Bob & Barbara's Cocktail Lounge

Dive Bar and Lounge$$$$
Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia
  • The experts at Men's Health Mag and Philadelphia Magazine recommend this place
    • Men's Health Mag
    • Philadelphia Magazine
  • Brett A. B.
    "Down a special ($3 PBR + shot of Jim Beam) with your friends."(6 Tips)
    Chuck R.
    "Fantastic drag show on Thursdays."(2 Tips)
    Visit Philly
    "Dumpsta Players keep the crowd laughing thanks"(3 Tips)
    Philadelphia Magazine
    "This is where the Citywide Special was invented."(2 Tips)
70 Tips and reviews
  • Pabst Blue Ribbon
  • jazz music
  • karaoke
  • cheap drinks
  • drag shows on thursdays
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  • 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 $3.50 on the bar, ask for one, drink it, and repeat.
  • Emily L.
    Emily LopizzoMay 7, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    get the 3$ 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. :(
  • Tristan R.
    Tristan RhodesideJuly 17, 2016
    The originators of the citywide, still a very authentic dive bar. Live music most nights and drag shows on Thursdays
  • 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.
  • Bee W.
    Bee WilliamsJanuary 9, 2016
    Very awesome place! They sometimes have live bands performing! And you can't not get a PBR of course
  • 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
  • Adrian R.
    Adrian RiosOctober 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Must try the pickleback! One shot of whiskey followed by a shot of pickle juice. It's great
  • Kass
    KassJuly 11, 2015
    Philadelphia special. House band crushes it on the weekend. Everything you could want in a bar.
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyJanuary 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't miss the Thursday night showcase of drag talent. $7 admission includes a drink ticket. Read more
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyApril 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Dumpsta Players keep the crowd laughing thanks to kitsch-heavy sketch comedy every third Wednesday of every other month.
  • Campbell B.
    Campbell BirdApril 1, 2015
    Cheap drinks, great atmosphere, and lots of PBR memorabilia. What more could you want?
  • Tony X.
    Tony XerraySeptember 12, 2016
    I'm from NY and I don't remember getting this drunk. The live band was amazing and the people were great!
  • Bobbi B.
    Bobbi BookerMay 16, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't ask, just order 'The Special' get some dollars for the jukebox and enjoy a real true Philly experience...
  • Chelsea P.
    Chelsea PerkinsAugust 9, 2016
    Always fun for live music. Thursdays great for drag show. Citywide special.
  • trishylicious g.
    trishylicious gJanuary 28, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    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
  • 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
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyFebruary 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Every third Wednesday of every other month is Dumpsta Players, a gay-friendly variety show with kitsch-heavy sketch comedy. Read more
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Gina P.
    Gina PettiMay 13, 2011
    Drag show every Thursday. $7 cover gets you a house special, PBR and shot of Jim Beam
  • 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.
  • Daniel W.
    Daniel WolfJuly 12, 2014
    Funky live jazz on Friday nights + $3.50 PBR & 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!!!
  • 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
  • RC
    RCNovember 8, 2015
    City wide special and some good live music. Can't go wrong.
  • Kristen S.
    Kristen SweeneyFebruary 17, 2013
    Get the special at Bob & Barbara's: a shot of Jim Beam and a PBR.
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyMarch 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    On Tuesdays, come stretch your arm muscles during ping-pong happy hour.
  • Graham D.
    Graham DavisDecember 31, 2012
    Pricey special: all this for $3.
  • Charles B.
    Charles BNovember 4, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Best dive bar in the iladelph. Ask for a special and come on wed for some porn bingo...
  • David
    DavidJuly 23, 2015
    Down and dirty house band plays blues and funk on Saturday nights.
  • Richard F.
    Richard FisherJune 20, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    You best not get anything other than a PBR. Let's be honest, it's why you came here.
  • 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
  • Ryan C.
    Ryan CFebruary 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get a special, $3 pbr and shot of jim beam, repeat
  • Chuck R.
    Chuck RoslofAugust 13, 2016
    Fantastic drag show on Thursdays.
  • Charles B.
    Charles BDecember 5, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Come for Porn Bingo on Wed. Get a special. Trust me.
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineJanuary 14, 2013
    "Bob & Barbara's is a classic that never goes out of style."
  • Karla K.
    Karla KaminskiAugust 21, 2011
    My favorite bar in the world. I'd move back to Philly just for B&B.
  • claarrr
    claarrrJanuary 17, 2010
    Come on a Saturday night to hear Nate Wiley and the crowd pleasers - great classic live jazz!
  • Keith A.
    Keith AndrewMarch 4, 2012
    Best bar Philly has to offer. If only they had Pabst
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WarrenderJanuary 4, 2016
    Philly special and Jazz vibes
  • Dean D.
    Dean DefenseJuly 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Butchie is the best bar keep. I only drink when he is here.
  • Darris L.
    Darris LeeJanuary 16, 2011
    $3.50 for a "Special", a shot of whisky and a PBR.
  • Mark W. S.
    Mark W. SmithSeptember 2, 2012
    Ask for the special. Seriously.
  • Adrian L.
    Adrian LAugust 12, 2014
    Fun dive. Cheap beer n shot special
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WarrenderMay 21, 2016
    Philly special and live music.
  • Mary F.
    Mary FarrellMarch 25, 2012
    Karaoke on Sundays from 9pm-1am.
  • 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!!
  • 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
  • Kevin A.
    Kevin A.D.October 28, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Just bring cash and order specials.
  • David H.
    David HynesOctober 19, 2009
    Monday Night Football Special:PBR + Shot of Jim Bean + Hot Dog + Nachos and Chesse for $5
    DrinkPhilly.comFebruary 17, 2011
    Check out the $3 PBR & Jim Beam Shot!
  • C.m. R.
    C.m. ReedFebruary 20, 2016
    The Four Notes with tambourine and Leslie speaker
  • Whitney B.
    Whitney BarnebeyMarch 9, 2013
    Perfect for basting.
  • Rich
    RichMarch 11, 2016
    Free jazz in Fridays
  • LuckypooZa !.
    LuckypooZa !!February 19, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Awesome as usual...
  • Megan D.
    Megan DoranApril 6, 2013
    Dance your ass off
  • Brett A. B.
    Brett A. BumgarnerJanuary 19, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Down a special ($3 PBR + shot of Jim Beam) with your friends.
  • Robert W.
    Robert WagnerMay 7, 2011
    Order the special
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MaceApril 26, 2011
    Jazznight i the best!
  • Steph P.
    Steph ParkerOctober 14, 2012
    Avoid the weird hipsters who will inevitably try to touch your butt.
  • Bomad M.
    Bomad MasseagSeptember 17, 2011
    Open relationships
  • James G.
    James G.December 13, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Sunday Karaoke.
  • Brian W.
    Brian WardFebruary 11, 2011
    It's a fuckin' PBR museum!
  • koco
    kocoMarch 26, 2009
    get a special and enjoy it while listening to some seasoned jazz musicians do their thing.
  • Kathleen T.
    Kathleen TinageroApril 3, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Sunday, Movie Day! 12pm-7pm!
  • Bab's
    Bab'sJune 12, 2010
    You can find me here.
  • Blair H.
    Blair HalpinMay 20, 2010
    great dive
  • 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
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