Venture Inn (Closed Permanently)

92% love it
GayCities Members report that Venture Inn has closed
Popular Washington Square West hang-out
Neighborhood bar in the heart of gay Philly. Well known among locals.
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    • StuC777
      StuC777 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Lively Happy Hour
      We stopped for drinks and stayed for a bite to eat. All the food evidently prepared from scratch, as things were brought out when they were ready. Clean as a whistle, friendly people. Everybody played Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune together.

    • jbbarrett
      jbbarrett Over a year ago
      Loves it

      great staff and down home
      will drag all my friends and falmily like we were going to cheers .

    • nakedjerry
      nakedjerry Over a year ago
      Loves it

      venture into a great neighborhood friendly bar
      Heart of the city

    • phillybuzi
      phillybuzi Over a year ago
      Hates it

      The place has been in constant decline since the ownership changed about 3 years ago. It smells of bleach - is loud - the crowd is crude. The food is just BAD! I miss the old Venture!!!

    • VickieCollins
      VickieCollins Over a year ago
      Hates it

      My favorite bar in Philly
      This is my favorite bar in Philly, but that is probably because I lucked out and met a hot guy there, and it was good as weekend, vacation romances go. In addition, I met a couple other people who were fairly friendly. Other than that, Venture Inn, like the rest of the gay scene in Philly seems to bascially ignore people who are least that was my experience.

    • snuka12000
      snuka12000 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      It's cute!
      It's a cute spot. I went on Tuesday, July 6, at 7:00 PM. There were middle-age guys there and some older guys. I had chicken fingers and fries. They were good. I like this spot. I like the atmosphere. The atmosphere is "down-to-earth"

    • jlog
      jlog Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great Quite Place
      I always enjoy going to the Venture Inn, and I have now for a good number of years. Why? The food is always good, I never have to worry about what I order or more important what I recommend to others. The menu is prised fairly, waiters attentive, and the atmosphere is just what I said Quite and relaxing. I highly recommend the place.

    • daddy60
      daddy60 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      great bar&restaurant
      Tommy is the best bartender,friendly and keeps the bar alive.Justin great waiter,and the food is great,been here twice and both times both were most friendly.

    • beth
      beth Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great, Fun, Friendly ... the BEST !
      Great food, Fun crowd, Friendly staff ... no wonder it was voted Best Gay & Lesbian Bar in Philadelphia & received the Rainbow award for best bar & best bartender. Venture Inn IS the BEST ! I'm glad so many people share my opinion.

    • AltoonaKH
      AltoonaKH Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great Fun Place
      I'm new to the Philly area as well as a new patron to the Venture Inn and it's a great place to relax and feel welcome. I have been all over Europe and a former Washingtonian of many years and the Venture Inn's ambience combined with the awesome bartenders presents that old world charm of feeling like a true guest. This was my first time visiting the Inn and I will be back every week on my trip to the city. I feel this place is certianly on the road to sucess, and I truly know this because I've been in the restaurant and bar business for many years. They have the attitude it takes to succeed and succeed well. Im from Altoona, PA and will be a permanent resident this spring. I recommend making this your place of relaxation and fun times. The bartenders Steven and Tommy are sooooo much fun.

    • Stevin
      Stevin Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Cute place
      Very warm and welcoming. Older crowd. CUTE restaurant and nice menu. The old lady in the coat check is a hoot.

    • FrequentDiner87
      FrequentDiner87 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Oh Well........
      Yeah I tried it again since the new owner took over about 2 years ago, and all I can say is that he just don't get it. The food is way over priced, (however a bit better)while the bar is simply too noisy and obnoxious with brutal language. Not a comfortable place to dine. I prefer a more respectable.

    • chuck03359
      chuck03359 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Look no further
      Don't waste your time bar hopping trying to find "the one". Go directly to VENTURE INN, walk up 3, maybe 4 steps & in the door. There you'll find the best of the best! Drinks, food, drinks, cute & extremely attentive bartenders, drinks & lots of laughs, oh yeah, did I mention drinks? What more could you ask for!