The best happy hours in Philly right now – The Philadelphia Inquirer

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There are few things in this world that you can purchase for $5 or less, and cocktails, wine, beer, and food are rarely on that list — that is, except during happy hour. Happy hour gives you the rare chance to go out with a specific budget in mind and know with confidence that you’ll stick to that budget.
It’s a glorious time when food and drinks are discounted for after-work crowds and those looking for an inexpensive night out. And in Philly, happy hour exists throughout the city in all neighborhoods and at all types of bars.
“What makes Philadelphia so unique for happy hour is the depth and breadth of cuisines you can enjoy,” said Chris Parker-Rajewski, cofounder of Happy Hour Philly. ”You can go for a great Thai happy hour at Chatayee Thai in Midtown Village, sushi at QU Japan, Latin American at Mixto, Mexican at Nemi, $1 oysters at Olde Bar.”
And Philly does happy hour better than almost anyone else, he says — in other places, you might only find a taco Tuesday or a $1 off draught beer.
Here are the best happy hours to check out in Philly right now.
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Neighborhood: West Philly
Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 5-7 p.m.
Booker’s is a new West Philly hot spot that’s known for its Southern-style dishes. Nothing on the drink happy hour list costs more than $6, and that includes its signature cocktails like the Whisky Ginger Jawn, a Philadelphia-inspired spin on a classic Moscow Mule. One of the most popular happy hour items is the $7 special, which includes a draft beer, shot of well liquor, and an order of fried pickle chips. Happy hour is available at the indoor booths and at the outdoor tables.
📍5021 Baltimore Ave., 📞 215-883-0960, 🌐, 📷 @bookers.westphilly
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Neighborhood: University City
Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 4-6 p.m.
The popular University City spot has one of the neighborhood’s best happy hours, and the outdoor patio got a big expansion during the COVID-19 pandemic. Look for a huge happy hour menu with small, medium, and large plates , from fried pickles to fresh oysters, as well as $6 wine and cocktails, and $5 beers. Bonus: The White Dog is known for catering to a range of food preferences and allergies, so everyone can join.
📍3420 Sansom St., 📞 215-386-9224, 🌐, 📷 @whitedogphilly
Neighborhood: University City
Happy Hour: Tue.-Sun., 4-7 p.m.
Nestled in University City’s AKA Hotel is Walnut Street Cafe where a “golden hour” means deals on specialty $9 toasts and $5 to $7 deals on other snacks, while select wines, cocktails, and beer are available for $5 a pop.
📍2929 Walnut St., 📞 215-867-8067, 🌐, 📷 @walnutstcafe
Neighborhood: Old City
Happy Hour: Tue.-Fri., 4-6 p.m.
As its name suggests, Positano Coast promises an Italian Amalfi Coast theme when it comes to both its menu and its vibe. The happy hour menu is substantial, with $4-$8 bites, available in small, medium, or large plates. A happy hour favorite is the lemon drop cocktail, which costs $6 during happy hour. Beer ($4) and wine ($5) is available during happy hour, too. You can enjoy the deals at both the bar and in the restaurant’s Sopra lounge.
📍212 Walnut St., 📞 215-238-0499, 🌐, 📷 @positanocoastphilly
Neighborhood: Old City
Happy Hour: Daily, 4-6 p.m.
Within the space that once housed Old Original Bookbinder’s find The Olde Bar, a seafood-focused spot run by Garces Group. Happy hour is a daily occurrence (including on weekends) where you can order buck-a-shuck oysters, house wines for $6, select draft beers for $5, and a rotating bartender’s cocktail for $6. Additional food specials change throughout the year, but you can expect a solid selection of crab-based small plates, seafood sandwiches, fried fish apps, and more.
📍125 Walnut St., 📞 215-253-3777, 🌐, 📷 @theoldebarphl
Neighborhood: Washington Square West
Happy Hour: Tue.-Thur., 4-6:30 p.m., Sun., 4-6 p.m.
