I'm going to visit Philadelphia and need help planning what to do

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    Mar 18, 2009 10:26 PM GMT
    So my bf and I are taking a holiday in April to Philadelphia and want to know some gay places to see.

    On friday we want to go to a gay bar. What are the good ones?

    On saturday we want to see the historical places and go to a gay club at night. What is a good one to go to?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,

    --Mike
  • jlly_rnchr

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    Mar 18, 2009 10:40 PM GMT
    I haven't done the whole gay scene in Philly (yet), but I do know some good if unoriginal restaurants to try out. Bookbinders is a nice place to eat and drink in Olde City, it's on Walnut Street. I also really like Buddakan on Chestnut Street.

    As for historical stuff, the Liberty Bell and the Betsy Ross House are safe bets, though Betsy Ross was a midget I think, so be ready to duck. There's also Ben Franklin's tomb, which is just that, but really close to the other stuff. And there's the National Constitution Center, I don't know what exhibits they have right now, but I enjoyed it last time I went. If you guys are geeks, check out the Franklin Institute.

    Eh, I guess that's all I got, I'm not quite Mr. Philly, but I wanted to throw in my two cents. Have a good time!
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    Mar 18, 2009 10:44 PM GMT
    I think the tour of Independence Hall was the best tour I've ever taken anywhere. I'm not a history buff. I just found it interesting and entertaining. I've since learned that many people don't feel as strongly as I do about it and that I must have gotten lucky with the tour guide. I'd still recommend it.
  • danisnotstr8

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    Mar 18, 2009 10:48 PM GMT
    Philadelphia is my favorite city. The gay scene is amazing.

    If you want the big, crowded, 20-30 something gay bar, go to Woody's, 13th/Walnut. *MY* favorite is the Tavern on Camac, on Camac street between spruce and locust. It's a piano bar on the main floor, dance club upstairs, and nice restaurant downstairs. There are tons of smaller places-- drop me a note and lemme know what you're looking for. There must be about 20 gay bars in Philly downtown... and it's very walkable.

    The old city stuff is a lot of fun-- constitution center, independence hall, ben franklin museum, etc. But I will recommend a diversion to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum, the Museum of Natural History, and/or the Franklin Institute. They are some of the best museums in the country. Again, drop me an email...
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    Mar 18, 2009 11:18 PM GMT
    Don't bother coming, but if you insist on torturing yourself I recommend that you take 4-6 hours and saunter about the city during the day. I've lived here for years and I still walk around aimlessly exploring nooks and side streets. While you stroll, you can see the sights and sounds, get a workout, and find a restaurant to eat - all in one go!

    If I remember, I'll send you a tourist road map with the general direction in which you should head all marked up with arrows.
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    Mar 18, 2009 11:46 PM GMT
    A walkable neighborhood of charming 18th-century townhouses is Society Hill, near Independence Hall.
  • germanguy888

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    Mar 18, 2009 11:53 PM GMT
    the independence mall area is really nice. also some of the buildings like town hall and a few of the newer buildings in downtown philly have some cool designs i think. The only 'gay' thing to do as far as i know is woody's. UPenn also has a pretty cool Antropology/Archeology Museum if you are interested I really enjoyed that (although I am an Antrho major) the campus of UPenn is a really nice place to walk around. I go to school in Delaware so i get up there sometimes. Oh and the Museum of Art is cool too! email me if you have any questions!
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    Mar 19, 2009 12:05 AM GMT
    TheIStrat saidSo my bf and I are taking a holiday in April to Philadelphia and want to know some gay places to see.

    On friday we want to go to a gay bar. What are the good ones?

    On saturday we want to see the historical places and go to a gay club at night. What is a good one to go to?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,

    --Mike



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    Yo Mikey,

    A really great time to visit is April 27-May 3. Check out the link.

    PM8
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    Mar 19, 2009 2:00 AM GMT
    I'm a member of the gay tourism caucus in town.
    So, I'm biased and a big fan of the city and all she has to offer.

    On Fridays, Shampoo is gay, Woody's is happening, as is Tavern on Camac, Stir, Bike Stop, Bump, Pure, and a ton of other places. Plus, Philly is known internally for many of its weekly and monthly parties that either stay in one location or roam around.

    Saturday, after visiting the city, check out Knock and maybe some gay-friendly mainstream locations...hope you find a great hotel or B&B...there are some awesome places to stay here. Have fun...more information below.

    Perry from Philly


    Philadelphia, "where you can get your history straight and your nightlife gay," our State of PA-funded tourism campaign.

    Come to Philly and enjoy yourselves. "Philly is more fun when you sleep over," is another campaign from the City.

    Visit: http://phillygaycalendar.com/ to get the scoop on the scene and the community calendar.

    The official visitors website has deals and specials and goings on:
    http://www.gophila.com/

    The gay tourism website is here:
    http://www.gophila.com/C/Your_Philadelphia/14/Diverse_Philadelphia/287/Gay_friendly_Philadelphia/4.html

    This is a great download...it's the Navigaytour download-map-tourism guide, also found on the gay city tourism site:
    http://www.gophila.com/assets/dmt/downloads/PhillyNavigator2007Book.pdf
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    Mar 19, 2009 2:07 AM GMT
    About 40 minutes North of Philly is New Hope, PA. The infamous "Raven" is scheduled to reopen in early May. Meanwhile, there is "The Nevermore" which has dancing on Fri and Sat nights.

    New Hope is an artsy town with many gay venues, great shopping, etc. It sits on the Delaware River across from NJ, and I belive May 1-3 is Pride weekend. There should be tons going on.

    TB
  • NJ_ITGuy

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    Mar 19, 2009 3:06 AM GMT
    I love Philly (that's why I live right outside it!). :-)

    Looks like the other guys have beat me to the bar listings LOL

    There's a really nice boutique hotel in the heart of the gayborhood. www.theindependenthotel.com It's upstairs from Bump, a block from Woodys, Pure, Tavern on Camac, and the Westbury.

    For good eats, check out Vallani's on 12th and Spruce, very gay crowd, great Mojitos icon_biggrin.gif Steven Starr's restaurants are very popular (but foodies think they're mainstream). One of his is El Vez, a great little mexican-ish party type place next to Woodys. There are so many great places, that I would bore you if I listed them all. If you want any recommendations just let me know the type of food you like and the "vibe" and I'll be more than happy to post some recommendations.

    I hope you two enjoy philly as much as I do!
  • steven_patter...

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    Mar 19, 2009 3:27 AM GMT
    Do not miss the Art Museum. Their collection of Thomas Eakins' is jaw-dropping.