Philadelphia

The Best Restaurants Open Late in Philadelphia

The ultimate guide to midnight snacks in the city.

Courtesy of Good Dog Bar
Courtesy of Good Dog Bar
Courtesy of Good Dog Bar

With city- and state-wide restrictions lifted, last call across the city is getting pushed back later and later. We’re (mostly) back to late nights in crowded bars and even the occasional night out of dancing, and that means one thing: we need snacks. 

After a year of early closing times and limited kitchen menus, some of our favorite post-bar hangout spots are reopening, and some new ones are joining the fun. Here are our favorite places in Philadelphia to eat some carb-y, delicious midnight snacks after a night of drinking.

Courtesy of Charlie Was a Sinner
Courtesy of Charlie Was a Sinner
Courtesy of Charlie Was a Sinner

Charlie Was a Sinner

Center City
Because of Pennsylvania’s crazy liquor laws, it’s actually pretty rare to find excellent dedicated cocktail bars. It’s even rarer to find one that is 100% vegan, but that’s what Charlie Was a Sinner is-an all-vegan cocktail bar that also happens to have a very good food menu. Whether you want a large plate of bucatini and “meat”balls or just a quick snack of potato croquettes, this restaurant’s menu is one of the only places to get fancy-ish food after 9 pm in Center City. Note that you’ll have to get your food order in before 11 pm, but the bar rages on until 2 am.
How to order: OpenTable

David’s Mai Lai Wah

Center City
David’s stays open until 3 am, making it a regular haunt for late night meals. With a huge space and large tables, it’s a good spot for a big group to indulge in plates of noodles, fried dumplings, salt and pepper shrimp, and many more dishes that you’ll find yourself craving every time you’re in the neighborhood.
How to book: Walk in

Fountain Porter

East Passyunk
Fountain Porter is famous for two things: excellent natural wine and an excellent $5 burger, which just happen to pair very well together. The single-patty smash burger will give you the strength to walk home, hydrate, and get a good night’s sleep and don’t worry, fries are included.
How to book: Walk in

Courtesy of Good Dog Bar
Courtesy of Good Dog Bar
Courtesy of Good Dog Bar

Good Dog Bar

Center City
Good Dog serves above average bar food in an above-average setting. With a kitchen that’s open until 2 am, you’ll be well taken care of with a blue-cheese stuffed burger, macaroni & cheese, or even grilled octopus alongside must-have bar fare.
How to book: Walk in

Courtesy of Hi Kori
Courtesy of Hi Kori
Courtesy of Hi Kori

Hi Kori

Chinatown
Chinatown Square is a good spot for late night drinking and snacking in Chinatown, but we’re particularly into Hi Kori, a stall that specializes in Japanese cocktails and street food. Think okonomiyaki fries, japadogs, bento boxes of chicken or pork katsu, and udon noodles, which you can order any night of the week until at least 1 am.
How to book: Walk in

Kabobeesh

West Philly
A lot of late night food options in University City are clearly directed toward college students who can gobble crappy pizza and cheesesteaks like it’s their job. But Kabobeesh is an actually delicious kebab spot that stays open until 1 am, serving gyros, tandoori chicken, naan, and much more every day.
How to book: Walk in

Photo by Maddy Sweitzer-Lamme for Thrillist
Photo by Maddy Sweitzer-Lamme for Thrillist
Photo by Maddy Sweitzer-Lamme for Thrillist

Sid Booker’s Shrimp Corner

North Philly
People have been lining up for late night fried shrimp at Sid Booker’s for decades now. Receiving a little boat of their perfect fried shrimp, served atop crushed potato chips to catch the grease late at night feels like a midnight snack you could only dream up. They’re open until 4 am on the weekends, but this stuff is good any time of day.
How to book: Walk in

South Street Diner

Society Hill
Philly used to be full of 24-hour diners, but many of them have pulled back their hours during the pandemic. Not South Street Diner, which serves pancakes, burgers, milkshakes, and sandwiches at all hours. It’s perfectly located right at the end of raucous South Street for all of your late-night needs.
How to book: Walk in

