It's been a good week for Philly. Not only were we named the first World Heritage City in the entire country, but we also happen to be the number one city for live music, according to the Vivid Seats, a website for buying and selling music. How'd we earn the title? The website weighed factors like the overall number of concerts and median ticket price in each city. For Philly, our top music genres are adult contemporary, alternative, blues & jazz, classical, and country & folk. Median ticket price: $125. So now that we know we're the best, where does one find all that live music, you ask? Why, we figured all of that out for you, of course. Here's a map of all of the music venues strictly within Philadelphia city limits. If you know of a venue that isn't on the list, send us your tip and we'll add it to the map!Read More
Map: Where to See Live Music in Philly
1. World Cafe Live
Philadelphia, PA 19104
The home of WXPN 88.5 brings in both big-name and smaller acts. On a budget? Check out their Free at Noon concerts every Friday.
2. Union Transfer
Formerly the home of Spring Garden Farmer’s Market, this venue opened in 2011. Its first show was Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Polica.
3. Trocadero Theatre
Opened in 1870, it first operated under the name Arch Street Opera House. Over the years it’s functioned as a burlesque hall, a theatre, and a dance club. It’s on the U.S. Register of Historic Places and the only 19th century Victorian theater still in operation in the U.S.
4. Johnny Brenda’s
Philadelphia, PA 19125
This Fishtown establishment is a bar, restaurant, and music venue. You can buy tickets to shows right at the bar. Note: You must be 21 to see a show here.
The upstairs of this restaurant-bar-cafe hosts both local and out-of-town musicians. Milkboy first started as a recording studio in North Philly.
6. The Fillmore Philadelphia
Hall & Oates christened Philly’s Fillmore earlier this year when it played the first show on October 1. Upcoming shows include acts like Guster, Kid Cudi, and Grace Potter.
7. Theatre of the Living Arts
The TLA started out as a movie house 21 years ago. Now it hosts concerts in its 1,000-person hall every night.
8. The Mann Center
Located in Philly’s Fairmount Park, this outdoor venue lets you bring in lawn chairs or blankets for Main Stage performances.
9. Electric Factory
This celebrated venue (yes, it’s a converted electric factory) has been around for more than 40 years and brings in big name acts. Future shows include Shakey Graves and Miley Cyrus.
10. The Fire
The Fishtown venue has a history of bringing in new talent that goes on to do big things, such as Tegan and Sara, John Legend, Dr. Dog, Rilo Kiley, to name a few.
11. Kimmel Center
Head here to catch a big-name performer, a Broadway tour, the symphony, or the ballet.
12. Underground Arts
Philadelphia, PA 19107
This 12,000-square-foot arts venue hosts shows in its Black Box Theatre. Cash bar, too!
13. SoundGarden Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19123
The 1,800-capacity concert venue in NoLibs calls itself the “epicenter of the EDM-boom’s impact on Philly clubbing.” Past performances have included Tiesto, Nelly, Wale, and ?uestlove.
14. Kung Fu Necktie
This dark dive bar in Fishtown hosts live bands most nights from seemingly ever genre. Also hosts DJ parties if you want to get your groove on.
15. Academy of Music
Built in 1855, it is the oldest opera house in the U.S. that’s still used for its original purpose. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962.
16. The Barbary
Be prepared to rock out in this 200-person music venue that hosts local and touring indie bands. Upstairs you’ll find DJ dance parties.
17. The Dell Music Center
Philadelphia, PA 19132
Like the Mann Center this venue is located outdoors in Fairmont Park. The amphitheater is the fourth largest performance venue in the city.
18. The Tower Theatre
So technically this venue is in Upper Darby, but you can’t have a list of Philly music venues without including the Tower Theatre. Plenty of musicians have recorded their live albums while performing here, including David Bowie, Paul Simon, and the Jerry Garcia/Merle Saunders band.
19. Connie’s Ric Rac
If you’re jonesing for some original live music or comedy, head to this South Philly establishment. Open mic nights are held every week.
20. Howl at the Moon
Philadelphia, PA 19102
This dueling piano bar draws a young-ish Center City crowd with a group of musicians taking turns singing cover songs from the nineties and today.
21. Ortlieb’s Lounge
You can order from the Tex Mex menu and chow down while listening to jazz, rock, soul, and funk live music at this NoLibs lounge.
22. Millcreek Tavern
This divebar in West Philly brings in local and smaller touring acts. But you’re better off following their Facebook page for updates on when bands are playing.
23. Voltage Lounge
Located right next to the Electric Factory, Voltage Lounge is a bar and restaurant that hosts smaller acts. Upcoming shows include Creed Bratton—yeah, the hilariously creepy guy from The Office.
Expect some serious Southern hospitality vibes when you walk into this dining and music establishment along the Delaware River. Each night features blues, R&B, jazz, and soul live music.
25. Bourbon & Branch
The music’s upstairs, food's downstairs. Don’t forget to try one (or two. Or three.) of the bar’s 80 whiskey offerings.
26. Wells Fargo Center
Home to the 76ers and Flyers, this stadium doubles as a music venue when major tours come to town.
27. Boot & Saddle
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Since re-opening in 2013 after a long hiatus, Boot & Saddle in South Philly has brought in punk, metal, indie rock, electronic, and singer-songwriters to its 150-capacity venue.
28. First Unitarian Church
Philadelphia, PA 19103
If you're looking for a more intimate setting, R5 Production books performances at this church that was established in 1796. Past shows include St. Vincent.
29. Penn's Landing
Philadelphia, PA 19106
All summer the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation puts on outdoor shows at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing—many of them are free.
30. Festival Pier
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Located at Penn's Landing, Festival Pier is an outdoor, summer music venue that's home to the 104.5 FM Block Party series.