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The Westbury

 
88% love it
  39
GayCities Members report that The Westbury has closed
Philly's oldest gay bar
Casual neighborhood bar with a dim, smoky atmosphere. A very laid-back place for good inexpensive drinks, this bar tends to have an older crowd.

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    • Thad4Phila
      Thad4Phila Over a year ago
      Loves it

      The gay sports bar with craft beers!
      I hadn't been to the Westbury for a while - I've always liked it but it just wasn't on my regular route. I decided to give it a try since the Flyers were playing last night and I didn't want to watch at home alone. With 8 TVs, they're doing the sports bar thing well. And they were ALL tuned to the Flyers - major point in their favor! But the sound was off (you kinda need the commentary for hockey). Still, it was a good idea to go there. The staff couldn't be more welcoming. The beer selection on tap is awesome. I'll go back more often.

    • phillybuzi
      phillybuzi Over a year ago
      Loves it

      The BEST Gay Bar in PHILLY!
      Friendly, clean, GREAT pub food, GREAT beer, friendliest staff in town!!! I LOVE THE WESTBURY!!!

    • taldanicz
      taldanicz Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Good place for friends
      I really like the new beer selection. It has more of a gay pub vibe now that it has changed hands. Crowd is late 20s on up, with most guys in their 40s. People were friendly, it gets busy on the weekends. Few to no women here when i was there.

    • shorteone
      shorteone Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Finally
      I have been searching for a gay bar with a great beer selection. They changed hands a few months back, so if you haven't been in a while check it out again. Great beer selection and easy to talk to bartenders. Nice atmosphere overall.

    • phillykeith
      phillykeith Over a year ago
      Loves it

      New owners, great beer selection @ fantastic price
      The new owner of this place is keeping what was good, getting rid of what didn't work and adding things that were much needed. There are 12 different beers on tap at any time now. You'll have some of the usual suspects BUT there is always a nice selection of micro-brews. They've reopened the kitchen after a renovation and you have GOT to try the burger! All in all, a great, friendly, nicely priced gay bar to hang in Philly! A most stop if you're visiting or if you live in Philly, come back you'll be pleasantly surprised.

    • Used to be the only gay bar with good beer...
      This used to be the only gay bar in Philly with a decent beer selection, including my favorite, Philly Brewing Company. Now it's just ten taps of Bud light, coors light, natty lite, the standard colored-water (I'm being polite) beers... It's a shame, it was a good place to hang out.

    • Stevin
      Stevin Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Bitch FIGHT
      The twink who was working the Saturday waiter shift got into a BIG fight withe bartender. Put on his coat. Called the manager. Bitched out the bartender. It was entertaining, but SOOOO unprofessional. He deserves to be fired. I won't be going back there.

    • CenterCityHerb1
      CenterCityHerb1 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      I agree with Frederick
      Lately the Westbury has been a hangout for strange, sleazoid types, older men with hustler type druggies. Many of the druggies are on heroin and some are straight and are being "bought" by these daddies who seem to collect them. Real creepy. Fights have broken out in Uncles, another Philly gay bar not too far away. These fights are between daddies and their drug addict companions. Where is all this low life coming from?

    • Frederick
      Frederick Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Good bar but too many Daddies and Heroin Addicts
      The food is great, the people personable but I have found too many South Philly sleazeballs or Sugar Daddies who "date" twentysomething drug addicts (especially heroin addicts). They are creepy. Old men in baseball caps with young skinny guys with needle marks on their arms. Life in 2008! If you can deal with this freak show, the Westbury is great. But these creepy S Philly Sugar Daddies are a sorry lot. believe me.

    • billy
      billy Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great pub for younger, older, bears, twinks...
      The gang that hangs out there is fun & friendly. On Sunday afternoons, there is a big group of guys who come from the Bike Stop after the Eagle's games and party like rock stars. They are friends of Emilio the bartender & they have been known to dance on the bar top in their undies!

    • CuteGuy
      CuteGuy Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great Place
      When I walk into the westbury, I feel very welcome and warm. Emilo and Jason are my two favorite bartenders. You can sit at the bar and have great conversation and the juke box is great. Or you can sit in a booth and enjoy the food. It is the "Gay Cheers" of the gayborhood. I suggest you go in and I bet you'll be back.

    • mike7
      mike7 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Hipper, younger than what I remember
      Its been around forever, but now it seems to be an "it" place again (how many times can u go to woodys?). Nice bartenders, good vibe - though it does get the occasional whacko/hustler/cracked-out tenant from the hotel above. Good draft beer, good jukebox. P.S. John is a great bartender, if a little less extroverted than the rest. You would get a little exasperated too if you had to deal with the crazies. But he's avery nice guy and one of the reasons I keep going back (as opposed to some of the truly nasty bartenders at XII A.C. and woodys)

    • MDVisitor
      MDVisitor Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Awesome atmosphere!
      Sounds like the first rater here is just vindictive! This is a great, no-nonsense kind of bar... and I love having the lesbians around!! Good jobb all!

    • Gavin
      Gavin Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Nice laid-back neighborhood bar.
      excellent food and friendly staff. Much better air quality since they started the smoking ban. Good place to take a date because you can have a conversation without having to yell over the music. I usually use it as a meeting place to start my nights out with a group of friends.

    • hottdate
      hottdate Over a year ago
      Hates it

      DULL! JUST A SHADOW OF IT'S FORMER SELF!
      Hope you don't have "John" the part-time bar keep (full time school teacher) wait on you as he will make you feel like you need him more than he needs you...loves himself. The other barkeeps are friendly. Food is good here, very good. Used to be mostly men but now there are far too many women.

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