Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar

ray's happy birthday bar philadelphia
Image: Ray's
MONDAY - SATURDAY 7 A.M. - 2 A.M. | SUNDAY 9 A.M. - 2 A.M.
215.365.1169 | WEBSITE

Adjacent to “Cheesesteak Vegas”—the searing neon tourist-trappy block featuring Pat’s and Geno’s—Ray’s caters to all facets of South Philly. That includes early risers. The bar, which, true to form, offers everyone a free drink on their birthday, opens at 7 a.m. six days a week (9 a.m. on Sundays, to give the guys a little break). Double Canadian Club for breakfast? Yes, indeed.

Known For
  • karaoke
  • live music
  • cheap date
  • historic
What to drink
If it’s your birthday, a shot with a lit candle attached to the side of the glass. The other 364 days of the year, whatever is closest to you.
The trough you see at the base of the original bar is a circa-1938 urine basin designed for drinkers who couldn’t be bothered to walk to the bathroom. Thankfully, it's no longer functional.