Photographs by Gene Smirnov
September 8-30, 2017
The neighborhood bar means different things to different people. For some it's entertainment, or the center of their social scene, a chance to blow off steam after a long day. Bar culture is strong in this city and even the most forceful waves of gentrification can't overtake the places so near and dear to Philly locals. Each place has grown to be a unique refuge for thirsty patrons who seek comfort in a favorite beverage and a warm conversation. Here we celebrate the resilience and character of these notorious drinking spots and their devoted dwellers.