243 S CAMAC St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1910739.947336 -75.161676
Neighborhoods: Washington Square West, Center City
Not in the Holiday Spirits – Visited this bar during the thanksgiving holiday and after being highly recommended, decided to check it out. Having a little buzz already I thought my friends and I could go dancing at Tavern. The dance floor was empty to our surprise but we were resolute to have fun anyway. One of my friends stands on the platform that people usually dance on and is chastised by the bartender. We stayed about another five minutes and decided to go, I was very disapointed but plan to go back.
Nice Place but watch out for the short guy in a baseball cap who rides around in a rented LIMO – I like Tavern. I like the piano bar. Friendly, cozy and crowded. Not too many
lower degenerate types like the short older guy in a baseball cap
who rides around in a rented LIMO or something, and brings his
druggie hustler and straight boy toys to the bars.
Tavern on Camac (or – TOC has been in existence *forever* but has in recent years become Philly gay nightlife's new "place to be." This place has a little something for everyone. Downstairs is a piano bar where everyone, young and old, really gets into the act. Upstairs is a bar with a nice-sized dance floor. I'm not quite sure why this is but the hottest guys gather at TOC. Sure, there are cute boys at the other places too...but TOC seems to attract the creme de la creme. (Strictly a physical judgment there: I'm not vouching for their personalities!) It can get a little crowded but you can trust me on this one: Unless your mom or a bitter ex-boyfriend shows up, you *will* have a good time.
Avoid Female Crew Cut Bartender on 2nd floor – I and a few friends stopped for a drink on a Friday night; we generally had a great time dancing while most of the staff members were respectful, however there was one female bartender on the 2nd floor that was obnoxious and rude. Basically, she lacked appropriate communication skills with the patrons. Maybe she was having a bad day, but from her response when I stated to her that she displayed inappropriate customer service gave me an indication she had problems in the past.
With all said, I would give this establishment another opportunity although I would avoid the crew cut female bartender.
This friendly little piano bar will have you singing. – In Short
Tucked away on quiet Camac Street is one of the city's oldest gay bars. With the piano manned every evening of the week, the Tavern always offers plenty of show tunes, cocktails, merry conversation and gay banter. On Friday and Saturday nights, a crowd of men sings along with the pianist and an occasional amateur chanteuse. For those not in the mood for Broadway sing-alongs, a second-floor bar offers alternative entertainment.
TOC best in country – The musicians in this place are by far the best collection of entertainers i have seen in a venue of its type, including in New York. I would venture to say that the atmosphere is electric at times, and the music is not only the normal fare of Broadway and classics, but almost any other kind of music you could want to hear. Check this place out, is truly fantastic.
No need for Broadway when you're here – Outstanding music, friendly clientele, congenial staff. Enlightened, diverse and cultured folks frequent the place and it is not uncommon to find a few joining together to recite entire Broadway play musicals. Pat Robertson would not feel at home here...
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