Nestled within the vibrant streets of Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, is a delightful secret that locals and visitors alike hold dear: the art of the perfect Happy Hour. Whether you’re winding down after a long workday or simply seeking an excuse to gather with friends, the Philadelphia Happy Hour scene offers a diverse and delectable array of options. From craft beer havens and stylish cocktail lounges to cozy gastropubs and wallet-friendly dives, this city has something to suit every palate and budget. In this guide, we’ll embark on a journey through the bustling neighborhoods of Philadelphia to uncover the hidden gems and well-known hotspots that serve up the finest Happy Hour experiences. So, whether you prefer sipping a classic cocktail or savoring local brews, join us as we explore the Best Happy Hour in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Oyster House is the best restaurant in Philly for anything seafood! Give the oysters a try. The lobster rolls and clam chowder are also popular. It is located in City Center and close to City Hall and Rittenhouse Square. The space is small yet inviting. Make sure to get a bar seat in view of the oyster shucking for the most fun. Happy hour drink favorites include Kelly’s Punch which features bourbon, black tea, grapefruit, and cinnamon, as well as their Bloody Caesar.
Happy Hour Deals: Tuesday to Friday from 4 PM to 6 PM – $2 oyster: blackberry, $4 beer: kenzinger, $3 oyster shooter: daily selection, $6 cocktail: kelly’s punch, $6 wine: house red & house white, $9 fried shrimp sliders and $9 shrimp arancini.
Sampan is a contemporary Asian, small plates restaurant in Philadelphia’s Midtown Village. They offer a selection of well-priced and well-sized happy hour snacks. A backlit mural sets the trendy vibe here. Located at the rear of the restaurant is the Graffiti Bar, with plenty of outdoor seating in view of one of Philadelphia’s famous murals. Happy hour drink specials include beer, sake, and cocktails like the Ming Mule and Autumn in Okinawa.
Happy Hour Deals: Everyday from 4 PM to 7 PM – $7 small, $7 crispy, $7 buns & wraps, $6 sides, $6 satay, $5 drink features, $9 cocktails and $25 scorpion bowl.
For one of the most fun places to get drinks, check out the bright and eclectic Tattooed Mom. Located near the South Street Magic Theater, there is plenty here to get you smiling. Besides a jukebox, music nights, comedy nights, and crafts on Sunday, Tattooed Mom features an extensive happy hour menu of American food and vegan offerings. Make sure to catch cocktails like the Pop Rocket, with Pop Rocks candy, or the Cosmo Cloud that includes cotton candy!
Happy Hour Deals: Everyday from 4 PM to 6 PM – $1 beer or vegetarian bean, $2.50 tecates, 50% off veggie menu, $4 hamburgers & vegan burgers, $2 gansett lager, 50% off tater tots and $2 pabst pounders.
Are you looking for a happy hour with an up-scale atmosphere? Try the hip and elegant Osteria, an Italian restaurant in Spring Garden near the EgoPo Classic Theater. Hungry foodies will love the creations of Chef Jeff Michaud, 2010 James Beard Award Winner for “Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic.” Happy hour beverages include the Rossa cocktail spritz, Bianco spritz, and a featured daily cocktail.
Happy Hour Deals: Monday to Thursday from 5 PM to 7 PM. Friday from 4 PM to 7 PM. Sunday from 4 PM to 6 PM – $5 to $8 beverage and $7 to $11 plates.
The next time you’re hanging out in the afternoon at Fishtown looking for places to go out, stop by Cheu Fishtown for their noodles, their small plate Asian fare, and their happy hour. This converted firehouse has a hip, cool, but relaxed atmosphere. It’s a great place to go and check out the local scene. Their menu is also kid-friendly and vegetarian-friendly. Their Lemongrass Mule and Cheu City-wide are must-have happy hour cocktails.
Happy Hour Deals: Sunday to Friday from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Saturday from 3 PM to 5 PM – $1 off to $12 drinks, $8 to $9 snacks + smalls, $9 to $13 vodka, $9 to $13 gin ,$9 to $12 rum, $10 to $14 tequila, $9 to $12 sippers, $10 to $14 american / irish whiskey, $12 to $85 japanese whiskey and $10 to $12 shochu.
German for “fat pig,” Fette Sau is located in Fish Town, which is the place in Philly to go when you have a hankering for barbeque. Fette Sau uses locally sourced meats, dry-rubbed and smoked in-house. It is consistently included in lists of the top Philadelphia restaurants. With a fun and friendly vibe, this is a great happy hour place, especially if you’re into meat and beer. Local draft beers include Victory Classic Lager, Love City Lime City Lager, and Wacker Bohemian Pilsner.
Happy Hour Deals: Monday to Friday from 4 PM to 6 PM – $5 draft beer pints, $8 old fashioned & seasonal punches, $3 deviled eggs, $4 chicken legs & spicy slaw and $8 burnt ends sandwich w/spicy slaw.
Harp & Crown
Harp & Crown, located on Sansom Street between 15th and 16th Street, is a charming, sophisticated American restaurant with modern sensibilities. Featuring a glass facade, vintage wallpaper, and 24-foot ceilings, the atmosphere here is unique, and if you want to know where to get a drink that will impress your travel companions, check it out! Happy hour drinks at Harp & Crown include their house cocktail and daily happy hour beer. While you are there, check out their cocktails, like the Lucid Dream and Ruby Slippers.
