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18 Essential Happy Hours in Philadelphia

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Pennsylvania doesn't make it easy to drink on the cheap. Most establishments buy liquor and wine at retail price with little-to-no wholesale discount to speak of, and those hefty mark-ups can be a hard pill to swallow. Enter happy hour, the glorious time of day when food and drinks are both discounted. And at these 18 bars and restaurants, cheap doesn't mean chintzy. With extended (and some late night) hours and generous specials on small plates, cocktails, beer, and wine, these hotspots are sure to keep everyone happy through the night.

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1. Fond

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1537 S 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 551-5000
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Drop in at the elegant Fond Tuesday through Friday between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. or Sunday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for $5 draft beers and $7 cocktails. A selection of menu items, including chicken liver mousse, seared foie gras, and grilled duck hearts, can be had for $7.

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2. Brigantessa

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1520 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 318-7341
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Feed a crowd at Brigantessa’s weekday happy hour — from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. most nights and until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays — with $10 margherita and marinara pizzas. To go with the pies, get $2 off all 16 craft beers on draft, including rare Italian beers, wines on tap for $6, and nightly specials on pizza, pasta, and more from the wood-fired grill.

3. Tattooed Mom

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530 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 238-9880
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Easily one of the best bar options on South Street, Tattooed Mom pours half-priced drafts every night from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. Daily food specials include half-priced veggie items on Mondays, $1 tacos on Tuesdays, $4 burgers on Wednesdays, and $.50 cent pierogies on Thursdays.

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4. Zahav

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237 St James Pl
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 625-8800
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With tables booked well in advance, dinner at Zahav is one of Philly’s hard-to-score reservations. Here’s the hack: Get a seat at the bar Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. for $3 beers, $4 off specialty cocktails, $3 off wines by the glass, and half-priced hummus. Still hungry? Stay for dinner at the bar.

Alexandra Hawkins

5. Bud & Marilyn's

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1234 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 546-2220
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Bud & Marilyn’s is a retro Midwestern hotspot within Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s 13th Street empire. Go for the 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekday happy hour to get $4 to $6 beer, wine, and cocktails, including Bud’s Best Pale Ale (which Yards brews custom for the restaurant), and $4 to $7 snacks, including crispy cheese curds with garlic ranch, pierogies in brown butter, and a hot fried chicken slider. Bonus: Happy hour is back after 10 p.m. nightly.

6. Barclay Prime

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237 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 732-7560
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With steaks averaging around $50 and that $120 cheesesteak, dinner at Barclay Prime isn’t for the penny pinchers. But Monday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the luxe life seems attainable. The lounge, with its zebra print rugs and lime green accents, shakes cosmos and margaritas for $7. Beer and wine are just $6. Small bites — duck wings, a wagyu meatball, loaded tater tots with truffled cheese and bacon — are also available at the bar.

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7. Sampan

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124 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 732-3501
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From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day of the week, Sampan’s always-hoppin’ bar discounts 20 small plates, including satay, dumplings, buns, wraps, and sides, all offered at $3 to $5 each. House wine, a featured beer, and a specialty cocktail go down quickly at just $4. In warmer weather, arrive early to get a spot at Graffiti Bar, the outdoor bar behind Sampan with many of the same menu items.

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8. Oyster House

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1516 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 567-7683
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Oyster House’s happy hour might be the city’s most famous party. Monday to Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday nights from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., the mix-and-minglers show up for $5 seasonal punch, $3 drafts, $1 raw oysters, $3 oyster shooters.

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9. Walnut Street Cafe

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2929 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 867-8067
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Walnut Street Cafe‘s happy hour features a $5 Citywide special of the day, with combos like Rolling Rock and Bulleit Rye or Tecate and mezcal. Offered Monday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., the happy hour also includes a selection of $5 drinks and $3 to $8 snacks.

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10. Cozara

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3200 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(267) 233-7488
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Sip on sake, cocktails, beer, and wine for as little as $3 at Cozara in University City during the weekday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. happy hour. Perfectly located for Penn and Drexel students and employees, the spacious Japanese spot offers small plates for $3 (chicken skin, hand rolls), $4 (bao buns) and $5 (buns, rice bowls, sushi).

11. Hop Sing Laundromat

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1029 Race St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

The spot that many consider Philadelphia’s best cocktail bar makes a great case for best happy hour status with its shot-based menu available Thursday and Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. No other bar has such generous offerings of top shelf liquors. Among the 20 options: Espolón Añejo Tequila for $3.50, Laphroaig Quarter Cask Single Malt Whisky for $7.77, and Bowmore 18 Years Old Single Malt Whisky for $12.12 (or, if you’re feeling flush, the rare 25-year is a good deal for $49.99 for a 2-oz. pour). Don’t forget: No flip flops, shorts, or hats allowed.

