Philadelphia is home of the cheesesteak, the Liberty Bell, and some of the country's most dedicated sports fans, but even if you're not from the City of Brotherly Love, it's easy to see what makes this place so special. Wander around the shops of Rittenhouse Square before checking out the place where the Constitution was signed, and once you're done, don't forget to hunt down some of the best shuffleboard spots in Philly.
If you're looking for serious shuffleboard, the Ivy Inn is the place to play. This classic tap room is the only location in Delaware County where you can find multiple tables, so anyone who wants to can get in on the action. Located in Haverford just outside southeast Philadelphia proper, the Ivy Inn hosts leagues from September through November as well as singles, doubles and coed tournaments throughout the year. It also hosts a ladies shuffleboard night every Tuesday. If you're looking for a change of pace, catch any football, baseball or college basketball game on one of seven TVs; enjoy a wide selection of cold domestic and import brews; or even try out their winter dart league. With great service and better friends, you'll have a great time even during a serious game.
37 Brookline Blvd #1
Since 1921, McNally's Tavern has been a Philadelphia staple, operating first as a trolley-side lunch spot and later as one of the city's first places to serve alcohol after Prohibition. Today, this Philadelphia landmark calls the Chestnut Hill neighborhood its home, and the original owners' granddaughters still keep their family's original intentions alive and well. McNally's only wants to provide good, simple food served with generous hospitality, and if its numerous regulars are any indication, they continue to do so. The old-fashioned, whitewashed building with its green door is hard to miss, and when the antique coach light is illuminated, it means that the tavern is open for business. Step inside and you'll find dim yet friendly pub-style atmosphere that's completely smoke-free, so it's even good for families. Order a cold beer, a hearty sandwich, or a classic dinner platter before playing a few games on McNally's popular shuffleboard table, which has always been a neighborhood favorite.
8634 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19118
The Twisted Tail
The Twisted Tail is a hip, Southern-inspired bar and restaurant located in the historic Society Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia. The owners describe it as a "Bourbon House and Juke Joint," and once you catch a glimpse of the reclaimed light fixtures, sumptuous leather bar stools, and mismatched sofas covered in eclectic textiles, you're sure to see just what they mean. Sure, it's much more stylish than your typical neighborhood dive bar, but The Twisted Tail has the same laid-back atmosphere and focus on fun that you'll find at any neighborhood pub. Stop in for a dinner of family-style roast pig along with hearty Southern sides, a bevy of egg-based dishes for the weekend brunch, and a whiskey sampling from their extensive selection, and then make your way over to the shuffleboard table for an afternoon of fun.
The Twisted Tail
509 South 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Rybrew is a small yet modern beer bar located on Girard Avenue in Philly. The sleek, stylish interior feels a bit more like a coffee shop than your typical beer bar, but its bright, sun-filled atmosphere and pared-down menu make it a great place for a casual weeknight out with friends. Rybrew offers an impressive selection of craft beers on tap, and they'll even fill a growler if you find one that you love enough to take home with you. There are tastings and other events just about every week, as well as a well-maintained shuffleboard table that regulars say pairs perfectly with the great selection of beers. Stop in for a sandwich and a Funk Citrus IPA while challenging your friends to a battle of the shuffleboard wits, or come in on the weekend to enjoy live music and DJ sets while you play.
2816 W Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130
For fans of the classic billiards room without all of the modern bells and whistles, Buffalo Billiards is the place to go. Aside from the pop culture-influenced pun in its name, this large, downtown bar is also known as one of the city's best places for watching sports and playing classic bar games with your friends. Buffalo Billiards features exposed brick walls, ample seating at the bar and the tables, and low, dim lighting that's perfect for a night out, as well as two floors filled to the brim with games. There's not one, not two, but four
shuffleboard tables for enthusiasts to enjoy, as well as Brunswick Crown Gold pool tables, dart boards, foosball, and much more.
118 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Blue Suede Saloon
Play some shuffleboard just like the King! This Elvis-themed bar is the only one of its kind in Philadelphia, so even if you're not a huge Elvis fan, it's worth the visit just to see what it's all about. Blue Suede Saloon is located on the corner of 16th and Moyamensing Avenues, and it offers affordable lunch specials along with its discounted daily drink offerings. There's an impressive collection of Elvis memorabilia on the walls, but for shuffleboard fans, the most impressive part is the classic shuffleboard table. This place has a true dive bar feel, but because of its friendly service and no-nonsense attitude, it makes a great hidden spot to kick back with a cold one and play some shuffleboard with friends.
Blue Suede Saloon
2739 S 16th St