Yeah, I'm driving up from St. Louis on the 21st to take a weekend to look around for a place. So far, I'm leaning towards a place a block from Baltimore or another one in Fishtown.
I'd probably look in NoLibs before Fishtown. Fishtown is pretty banged up in a lot of areas. It's also fairly far from Drexel (~30 min subway ride). But, if you are more of a hipster-type, you'd like it. NoLibs and Fishtown are the hipster haven areas of Philly (well, there and Clark Park). So, if you rock skinny jeans, listen to obscure music, and dislike most of mainstream society it might be your thing.
Wow. I wouldn't at all call the bands that play at Johnny Brenda's obscure
Also, Philly hipsters are actually pretty cool & not hipster pretentious like they are in the Mission or Williamsburg. I don't really understand where hypermeganet is coming from. If disliking mainstream society means having contempt for the crowd that goes to places like Mad River and the Plough & the Stars, well, I guess I feel the same way.
I know a couple buying a house up in Fishtown right now. Some of it's fine, but use your judgment when evaluating places. The El ride might be a pain, but it's one line.
Well, I guess it depends on what you consider to be pretentious. The bulk of hipsters I know that live in NoLibs (which is more than a few) pretty much consider every bar, every restaurant, every shop in NoLibs to be far and away superior to anything not in NoLibs. How is that different than the Williamburg hipster that eschews Manhattan chic for the next hipster trend that floats through the vintage shop on the corner?
And Brenda's, while a nice venue, plays host to bands 99.9% of people have never heard of. Again, I don't know how you define obscure, but that's fairly obscure to me.
And I don't have a problem with hipsters! I'm just saying, to me (a 100% corporate "square") NoLibs comes off as having a very hipster vibe.