Bob & Barbara's Cocktail Lounge

Dive Bar and Lounge$$$$
Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia
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  • Brett A. B.
    "Down a special ($3 PBR + shot of Jim Beam) with your friends."(6 Tips)
    Benjamin O.
    "Get the special from Butchie and watch the Phils!"(2 Tips)
    Campbell B.
    "Cheap drinks, great atmosphere, and lots of PBR memorabilia."(2 Tips)
    Visit Philly
    "Dumpsta Players keep the crowd laughing thanks"(3 Tips)
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  • Tristan R.
    The originators of the citywide, still a very authentic dive bar. Live music most nights and drag shows on Thursdays
  • Bee W.
    Bee WilliamsJanuary 9
    Very awesome place! They sometimes have live bands performing! And you can't not get a PBR of course
  • Brad L.
    Brad LomasNovember 14, 2015
    Brad Lomas is a quiet businessman who enjoys his profession as a Human Resources Consultant and his life as a 50-year-old bachelor. Read more
  • I Love Food G.
    I Love Food GuyNovember 8, 2015
    City wide special and some good live music. Can't go wrong.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SchuitSeptember 11, 2015
    Funky dive bar known for "The Special"... Try one! It's cheap! Also karaoke Sunday nights are always a fun time
  • David
    DavidJuly 23, 2015
    Down and dirty house band plays blues and funk on Saturday nights.
  • Kass
    KassJuly 11, 2015
    Philadelphia special. House band crushes it on the weekend. Everything you could want in a bar.
  • Richard F.
    Richard FisherJune 20, 2015
    You best not get anything other than a PBR. Let's be honest, it's why you came here.
  • Bobbi B.
    Bobbi BookerMay 16, 2015
    Don't ask, just order 'The Special' get some dollars for the jukebox and enjoy a real true Philly experience...
  • Campbell B.
    Campbell BirdApril 1, 2015
    Cheap drinks, great atmosphere, and lots of PBR memorabilia. What more could you want?
  • WillMcD
    WillMcDJanuary 17, 2015
    The "City Special" at night make for a tough morning.
  • Greg R.
    Greg ReeseNovember 10, 2014
    Holy Philly Special, Batman! $6 and you can't beat it.
  • Adrian L.
    Adrian LAugust 12, 2014
    Fun dive. Cheap beer n shot special
  • Daniel W.
    Daniel WolfJuly 12, 2014
    Funky live jazz on Friday nights + $3.50 PBR & shot of Jim Beam. ✅
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineNovember 18, 2013
    Like Pabst Blue Ribbon, B&B’s is a classic that doesn’t go out of style. Read more
  • Adrian R.
    Adrian RiosOctober 4, 2013
    Must try the pickleback! One shot of whiskey followed by a shot of pickle juice. It's great
  • Dean D.
    Dean DefenseJuly 4, 2013
    Butchie is the best bar keep. I only drink when he is here.
  • Kristen S.
    Kristen SweeneyFebruary 17, 2013
    Get the special at Bob & Barbara's: a shot of Jim Beam and a PBR.
  • Ryan C.
    Ryan CFebruary 6, 2013
    Get a special, $3 pbr and shot of jim beam, repeat
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineJanuary 14, 2013
    "Bob & Barbara's is a classic that never goes out of style."
  • Graham D.
    Graham DavisDecember 31, 2012
    Pricey special: all this for $3.
  • Kevin A.
    Kevin A.D.October 28, 2012
    Just bring cash and order specials.
  • Steph P.
    Steph ParkerOctober 14, 2012
    Avoid the weird hipsters who will inevitably try to touch your butt.
  • Philadelphia S.
    WEEKLY PSN PASS SPECIALS: $3 PBR & Jim Beam all night! RAINY DAY SPECIALS: $2.50 lager & light lager, $3 PBR & Jim Beam all night!
  • Mark W. S.
    Mark W. SmithSeptember 2, 2012
    Ask for the special. Seriously.
