The concept of Tabu was created out of a need to have a true sports bar that caters to the diverse and dynamic crowd makes up the Gayborhood as part of Washington Square West. Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar was envisioned to be not just another business on 12th Street, but a part of the community that gives back in ways that others only think about. In December 2012 (after just two and a half years of being open), we held our 200th fundraiser to support local non-profit organizations. We also provide significant support and help to several of the largest non-profit organizations in the community such as Mazzoni Health Center, William Way Community Center, Philadelphia Gay Black Pride, and Equality Now!
Within our first few weeks of opening, Tabu is known as one of the best venues for performance art in the community. We host weekly drag shows, burlesque shows, comedy shows, variety shows, singing competitions, dance parties, drag brunch and musical acts.
Over the last few years, Tabu Philly and its sports teams, performers, and staff have received more awards / trophies / acknowledgements than any other bar in the community including, but not limited to, Best Gay Bar, Best Bar for Beer, Best Sports Bar, Best Bartender, Champion of the C Competitive Division of the City of Brotherly Love Softball League Division “C” 2012 and 2013 and Third place at the Gay Softball World Series 2012.
Throughout all these achievements, Tabu has committed itself to being a place for everyone. A place where everyone is welcome, where everyone feels comfortable, where everyone wants to bring their mom or dad. We continue to work toward improving Tabu for you.