Taqueria La Prima

Bella Vista
If you’re out and about in the late evening on Passyunk, someone in your crew might suggest heading up to Pat’s and Geno’s for cheesesteaks. Let them do that, but you should slip away and order a couple of tacos or quesadillas at this counter service spot that is open until at least 1 am and let all the cheesesteak-eaters get very, very jealous.
How to book: Walk in

Courtesy of Wood Street Pizza
Courtesy of Wood Street Pizza
Courtesy of Wood Street Pizza

Wood Street Pizza

Spring Garden
Late-night pizza is an absolute essential. Wood Street is an unassuming neighborhood spot that does everything incredibly well. We’re talking homemade mozzarella and a crust that tastes like it belongs in a much fancier restaurant. You can stop in the shop for pies available in two sizes, plus Italian sandwiches and other sides, and on the weekend the shop offers takeout and delivery until midnight, which is clutch for the moments you get home and realize you need pizza.
How to book: website

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 Maddy Sweitzer-Lamme is a Thrillist contributor.

Philadelphia

Museum Exhibits in Philly to Check Out Before They Disappear

Get in some culture (and selfies) at the best art exhibits in Philadelphia.

Photo courtesy of Disney
Photo courtesy of Disney
Photo courtesy of Disney

From the historical to the artistic, Philadelphia is jam packed with museums. Art aficionados of all ages can get lost inside the likes of tourist-friendly museums like the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Museum of the American Revolution or feast their eyes on unique exhibitions at institutions like the Fabric Workshop and Museum and the Museum for Art In Wood.

Between big-ticket exhibitions honouring the House of Mouse to collections showcasing the legacy of a prominent Black family in early America, there’s plenty of material to dig into. After you’ve planned a date night and rounded up friends to explore the city, here are the most exciting museum exhibits in Philly right now-before they’re gone for good.

Photo courtesy of Disney
Photo courtesy of Disney
Photo courtesy of Disney

The Franklin Institute

Exhibition: Disney 100: The Exhibition
Mickey Mouse, you look good for your age. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Disney is a retrospective exhibition, which got its world premiere right here in Philly. Between rarely-seen artworks and artifacts, costumes and props, and interactive installations where you can listen to hit Disney songs, the exhibit is a Disney lover’s wish-upon-a-star-come-true.
Dates: Until August 27, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Monday through Sunday. Tickets are available online and at the door.

Photo by Ramon Torres, courtesy of ANS
Photo by Ramon Torres, courtesy of ANS
Photo by Ramon Torres, courtesy of ANS

Academy of Natural Sciences

Exhibition: Conversations With Birds
No, not an allusion to the Eagles, this exhibition is dedicated to actual birds, their migration patterns, and humans’ relationship with avian creatures. Expect avian photography and video by local birders and wildlife photographers along with an interactive exhibit showing five migratory birds that pass through the Philadelphia region on their seasonal passage between North and South America.
Dates: Until May 21, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Tickets are available online or at the door.

The Barnes Foundation

Exhibition: Sue Williamson & Lebohang Kganye: Tell Me What You Remember
The work of two contemporary South African artists-Sue Williamson and Lebohang Kganye-are shown side by side, offering a cross-generational dialogue. Both artists utilize video installations, photographs, sculptural installations, and textiles “to consider how the stories our elders tell us shape family narratives and personal identities.”
Dates: Until May 21, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Thursday through Monday. Advanced tickets are recommended.

Photo by Jonathan Horowitz
Photo by Jonathan Horowitz
Photo by Jonathan Horowitz

Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History

Exhibition: The Future Will Follow the Past: An Exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz
Exploring the rapid change of societal issues in America since 2020-antisemitism, racial violence, immigration, women’s rights, LGBTQIA+ rights-Jonathan Horowitz designed installations inspired by recent occurrences. His works explore specific events like the infamous far-right rally from white supremacists in Charlottesville as well as recent themes in American history, like attacks on those within the BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities.
Dates: Until July 4, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Friday through Sunday. Admission is available online and at the door.

Photo by Hoda Tawakol
Photo by Hoda Tawakol
Photo by Hoda Tawakol

The Museum for Art In Wood

Exhibition: The Mashrabiya Project
The newly renamed Museum for Art in Wood (formerly The Center for Art In Wood) celebrates the rebrand with a brand new project. Focusing on mashrabiya, the traditional Islamic architectural design, The Mashrabiya Project is a first of its kind effort in the U.S. to examine this aesthetic. As a part of the larger mission, a new exhibition Seeing Through Space features newly-commissioned, never-before-seen works by six female-identifying artists.
Dates: Until July 23, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Tickets are not required.