Happy Hour Deals: Tuesday to Saturday from 4 PM to 7 PM – $6 house cocktail, $5 house wine, $5 happy hour beer and $7 plates.
Giuseppe & Sons
Giuseppe & Sons is a hip, trendy Italian restaurant in Center City near City Hall and Rittenhouse Square. The space features small tables for cozy, intimate seating and delicious Italian favorites like meatballs and fried calamari. For some happy hour, liquid refreshments, try the Hotel Nacional, a cocktail made with rum, pineapple, and apricot. There’s also the zesty Limonata made with vodka, limoncello, and basil.
Happy Hour Deals: Everyday from 4 PM to 6 PM – $6 wine, $7 cocktails, $6 beer, $3 to $5 starters and $6 seafood.
Bar-Ly Chinatown is one of the best fun places to go out with your friends in Philly. If you’re looking for sports bars featuring American and Asian food, look no further. This popular happy hour spot has excellent prices for what you get and features a casual, energetic atmosphere. If you’re near Independence Hall or the Chinatown Friendship Gate, swing by during happy hour for the Luscious Lycheetini or the Pink Watermelon Martini.
Happy Hour Deals: Monday to Sunday from 3 PM to 6 PM – $3 beer, $4 cocktails, $3.50 martini’s, $3.25 wine, $3 sake and $5 flights.
Mission Taqueria is a Mexican, Latin, and Central American restaurant known for its amazing tacos and guacamole. This establishment has huge, roomy indoor and outdoor spaces and a welcoming atmosphere from exposed brick, neon signs, and plentiful plants. If you’re around for a happy hour or want to extend the happy hour after dropping into the Oyster House, try Mission Taqueria’s Blood Orange Sangria.
Happy Hour Deals: Monday to Friday from 4 PM to 6 PM – $3 to $6 drinks and $3 to $6 snacks.
El Rey, in Center City, is another excellent choice for happy hour Mexican food and cocktails. This cantina features eclectic folk art and Spanish movie posters that get you in the mood for their fresh tacos. Happy hour drinks include their Classic Margarita and their Margarita Del Dia, or Margarita “of the day.” If you miss happy hour, check out their Last Hour Specials, available during their last hour of business Friday-Sunday.
Happy Hour Deals: Monday to Friday from 4 PM to 6 PM – $1 to $4 food specials and $4 to $6 drink specials.
Walnut Street Cafe
Walnut Street Cafe is located near Franklin Institute and Penn Park. The classic, modern, and bright cafe features American food and is vegetarian-friendly. Slip into a cozy booth and enjoy one of their “Golden Hour” specialties, such as Rum Punch with rum, pineapple, white wine, and cranberry. You could also go for the Pom Queen or Local Vermouth.
Happy Hour Deals: Tuesday to Saturday from 4 PM to 8 PM – $5 to $14 snacks and $6 to $12 beverages.
Double Knot is an eclectic, surprising Japanese, sushi, and Asian restaurant in Center City near City Hall and Rittenhouse Square. This cozy, inviting spot was voted “Most Romantic for a Date” by Thrillist. For happy hour, sit at the bar or one of the tables near the bar to enjoy small plates at great prices. The relaxing atmosphere and folk art are a balm for the senses. Happy hour must-haves here include The Butterfly Knot, a blend of citrus vodka, butterfly tea, lemon, honey, and bubbles, as well as The Monkey’s Fist, featuring lime, grapefruit, and cranberry.
Happy Hour Deals: Everyday from 4 PM to 7 PM – $7 rolls/handrolls, $6 robatayaki, $7 wraps & more, $6 crispy, $6 dumplings, $6 sides, $6 features, $9 specialty cocktails, $7 bottled beer, $7 draft beer, $12 sparkling, $11 white, $12 rose, $12 to $13 red and $14 to $18 sake.
Bing Bing Dim Sum
Brought to you by the same folks responsible for Cheu Fishtown, Bing Bing Dim Sum, is a Chinese Asian fusion spot located on Passyunk near Passyunk Square. Their food is vegetarian-friendly, and they offer gluten-free options as well. This is a small and lively spot. It’s fun and a little bit funky, and best of all, the staff is super friendly! Stop by for their Happy Hour Cocktail, a blend of vodka, hibiscus, and lemon. Or try the Bing City-Wide, a Miller High Life with a shot of sake.
Happy Hour Deals: Sunday to Friday from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Saturday from 3 PM to 5 PM – $4 to $10 drinks and $5 to $8 snacks.
Bud & Marilyn’s
Last but not least, Bud & Marilyn’s in Center City near the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Academy of Music is a vegetarian-friendly American restaurant and bar. With their menu and retro decor, Bud and Marilyn’s celebrates a melting pot of culture and comfort food while also paying tribute to the culture of America’s past. If you’re around for their Happy Hour, you must try their cheese curds and their balanced, refreshing, and delicious gritty slush.
Happy Hour Deals: Monday to Friday from 5 PM to 7 PM – $5 rotating craft ale, $7 house red or white, $8 old fashioned, $9 gritty slush, $10 pouch of the day, $10 burger & beer special, $8 crispy cheese curds, $8 broccoli fried rice, $5 teriyaki tofu bun, $5 nashville hot bun and $5 grilled brat bun.
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