This applies to any given area, not just Philadelphia. When you are tending to the glorious streets in search of your favorite drinking establishment, you need to have the finest tools available to find new places you have never been to. If you are looking for a new spot or just want to see what is happening on any given night, then try www.philly2night.com. With a full listing of happy hours and specials updated daily, it is bound to shed a light or two on some new bar, club, tavern, pub, saloon, disco or ale house that fits your needs. They also list events, some of which are okay and others that are considered below bar(haha). Google search is also a great tool for nightlife goers as you can search for “city bars” with any city listed and at least a few places will come up, unless you are in an area where there are more bears than people.
Having the map app on your IPhone or whatever you use is also a vital tool and can make getting from one place to the next much easier. I recommend having it readily available in areas you are not familiar with.