Iconic Dolphin Tavern Re-Opens in South Philly | Philadelphia Caller

Philadelphia, PA - The giant disco ball is spinning once again! One of South Philly's best dance club destinations is back open and brings with it a new kitchen to focus on more than just the nightlife. After being closed due to the pandemic, Dolphin Tavern returns with theme dance parties, disco-vibe dance floor, painted murals, quirky wall art, and music entertainment.

Additionally, locals can now flock to this corner bar before the lights go down for happy hour drinks and quintessential bar bites, including a $1 taco menu.

Dolphin Tavern is currently open Wednesday to Saturday from 4:00pm to 2:00am, with food service from 4:00pm to 9:00pm. Dolphin Tavern is available for private rentals from Sunday to Tuesday. Dolphin Tavern is located at 1539 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147.

"We are thrilled to announce the re-opening of one of South Philly's most beloved dance clubs," said FCM's Special Events Director Neina Langford. "During the shut-down, Dolphin Tavern's team was working behind the scenes to add to the experience with a new food menu and kitchen, new stage, more programming, and other surprises. We are offering a $1 taco menu for the remainder of the summer as a welcome back. Nothing says summer, celebration, and feel-good vibes quite like dollar tacos to add to the party."

Dollar Tacos, Live Music, New Stage, New Kitchen and Disco Surprises

The price tag is no indicator of the flavor and quality that the menu offers. Four taco options, including vegetarian Verdura taco, slow-braised suadero, carnitas taco with crispy pork, and classic tinga de pollo tacos, all come on corn tortillas topped with fresh garnishes. The full re-opening menu is as follows:

As the perfect pairing for dollar tacos, Dolphin Tavern will offer a unique summer happy hour Wednesday to Saturday, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm, with Tecate for $2 and Margaritas (rocks/frozen) for only $4 each.

For music and entertainment, Dolphin Tavern enters its next phase with a stacked entertainment schedule. Boot & Saddle, the indie rock venue that permanently closed its doors in November due to the pandemic, was a crucial part of the music scene since 2013 in South Philadelphia. The Dolphin hopes it can help offer local acts, primarily indie rock acts, a new, much-needed place to call home.

Select dates with bands are scheduled for live music lovers, with more getting added by the day. The first scheduled Early Show is set to start this Saturday, July 17th, with featured acts The Warhawks, Redtouchblack, and the UgLi. Online tickets are strongly encouraged, with door tickets available but not guaranteed. Dolphin Tavern is 21+ with proper I.D. unless otherwise noted.

The addition of bands and live music acts are only a layer on top of the D.J., dance, and themed entertainment nights. ABBArama, with DJ David Atlas, is scheduled every second Saturday of the month. It is an evening full of the '70s and 80's pop-disco music, with 70's dress strongly encouraged, that is sure to get guests of all ages on their feet to dance the night away. Thursday nights are destined to become a go-to night out the third Thursday of every month with themed night Dumdum Juice, an evening of multiple D.J. sets, and pop-up drag entertainment. Fan-favorite Wednesday night karaoke night with host Pat Pharari is scheduled to return come August for the first time since the pandemic.

Evenings with The Early Show, featuring rotating local live music acts, are scheduled to start at 7:00pm with an entry cost of around $15, depending on the acts. Guests can anticipate D.J. entertainment and a cover charge on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights starting at 9:00pm ranging from $5/$15. Complete unique musical acts and performers can be found by visiting DolphinPhilly.com or by visiting their Facebook page. Select dates will offer pre-order tickets to accommodate anticipated high demands and ease of entry day off.

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