Pennsylvania: Philadelphia

The best bets in the city of brotherly love

Pennsylvania: Philadelphia

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by kylebarber on January 21, 2001

I used to head down to Philadelphia every other week on business trips, but what I remember most from my trips is heading out at night in search of the oft-cited brotherly love. For a town with a somewhat conservative reputation, I was impressed with the large gay population there and the number of options there were to meet people. The bars and clubs were full of cute, young and friendly boys, and I had no problem imagining settling down in this city with a dark-haired Italian native.

But of course there is much more to Philadelphia than handsome men. Beyond cheesesteaks and historical monuments, Philadelphia offers a vibrant and modern city with a number of activities and attractions worth checking out. And if you like to eat out, you'll find the dining options in Philadelphia rival any major city throughout the country.${QuickSuggestions} ${BestWay} I always relied on a car when I visited Philadelphia, primarily because the best hotel deals I found were to stay across the river in New Jersey, which is only a five minute ride to downtown.

Pietro's Coal Oven Pizzeria

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by kylebarber on October 23, 2001

This excellent restaurant serves a great pizza, though I'd hardly call it a pizzeria. Pietro's offers a number of fine Italian entrees and pastas that looked scrumptious. But as they proudly trumpeted their title of best pizza in Philadelphia we had to go for a pie. Indeed it was good stuff, with a smart crust topped with rich tomato sauce and fresh buffalo mozzarella cheese. The roasted garlic and mushrooms were a nice adornment, but this pizza would stand tall on its own merit. I'll have to check out other pizza joints in this large Italian American city to decide if realy is the best Philly has to offer, but regardless of what conclusions I come to I'll be returning to Pietro's.
Pat's King of Steaks
1237 East Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19147
(215) 468 1546

Geno's Steaks

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by kylebarber on January 25, 2001

Easily the most popular dining establishment in all of Pennsylvania, Geno's Steaks are what they are: hot and sloppy beef and cheese sandwiches to go. Nothing fancy here and service is not a consideration, yet people line up for the world-famous sandwiches 24 hours a day. I wasn't crazy about the cheese (actually Cheez Whiz sauce) and thought the whole affair was somewhat overrated, but it was amusing to be eating what must have been one of the messiest sandwiches in my life outside in the cold with a bunch of smiling strangers.
Geno's Steaks
1219 South 9th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19147
(215) 389-0659

Giovanni's Room

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by kylebarber on January 25, 2001

One of the best gay bookstores in the country, Giovanni's Room is also a good place to start out your trip to Philadelphia to figure out which GLBT places are currently hot and if anything special is going on in town. With meetings and regular readings by authors, it has become a mini gay and lesbian center of its own, much like A Different Light in San Francisco.
Giovanni's Room
345 South 12th St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107
+1 215 923 2960


Member Rating 4 out of 5 by kylebarber on January 25, 2001

This is without a doubt the most popular gay bar in Philadelphia, drawing huge crowds every night that I have visited. While there is a dance floor, the place seems much more like a large friendly bar than a dance club. This suits me fine as I enjoying talking with people and drinking more than cutting up the rug, but friends of mine from New York were a little surprised by the atmosphere and feel of "the club" Woody's.

This would be a great place to go if you're just coming out, as so many of the patrons are ridiculously young. I didn't feel out of place as many other guys were in their late 20's, but Woody's is definitely the most consistently young bar I've been to. Perhaps that helps explain its ongoing popularity!

Food is served downstairs, and there is a video bar upstairs housed in a separate room from the dance floor area. Lots of room for circulating and attempting to make eye contact with the man of your dreams.

Woody's Bar & Restaurant
202 South 13th St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107
(215) 545-1893


Member Rating 2 out of 5 by kylebarber on January 25, 2001

Despite its tacky name, Rodz is probably the most hoity toity bar in town. Whether that is a good thing or not probably depends a great deal on your age and lifestyle. I was bored by the amiable but entirley local older group of men. Perhaps this place has just developed into a local watering hole rather than a cruisy bar for making new friends. Food is served downstairs and a private dance club is downstairs, which requires membership (I didn't see what that was like).
Rodz Bar
1418 Rodman Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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