56 S Second St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1910639.948622 -75.144060
Neighborhoods: Center City, Center City East
Great beer list in Old City without the douchey crowds Old City tends to have.
The Khyber does NOLA food right, but it's also incredibly vegan-friendly. Their collards are 100% meatless, they do vegan gumbo, etc.
Unpretentious – Nice dive bar in the center of posh old city fakery.
An oasis from the Jersey douchebag types.
Uncool place – This bar was possibly one of the WORSE bars I have been to in a long time. The bartender (who thought he was some cool guy) took a 20 from me and gave me change back for a 10 then told me I was lying. Laughed at my friend who asked for a wine spritzer because apparently people don't drink those? - We are definite rock fans and the actual "Bar" has potential to be fun-if they got rid of the dorks that work behind the counter. Um, weezer called, they want their look back.
Great bar. – This bar is a great bar. When I went there , there was not a lot of people there but it was still fun. Gram and Jason were two of the nicest people that I have met. I was there from Ohio and we have nothing like that there. Thanks for the great time. :)
Best place to be on a Sunday night! – All i gotta say....$10 all you can drink...great mix of people, music and a you dont have to dress to the 9's.
I wish they didnt get bands i liked cause I hate this place – The staff is mostly rude fat dudes with bad tatoos, and even worse hygeine. The prices are fair and even cheap for some stuff, I went on a wens day and they had djs upstairs, they played good music, but were terrible at djng, The bar tenders upstairs were nicer then down, and the crowd is hipster to the extreme, but not the hipsters that look good, the hipsters that are too cool to realize that if your a fat girl ironic retro 80's tight clothes isnt the bnest way to go. And the dudes weere mostly corny art school dropouts. I also went on a sunday for the open bar, 10 buck gets you serverd all night. The dj on sundays seemed like he had no idea what he was doing, and no idea that the kids there had better taste in music then Nelly, seriously Nelly? There was several times during his set that the music stopped for like 10 seconds, and he played some of the most generic boring hip hop and rock ever. But this place gets great bands all the time I saw the nine black alps at their first show in the US, which was awesome and sad at the same time, they rocked b ut hardly anyone was there to see them and when they got on hardly anyone got off thiert stools and venture into the other room to watch a great band rock out, they were too cool to realize that this band is gonna be big if people pay attention. I went to see a couple bigger band and the shows were terribly over sold which made it so over crowded that it seemed dangerous to be in the place, I saw sebadoh which is one of my favorite bands from my teenage years, but had to leave cause it was ridiculously over-packed (shame on your promoters) I will go back if their is a band that I want to see as long as its not someone that I know it will be packed for, because they will overpack the place. And the staff there is very rude, and deserves to be smaked around a little.
Cool venue, rude bartenders – I was in town for busines and I stopped in on a wednesday night. I was hoping to have a good beer and see some live music. The old style wooden bar is cool. They have around twelve taps of GOOD micro brews, most of which is local. After I ordered a beer, I asked the bartender if I could get a receipt. " A receipt!!!!??????". He gave me a demeaning stare. I then told him that I get reimbursed. "What, do you work here?" was the reply. I told him to forget about it. He then threw in one more comment (in a rude tone) that he had no way of generating a receipt. Well, the register did have a receipt roll loaded. Hand written would have been fine. Needless to say, he did not have to be so rude over a simple question. I drank my beer, stiffed the guy, and left. I did not feel very welcome there. Too bad, I was in the mood for some music.
Real fans of rock and roll and drinking have spent more than a few nights in this Old City institution. – In Short
Classic rock club: simple, dark and smoky, with reams of flyers papering the walls to announce upcoming shows. The bar itself is another story. The ornate wooden carving--complete with red-eyed gargoyles--was made in England and imported to the States, where it has been serving Khyber drinkers since 1876. There's usually at least one good show a week, the music of choice being rock. It's also the place to catch up-and-coming acts before they hit the big time.
What an experience! – 1st time at the Khyber 2nd live show. I was there with good friends and the had great bands. It was a dark, gritty atmosphere with a good alcohol selection and great fans of music. Stop in if you wanna see a good show.
Rock Perfection. – The Khyber is easily the best rock bar in Philadelphia, and one of my personal favorites in the entire country. Laid back, unassumingly hip and inexpensive, this bar will quickly become your favorite hang. Every time I go there I feel like I found something secret and perfect.
User review – Don't expect glitz here. It's a pretty standard, small rock club. I enjoy listening to new music, but sometimes the collection is a bit mixed. Then again, it's probably not easy to try to get three bands that appeal to the same audience. My biggest complaint is the set time. The bands' barely get to play before being pulled off stage. I noticed this first when seeing a band I knew, but it seemed most of the bands get too short of sets.
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