There’s a thriving Indie Music Scene in Philadelphia, so while you are here, be sure to check out these top spots to catch local acts.
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 Frankford Ave) is a Fishtown-staple, offering great food in addition to an intimate stage upstairs that hosts great local and touring indie acts. Johnny Brenda’s is a great go-to for checking out musicians on the rise and indie acts with a hard-core smaller following. When the bands gets big, you have street cred. And if you are vegetarian, there are a whole host of delicious vegan and vegetarian options on the menu as well.
For a broad range of global music, head towards West Philly to World Café Live (3025 Walnut St). This spacious venue boasts multiple stages and a delicious on site restaurant. This great venue also hosts comedy shows and lectures.
Boot and Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) is a bar restaurant in South Philly which is a solid go to live music spot in Philly. Underground acts on the rise like the Grandchildren and the Extraordinaires play here frequently and from the same local owners is Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden) has three bars and a spacious floor (with a balcony section) so you’re pretty much guaranteed you won’t be too cramped here.
The Indie Music scene in Philly also has strong roots at the First Unitarian Church a great venue for concerts in Philly (2125 Chestnut St).
To catch more of the Indie Music scene in Philly, another on the list of top spots to catch local acts is the North Star Bar & Restaurant (2639 Poplar St.) in Fairmount. This neighborhood bar channels a very Cheers feel. Head to their back lounge where you can check out local lives shows. The Trocadero Theatre (1003 Arch Street) is the original indie music venue in Philly. Located in Philly’s bustling Chinatown, after the show hit the town and grab some delicious dim sum followed by your own rendition of your favorite indie tune at Yakatori Boy (211 N. 11th Street).