How Local Leaders Revived Wilmington’s Arts Scene

“A key piece in Wilmington’s revitalization, World Cafe Live at The Queen—and founder Hal Real—celebrate its fifth anniversary. The city’s music scene may never be the same.”

Read more on DelawareToday!


Hal Real wins NCCo Chamber’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award

World Cafe Live founder and president Hal Real was honored with the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce’s David J. Freschman Entrepreneur of the Year Award in spring 2016.

“Hal took a lot of risks and had a lot of perseverance to develop that property into one of the crown jewels of Market Street,” chamber president Mark Kleinschmidt said. “Given everything that’s happened there, he seemed like an obvious choice for the award.”


Read more about it on DelawareOnline.

World Cafe Live at The Queen celebrates 5th Anniversary

World Cafe Live at The Queen in Wilmington, DE celebrated its 5th Anniversary on April 1, 2016. Read what some of our friends had to say about it below!

“Symbol Of A Downtown Revival” Out & About

“For five years, Queen is Market Street’s crown jewel” Delaware Business Times

“Marathon of free shows for Queen’s 5th” Delaware Online

“Fulfilling its promise: The Queen’s first 5 years on Market” Delaware Public Media

“All Hail World Cafe Live at The Queen” honeygrow

Monday Jazz Jam shines spotlight on aspiring talent

“World Cafe Live thinks it’s important to showcase local talent because we’re located in Philly, which has one of the best music scenes in the country,” programming manager Christianna LaBuz said. “We wouldn’t be here without the love and support of our WCL music family, the folks whose smiling faces we see regularly, both on stage as performers and offstage in the audience as fans.”

Read more on The Temple News.

WCL at The Queen Press Highlights 2012-2015

A lot of cool stuff happened during our first 4 years in Wilmington. Take a look!


“The Queen’s Shine a Light concert tackles ’75” Delaware Online


“BMI Joins Forces With Mid-Atlantic Radio Group in Presenting Songwriter Event” BMI

“Learning lessons becoming musical” Sunday News Journal


“One year later, sounds of success from the Queen” DFM News

“A year in the life of World Cafe Live” The News Journal

“Long Live: Local Musicians Shine A Light” Out & About

“Rolling Stones tribute ‘packs the house’ for Live at the Queen fundraiser” WHYY NewsWorks

World Cafe Live Philadelphia Celebrates 10th Anniversary

World Cafe Live Philadelphia opened its doors 10 years ago at 3025 Walnut Street on October 2nd, 2004. Below are some articles and press pieces surrounding the 10th Anniversary.

“Venue Celebrates 10th Year” Temple News

“WXPN and World Cafe Live: 10th Anniversary” University of Pennsylvania Almanac

“World Cafe Live Celebrates 10 Years” Philadelphia Daily News

“World Cafe Live Turns 10” Metro

World Cafe Live Owner Hal Real Reflects On Ten Years For The XPN Morning Show

WCL Philly Press Highlights 2006-2012


“Playing Nice. A Setting to Make Events Dazzle” Mid-Atlantic Events Magazine

“36 Hours:Philadelphia” New York Times


“Clubbing For Kids” Newsweek

“40 Best Live Music Venues” Paste Magazine

“Brotherly Love for NOLA” Philadelphia Inquirer

“CEOfile – Hal Real” Philadelphia Business Journal


“LiveConnections To Build Bridges” Philadelphia Business Journal


“World Cafe Live 5th Anniversary” Philadelphia Inquirer


“Philadelphia’s Musical Roots” BBC Travel

WCL Wilmington Awards & Honors

The News Journal “Best of Delaware” Awards
Best Music Venue (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Best Theater (2015)
Best Live Arts Venue (2013)
Eclectic Music Award (2011)

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Tri State Indie Music Awards
Best New Music Venue (2011)

Philadelphia Magazine “Best of Philly”
Best New Music Venue (2011)


North DelaWHERE Happening List
Live Music Venue Finalist (2015, 2016)
Live Music Venue Winner (2014)

WSTW Hometown Heroes’ Homey Awards
Best Music Venue Winner (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)

Open Table
Diners’ Choice Award (2012)
Given for the Top 100 Late Night Dining Restaurants in the U.S.

Delaware Contractors Association
Construction Excellence Award- Given for Major Historical Preservation and Restoration (2011)

Spark Magazine
“#1 Moment of 2011” Award

Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia
“Achievement Award” (2012)

Access Wilmington Committee Award

Distinguished Service in the Area of Accessibility
for the Citizens of Wilmington with Disabilities and their Families (2011)

LEADERSHIP Philadelphia

“76 Creative Connectors” – Hal Real (2011)