Photo by Carlos Avenda├▒o
Photo by Carlos Avenda├▒o
Photo by Carlos Avenda├▒o

Fabric Workshop and Museum

Exhibition: Henry Taylor: Nothing Change, Nothing Strange
Combining painting and sculpture, Henry Taylor utilized recycled objects in this exhibition, the product of an 18-month residency. The entire second floor of the museum houses the large scale assemblages, tapestries, and textiles. Think: 30-foot billowing canvases and towering totems created from compressed blocks of paint buckets, vinyl home siding, and black plastic planters.
Dates: Until July 23, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Walk up admission is available but advanced registration is encouraged.

Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art
Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art
Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Exhibition: Judith Joy Ross
More than 200 photographs from renowned portrait photographer Judith Joy Ross will be on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, chronicling her career from the 1980s to today. Her black-and-white portraits are intimate reflections of everyday Americans, and this show features work from all her major projects, plus, never-before-seen images.
Dates: April 24 to August 6, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Thursday through Monday. Advanced tickets are recommended.

American Swedish Historical Museum

Exhibition: Radically Marimekko
Famous for their bright and bold fabrics, Finnish textiles, clothing, and home furnishings, the company Marimekko is showcased at this special exhibit. Drawing attention to Finnish design, the collection traces the brand’s path from industrial art house to fashion icon.
Dates: March 30 to September 24, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. Walk up admission is available.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and African American Museum in Philadelphia

Exhibition: Rising Sun: Artists in an Uncertain America
A collaboration between the African American Museum in Philadelphia and PAFA, Rising Sun showcases new work from 20 artists examining the question of Is the sun rising or setting on the experiment of American democracy? With pieces shown in both museums, visitors can reflect on, challenge, and expand their view of democracy through art.
Dates: March 23 to October 8, 2023
How to visit: The African American Museum in Philadelphia is open Thursday through Sunday; admission is available online and at the door. PAFA is open Thursday through Sunday; admission can be purchased in advance or at the door.

Museum of the American Revolution
Museum of the American Revolution
Museum of the American Revolution

Museum of the American Revolution

Exhibition: Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia
James Forten may not be a familiar name within early American history, but this new exhibit at the Museum of the American Revolution is looking to change that. Telling the story of Forten and his family through 100 historical artifacts, Black Founders explores the Forten family’s roles in the Revolutionary War, business in Philadelphia, and the abolitionist movement.
Dates: Until November 26, 2023
How to visit: The museum is open daily. Admission is available online and at the door.

National Constitution Center
National Constitution Center
National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

Exhibition: The 19th Amendment: How Women Won The Vote
That lofty document known as the Constitution and its values, interpretations, and amendments are explored in great detail at the National Constitution Center, naturally. This semi-permanent exhibit examines the 19th Amendment-the one which granted women the right to vote-and the road to its ratification. Out of the near 100 artifacts, expect to see a rare printing of the Declaration of Sentiments from the first women’s convention at Seneca Falls, a ballot box used to collect women’s votes in the late 1800s, Pennsylvania’s ratification copy of the 19th Amendment, and various “Votes for Women” ephemera.
Dates: Semi-permanent, no end date announced
How to visit: The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Advanced tickets are recommended.

M├╝tter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
M├╝tter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
M├╝tter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

M├╝tter Museum

Exhibition: Spit Spreads Death
Eerily topical, the M├╝tter’s latest special exhibit, Spit Spreads Death, an exhibit about the 1918 flu pandemic, opened in the fall of 2019, less than six months before the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The exhibit traces the disease’s spread throughout Philadelphia neighbourhoods a century ago and how the pandemic impacted the city with artifacts like photos, newspaper clippings, and more.
Dates: Now through 2024
How to visit: The museum is open Wednesday through Monday. Advanced tickets are required.

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Allie Volpe┬áis a writer based in Philadelphia. She hasn’t slept in days. Follow her on Twitter:┬á@allieevolpe.

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