A Place for Free Assembly and Spirited Debate

From the Whiskey Rebellion to the Stonewall Riot, taverns have long been the place where American history is written. At Silence Dogood’s, our mission is simple: stiff drinks, hearty food and a convivial place to gather and debate the news of the day. Whether you’re a Philadelphian by birth or just passing through, we hope you will find in our modest establishment good friends and a cure for whatever ails you.

Sustenance & Libations

John Adams enjoyed a mug of hard cider with breakfast. Thomas Jefferson was a connoisseur of rare wines from France. Whether you seek to warm your insides or calm your frayed nerves, we offer a dependable selection of good food and fine spirits.

Who Is Silence Dogood?

In the time before the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin was a young Bostonian working as an apprentice at his brother’s newspaper, The New-England Courant. When Ben’s brother refused to publish his work, he assumed the identity of a middle-aged widow named Silence Dogood and began writing letters to the paper in her name. The fifteen Silence Dogood letters were first printed during the year of 1722.

Silence Dogood was a strong-willed woman, unafraid of commenting on the news and trends of her day. In her letters, she shunned grandiosity and sang the praises of enjoying a spot of liquor now and then. Her letters were wildly popular with the scholarly men of Boston, some of whom even wrote the Courant to request her hand in marriage. At Silence Dogood’s Tavern, we are dedicated to preserving the intrepid spirit of Silence Dogood, fictional as she may be.


Silence Dogood’s Tavern is located in the heart of Old City Philadelphia, just a stone’s throw away from the historic Christ Church.

Silence Dogood’s Tavern
216 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106


While we do not fault the good Puritan who takes a dram of cider with his breakfast, our lively establishment is only open during the following times:

Sunday through Wednesday
11:00 am to 10:00 pm

11:00 am to 12:00 am

Friday and Saturday
11:00 am to 2:00 am