Good times and live music ride again at Broad Street’s famous Boot & Saddle. Shuttered in 1995, the iconic South Philly landmark re-opened in 2013 under the partnership between Sean Agnew’s R5 productions, New York City’s The Bowery Presents and Mark Fichera as a 150-person capacity live music venue and 60-seat restaurant.
While live music packs the back room of the new Boot & Saddle beginning at 7:30pm some 150 nights of the year, a separate 60-seat main room and kitchen is open Tuesday thru Sunday, from 5pm ‘til 11:30pm (and when hosting shows on occasional Mondays), featuring a full-service bar, 10 rotating local craft beers, seasonal beers from around the United States, as well as inexpensive domestic crowd favorites.
Under the direction of R5 Productions, this new destination hosts the day’s most exciting local and national artists across all genres, ranging from indie rock, electronic, punk to experimental, metal, singer-songwriters—and, yes, there’s even some country back at the Boot & Saddle from time to time – all experienced in our intimate back concert room featuring the same d&b Audiotechnik soundsystems that earned Union Transfer consistent accolade as one of the city’s best sounding venues. Boot & Saddle has quickly distinguished itself as one of the only small-size room in entire US to boast a critically acclaimed soundsystem of this level, and continues to provide show-goers with unmatched experience.
With all of these innovations and improvements, some elements of the old Boot & Saddle still inform its new look. Preserving the venue’s original tin-ceiling and walls and hardwood floors, the new proprietors are pleased to maintain a welcoming, time-capsule décor—complete with folk-art cowboy murals—reflecting the building’s history as Philadelphia’s one-time only country bar. And, yes, the iconic neon sign is BACK!