There’s no shortage of opportunities to hear live music in Philadelphia. Philly is one of the best cities around if you’re looking for local or big name live entertainment and shows. While it’s great to go big with Philly staple venues like the Mann Center or the Tower Theater, some nights call for a more intimate space for a first date or a night out with old friends. Here are our top picks for the five best hidden gem music venues in Philadelphia ideal for live music.
1. Ortlieb’s Lounge: Music, Beer and Burritos
847 N. 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Named for an old Philadelphia-based brewery, Ortlieb’s is the spot where “local funk, jazz and rock performers provide the soundtrack for burgers, burritos and beer drinking”. Located in Northern Liberties, Ortlieb’s has a capacity of 100, so you’re guaranteed the best seat in the house whether you’re sitting on the banquettes in the dining room or chatting up a friend by the bar. Ortlieb’s offers 10 rotating draft beers and their own signature cocktails, including their meta mixed drink, “The Big O”. If Ortlieb’s sounds familiar, it’s likely because this Philly spot used to be Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus, with jazz favorites like Bootsie Barnes, Shirley Scott, and Cecil Payne (just to name a few) featured on their set list. While the ‘Jazzhaus’ version of Ortlieb’s closed in 2010, live music enthusiasts can still take advantage of the venue’s private space through Ortlieb’s regimen of live music six nights a week. Having expanded their musical repertoire since becoming a lounge, attendees can enjoy live rock, jazz, funk, and hip-hop acts. Ortlieb’s also hosts $2 Taco Tuesdays. There’s even a vegan menu, which never hurts. You can find local Philly artists like Mole Street’s own James Everhart lighting up the stage at Ortlieb’s. The bar celebrates its history from the decor on the walls to their serving plates. You can even find the bar’s original tap handle encased in glass behind the bar.