Capture the essence of Philadelphia at this 74 year old "everybody knows your name" neighborhood watering hole. Located in the heart of South Philly and just a stone's throw away from the world famous Geno's and Pat's Steaks, this hidden gem welcomes tourists and locals alike.
In the late 1930's, Ray Capozzoli opened this small bar, which was previously simply called Ray's Bar. Over the years, Ray became well known for greeting each customer who walked through the door with a "Happy Birthday". After Ray's passing in 1997, his son Lou took over and in honor of his father, Ray's Bar was renamed Ray's "Happy Birthday"
Photos of music legends, autographed pictures of the Sopranos, and collages of customers, friends and family adorn the wood paneled walls of this nostalgic place. There is a back room with a separate entrance that used to be the ladies waiting area. A reminder of a time when ladies were not allowed in bars without men, they would have to wait in the entrance for a single man to enter and escort them inside.
At Ray's you can belly up to a bar that is an extremely rare relic. It is made out of oak and tile with a trough that runs along the base. In the early part of the century, bar owners replaced traditional spittoons with a constant flow trough running the full length of the bar where fresh water would wash away any un-pleasantries to an awaiting drain. Very few of these flow trough spittoons remain in North America today.
Ray's opens at 7am, so have a beer for breakfast
it's always someone's birthday
Hours: 7:00 AM til 2:00 AM Monday through Saturday
9:00 AM til 2:00 AM on Sunday
YOU CAN'T DRINK ALL DAY IF YOU DON'T START IN THE MORNING...
NO ONE UNDER 21 YEARS OF AGE WILL BE SERVED
JOIN US ON YOUR BIRTHDAY AND GET ONE DRINK ON THE HOUSE