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Oscar’s Tavern

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Oscar's Tavern is the best dive bar in Center City, Philadelphia
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Jordan B.

Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

A refreshing juxtaposition from the posh-ness of nearby Rittenhouse Square, Oscar’s Tavern is a Center City staple when you want to bypass all the fancy-pants cocktail lounges and wine dens in the area for cheap beers, greasy pub grub and a friendly yet take-no-bullshit waitstaff.

The joint, which opened in 1972, has an almost diner-like feel, decked out with wood-paneled walls, a lineup of stools at the bar and a row of ripped red-vinyl booths, which fill up fast when the after-work crowd rolls in, roughly between 5 and 8pm. In the back, you’ll find tables, single-stall bathrooms and a jukebox cranking nostaligic tunes.

The bar situation is pretty straight-forward, featuring familiar beers such as Rolling Rock, PBR and Yuengling—all for around $4 or $5. Cocktails are run the gamut from Screwdrivers and martinis to gin and tonics and Long Island iced teas. On the food from, there’s massive cheesesteaks, chicken fingers, no-frills burgers, drippy cheese fries and other plates perfect for soaking up all the alcohol.

Order up and take in the scene. This is a Philly dive bar at its very best.

Josh Middleton
Written by
Josh Middleton


1524 Sansom St
Cross street:
between 15th and 16th Sts
Opening hours:
Mon–Sat 11:30am–2am, Sun 5pm–2am
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