There’s no doubt that happy hour is collectively everyone’s favorite time of day. The portions are generous, the discounts are great, and the good times just keep rolling. When this glorious moment arises, it’s best to be prepared to make the right decision that will leave you and your wallet feeling satisfied. These 15 hot spots around the city are tried and true, and guaranteed to give you the happy hour you deserve.Read More
15 Essential Happy Hours in Philadelphia
Where to head after work hours for discounted cocktails and snacks
Get $2.50 off margaritas at Taqueria Amor weekdays from 4 to 6 p.m. Also on offer: $2 off all drafts and tacos and $3 off of guacamole and nachos.
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Lou & Choos Lounge
This bar is more than just a place to hang and have drinks — it’s an institution. Lou & Choos checks off all the right boxes for a fun happy hour: Legendary fried seafood, boozy libations, and spontaneous entertainment that hypes the crowd all night.
Cheu Fishtown & nunu
Fishtown’s hip izakaya from the Cheu crew has a happy hour that goes seven days a week — 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday through Friday and 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Take $1 off drafts and whiskey highballs or try a $7 Citywide featuring the Japanese spirit shochu. On the food side, go for $7 furikake cheese fries, $8 black garlic wings, and the $9 Italian hoagie egg roll.
Hit up Fette Sau from 5 to 7 p.m. on weekdays 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 spicy sausage sandwich with red pepper relish for $8. To drink: $5 draft pints and $2 off specialty cocktails.
This beloved Fishtown distillery allows guests to not only tour their spacious venue — but also enjoy their incredible cocktails and exceptional small bites. Fans of Bluecoat gin can relish in a happy hour that transforms their remarkable spirit into some of the best cocktails in the city.
If you’re in Chinatown and feeling thirsty, Bar Ly is there to help. The every day happy hour includes steep discounts on craft, imported, and domestic beers along with sangria and martini specials. Coming from the kitchen, you can grab mini versions of the nachos, fried rice, lo mein, and pad thai dishes for just a few dollars each.
Harp & Crown
Harp & Crown’s happy hour is where modern luxury and affordability meet. With daily selections of cocktails, wine, beer, and all happy hour plates priced at $7, you’re sure to get a bang for your buck. For good bites, try the daily pizza special, lamb meatball dish, and the whipped ricotta spread.
Self-proclaimed as “Center City’s best happy hour,” Oyster House hosts happy hour Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. with some really great deals. Oysters are only $2 and each day there are specials on bar snacks and drinks. No reservations are needed — just walk in and head to the bar.
From 4 to 7 p.m. every day of the week, Sampan’s always-hoppin’ bar discounts 19 small plates, including satay, dumplings, buns, wraps, and sides, all offered at $6 to $7 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.
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Many already know how extraordinary this James Beard Award-winning restaurant is — but the bar deserves its own shout-out. This happy hour is hard to get a seat at, but it’s worth the try with an exclusive menu that includes delicious bites and signature cocktails made by their incomparable bartender Paul MacDonald (sip on the Assassin’s Handbook if you dare).
Bayou Lounge and Bar
This happy hour is all about the party. Come here if you want to dance, network, and vibe at an all-time high. Every Wednesday, you can grab a festive cocktail and mingle with radio legend Patty Jackson as she hosts their popular “Wine Down Wednesdays” that features special guests and free giveaways.
Bob and Barbara's Lounge
Come for the drinks, stay for the drag shows. This iconic South Philly hotspot has been pleasing fans for decades with their vibrant dive bar experience. They are the inventors of the “Citywide special” (a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer and a shot of Jim Beam for those new to the game). Enough said.
South Street’s Brauhaus Schmitz is all about German beer. Weekdays from 5 to 7 p.m., all 34 of its drafts go for just $5 each and you can grab house wines for only $6. The sausage sandwich is $7 too. The deals are available at the bar and high-top tables only.
Easily one of the best bar options on South Street, the eclectic Tattooed Mom pours half-priced drafts every night from 4 to 6 p.m. Weekday food specials include $6 smash burgers on Wednesdays and 75-cent pierogies on Thursdays.
The Prime Rib
For those looking for something more elegant, this happy hour is the spot. The Prime Rib is serving diners only their best seafood, appetizers, and cocktails for a special price. Take advantage of their spectacular “bubbles and pearls” special every Wednesday evening that includes $2 oysters and $10 wine and champaign flights. Translation: Come here to ball on a budget.
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