3 Philly Music Venues You Need to Know

While many view Philadelphia as a sports-centric town, our music scene is one of the best in the country, chock full of concert venues to suit every taste, every genre, and every live music style. From smaller venues that feature mostly local artists to major concert venues that attract the biggest names in music, Philly has got you covered. Live Good Fast has compiled a list of some of our favorite Philly music venues to get your live music adventure started.

Sleater Kinney performs Union Transfer

Dominic Tursi performs “Songwriters in the Round” at the Tin Angel with Rob (Photo courtesy of Andrew Wick)

The Tin Angel
20 S. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

For fans of acoustic music, The Tin Angel is one of the best listening rooms in town and it has a lot of history. Artists like David Gray, Ani DiFranco, Jeff Buckley, Laura Nyro, and more have performed here. Given the venue is so cozy and intimate, it’s best to not speak when an artist is performing.

RFA performs Rock On Philly’s Spring Fling Event at Milkboy

RFA performs Rock On Philly’s Spring Fling Event at Milkboy (Photo courtesy of Jessa Bintliff)

Milkboy Philly
1100 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

If you’re in the mood to rock out, Milkboy Philly is your spot. Their upstairs music venue features a full bar with an extensive craft beer selection and delicious bites from their downstairs restaurant. The musical lineup features both local and national touring acts and is currently the Philly home of the Communion Music Series, founded by Ben Lovett of Mumford and Sons.

Sleater Kinney performs Union Transfer

Sleater Kinney performs Union Transfer (Photo courtesy of Andrew Wick)

Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Union Transfer opened in 2011, converting a former luggage transfer station into one of the most beautiful concert venues in the country. Its high ceilings and stained glass windows give it a cathedral-like feel mixed with rock and roll grit. Boasting four bars and a state of the art sound system, the venue holds up to 1200 people and upcoming shows include Halsey, Philly’s own Ground Up, and The Kills.

Jennifer Logue

Jennifer Logue

Jennifer Logue is a singer/songwriter and music blogger living in the City of Brotherly Love. When she's not playing music or occupying a music venue, she is most likely at a Bikram yoga class, drinking wine, or thrift store shopping! Follow her on Twitter and on Instagram @jenniferlogue for all of her latest finds and random musings. VIEW ALL POSTS