530 South St., 215/238-9880
This South Street gem’s cheap prices and casual, grungy atmosphere make it a popular hangout. The somewhat cleaner and nicer 1st floor is painted an odd shade of green, and has strange sculptures perched just outside its windows but could be considered upscale compared to the funky 2nd floor.
The walls are covered in graffiti from floor to ceiling, and two pool tables occupy the entire front room. Standard pub fare—poppers and mozzarella sticks—are available on both floors.
© Karrie Gavin from Moon Philadelphia, 1st Edition