Standing at the base of City Hall on 15th Street in Philadelphia is a humbling experience: City Hall is the second largest masonry construction around the world and that statue of William Penn is majestic, standing perched atop looking out at his city. Philadelphia has several aliases including “the City of Brotherly Love” and “the Birthplace of Liberty”. Not only is it full of historic gems, Philadelphia also has an amazing nightlife with many popular clubs and bars.
Regardless of where in the city you are, you can find great drink and food. If you’re in Old City,
you may want to check out the City Tavern: it is the former bar that Ben Franklin, George Washington and the rest of our Founding Fathers would drink at after Congress! All servers and hosts are dressed in colonial garb and the portions and drinks are always filling. If you happen upon the trendy area of Northern Liberties, go to the Piazza. It’s a concrete amphitheater with a giant LED display where ESPN shows live Philly sports games. Free events are held here and they drum up business for the bars and shops that line the “walls” of this open-air theater. Check out Kings Oak or Pretty Young Thing (PYT) while here. In Center City there is no lack of great food. Sansom Street between 12 th to 16th is lined with bars and restaurants. It is also easily accessible within blocks of major transit lines.
Of course, any trip to Philadelphia wouldn’t be complete without two major things. First, if
you’re visiting Philly for the first time, you need to see the Liberty Bell if you haven’t yet. Second, you need to get a quality cheesesteak. I recommend one from a street- vendor or mom and pop shop versus Pat’s or Gino’s (yuck!).