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14 Essential Happy Hours in Philadelphia

Where to head after work for discounted cocktails and snacks

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Happy hour at Sampan means $5 dumplings, sliders, and bao.
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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. At these 14 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 hot spots are sure to keep everyone happy through the night.

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1. Walnut Street Cafe

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2929 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 867-8067
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In University City, Walnut Street Cafe‘s happy hour features a $5 Citywide special of the day, with combos like Yards Pale Ale and local Kinsey Rye or prosecco and Aperol. Offered Wednesday to Saturday from 4-7 p.m., this happy hour also includes a selection of $6 drinks and snacks.

Walnut Street Cafe Katie June Burton

2. 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 4:30-6:30 p.m., the luxe life seems attainable. The lounge shakes cosmos and margaritas for $7. Beer and wine are just $6. Small bites — Wagyu meatballs, tater tots, sliders, and gnocchi — are also available at the bar.

3. 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 hottest post-work party. Monday to Friday from 5-7 p.m. and Saturday nights from 9-11 p.m., the mix-and-minglers show up for $5 seasonal punch, $3 drafts, $1 raw oysters, and $3 oyster shooters.

oyster house Jason Varney

4. Fond

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1537 S 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 551-5000
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Drop in at East Passyunk Avenue’s elegant Fond Monday to Friday and Sunday from 5:30-7 p.m. for $5 beers, $6 cocktails, and $7 wine. A selection of menu items, including chicken liver mousse, pork rillettes, and grilled duck hearts, can be had for $7. Oysters go for $1.50 each and the French dip cheesesteak is always an option at the bar, along with a few other small plates.

1311 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 545-0170
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Fill up on Greek snacks at Opa’s 4-7 p.m. happy hour each weeknight where fries and Rolling Rock bottles go for $2. For $3-$6, get meatballs, skewers, craft beer cans, calamari, house wine, a cocktail of the week, bourbon, ouzo, and more. This deal is also available in Drury Beer Garden out back, which is heated in cold months.

6. Sampan

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124 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 732-3501
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From 4-7 p.m. every day of the week, Sampan’s always-hoppin’ bar discounts 18 small plates, including satay, dumplings, buns, wraps, and sides, all offered at $4 to $5 each. House wine, a featured beer, and a specialty cocktail go down quickly at just $5. In warmer weather, arrive early to get a spot at Graffiti Bar, the outdoor bar tucked away behind Sampan with many of the same menu items.

7. Bud & Marilyn's

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1234 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 546-2220
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During the 5-7 p.m. weekday happy hour at retro Midwestern restaurant Bud & Marilyn’s, get $4 to $7 beer, wine, and cocktails, plus $4 to $6 snacks, including crispy cheese curds with garlic ranch, pimento cheese on sourdough, and a hot fried chicken slider.

glassware Bud & Marilyn’s [official photo]

8. 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. Weekdays from 5-7 p.m., all 34 of its drafts go for just $5 each. The sausage sandwich is $5 too. The deals are available at the bar and high-top tables only.

9. 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, the eclectic Tattooed Mom pours half-priced drafts every night from 5-7 p.m. and again from 10-11 p.m. Daily food specials include half-priced meatless items on Mondays (like vegan cheesesteaks and jalapeño cheese fries), $1 tacos on Tuesdays, $4 burgers on Wednesdays, and $.50 cent pierogies on Thursdays. 

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10. 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 4-7 p.m. with drinks and bites for $4 to $7. Choose from more than a dozen cocktails, wines, and beers. Among the food items included are Louisiana-style crawfish fritters. shrimp po’ boys, deviled eggs, chicken-fried oysters, and hushpuppies.

11. Osteria

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640 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 763-0920
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In a city full of Italian food, Osteria is consistently one of the greats and its generous happy hour — 5-7 p.m. and Sunday 4-7 p.m. — is a perfect time to experience the North Broad restaurant’s handmade pasta for $7 a plate or $6 Neapolitan and Roman pizzas.

12. Nunu

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1414 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 278-2804
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Fishtown’s hip izakaya from the Cheu crew has a happy hour that goes seven days a week — 5-7 p.m. on weekdays and 3-5 p.m. on weekends. Take $1 off drafts and whiskey highballs or try a $7 Citywide featuring the Japanese spirit shochu. On the food side, go for $3 skewers, $5 albacore tataki, and $5 fries.

bottle of suntory whiskey and glasses Nunu [official photo]

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 5-7 p.m. weekdays, or noon to 2 p.m. on weekends, for a hearty meal 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. To drink: half-price drafts and $5 Manhattans and old fashioneds.

barbecue meat on a tray with containers of sauces and sides Fette Sau [official photo]

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 4:30-6:30 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).

