps of National Mechanics, an old columned bank, dressed, not in your sweats, but in some swanky little dress, readying your high-heeled feet for the dance party pounding within. Tucked in the recesses of Old City, you feel like you’re entering a piece of history as you pass the huge Romanesque columns, and walk inside. Among the tiled ceiling, dim mood lighting, and simple oak restaurant tables, is a small dance floor. There, you’ll bump and grind to a range of music, from house to hip hop, while drinking specialty crafted cocktails like the Jalapeno Margarita- or absinthe from the mason jar absinthe fountain. We don’t know whether it’s dancing under the glint of the vault on weekends, or the fun Karaoke Tuesdays (Quizzo Wednesdays, for the savants), people are always buzzing at National Mechanics. And if you’re hungry, they’ll satisfy your palette with tasty treats like the Frito Taco Extravaganza and the National Burger. Did we mention the Sunday Brunch make your own Bloody Mary bar?
Wandering up Sansom street you’ll find yourself in front of the hip burgundy bar, Time. No distinct sound, except the beat bass, shaking the ground beneath you. Time flies when you have three rooms bursting with great music and different vibes, to choose from. The first, an ultra classy jazz lounge with a business-casual atmosphere. The red brick walls, enclose the small room for an intimate, cozy setting. The second is a pub-style sports bar that holds a dainty metal chandelier and a fun Philly painting above the simple wood bar to create a friendly, rustic atmosphere. A chalkboard playfully states their tap specials and light bites. With delicious options like risotto balls, and oxtail puffs to go with your beer, you’ll be loving your new game favorite. The third room sits atop the bar and restaurant- a nightlife retreat for those craving debaucheries and dancing.
2. The Barbary
Upon walking along Frankfort avenue, you may confuse the Barbary with another office building, with its exterior of plain red brick, but upon entering, you realize that you’ve fallen into the neon depths of the underground. Among the sea of colorful hipsters, anything feels possible. Probably because of the free vibe that fills the industrial, warehouse-esque interior. With an understated welcoming, the atmosphere of “why the f***k not?” will have you dressing in your craziest garb, busting out that move you’ve been dying to try since the days of watching the Spice Girls (you know- the original “Spice up your life” days). And the best part? Every night they feature a different band or DJ to keep the crowd fresh. With great drink specials and new music non-stop throughout the week, The Barbary is a definite must.
If you’re partying along beloved South Street, mosey just off at South 4th street, and enter the world of Fluid. Imagine carving a stone cave, adding a dramatic arched bar, mirrors, and a couple of spinning disco balls. Complete the experience with an exciting crowd of South Street drifters and that is Fluid. With awesome drink specials and themes/events every night like Sex Dwarf (the dark side of New Wave) and The Listening (classic hip hop, and funk), this club is bound to offer an unforgettable time.