"Original" Lucky Seven Tavern

"Rocky Balboa" Lucky Seven Tavern

Lucky Seven Tavern (From Rocky)

Seen in: Rocky

2800 Ormes Street
Philadelphia, PA 19134


There’s been a lot of confusion about the Lucky Seven, but now thanks to Brian Sullivan, we can set the record straight.

Before Brian’s family began running the original Lucky Seven Tavern in 1970, the place was called Thompson’s on the Hill, and at the time of the filming in 1975, his mother Arlene was the owner.

While they never got a chance to meet any of the cast during the brief shooting here, Sullivan does recall having “watched from across the street; between the bar and the railroad where Rocky’s famous run started.” During the production, Brian lived just across the street from the bar in the pink houses momentarily visible in the bar’s establishing shot.

The tavern went on to become The King’s Inn, but was ultimately demolished in the 1980’s. As of 2016, all that’s left on the corner of Ormes, Somerset and Tusculum Streets is a small vacant lot where the bar once stood.

Interior of the Bar Filmed Elsewhere

While the exterior as seen in the movie is the original Lucky Seven, Brian tells us that the interiors were shot at another bar called McCarty’s, which was then situated kitty-corner from the “new” Lucky Seven Tavern on Kensington Avenue. This is not confirmed as the director’s DVD commentary claims the interior was shot at a Los Angeles bar.

Lucky Seven Tavern (From Rocky Balboa)

Seen in: Rocky Balboa

2800 D Street
Philadelphia, PA 19134


The Lucky Seven Tavern seen in Rocky is a different location than the one seen in Rocky Balboa.

Today, the bar looks just the same and is called Bentley’s Place, serving fine food and cold beer … according to their sign. The “Lucky Seven Tavern” sign that hung outside the Rocky Balboa location was sold at Sylvester Stallone’s massive memorabilia auction in December, 2015.

If you’re looking for the place where Rocky fought Tommy Gunn, that’s yet another location, Andy’s Bar, which just looks somewhat similar to this spot, but is in actuality right across the street from Mighty Mick’s Gym on Front Street in Philly.

To help confuse you even more – until recent times there was another place in Philly called the Lucky Seven Tavern, but that ain’t Rocky’s original – it’s just a coincidence.


See what it looks like today in these photos!