1. Walnut Street Cafe

2929 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Walnut Street Cafe Katie June Burton

In University City, Walnut Street Cafe‘s happy hour features a $5 Citywide special of the day, with combos like Yards Pale Ale and local Kinsey Rye or prosecco and Aperol. Offered Wednesday to Saturday from 4-7 p.m., this happy hour also includes a selection of $6 drinks and snacks.

2929 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

2. Barclay Prime

237 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

With steaks averaging around $50 and that $120 cheesesteak, dinner at Barclay Prime isn’t for the penny pinchers. But Monday through Friday from 4:30-6:30 p.m., the luxe life seems attainable. The lounge shakes cosmos and margaritas for $7. Beer and wine are just $6. Small bites — Wagyu meatballs, tater tots, sliders, and gnocchi — are also available at the bar.

237 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

3. Oyster House

1516 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
oyster house Jason Varney

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

1516 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

4. Fond

1537 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Drop in at East Passyunk Avenue’s elegant Fond Monday to Friday and Sunday from 5:30-7 p.m. for $5 beers, $6 cocktails, and $7 wine. A selection of menu items, including chicken liver mousse, pork rillettes, and grilled duck hearts, can be had for $7. Oysters go for $1.50 each and the French dip cheesesteak is always an option at the bar, along with a few other small plates.

1537 S 11th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

5. Opa

1311 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Fill up on Greek snacks at Opa’s 4-7 p.m. happy hour each weeknight where fries and Rolling Rock bottles go for $2. For $3-$6, get meatballs, skewers, craft beer cans, calamari, house wine, a cocktail of the week, bourbon, ouzo, and more. This deal is also available in Drury Beer Garden out back, which is heated in cold months.

1311 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

6. Sampan

124 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

From 4-7 p.m. every day of the week, Sampan’s always-hoppin’ bar discounts 18 small plates, including satay, dumplings, buns, wraps, and sides, all offered at $4 to $5 each. House wine, a featured beer, and a specialty cocktail go down quickly at just $5. In warmer weather, arrive early to get a spot at Graffiti Bar, the outdoor bar tucked away behind Sampan with many of the same menu items.

124 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

7. Bud & Marilyn's

1234 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
glassware Bud & Marilyn’s [official photo]

During the 5-7 p.m. weekday happy hour at retro Midwestern restaurant Bud & Marilyn’s, get $4 to $7 beer, wine, and cocktails, plus $4 to $6 snacks, including crispy cheese curds with garlic ranch, pimento cheese on sourdough, and a hot fried chicken slider.

1234 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

8. Brauhaus Schmitz

718 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

South Street’s Brauhaus Schmitz is all about the German beer. Weekdays from 5-7 p.m., all 34 of its drafts go for just $5 each. The sausage sandwich is $5 too. The deals are available at the bar and high-top tables only.

718 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

9. Tattooed Mom

530 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Tattooed Mom [official photo]

Easily one of the best bar options on South Street, the eclectic Tattooed Mom pours half-priced drafts every night from 5-7 p.m. and again from 10-11 p.m. Daily food specials include half-priced meatless items on Mondays (like vegan cheesesteaks and jalapeño cheese fries), $1 tacos on Tuesdays, $4 burgers on Wednesdays, and $.50 cent pierogies on Thursdays. 

530 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

10. South Kitchen & Jazz Parlor

600 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19130

South, the restaurant and jazz lounge on North Broad, offers a generous happy hour Tuesday through Friday from 4-7 p.m. with drinks and bites for $4 to $7. Choose from more than a dozen cocktails, wines, and beers. Among the food items included are Louisiana-style crawfish fritters. shrimp po’ boys, deviled eggs, chicken-fried oysters, and hushpuppies.

600 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19130

11. Osteria

640 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19130

In a city full of Italian food, Osteria is consistently one of the greats and its generous happy hour — 5-7 p.m. and Sunday 4-7 p.m. — is a perfect time to experience the North Broad restaurant’s handmade pasta for $7 a plate or $6 Neapolitan and Roman pizzas.

640 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19130

12. Nunu

1414 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
bottle of suntory whiskey and glasses Nunu [official photo]

Fishtown’s hip izakaya from the Cheu crew has a happy hour that goes seven days a week — 5-7 p.m. on weekdays and 3-5 p.m. on weekends. Take $1 off drafts and whiskey highballs or try a $7 Citywide featuring the Japanese spirit shochu. On the food side, go for $3 skewers, $5 albacore tataki, and $5 fries.

1414 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

13. Fette Sau

1208 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
barbecue meat on a tray with containers of sauces and sides Fette Sau [official photo]

Hit up Fette Sau from 5-7 p.m. weekdays, or noon to 2 p.m. on weekends, for a hearty meal 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. To drink: half-price drafts and $5 Manhattans and old fashioneds.

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 4:30-6:30 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

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