The Ox blends in with all of the other abandoned dilapidated warehouses in the neighborhood. The Ox used to be home to some of Philly’s greatest shows (Lightning Bolt, Screaming Females, Lantern!) but after the police ruined their and our fun, it transitioned from venue to after-party hangout. When it’s one of the scorchers in mid-July, try out that kiddie pool on their roof—but watch out for floating krusties.
Philadelphia, alas, tends to close at 2 a.m.. But, our incredibly large, low-priced loft spaces lend themselves to unavoidable, constant party time. If there’s a party next door, there’s a party in your house too—the walls are so paper-thin and un-insulated that it’s almost like they’re not even there! One such loft is Berks Warehouse on Hope and Front Streets. It’s chock full of overworked poor artists who just need a goddamn beer (or 10).
Though El Bar usually closes at 2, it can still be considered an after-party spot because Philly does its shows early. You’ll be pressured into cheap beer and a shot of whiskey (Citywide Special) because it’s only $3. Their outdoor bathtub, and recycled chairs and tables provide the most attractive fresh-air space for a social drink. (Especially for those of us who don’t have backyards). They host some serious pool tournaments and, as of late, look out for Yumtown at this location, too.
Check out Lantern here.