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Iconic Dolphin Tavern Re-Opens with Dollar Tacos, Live Music, New Stage, New Kitchen and Disco Surprises!

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Iconic Dolphin Tavern Re-Opens with Dollar Tacos, Live Music, New Stage, New Kitchen and Disco Surprises!

Iconic Dolphin Tavern Re-Opens with Dollar Tacos, Live Music, New Stage, New Kitchen and Disco Surprises

The giant disco ball is spinning once again! One of South Philly’s best dance club destinations is back open and brings with it a new kitchen to focus on more than just the nightlife. After being closed due to the pandemic, Dolphin Tavern returns with theme dance parties, disco-vibe dance floor, painted murals, quirky wall art and music entertainment. Additionally, locals can now flock to this corner bar before the lights go down for happy hour drinks and quintessential bar bites, including a $1 taco menu. Besides a new kitchen, an intimate stage will also debut as the Dolphin team works to add more live music acts to their already popular DJ entertainment, quizzo, karaoke and theme night schedule. Dolphin Tavern is currently open Wednesday to Saturday from 4:00pm to 2:00am, with food service from 4:00pm to 9:00pm. Dolphin Tavern is available for private rentals Sunday to Tuesday. Dolphin Tavern is located at 1539 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia PA 19147. It is located steps away from the Tasker Morris entrance to the Broad Street Line. Free street parking is located on all surrounding streets.

“We are thrilled to announce the re-opening of one of South Philly’s most beloved dance clubs,” said FCM’s Special Events Director Neina Langford. “During the shut-down, Dolphin Tavern’s team was working behind the scenes to add to the experience with a new food menu and kitchen, new stage, more programming and other surprises. As a welcome back, we are offering a $1 taco menu for the remainder of the summer. Nothing says summer, celebration and feel-good vibes quite like dollar tacos to add to the party.”
For its grand return, Dolphin Tavern will debut its first food menu ever – including made to order tacos for only one dollar that are available during all operating kitchen hours, which is currently 4:00pm to 9:00pm. The price tag is no indicator of the flavor and quality that the menu offers. Four taco options including vegetarian verdura taco, slow braised suadero, carnitas taco with crispy pork and classic tinga de pollo tacos all come on corn tortillas topped with fresh garnishes. The full re-opening menu is as follows:


(on a corn tortilla, orders of 3, no mixing)

* Vendura – roasted veggies, queso fresco, avocado puree GF
* Tinga De Pollo – chipotle braised chicken, shaved lettuce, queso fresco, sour cream, cilantro GF
* Carnitas – crispy pork, salsa verde, cilantro, onion
* Suadero – slow braised brisket, salsa verde, cilantro, onion GF


* Chips and Salsa – corn tortilla chips, salsa roja y verde $6 GF
* Nachos – pickled jalapeño, red onion, sour cream, tomato, cilantro, refried beans, queso mixto $9 (add pork carnitas, brisket, or chicken tinga +3)
* Guacamole – fresh avocado, lime, cilantro, jalapeño, tomato, red onion, corn tortilla chips $10
* Quesadillas – flour tortilla, salsa roja, sour cream, queso chihuahua $7 (add chicken tinga, pork carnitas, or roasted vegetables +3
* Burrito – rice, refried beans, sour cream, queso mixto, pickled onions $10 (choice of brisket, chicken, veggie or pork carnitas)
As the perfect pairing for dollar tacos, Dolphin Tavern will offer a special summer happy hour Wednesday to Saturday, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm, with Tecate for $2 and Margaritas (rocks/frozen) for only $4 each.
For music and entertainment, Dolphin Tavern enters its next phase with a stacked entertainment schedule. In addition to the investment of adding a kitchen, Dolphin Tavern has shown an investment into its live music endeavours which can be seen in the structural addition of a stage, and the purchase of the former Boot & Saddle’s sound system. Boot & Saddle, the indie rock venue that permanently closed its doors in November due to the pandemic, was a crucial part of the music scene since 2013 in South Philadelphia. The Dolphin hopes it can help offer local acts, especially indie rock acts, a new, much needed place to call home.
Select dates with bands are scheduled for live music lovers, with more getting added by the day. The first scheduled Early Show is set to start this Saturday, July 17th with featured acts The Warhawks, Redtouchblack and the UgLi. Online tickets are strongly encouraged, with door tickets available but not guaranteed. Dolphin Tavern is 21+ with proper I.D., unless otherwise noted. For more information regarding this show, visit https://fb.me/e/2lJQ4egjI

The addition of bands and live music acts are only a layer on top of the DJ, dance and themed entertainment nights. ABBArama, with DJ David Atlas, is scheduled every second Saturday of the month. It is an evening full of 70’s and 80’s pop-disco music, with 70’s dress strongly encouraged, that is sure to get guests of all ages on their feet to dance the night away. Thursday nights are destined to become a go-to night out the third Thursday of every month with themed night Dumdum Juice, an evening of multiple DJ sets, and pop-up drag entertainment. Fan-favorite Wednesday night karaoke night with host Pat Pharari is scheduled to return come August for the first time since the pandemic.

Evenings with The Early Show, featuring rotating local live music acts, are scheduled to start at 7:00pm with entry cost around $15, depending on acts. Guests can anticipate DJ entertainment and a cover charge on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights starting at 9:00pm ranging from $5/$15.  Full special musical acts and performers can be found by visiting DolphinPhilly.com or by visiting their facebook page. Select dates will offer pre-order tickets to accommodate anticipated high demands, and ease of entry day off.

