Bob & Barbara’s
1509 South St., 215/545-4511,
While others try so hard, B & B’s is simply cool without having to try. A distinguished jazz band of mature men decked in tuxes plays on weekends and on Monday nights, so despite the dirt-cheap prices and dirty floors, the place has an air of class.
The relaxed vibe and varied events draw a diverse crowd all week: a table-tennis tournament on Tuesday, bingo on Wednesday, a drag show on Thursday, and even a drunken spelling bee on the second Monday of the month.
The “Special” is a shot of whiskey and a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon for the irresistible price of $3; even if you think you don’t like PBR, you’ll find yourself craving one after a few minutes surrounded by wall-to-wall vintage posters advertising it.
If you have time, stop at Tritone (1508 South St., www.tritonebar.com) across the street for more good vibes, decent bar food, a live music stage, and the same irresistible “Special.”
© Karrie Gavin from Moon Philadelphia, 1st Edition