Philadelphia’s Chinatown blends a variety of Asian cultures to create a unique cultural experience in the city. You can find restaurants featuring all types of Asian cuisines, enjoy concerts and comedy shows, and drunkenly sing along to your favorite songs with friends at one of the neighborhood’s many karaoke bars. Our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers love spending time in this unique section of the city. Here are some of our favorite places to visit during a night out in Chinatown:
Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodle House
Nan Zhou is one of the most popular authentic Chinese restaurants in the entire city. If you’re planning to come here during the middle of the dinner rush, be prepared to wait. But once you’re seated and your food finally arrives, you’ll understand the hype behind this place.
Nan Zhou noodles are named after a “Golden City” in northwest China, where the noodles were created. These noodles have been around for over 160 years and were originally made by nomadic peoples for high-status guests. Today, these pulled noodles served with spicy, flavorful broth and meats can be found all over the world.
Some of our favorite dishes at this restaurant include:
- Cold jellyfish with sauce
- House special noodle soup
- Beef brisket noodle soup
- Seafood noodle soup
- Fresh seafood stir-fried noodles
- Ma Po tofu over rice
Good Good Comedy Theatre
Good Good Comedy Theatre was first conceived of in early 2016 when the Good Good comedy crew launched a Kickstarter campaign to open the theater. It only took two days for the project to be fully funded, and this theatre has quickly become one of the most popular comedy clubs in Philadelphia. It’s not a high-end comedy club – think a small, intimate black box theater. It’s also BYOB, so it makes for a cheap night of entertainment in between dinner and drinks when you’re out in Chinatown. There are comedy shows every night, which range from stand-up to sketch comedy to improv, and other formats you may not have heard of.
Hop Sing Laundromat
This infamously exclusive speakeasy cocktail bar has a controversial reputation – people either love it for the unique ambiance and premium cocktails or hate it for what some people would consider a pretentious culture. Expect to wait in a long line and deal with a power-tripping bouncer, but in our opinion, the hoops you have to jump through are worth it. Hop Sing Laundromat serves some of the best cocktails in the city and the dark, candlelit atmosphere with relaxing music in the background makes this speakeasy a great place to unwind at the end of a long work day.
Chinatown is known for its wealth of karaoke bars, and Yakatori Boy may be the most popular one. Renting out your own private karaoke booth makes for a highly entertaining night, and some of your more shy friends may even join in the fun since there are no strangers around. You can enjoy some pretty good sushi and other Japanese fare and cheap drinks delivered to your booth. Even if you’re not into karaoke and are just looking for a restaurant with good Japanese food and cheap drinks, Yakitori Boy is a great choice.
The Trocadero Theatre
The Troc is one of Philly’s oldest and most loved concert venues. Check their show calendar and see what’s going on here if you’re planning a fun night out in Chinatown. The venue also hosts comedy shows, movie nights, retro dance parties, and other events. Even though it’s over 100 years old, the sound quality is still top notch and the venue has consistently been upgraded to keep up with current technology. Always a fun place to see one of your favorite artists or discover something new.