Dolphin Tavern remains a welcoming and inclusive space where people can express themselves freely and feel comfortable, regardless of race, gender, and/or sexual identity. They have a strong stance against harassment, discrimination, and emotional or physical harm. Guests are reminded that interactions are encouraged only when they are invited. All of these reminders are an effort to enforce respect for the venue, community, music, and each other.


Club Congress: Monthly on the third Saturday
Party: Club Congress
Entertainer: Matpat & Shang
Time: 10:00pm to 2:00am
Instagram: @clubbyboy, @shangzilla
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clubbyboy
Fb event: https://www.facebook.com/events/797112454311864

We’re back, baby! Break out them dancing shoes and lets hit the floor. Traxx. Bleeps. Boops. Bombs. NRG! DJ Matpat and Shang on the decks.  Let’s turn this party out.  Its’ been a crazy year, and we can’t wait to share some love on the dance floor.

Wednesday, July 21st
Party: Smarty Pants Quizzo
Entertainer: Miss Ian
Time: 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Instagram: @brittanylynnsig
Fb event: https://fb.me/e/c1IpH1lBF

Come be a smarty pants-or bring your kinda smart friends! Quizzo comes to the Dolphin! It’s six rounds of general trivia-so come on out and bring your book smarts or your street smarts. Questions can be on any topic. Sign up 7-8pm, Quizzo starts 8pm sharp! Winning team gets $50 Dolphin cash to use anytime after that night, and since you’re such a smarty pants, the cute bartender will slide ya a round too! No more than five players to a team and no googlin’ answers hun! Hosted by Philly’s fave gay Miss Ian!

Thursday, July 22nd
Party: Lean Back: A 2000s Era Hip-Hop Party
Entertainer: Sweat Daddy
Time: 9:00pm to 2:00am
Instagram: @sweat.daddy
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sweatdaddy69

Philly’s biggest, baddest, most lit 2000s night returns July 22nd at the Dolphin! All 2000s hip-hop bangers from when the doors open until they kick everybody out! Break out your gold grills, your white tees, your Baby Phat track suits, and leave your baby mama/daddy at home because we’re gonna party! DJ sets by by: Sweat Daddy, 4XL Rose, Nick Na$ty, Perspiration Papi. $5 cover all night.Friday, July 23rd
Party: BET UNCUT: The Party
Time: 9:00pm to 2:00am
$5 before 11, $10 after
Entertainer: Dirty South Joe, Jabair, DJ KB, Queen Jo
Instagram: @dsjoedeux, @djkb, @_jabair_, @queenjomusic
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dirtysouthjoehttps://www.facebook.com/jabair.beatshttps://www.facebook.com/queenjomusic
Fb event: https://fb.me/e/NOHcRx7VFrom 2000-2006, BET: Uncut unleashed the world’s most debaucherous and dangerous music videos on horny late night audiences everywhere. Amazingly, in its brief run, it managed to leave an indelible impression on both culture and society. To some, it was a menace, and a sure sign of the decline of Western civilization. To others however, it was a revelation, and represented a lawless and welcome new era in raw rhythmic expression and sex positivity.In the spirit of the latterDirty South Joe present:
BET Uncut: The Party!
Hosted by Queen Jo!
With DJs D$JOE, Jabair & KB
droppin nothin but ass shaking classics
ALL NIGHT LONG!Calling all Hot Girl Summer Lovers, TikTok Twerkers, Reggaeton Ratchets, Dancehall Daggerers, N.O. Booty Bouncers, Salacious Sexy Walkers, Corn Fed Club Heads, Miami Bass Boppers and Tantalizing 2 Steppers to @dolphinphilly!Saturday, July 24th
Party: Goodie 106
Time: 9:00pm to 2:00am
Entertainer: Rob Paine, Francisco Collazo
Instagram: @goodiephilly, @robpaine1, @djfranciscocollazo
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/goodiephillyhttps://www.facebook.com/dirty24khttps://www.facebook.com/PaineRob
Fb event: https://www.facebook.com/events/496602168240244
$5 before 11pm

:: goodie no. 106 :: That was a great first night back! We continue our residency with a very special guest, our mellow Cardona will be laying it on thick with us. Early arrival is suggested! – deep electronic sounds by – special guest: Cardona Rob Paine + Francisco Collazo
Thursday, July 29th
Party: The Early Show featuring Midnight Creeps/Those Troublemakers/Happily Deranged
Entertainer: Midnight Creeps/Those Troublemakers/Happily Deranged
Early Show with bands
Time: 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Entertainer: Midnight Creeps, Those Troublemakers, and Happily Deranged
Instagram: @thosetroublemakersphilly,
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thosetroublemakers https://www.facebook.com/Midnight-Creeps-112148064875
7pm Doors / 8pm show / 21+ $15 tickets
Midnight Creeps (9:30-10)
Those Troublemakers (8:50-9:20)
Happily Deranged (8pm-8:30pm)Saturday, July 31st
Party: Fvture Favorite: A Hyperpop Party
Time: 9:00pm to 10:00pm
Entertainer: Wassup Gina, Tygerstrype
Instagram: @wassupgina, @tygerstrype
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WASSUPGINA https://www.facebook.com/Tygerstrype
Fb event: https://fb.me/e/R8Pzh7gt
[a hyperpop party]
A night of music showcasing all your favorite and future favorite hyperpop, pc music, bubblegum bass, and alt pop songs xoxo
W/ DJs: Tygerstrype & Wassup Gina
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