Boot and Saddle
This is a great small dive bar venue which has a small stage showcasing local talent. As you would expect from the name the décor has a country and western feel. This venue is small so if you have a particular band that you want to see you should get your tickets ahead of time. The stage is small, so if you want to see the band rather than just hear them, its best to try and get up close to the front.
You can get your tickets online for any of the wide variety of indie acts and music talent.
If you want something to eat there is a decent bar menu with such offerings as Pulled Pork, Chicken Wings and even Vegan Chicken Cheesesteak. This is a dive bar with a vegan cheese option! The bar has a rotating list of craft beers on offer for decent prices.
This place is a little out of the way in Spring Garden, but it is well worth the trip if you want to see some indie bands in a great venue. It offers 12,000 square feet of space which is dedicated to promoting local bands and preforming arts.
There is plenty of vibrant art on the walls. It has the feel of a modern performance space. Most of the events are standing room only although there are some seated performances sometimes. The space is small, but the acoustics are pretty good. There are a number of large pillars in this basement area so it can be a little annoying if you are standing behind one of them. The larger space also has a bar which serves food.
There is also a smaller room to the side with a bar and some comfortable seating. It can be a place to get away for a while if the crowds in the larger room get overwhelming.
Our list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Union Transfer. This is a definite Philly favorite music venue. It is housed in an old building and somehow just has a great atmosphere about it.
It has all the ingredients that you need for a great night out listening to an indie band. They offer a really good range of different performers here so that there is something for everyone.
It is a large space with two floors. It is a pretty big space compared to most of the other music venues in Philadelphia, and the high ceilings contribute to the feeling of space. This is a big contrast to many of the other local music venues.
You get a good view of the stage from most areas – either on the balcony or on the main floor. Most of the performances are standing room only, but there are some special events where there is seating. You can sit at the bar and listen to the band if you do not want to go on the main floor area.
There is a good selection of beers and the staff are usually excellent. Overall Union Transfer is one of the best music venues for miles around – a must see if you are in the area.