The roots of the Fire date back to March of 1988 when Karen Saillant Bygott, opera singer and director, purchased the tavern along with her husband Bernie naming it the Philadelphia Bar and Grille. Bernie, a firm handed owner-operator, ran it as a typical neighborhood shot and beer bar with no jukebox and accommodating mostly local neighborhood gentlemen.
In February of 1999 Bernie became ill and Karen was left with the full-time management of the venue. She moved one of two pool tables out of what is now the Fire's auditorium and installed a small stage to accommodate her young singers laying the groundwork for what would become the one of Philadelphia's most iconic music venues.
By 2001 the other pool table had been replaced by a larger stage with professional sound equipment and, by 2004, Derek Dorsey had joined the Fire family as talent buyer. A pioneering new rock club had taken root in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia.
Over seventeen years later, the Fire stands at the center of one of the most thriving original music scenes in the US.
The Fire is an artist-friendly venue with a passion for developing talented new artists, both local and touring. Since its inception, the Fire has hosted numerous artists on their rise to stardom with artists the likes of Tegan and Sara, My Chemical Romance, OK GO, Maroon 5, Jason Mraz, Iron and Wine, John Legend, Amos Lee, Mutlu, Cold War Kids, Rilo Kiley, Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead), Santigold, Damien Rice, Sun Ra and his Arkestra, Marah, and Dr. Dog having graced its stage.
The Fire hosts a diverse calendar of music with regular shows featuring rock, folk, country, indie rock, punk, hip-hop, and everything in between.
Most shows are 21 and over with occasional all-ages and 18 and up shows mixed in. The stage is also becoming a welcoming venue for classical musicians of all ages. The Fire's facilities house a recording studio that is equipped for live multi-track recording directly from the stage.
The bar selection includes eight draft lines dedicated to local and regional beers from breweries such as Yards, Philadelphia Brewing Company, and Stoudt's with a wealth of local, domestic, and imported bottles also available.
The Fire strives to create a fun and friendly atmosphere for musicians, music fans, beer lovers, and casual customers alike. Stop in soon, you're only a stranger once!