Washington Square District (Gayborhood/Midtown Village)

Washington Square photo by Kyle Huff for PHLCVB.


Lively dining spots, vibrant nightlife and plenty of LGBT-friendly establishments fill this quaint, historic neighborhood. Stroll through the bustling Washington Square Park, or explore the quiet, cobblestone-rich side streets for some of Philadelphia’s most photogenic views.


Another first in Philadelphia is Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation’s earliest hospital, founded in 1751 by Dr. Thomas Bond and Benjamin Franklin. View the oldest surgical amphitheater and medical library on a guided or self-guided tour of the Pine Building.

Take in a show at the Walnut Street Theatre, America’s oldest theater. Since 1809, the National Historic Landmark has produced popular, top-quality stage productions. The venue also caters to families with its well-curated series for kids.

The award-winning Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery at the University of the Arts features provocative exhibits, speakers and educational activities, free of charge.



A bowling alley with a spirited social scene, Lucky Strike Philadelphia will keep you entertained with 24 lanes, 10 pool tables, ping pong, shuffle board and more. PSST: It’s family-friendly until 9 p.m.

Unwind at Tiki with classic and modern tropical drinks like the Mai Tai, Singapore Sling and Zombie. PSST: It has a rooftop bar.

The Midtown offers three floors of entertainment—each with their own bar and vibe—perfect for dining, cocktails and dancing. 



Visit Opa for tasty Greek delicacies like traditional souvlakia (swordfish, pork and chicken varieties) and some of the best hummus in the city.

As Philadelphia’s oldest and most famous Irish pub, McGillin’s Old Ale House features a roaring fireplace, high-beamed ceilings and a unique collection of innkeepers’ licenses from 1871 on, all displayed above an antique mahogany bar.

Located in the historic Curtis Building, PJ Clarke’s is a go-to for its large raw bar, happy hour specials and famous burgers.

Head to Valanni for Mediterranean and Latin cuisine like kabobs, empanadas and pork belly Cuban sliders plus seasonal craft cocktails.



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