When a night at the library just doesnt do it anymore, and sitting on the couch watching Friends has lost its sparkle, its time to hit the town. Whether searching for the hottest up-and-coming nightspot or returning to a timeless classic, Penn students do actually know that there is a vibrant city waiting on the other side of the Schuylkill. So where do they go?
El Mariachi is fun its a different kind of place, different than a typical nightclub, with its Latin flair.
Kaufman, College 03
A night in Chinatown after a day of shopping. We ended with dinner at Penang the dishes are exotic and its a very cool and chill atmosphere. Ive gotta go back soon.
Continental. You feel really classy when you go out and are drinking martinis, and even if you dont like the strongest drink, they have a great chocolate or espresso martini. The food is good as well excellent sushi rolls.
Old City for sure. Restaurant would be Buddakan. Bar would be Paradigm. Strip club would be Delilahs.
Porcini for dinner and then I like McGillins bar. Its just like a chill atmosphere, fun and there are lots of people. [McGillins is] on a little side street in the 13th & Sansom area, but I always just stumble onto it.
Chemistry in Manayunk. Ive been there a couple of times. Theres a lot of high school kids there though.
College of General Studies 02
Bar Noir. Its sort of cheesy and trendy but its fun and they have good music.
Grove, College 02
Two Sisters on 12th & Pine. They have the best apple pie on the Eastern seaboard with cinnamon ice cream. It could warm even the coldest heart.
Wharton & College 03
The key is to get off campus. Youd probably want to start at a nice restaurant I really want to try Blue Angel. But you can never fail with Chinatown and cheap Chinese food with friends. Then head to the Ritz East for a movie. No night is complete without Painted Parrot for dessert the night revolves around that.
Dante & Luigis for dinner, and then you can walk around on the river or by Rittenhouse Square or South Street and see stuff. Parts of Philly are actually OK for that.
Originally published on November 9, 2000