Groovin’ Philly Style at Bob & Barbara’s Lounge

One of our all time favorite weekend road trips is Philly–a city that keeps on keeping it real. It’s only a couple of hours away and it has so many great neighborhoods and places to hang out. Near the top of the Philly list has to be the venerable dive bar Bob & Barbara’s. The decor is one of the most pleasurable archives of Pabst Blue Ribbon you could ever imagine (just go, it can not be explained in words). For $3.50 you get a shot of whiskey and a can of beer (Pabst of course) and a huge dose of good vibes. On the weekends you also get The Crowd Pleasers playing jazz late into the night. Fueled by the organ and kept steady by the sax and drums, this band earns their living by putting on a solid show every Friday and Saturday evening. Bob & Barbara’s is exactly how we like our bars–cheap drinks, live jazz, good times, good crowds, and a little bit of grit. Thank you Philly.

The Crowd Pleasers live at Bob & Barbara's Lounge. C. Nelson, 2011.

PBR everywhere. C. Nelson, 2011.

All wives love PBR. Of course. C. Nelson, 2011.

Live jazz every Friday and Saturday. C. Nelson, 2011.


About Craig Nelson

Exploring, cooking, drinking, riding the subway, bowling...a writer and editor based in New York. I'm a city lover who edits the blog for EuroCheapo, writes for, explores for Spotted By Locals and has worked at various under-the-radar companies like Google. Feel free to drop a line at or on twitter at @across106th.
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6 Responses to Groovin’ Philly Style at Bob & Barbara’s Lounge

  1. John says:

    Hey! Were you in Philly last weekend?

    • Craig Nelson says:

      I wish. It’s been a few months when we came down for a quick trip on a hotel voucher we had. Next time we’ll grab a drink! Hope all is well.

  2. john says:

    We probably wouldn’t have very good company anyway, Rachel was post surgery and I was working all weekend. Bob and Barbara’s is the first bar we experienced in Philly which led to the first hangover in Philly. Happy Holidays!

  3. Patrick says:

    This place looks bada*s man.

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