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Dirty Frank's is a legendary dive bar.
Dirty Frank's is a legendary dive bar.
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Here Are 9 of the Most Iconic Philly Dive Bars

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Dirty Frank's is a legendary dive bar.
| Photo: Theme Park Review

Philly will always be a blue collar town, and that's quite alright. And even though we're going through a serious dining renaissance, there will be 50 dive bars for every decent restaurant. Some of these places have been open for decades, and many have reached cult status with their regulars. While it is important that the craft cocktail movement is gathering steam locally, lets not forget about the neighborhood gems that fly under the radar and are just as good, if not better.

Here, we've listed the 9 Most Iconic Dive Bars in Philly, which means there's probably about 53,213 that we missed. Feel free to give your favorite a shout-out in the comments section, and tell everyone what makes it so damn great. After all, finding a place that will serve you even though you're wearing grease-stained sweatpants is more useful than anything else in the world.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Oscar's Tavern

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Oscar's is one of the go-to dive bars for the young professional set, but never attracts a douchey crowd. Don't want the 23 oz lager? Get a Dogfish Head, which is on draft, as well.

Dirty Frank's

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Dirty Frank's is Philly's most famous dive bar, and attracts the most eclectic crowd around. There are plenty of folding chairs and jug wine to keep everyone happy, and shots are damn cheap.

McGlinchey's

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McGlinchey's is one of Philly's darkest and smokiest watering holes, but it's also one of the most beloved. If you've got a hankering for an Old Fashioned, they actually make a pretty decent version.

Ray's Happy Birthday Bar

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South Philly has more than a few great dive bars, and Ray's is right at the top. Who needs a fridge box when you can keep all of your cans in a trashbag filled with ice? Ray's rules.

Bob & Barbara's Cocktail Lounge

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Bob & Barbara's is one of the dive bar originals and was moving hundreds of Pabst cans before the hipster set made it an official outfit accessory. Also, they have a drag show. What else do you need to know?

Stokes' Sports Bar

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There are tons of sports-focused dives in South Philly, but Stokes is our favorite. Larry the Bartender pours out really cheap drinks, and while there isn't a kitchen in the building, don't be surprised to see the locals bring homemade food to share with the patrons.

Doobie's

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Doobie's straddles that line of craft beer bar and dive perfectly. The clientele is certainly blue collar, the vibe is unpretentious, and the beer selection is top-notch.

The Locust Bar

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The Locust Bar is located in a neighborhood filled with high-end restaurants and bars. But the Locust stays packed with solid bartenders, cheap food, and an old-school corner bar vibe that is surprisingly hard to find these days.

12 Steps Down

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12 Steps anchors the Italian Market neighborhood, and defines the term "neighborhood bar." 12 Steps is full of industry folks which is usually a good sign. Usually.

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Oscar's Tavern

Oscar's is one of the go-to dive bars for the young professional set, but never attracts a douchey crowd. Don't want the 23 oz lager? Get a Dogfish Head, which is on draft, as well.

Dirty Frank's

Dirty Frank's is Philly's most famous dive bar, and attracts the most eclectic crowd around. There are plenty of folding chairs and jug wine to keep everyone happy, and shots are damn cheap.

McGlinchey's

McGlinchey's is one of Philly's darkest and smokiest watering holes, but it's also one of the most beloved. If you've got a hankering for an Old Fashioned, they actually make a pretty decent version.

Ray's Happy Birthday Bar

South Philly has more than a few great dive bars, and Ray's is right at the top. Who needs a fridge box when you can keep all of your cans in a trashbag filled with ice? Ray's rules.

Bob & Barbara's Cocktail Lounge

Bob & Barbara's is one of the dive bar originals and was moving hundreds of Pabst cans before the hipster set made it an official outfit accessory. Also, they have a drag show. What else do you need to know?

Stokes' Sports Bar

There are tons of sports-focused dives in South Philly, but Stokes is our favorite. Larry the Bartender pours out really cheap drinks, and while there isn't a kitchen in the building, don't be surprised to see the locals bring homemade food to share with the patrons.

Doobie's

Doobie's straddles that line of craft beer bar and dive perfectly. The clientele is certainly blue collar, the vibe is unpretentious, and the beer selection is top-notch.

The Locust Bar

The Locust Bar is located in a neighborhood filled with high-end restaurants and bars. But the Locust stays packed with solid bartenders, cheap food, and an old-school corner bar vibe that is surprisingly hard to find these days.

12 Steps Down

12 Steps anchors the Italian Market neighborhood, and defines the term "neighborhood bar." 12 Steps is full of industry folks which is usually a good sign. Usually.

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