Woody's

 
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Must stop lounge/dance bar
A multitude of rooms cater to the different moods of Woody's patrons. Get drinks and people-watch in the main bar, have a cozy conversation in the pub room or get a latte in the Coffee bar. Make your way upstairs to the video bar, then move to the dance floor to get your groove on.

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    • It used to be gay, now the straights have taken over. Its mostly straight and some gay guys there. Smh.

    • jkelliher
      jkelliher 1 month ago
      Hates it

      mostly straight
      As a gay man you will feel like the minority in a gay bar.

    • Jaypa215
      Jaypa215 3 months ago
      Hates it

      This is a straight bar in the gayborhood.
      If you are visiting center city I do not recommend this atmosphere. The music is loud and the drinks are overpriced and it cheap plastic cup. My friend invited me to this bar a couple weeks ago. It is not one that I would ever visit for some reason. But my overall impression is loads of straight men with their girlfriends. They do have balances on the outside doors there is only a cover charge when you get inside to go up to the second level to dance. If you're going to charge someone a cover charge you should do it at the door when you checking ID so it's one flat rate to get in. The music is really loud that you can't even hear yourself. My Buddy saw one guy that he thought was hot the guy said he was strictly down for pussy and he had a girlfriend that was there with him. I'm used to going to bars / clubs dancing and a guy is enjoying the moment and no one screaming I'm straight. We are in 2017 and they need to stop advertising as a gay bar maybe gay-friendly is what they need to advertise under.

    • PittBullPa
      PittBullPa 7 months ago
      Loves it

      Best local bar
      This is a great place to start the night in Philly. Strong drinks and friendly bartenders as well as patrons. Good place to start a conversation and see what's going on.

    • BMOSJD
      BMOSJD 1 year ago
      Hates it

      Woodys More Straight than Gay
      Woodys used to be the go to place for gay men! The drinks, the parties, bartenders and doormen were all great at one point in time! I have dealt with both the racism and classism that happen on the regular here. Since its renovation the bar has attracted more straight females than anything and the bar seems to be catering more to them then their regulars that go there.

    • TOMiscaliboy
      TOMiscaliboy Over a year ago

      Woody's in philly
      The bar itself was pretty nice, the staff was decent but they advertise cheaper prices until you get the bill. So just watch out on what you order I was amazed how my bill was to a surprise 3 times the special.

    • Davo007
      Davo007 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Horrible
      Horrible why is it that a gay bar for men have more straight women and it and straight couples then gay. Why do I feel like the stranger. I go to a gay bar to be called the faggot by these people in my gay hood

    • tonycruel
      tonycruel Over a year ago
      Loves it

      love it second home
      come check it out i'll be in the building ever night

    • Fakeem
      Fakeem Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Is this all Philly has to offer people blacks?
      I went there 3 times in a month. The first time I was treated like an adult because I happened to come in with an employee and the doorman saw that we knew each other. The next 2 times I came alone. I was treated like Rosa Parks. Even though i'm an adult and pass for straight and look legal, I was asked for ID, while people that would fit the gay stereotype walked in unobstructed. I don't know why this bothered me, but they didn't have a coat check or coat room. I was told i could put my coat anywhere, but that's plain unsafe. I would think a bar/club that's been around for 30 plus years could afford to make a room for coats... Back to the racist aspect. I sat on a speaker since I wasn't drinking and there was nowhere else to sit. I was told that I couldn't sit there and was asked to move, yet a few minutes later, 2 white men sat in the exact same spot and no one approached them or asked them to move. Typical for Philly and for gay clubs with white employees. My best advice is to go with a white friend or be as flamey as the gayborhood expects, so you can be treated with what the Woody's community feels is dignity. I would give 0 stars, but I actually liked the music played, and that was what I thought I would dislike the most.

    • fun cool ?
      ok?

    • dandigil
      dandigil Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Disappointed
      My partner and I were disappointed the last few times we went to Woody's. The first time, I was taking photos with a small phone camera where it was generally dark and the only light was from the strobes and such used for dancing. I was taken outside and accused of this, and nothing else, but I had to leave the bar. Another time , much more recently, I came into the bar, ordered a drink and was discouraged by a bouncer. I left then also. Woody's doesn't always come off as friendly, especially when you are kicked out for nothing. My partner feels that he was treated rudely many times. He came there many times to escape the neighborhood he lived in at the time. If they clean up their act I'll fill in the middle star. But for now, with the weather being cold, we prefer somewhere warm to go to.

    • rjohnson311
      rjohnson311 Over a year ago

      The service was incredibly rude. Questioned my ID because I am from out of state on military orders. Guy with the ponytail had a particularly bad attitude. Won't be going back.

    • chengabus
      chengabus Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Upstairs
      Definitely worth paying for the upstairs part--not a huge dancer but such a fun place and great dancefloor. Loved it so much that we went back the second night! Good crowd and so much less pretentious than NYC!

    • Awesome hang-out for the Madonna 2008 After-party!
      This was the 1st dance bar that my buddy & I went to after seeing Madonna's "Sticky & Sweet Tour" at Wachovia Center. The place was PACKED, down & upstairs!!! And we saw SEVERAL concert-goers, esp. the one guy with the rainbow-studded t-shirt with Madonna's name on it. The next day, we had lunch at Woody's & what a different setting from the bar crowd!! The food was awesome, & drinks were strong. I definitely have to come back soon. --XOXO

    • rahiembrooks
      rahiembrooks Over a year ago
      Loves it

      The Last of the Philadelphia Gay Scene
      Philadelphia a city known for spearheading independence has lost it's flavorful gay pride allure. In the days of Smarts, The Nile, Stars, and Woody's, the latter was the only one to survive on Philadelphia's gay 13th Street. The strip has been taken over by restaurants and bars that aren't gay owned and turned this once gay filled area straight for the most part. Woody's though is still there standing strong with a complete makeover and food menu that is excellent. The 18 and over Wednesday situation is great to introduce younger gay men to the club scene. I highly recommend this place if you visit Philadelphia.

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