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyApril 3, 2012
    The Dumpsta Players keep the crowd laughing thanks to kitsch-heavy sketch comedy every third Wednesday of every other month.
  • Mary F.
    Mary FarrellMarch 25, 2012
    Karaoke on Sundays from 9pm-1am.
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyMarch 23, 2012
    On Tuesdays, come stretch your arm muscles during ping-pong happy hour.
  • Keith A.
    Keith AndrewMarch 4, 2012
    Best bar Philly has to offer. If only they had Pabst
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyJanuary 12, 2012
    Don't miss the Thursday night showcase of drag talent. $7 admission includes a drink ticket. Read more
    Upvoted Jun 24
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineJanuary 3, 2012
    A classic dive, full of PBR, problem drinkers and history. This is where the Citywide Special was invented. The best way to drink here is to slap $3.50 on the bar, ask for one, drink it, and repeat.
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineDecember 7, 2011
    Respect the Special. It can either make or break your night. It's kind of like Russian roulette. Read more
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineDecember 2, 2011
    Home of the now city-wide special. Enjoy your shot and beer amongst the Philly dive bar die hards. You've never seen so much PBR. Read more
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagNovember 22, 2011
    This place often hosts bingo nights, with the hosts giving out gag prizes tothe winners. Specials include $3 PBR and Beam. Can't beat that.
  • Gina P.
    Gina PettiMay 13, 2011
    Drag show every Thursday. $7 cover gets you a house special, PBR and shot of Jim Beam
  • Benjamin O.
    Benjamin OverholtApril 3, 2011
    Get the special from Butchie and watch the Phils! And wait for the band, such a great gem of Philly!!!
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyFebruary 4, 2011
    Every third Wednesday of every other month is Dumpsta Players, a gay-friendly variety show with kitsch-heavy sketch comedy. Read more
  • Hungry Matt
    Hungry MattJanuary 29, 2011
    If you are into PBR beer signs and advertisements, this place is a museum for that. Every square inch is covered with PBR memorabilia.
  • Darris L.
    Darris LeeJanuary 16, 2011
    $3.50 for a "Special", a shot of whisky and a PBR.
  • nick p.
    nick pupikDecember 24, 2010
    There's no reason to pay a cover charge here; its a dive bar for a reason; the owners are scoooooping low on this one
  • Charles B.
    Charles BDecember 5, 2010
    Come for Porn Bingo on Wed. Get a special. Trust me.
  • Charles B.
    Charles BNovember 4, 2010
    Best dive bar in the iladelph. Ask for a special and come on wed for some porn bingo...
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah ChristianJune 27, 2010
    Watch out for when you turn 21... they don't like expired licenses so they won't let you in
  • Emily L.
    Emily LopizzoMay 7, 2010
    get the 3$ special and order a 6$ pizza from society hill or a 1.50$ beef patty from the jerk hut = date night! too bad you cant still sneak into south valley when weekend douchbags come in though. :(
  • trishylicious g.
    trishylicious gJanuary 28, 2010
    Every other month on the 3rd Wednesday, the Dumpsta Players perform their unique brand of comedy, lip-synch drag revue. Cover is $1.99 for the show but free for the post-show dance party. Read more
  • Brett A. B.
    Brett A. BumgarnerJanuary 19, 2010
    Down a special ($3 PBR + shot of Jim Beam) with your friends.
  • claarrr
    claarrrJanuary 17, 2010
    Come on a Saturday night to hear Nate Wiley and the crowd pleasers - great classic live jazz!
  • David H.
    David HynesOctober 19, 2009
    Monday Night Football Special:PBR + Shot of Jim Bean + Hot Dog + Nachos and Chesse for $5
  • Jeremy S.
    Jeremy SchaferJuly 14, 2009
    Friday night & Saturday night jazz & $3 special... music, a few pbrs & jb shots will do a body good! Get wasted for $18!!
  • koco
    kocoMarch 26, 2009
    get a special and enjoy it while listening to some seasoned jazz musicians do their thing.
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