World Cafe Live

World Cafe Live

Music Venue
University City, Philadelphia
  • The experts at Visit Philly and Philadelphia Magazine recommend this place
    • Visit Philly
    • Philadelphia Magazine
  • Marc P.
    "Love going to the Free at Noon shows on Fridays"(4 Tips)
    Diana T.
    "Eggplant fries are fantastic."(4 Tips)
    Gary J.
    "Good food and great sound at this intimate venue."(4 Tips)
    Lance L.
    "music venues whether for an evening show or a lunch free at noon."(2 Tips)
73 Tips and reviews
  • free at noon
  • concerts
  • eggplant fries
  • intimate
  • café
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  • Bing
    BingAugust 2, 2012
    They have great open mic nights and spoken word poetry. Make sure to check their calendar to find out when they’re happening!” – Andy Grammer
    Upvoted May 14
  • Ralphie A.
    Ralphie AversaJuly 17, 2012
    Skip the cheesesteaks in South Philly. This intimate venue offers great views from everywhere, including the bar area. While you're there, grab a pint and an entree. Reasonably priced and delicious.
    Upvoted May 14
  • Khoi N.
    Khoi NguyenJanuary 4
    Good local acts, great sound and atmosphere. Not a bad seat in the place. Haven't been up to the mezzanine, but I'm sure it's a good view. Food and service was on point. Would definitely return.
  • Bryan M.
    Bryan MayMay 29, 2015
    Great venue. Went here awhile back to see a great friend perform and the venue was nice. Drink prices are reasonable in a far West center city kind of way. Didn't eat. Fiesta Pizza afterwards.
  • Jade H.
    Jade HenleyMarch 13
    I've been here a few times for a class trip. It has a nice performing venue, not too big but not too small. Theres usually local artist that perform, the food and service was pretty good as well.
  • Gary J.
    Gary JastrzabDecember 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    No better place to have lunch on a "day off" Friday. Crystal clear sound, excellent service & food, great talent on stage, & notable waitstaff. How glorious to be in Philadelphia on a day like this!
  • AskMen
    AskMenMarch 18, 2011
    On April 12, celebrate all that is delicious & liver-quenching about French food & drink as it will be home to an epic 5-course dinner as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. Read more
  • Philadelphia Science Festival
    Don't Burst My Bubble! Explore the science of bubbles: How are the formed? How big can they get w/o popping? This is an opportunity to become an expert on bubbles. Wednesday, April 24, 6:30-8. Free! Read more
  • Lance L.
    Lance LacoffJanuary 3, 2016
    One of Philly's better music venues whether for an evening show or a lunch free at noon. Plenty of beer and drink options.
  • Bloomingdale's
    Bloomingdale'sAugust 18, 2010
    Finally, a music venue actually designed to be a music venue, with superior sightlines and a sound system producing faithful sound, plus colorful industrial-chic décor. The namesake café’s upstairs
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineAugust 15, 2012
    During the week from 5 to 7pm. 'Live after 5' includes $2 & $3 beers, $4 house wine, $5 cocktails and $3 food menu. Read more
  • deidra s.
    deidra stevensOctober 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    @Music4More is hosting a fundraiser here! Bring your instrument donations and music room supplies 10/19 Upstairs! @AlternateRoutes & @SethAdam will benefit local schools in the Philly area! Read more
    ISEPTAPHILLYOctober 31, 2014
    SEPTA is proud to support WXPN's Free At Noon. Heading to the show? Get there on SEPTA. Take Regional Rail to 30th Street Station, the MFL or Route 36 Trolley to 30th or Bus Routes 21 & 42. Read more
    TRI STATE INDIEFebruary 23, 2012
    Tri State Indie Music Awards Show THIS SUNDAY Downstairs at World Cafe Live! Foursquare ticket discount - use promo code INDIE10 when purchasing tickets online to get your tickets for only $10. Read more
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyJanuary 12, 2012
    Every Monday night Upstairs, Boy Wonder (a.k.a. Andre Coles) hosts Philly Rising, an open stage and progressive talent competition. Signups are at 6:30 p.m., performances at 7 pm. Read more
  • Dillon C.
    Dillon ChenDecember 11, 2014
    The Monday Night Jazz sessions are always great. If you're ever in the mood to perform, they'll even let you on stage!
  • Dominique C.
    Dominique ComerAugust 26, 2014
    Keep an eye out for the performances here; greats from all over the world come here.
  • Tara H.
    Tara H.March 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    the food here is really good, but downstairs menu tends to be quite limited for evening shows if you have dietary concerns. if this is the case, eat before you come.
  • Liz E.
    Liz EvansOctober 13, 2016
    Cool venue. Definitely looking to come back for another show!
  • Mike M.
    Mike MaialeAugust 6, 2014
    In addition to being a great music venue, the $8 lunch specials are amazing.
  • Mazda
    MazdaOctober 27, 2010
    Upstairs Live offers an intimate café on the Walnut Street level, seating approximately 100 and featuring live radio broadcasts and performance seven days a week.
  • John B.
    John BartolDecember 1, 2009
    Been here 100+ times
    When the daily special is buffalo chicken tenders salad, skip the sandwich and ask for a "Sweeny" salad instead. They chop up the chicken on top of a salad with blue cheese dressing! Read more
  • Durrock K.
    Durrock KnoxAugust 13, 2013
    Awesome Venue! Great Drinks! Wonderful Atmosphere!
  • Daniel W.
    Daniel WolfAugust 25, 2014
    Sort-of-fancy and sufficiently-delicious lunch specials for $8 Monday through Friday.
