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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!


· Infographic: Top 20 Cities for Live Music [Vivid Seats]
· Philly named No. 1 music city in North America [Tickets]

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1. World Cafe Live

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3205 Walnut St
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

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1026 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

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

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1003 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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

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1201 Frankford Ave
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.

5. MilkBoy

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1100 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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

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29 E Allen St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

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

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334 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

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

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5201 Parkside Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Located in Philly’s Fairmount Park, this outdoor venue lets you bring in lawn chairs or blankets for Main Stage performances.

9. Electric Factory

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421 N 7th St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

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

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412 W Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19123

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

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300 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Head here to catch a big-name performer, a Broadway tour, the symphony, or the ballet.

12. Underground Arts

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1200 Callowhill St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

This 12,000-square-foot arts venue hosts shows in its Black Box Theatre. Cash bar, too!

13. SoundGarden Hall

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520 N Christopher Columbus Blvd
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

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1250 N Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19122

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

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240 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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

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951 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

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

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S Strawberry Mansion Dr
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

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S 69th St & Ludlow St
Upper Darby, PA 19082

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

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1132 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

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

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258 S 15th St
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

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847 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

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

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4200 Chester Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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

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421 N 7th St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

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.

24. Warmdaddy’s

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1400 S Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19147

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

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705 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

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

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3601 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19148

Home to the 76ers and Flyers, this stadium doubles as a music venue when major tours come to town.

27. Boot & Saddle

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1131 S Broad St
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

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2125 Chestnut St
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

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101 S Christopher Columbus Blvd
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

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601 N Christopher Columbus Blvd
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.

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1. World Cafe Live

3205 Walnut St, 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.

3205 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

2. Union Transfer

1026 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

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.

1026 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

3. Trocadero Theatre

1003 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

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.

1003 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

4. Johnny Brenda’s

1201 Frankford Ave, 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.

1201 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

5. MilkBoy

1100 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

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.

1100 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

6. The Fillmore Philadelphia

29 E Allen St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

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.

29 E Allen St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

7. Theatre of the Living Arts

334 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

The TLA started out as a movie house 21 years ago. Now it hosts concerts in its 1,000-person hall every night.

334 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

8. The Mann Center

5201 Parkside Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Located in Philly’s Fairmount Park, this outdoor venue lets you bring in lawn chairs or blankets for Main Stage performances.

5201 Parkside Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19131

9. Electric Factory

421 N 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

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.

421 N 7th St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

10. The Fire

412 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19123

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.

412 W Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19123

11. Kimmel Center

300 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Head here to catch a big-name performer, a Broadway tour, the symphony, or the ballet.

300 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

12. Underground Arts

1200 Callowhill St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

This 12,000-square-foot arts venue hosts shows in its Black Box Theatre. Cash bar, too!

1200 Callowhill St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

13. SoundGarden Hall

520 N Christopher Columbus Blvd, 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.

520 N Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19123

14. Kung Fu Necktie

1250 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19122

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.

1250 N Front St
Philadelphia, PA 19122

15. Academy of Music

240 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

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.

240 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

16. The Barbary

951 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

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.

951 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

17. The Dell Music Center

S Strawberry Mansion Dr, 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.

S Strawberry Mansion Dr
Philadelphia, PA 19132

18. The Tower Theatre

S 69th St & Ludlow St, Upper Darby, PA 19082

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.

S 69th St & Ludlow St
Upper Darby, PA 19082

19. Connie’s Ric Rac

1132 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

If you’re jonesing for some original live music or comedy, head to this South Philly establishment. Open mic nights are held every week.

1132 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

20. Howl at the Moon

258 S 15th St, 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.

258 S 15th St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

21. Ortlieb’s Lounge

847 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

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.

847 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

22. Millcreek Tavern

4200 Chester Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104

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.

4200 Chester Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19104

23. Voltage Lounge

421 N 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

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.

421 N 7th St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

24. Warmdaddy’s

1400 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19147

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.

1400 S Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19147

25. Bourbon & Branch

705 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

The music’s upstairs, food's downstairs. Don’t forget to try one (or two. Or three.) of the bar’s 80 whiskey offerings.

705 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

26. Wells Fargo Center

3601 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Home to the 76ers and Flyers, this stadium doubles as a music venue when major tours come to town.

3601 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19148

27. Boot & Saddle

1131 S Broad St, 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.

1131 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

28. First Unitarian Church

2125 Chestnut St, 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.

2125 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

29. Penn's Landing

101 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, 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.

101 S Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106

30. Festival Pier

601 N Christopher Columbus Blvd, 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.

601 N Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19123