lucky 7 tavern

Lucky Seven Tavern

“Original” Lucky Seven Tavern

“Rocky Balboa” Lucky Seven Tavern

Lucky Seven Tavern (From 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.

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