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12. South Kitchen & Jazz Parlor

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600 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 600-0220
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South, the restaurant and jazz lounge on North Broad, offers a generous happy hour Tuesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with, fittingly, $4 to $7 drinks and bites. Choose from over a dozen cocktails, wines, and beers. Among the food items included are hush puppies with cream cheese honey butter, hot chicken sliders, chicken-fried oysters, and Louisiana-style crawfish fritters.

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13. Fette Sau

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1208 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 391-4888
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Hit up Fette Sau from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a hearty weekday dinner that will satisfy meaty cravings for less than $15. On the menu: smoked deviled eggs for $3, two chicken drumsticks with spicy slaw for $4, and a burnt end sandwich for $5. Plus, half-price drafts and Manhattans and old fashioneds for $5.

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14. Taqueria Feliz

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4410 Main St
Philadelphia, PA 19127
(267) 331-5874
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Sure, the Lenape were referring to the Schuylkill River as a source of water when they called the Manayunk neighborhood “where we go to drink,” but you can use it as an excuse to get $5.50 margaritas at Taqueria Feliz weekdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Also on offer: $3 draft beers, $4 house wine and sangria, $6 nachos, and two tacos for $5 (cauliflower for the vegetarians and grasshoppers for the intrepid).

15. Clarkville

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4301 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 387-4992
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Clarkville encourages its guests to bring the whole family to happy hour. The West Philly pizzeria offers a $6 kids meal — with a milk box to wash it down — for the little ones, plus $4 beers, $5 wines, and $7 pizzas (with regular or vegan cheese) for grownups.

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16. Brauhaus Schmitz

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718 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 909-8814
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South Street’s Brauhaus Schmitz is all about the German beer and weekdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., all 30 of its drafts go for just $4. Snag a sausage sandwich for $4 too (the deals are available at the bar and high-top tables only).

17. The Sidecar Bar & Grille

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2201 Christian St
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 732-3429
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It’s nice to find a happy hour that goes from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and even nicer when it includes half off seven draft beers, seven house cocktails for $4, and $7 nachos, carnitas, and chicken bites. That’s the deal at Graduate Hospital’s Sidecar every weekday after work.

18. Ela

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627 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 687-8512
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It’s easy to drop a pretty penny at Jason Cichonski’s Queen Village destination, Ela. But if you’re looking to eat and drink on the cheap, happy hour — Sunday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. — is a good deal with $3 draft beers and select bottles, $5 wines, and cocktails from $4 to $6. Bonus: On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Ela serves $5 pasta bowls from Cichonski’s own Little Noodle Pasta Co.

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1. Fond

1537 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Fond [official photo]

Drop in at the elegant Fond Tuesday through Friday between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. or Sunday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for $5 draft beers and $7 cocktails. A selection of menu items, including chicken liver mousse, seared foie gras, and grilled duck hearts, can be had for $7.

1537 S 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

2. Brigantessa

1520 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Feed a crowd at Brigantessa’s weekday happy hour — from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. most nights and until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays — with $10 margherita and marinara pizzas. To go with the pies, get $2 off all 16 craft beers on draft, including rare Italian beers, wines on tap for $6, and nightly specials on pizza, pasta, and more from the wood-fired grill.

1520 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147

3. Tattooed Mom

530 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Tattooed Mom
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Easily one of the best bar options on South Street, Tattooed Mom pours half-priced drafts every night from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. Daily food specials include half-priced veggie items on Mondays, $1 tacos on Tuesdays, $4 burgers on Wednesdays, and $.50 cent pierogies on Thursdays.

530 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

4. Zahav

237 St James Pl, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Alexandra Hawkins

With tables booked well in advance, dinner at Zahav is one of Philly’s hard-to-score reservations. Here’s the hack: Get a seat at the bar Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. for $3 beers, $4 off specialty cocktails, $3 off wines by the glass, and half-priced hummus. Still hungry? Stay for dinner at the bar.

237 St James Pl
Philadelphia, PA 19106

5. Bud & Marilyn's

1234 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Bud & Marilyn’s is a retro Midwestern hotspot within Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s 13th Street empire. Go for the 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekday happy hour to get $4 to $6 beer, wine, and cocktails, including Bud’s Best Pale Ale (which Yards brews custom for the restaurant), and $4 to $7 snacks, including crispy cheese curds with garlic ranch, pierogies in brown butter, and a hot fried chicken slider. Bonus: Happy hour is back after 10 p.m. nightly.

1234 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

6. Barclay Prime

237 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Barclay Prime [official photo]

With steaks averaging around $50 and that $120 cheesesteak, dinner at Barclay Prime isn’t for the penny pinchers. But Monday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the luxe life seems attainable. The lounge, with its zebra print rugs and lime green accents, shakes cosmos and margaritas for $7. Beer and wine are just $6. Small bites — duck wings, a wagyu meatball, loaded tater tots with truffled cheese and bacon — are also available at the bar.

