Whether you are a natural night owl or are friends with one, you may be seeking some late-night activities that aren’t going to break the bank. Many typical evenings out can be more or less expensive depending on things you control (how much you drink or what you eat) and things you can’t (parking and venues). Here are some suggestions of lower-cost venues and places that will give you the most bang for your buck so you can have an enjoyable evening out for around $25.
138 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Perhaps you are just looking for a nightcap and not a big to-do. If a martini is calling your name and you are looking for some nice atmosphere, cocktails with a kick and free parking, then maybe the posh Continental is a good fit for drinks. There are many places to get a great martini in Philly, but this martini bar has an upscale diner feel to it with lovely décor. You will find one of the widest selections of martinis, so you are sure to drink one to your liking.
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121 S. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
As a late-night snack, you might want to consider eating some tapas, and El Vez specializes in them. Tapas are fun small plates of food served in Spanish/Latin American restaurants and can be hot or cold. They are designed to keep conversation going. El Vez is where you go for delicious food, where you can stretch that $25 by sharing tapas and having a fun evening trying new foods. Outdoor seating is also available.
Howl at the Moon
258 S.15th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
For a fun night of singing and dancing, you may want to try Howl at the Moon. There are daily specials in this dueling piano bar. Dance and sing to a variety of music that is always changing. It is best to reserve a table which will seat up to four people. The cover charge is between $5-$10 depending on arrival time. Howl at the Moon is open daily from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
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The N Crowd
The Actor’s Center
257 N Third St.
Philadelphia, PA. 19106
Improv is generally low cost but has high entertainment value. If you love to laugh, then it’s your top choice for a fun evening out for under $25. The N Crowd has been keeping Philadelphians laughing since 2005. You get 80 minutes of unscripted comedy that involves the audience with games similar to the popular “Whose Line is it Anyway.”
909 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Bowling is known to be a cheaper activity, and at The North Bowl, it is only for adults late-night. You must be 21 or up after 9 p.m. The North Bowl is open until 2 a.m. all week and one of the main reasons you want to go here, besides the cheap entertainment, is for the food. The food here is the opposite of typical bowling alley food and is made with sustainable meats and local produce. Chef Todd Goldman crafts up artisan dishes such as braised short ribs, quesadillas, spring rolls, vegan dumplings and wings. You can share snacks, bowl, play darts and shoot pool for a fun night.
Christina Dagnelli is a freelance writer in Philadelphia and the author of Little Squares with Colors: A Different way to look at autism. Her work on examiner can be found here Examiner.com.