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Bars and nightlife in University City, Philadelphia

Top bars

“Dock Street Brewery is Philadelphia's First microbrewery, Est. 1985. We are known for their award-winning beers like our Man Full of Trouble Porter. They add a couple of new beers a week to the tap and can lineup each week, so there's always something new, delicious, and timely - cue some solid, award-winning dark beers for winter, refreshing weisse beers for summer, and everything in between.”
  • 97 locals recommend
“** One of my favorite local spots. It serves a great variety of local and national beers and serves great cocktails. Also serves *amazing brussel sprouts.* They hold Quizzo on Sunday nights. Attached to a cute & bougie bottle shop. ”
  • 66 locals recommend
Ethiopian Restaurant
“The best tiny bar and outdoor spot to grab a casual beer and hang with friends (it’s a lovely Ethiopian restaurant too). Definitely a local favorite. If you’re interested in karaoke on Tuesdays, ask me!”
  • 43 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
“Are you yearning for some of the best Vietnamese food you've ever had? This is the place for you! The atmosphere is lively, the space is lovely, and there is a full bar.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Ethiopian Restaurant
“The chair cushions are worn through, the floor sags, and the service is leisurely, but it all adds to the comfortable charm at Abyssinia, where locals know they can find some of the best Ethiopian food in Philly. The stew-like dishes — including several vegetarian and vegan options — are scooped up with perfectly thin, spongy, slightly sour injera bread, used in place of utensils. Up a narrow staircase from the dining room is Fiume, a thimble-sized dive bar with an enviable whiskey list.”
  • 33 locals recommend
“Guests dine on American fare while watching live musicians at this multilevel supper club!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Ethiopian Restaurant
“Good food, good bar, super hidden patio, and possibly the best place to watch Intenational Soccer on a big screen, with a knowledgeable crowd.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“Mexican bites & potent margaritas flavor this hip, modern cantina with pink walls & a karaoke room.”
  • 22 locals recommend


  • 1 local recommends
Electronics Store
  • 2 locals recommend
Dive Bar
“Local dive bar. Some might find it sketchy, so only for those who are into the neighborhood- I ADORE it. Friendly older locals talkin' gossip, telling stories, playing the jukebox. ”
  • 1 local recommends

Music venues

Music Venue
“A great space to experience local artists and events. Situated among lots of restaurants and other attractions. Check out their events calendar online.”
  • 2 locals recommend