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 14 hot spots around the city are tried and true, and guaranteed to give you the happy hour you deserve.Read More
14 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.
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 4 to 6 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 pulled pork sandwich for $6. To drink: $5 draft pints and $8 old fashioneds and seasonal punches.
In a city full of Italian food, Osteria is consistently one of the greats and its generous happy hour — happening every day of the week — is a perfect time to experience one of the North Broad restaurant’s handmade pasta dishes or daily pizza specials from $10 to $11.
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.
Giuseppe & Sons
In the downstairs oasis of Giuseppe & Sons, happy hour is served from 4 to 6 p.m. every day of the week in the bar and lounge area. The intimate setting is great for a solo date or a drink with coworkers after clocking out. They’ve got $6 wines, $7 cocktails, and $5 beers. The chef’s daily pizza is only $3 while all the seafood dishes — like the shrimp scampi — are only $6.
This Center City spot has a happy hour menu that will make any wallet smile. Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. cocktails range from $4 to $6 while beers and wines are $3 to $4. All “happy-tizers” are $5 and under.
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.
Looking to get a cheap taco and marg fix on Taco Tuesday? On week days from 4 to 6 p.m. Mission Taqueria has a happy hour with everything on the menu coming in under $6. Try the classic or spicy margarita and be sure to order a couple rounds of chicken, cauliflower, or carnitas tacos for the table.
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.
Bud & Marilyn's
During the 5 to 7 p.m. weekday happy hour at retro Midwestern restaurant Bud & Marilyn’s gets $5 to $8 beer, wine, and cocktails, plus $5 to $8 snacks, including crispy cheese curds with burnt scallion ranch, broccoli fried rice, and a Nashville hot fried chicken bun.
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.