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Q. What is the relationship between World Cafe Live and WXPN?
A. Although we share a building and a passion for the nurture and preservation of great music, we are just friends. Sure, we enjoy each other’s company and partnering up on occasion, but that’s as far as we go. WXPN, the non-commercial radio station known for the nationally syndicated program World Cafe, licensed us the name World Cafe Live allowing us to create a clubhouse for the Philadelphia music community with a name that says it all.

Q. What is the difference between Upstairs Live and Downstairs Live?
A. The Upstairs Live cafe is a full service restaurant featuring a harmonious selection of fine food and drinks open for lunch, dinner and a tasty menu of eclectic live music most evenings. Reservations are recommended for parties of 6 or more and strongly advised if you are attending a performance and would like to reserve table seating. Call 215.222.1400 and follow the prompts. Click here to view the schedule of Upstairs Live shows.

Downstairs Live is our music hall where we feature our major acts and special events. Downstairs Live features a full bar and restaurant, serving up tasty selections for most concerts. The Downstairs room is usually set up for concerts in one of 3 ways: Bistro: all tables and chairs, bar is standing room, tables are usually reserved seating. Roadhouse: some reserved or unreserved tables and seating with an open dance area. SRO: standing room only, very limited unreserved seating may be available. Click here to check set up and dining options for Downstairs Live performances and a full schedule of events.

Q. Are there any age restrictions to attend shows at World Cafe Live?
A. Please see the website for age restrictions for a particular show. Call 215-222-1400 if you have further questions about a particular show.

Q. Are you still hiring, if so, what positions?
A. Thank you for your interest. The best way to find out what is available is to go to the Employment page. You can apply for all positions via email from there.

Q. Are you a non-smoking venue?
A. Yes. There are however safe, well-lit areas outside the building for smokers.

Q. Is the building handicap accessible?
A. Yes, All levels of the venue are accessible by our central elevator. Please inform us about wheel chair requirements ahead of time so that we can best accommodate your needs. Call 215-222-1400 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask for the Box Office Manager.


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