  • Wanamaker E.
    Always great local and indie acts at the World Cafe Live - thanks to WXPN to bringing this great venue to Philadelphia
  • Sonya L.
    Sonya LaRaeApril 23, 2012
    You must come and catch a show the experience is Ahmazing!!
  • Robin S.
    Robin SnyderJanuary 14, 2014
    Seeing St.Lucia here last night really changed my opinion on this place. They killed it! Read more
  • Gary J.
    Gary JastrzabOctober 15, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Good food and great sound at this intimate venue.
  • Nate C.
    Nate Coe, Jr.October 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Mondays are open mix from 5:30 to 7. 1/2 price appetizers - the bomb!
  • Chrissy N.
    Chrissy NickelNovember 30, 2014
    Cozy venue, good sound, accessible
  • John B.
    John BielickiFebruary 21, 2015
    Great place for a concert.
  • RC
    RCJune 15, 2015
    Great acts. Great venue. Great sound.
  • Lisa G.
    Lisa GrimmMarch 29, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Sometimes the taplines seem a little overcleaned/detergent-y - but the bottled beer selection is always nice, even for Free@Noon shows. Read more
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony McCallNovember 18, 2016
    Food was bangin, band was bangin, Eggplant fries? Bangin lol
  • JP
    JPJuly 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    most artists come and hang out after the show if you're patient!
  • Ashley D.
    Ashley DunnMay 13, 2015
    Great place for music and to be social
  • Diana T.
    Diana TalyanskyMarch 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Eggplant fries are fantastic. Served with horseradish sauce
  • The Parlotones M.
    Check out The Parlotones live on May 30! Get your tickets here:
  • Marc P.
    Marc PAugust 15, 2014
    Love going to the Free at Noon shows on Fridays
  • Tommy P.
    Tommy PizzazzOctober 14, 2013
    Killer eggplant fries. They make you all warm and fuzzy upon ingestion.
  • Stephanie H.
    Stephanie HaydenJune 14, 2012
    Contact The Daly Group for your real estate needs! & Stephanie.hayden@kw.con
  • Latifah  ✈👑
    Latifah ✈👑August 12, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Menu selections, service, seating.
  • Scott L.
    Scott LandauMarch 7, 2013
    Great venue and amazing show!
  • Emma M.
    Emma McTagueApril 24
    Great intimate venue
  • Sean B.
    Sean BlandaJanuary 26, 2010
    While upstairs is nice, you don't really know the place until you catch a show downstairs.
  • Jake D.
    Jake DayMarch 19
    Great tunes here
  • Paul B.
    Paul ButtaFebruary 15, 2012
    My tips keep getting deleted...good to know locations edit them
  • Chrissy M.
    Chrissy MarieJuly 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Bathrooms are easily accessible if you have to make a cross river pit stop
  • Mazda M.
    Mazda MilesAugust 7, 2014
    Fish tacos are to DIE for!
  • Nikki W.
    Nikki WrightJanuary 15, 2010
    Have the eggplant fries at the upstairs bar, then go downstairs and see a show.
  • The Parlotones
    The ParlotonesMay 31, 2011
    Ending off our tour here on June 26!! Come out to see our last show before we head back home!! Read more
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SmithFebruary 23, 2012
    too many good shows, meals, and times had here... never a bad choice
  • Reilly
    ReillySeptember 10, 2011
    second favorite place to see shows
  • Jonathan O.
    Jonathan OrioleMarch 31, 2013
    Philly Bloco!
  • Kaelin F.
    Kaelin FosterJune 26, 2010
    Come see Alex & Janel perform tonight at 7:00PM. They're amazing & it's FREE!
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew McnamewSeptember 21, 2010
    It's awesome here. Try the quesadillas
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AndricksApril 7, 2011
    Don't try the feature quesadillas..too much onion.. Too much pepper... No sauce?
  • Nick M.
    Nick MullinixAugust 29, 2014
  • Paul B.
    Paul ButtaFebruary 15, 2012
    Probably not the best idea to put 11 year-olds in charge of sensitive customer service issues.
  • chris and molly t.
    chris and molly toddFebruary 23, 2015
    Love free at noon!
  • John A.
    John AFebruary 25, 2012
    Beerfest is a great time.
  • Maryann M.
    Maryann McDermott MitchellAugust 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Hype! With Katie
  • Rihki K.
    Rihki KennebrewOctober 31, 2011
    I Rocked This Place!!!
  • stephanie s.
    stephanie sigafoosMarch 28, 2010
    Check out the razz bull on the mixed drink menu :)
  • Nate C.
    Nate Coe, Jr.October 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Open mic not mix.
  • Tim G.
    Tim G.October 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
  • Paul B.
    Paul ButtaFebruary 15, 2012
    F"ing sold out B.S. wristband a-holes.
  • shineshineshine
    shineshineshineMarch 24, 2011
    Came btween lunch and dinner to an empty restaurant and waited for nearly 10 minutes , were never greeted, so we left. Bad taste.
  • Brian C.
    Brian CroninAugust 13, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great happy hour!
  • Paul B.
    Paul ButtaFebruary 15, 2012
    Do not go; they do not care.
  • jamie b.
    jamie briggsAugust 5, 2010
    Ike !
  • Tom D.
    Tom DixonJune 9, 2012
    Ordered a brew an hour ago... Still waiting... Waiting... Waiting...
  • helvis p.
    helvis presleyJuly 20, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    go see peekaboo revue this saturday
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