237 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

7. Sampan

124 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Sampan [official photo]

From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day of the week, Sampan’s always-hoppin’ bar discounts 20 small plates, including satay, dumplings, buns, wraps, and sides, all offered at $3 to $5 each. House wine, a featured beer, and a specialty cocktail go down quickly at just $4. In warmer weather, arrive early to get a spot at Graffiti Bar, the outdoor bar behind Sampan with many of the same menu items.

124 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

8. Oyster House

1516 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Jason Varney

Oyster House’s happy hour might be the city’s most famous party. Monday to Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday nights from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., the mix-and-minglers show up for $5 seasonal punch, $3 drafts, $1 raw oysters, $3 oyster shooters.

1516 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

9. Walnut Street Cafe

2929 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Katie June Burton

Walnut Street Cafe‘s happy hour features a $5 Citywide special of the day, with combos like Rolling Rock and Bulleit Rye or Tecate and mezcal. Offered Monday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., the happy hour also includes a selection of $5 drinks and $3 to $8 snacks.

2929 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

10. Cozara

3200 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Sip on sake, cocktails, beer, and wine for as little as $3 at Cozara in University City during the weekday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. happy hour. Perfectly located for Penn and Drexel students and employees, the spacious Japanese spot offers small plates for $3 (chicken skin, hand rolls), $4 (bao buns) and $5 (buns, rice bowls, sushi).

3200 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

11. Hop Sing Laundromat

1029 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Robert Neroni/Courtesy of Hop Sing Laundromat

The spot that many consider Philadelphia’s best cocktail bar makes a great case for best happy hour status with its shot-based menu available Thursday and Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. No other bar has such generous offerings of top shelf liquors. Among the 20 options: Espolón Añejo Tequila for $3.50, Laphroaig Quarter Cask Single Malt Whisky for $7.77, and Bowmore 18 Years Old Single Malt Whisky for $12.12 (or, if you’re feeling flush, the rare 25-year is a good deal for $49.99 for a 2-oz. pour). Don’t forget: No flip flops, shorts, or hats allowed.

1029 Race St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

12. South Kitchen & Jazz Parlor

600 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Rachel Vigoda

South, the restaurant and jazz lounge on North Broad, offers a generous happy hour Tuesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with, fittingly, $4 to $7 drinks and bites. Choose from over a dozen cocktails, wines, and beers. Among the food items included are hush puppies with cream cheese honey butter, hot chicken sliders, chicken-fried oysters, and Louisiana-style crawfish fritters.

600 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19130

13. Fette Sau

1208 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Fette Sau [official photo]

Hit up Fette Sau from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a hearty weekday dinner that will satisfy meaty cravings for less than $15. On the menu: smoked deviled eggs for $3, two chicken drumsticks with spicy slaw for $4, and a burnt end sandwich for $5. Plus, half-price drafts and Manhattans and old fashioneds for $5.

1208 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

14. Taqueria Feliz

4410 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127

Sure, the Lenape were referring to the Schuylkill River as a source of water when they called the Manayunk neighborhood “where we go to drink,” but you can use it as an excuse to get $5.50 margaritas at Taqueria Feliz weekdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Also on offer: $3 draft beers, $4 house wine and sangria, $6 nachos, and two tacos for $5 (cauliflower for the vegetarians and grasshoppers for the intrepid).

4410 Main St
Philadelphia, PA 19127

15. Clarkville

4301 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Clarkville[official photo]

Clarkville encourages its guests to bring the whole family to happy hour. The West Philly pizzeria offers a $6 kids meal — with a milk box to wash it down — for the little ones, plus $4 beers, $5 wines, and $7 pizzas (with regular or vegan cheese) for grownups.

4301 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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16. Brauhaus Schmitz

718 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

South Street’s Brauhaus Schmitz is all about the German beer and weekdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., all 30 of its drafts go for just $4. Snag a sausage sandwich for $4 too (the deals are available at the bar and high-top tables only).

718 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

17. The Sidecar Bar & Grille

2201 Christian St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

It’s nice to find a happy hour that goes from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and even nicer when it includes half off seven draft beers, seven house cocktails for $4, and $7 nachos, carnitas, and chicken bites. That’s the deal at Graduate Hospital’s Sidecar every weekday after work.

2201 Christian St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

18. Ela

627 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Ela / Facebook

It’s easy to drop a pretty penny at Jason Cichonski’s Queen Village destination, Ela. But if you’re looking to eat and drink on the cheap, happy hour — Sunday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. — is a good deal with $3 draft beers and select bottles, $5 wines, and cocktails from $4 to $6. Bonus: On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Ela serves $5 pasta bowls from Cichonski’s own Little Noodle Pasta Co.

627 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

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