On the cusp of Washington Square West and Queen Village, Mixto Restaurante offers Cuban cuisine and drinks in a fun space with a Miami ambience. The happy hour menu has been updated to include three bar bites and four classic Latin cocktails. All bar bites and drinks (including mojitos, caipirinhas, and margaritas) are $6 during happy hour.
📍1141 Pine St., 📞 215-592-0363, 🌐, 📷 @mixtophilly
Neighborhood: Midtown Village
Happy Hour: Daily, 4-7 p.m.
This go-to destination has some of the best happy hour dishes and prices in the city. Happy hour is available at the sushi bar, outside along 13th Street, and at the down-the-alley Graffiti Bar. The modern Asian menu consists of satay, bao buns, dumplings, sushi rolls, and more, all priced at $6 or less. For drinks, beers and house wines are available for $5 and specialty cocktails run $9.
📍124 S. 13th St., 📞 215-732-3501, 🌐, 📷 @sampanphilly
Neighborhood: Midtown Village
Happy hour: Tue.-Fri, 4-6:30 p.m.
People go crazy for the meatless meatballs at Monster Vegan, especially during happy hour when they’re nearly half the price. New to the scene and operating out of the former Valanni restaurant, Monster Vegan does its happy hour with cocktails for $6, house wines for $6, and a $2 discount on draft beers. For food, grab a signature half sandwich or the super-popular meatless meatballs for $6.
📍1229 Spruce St., 📞 267-668-3224, 🌐, 📷 @monsterveganphilly
Neighborhood: Midtown Village
Happy hour: Wed.-Mon., 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Chatayee Thai serves up dishes like green papaya salad with dried shrimp, Bangkok-style grilled pork, and spring rolls, all of which are available during happy hour. Most food is $3 to $6 during happy hour, and drinks like house wine, well cocktails, draft beers are $3 to $4. The menu is heavily plant-based, making it ideal for vegetarians and vegans.
📍1227 Walnut St., 📞 215-923-8208, 🌐, 📷 @chatayeethai
Neighborhood: Graduate Hospital
Happy hour: Daily, 4-6 p.m.
Happy hour is an everyday occurrence at Graduate Hospital favorite The Sidecar Bar & Grille. The menu changes seasonally, but wings and mussels are two standbys. During happy hour, snacks run $5 to $8; select draft beers cost $4, and cocktails and house wines are $6.
📍2201 Christian St., 📞 215-732-3429, 🌐, 📷 @thesidecarbar
Neighborhood: East Passyunk
Happy Hour: Mon-Fri, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Sat., 3-5 p.m, Sun. 4-6 p.m.
Chinese food and Jewish fare combine at this East Passyunk spot where happy hour is available daily, including the weekends. The cheesesteak bao is a happy hour staple, along with dumplings and a rotating bartender’s choice cocktail ($8).
📍1648 E. Passyunk Ave., 📞 215-279-7702, 🌐, 📷 @bingbingdimsum
Neighborhood: Fairmount
Happy Hour: Wed.-Sat., 4-6 p.m., Sun., 3-5 p.m.
Nothing is more than $10 at Osteria’s happy hour, which runs Wednesday through Sunday. You can snag one of Osteria’s classic wood-fired pizzas for $8 (the margherita pizza) or $10 (the seasonal special pie) — and they’re the same size as the pies on the regular dinner menu. Pastas, salads, and snacks are available during happy hour as well, in addition to Osteria’s popular spritz ($6) and wines and beers ($5).
📍640 N. Broad St., 📞 215-763-0920, 🌐, 📷 @osteriaphilly
Neighborhood: Logan Square
Happy Hour: Mon.-Wed., 4-6 p.m.
You can have your Jean Georges dining experience for a cheaper (but still not cheap) price at the few-nights-a-week happy hour at JG SkyHigh, the lounge adjacent to the Jean Georges restaurant at the top of the Four Seasons Hotel at the Comcast Technology Center. The deal is known as glamour hour and hosts a rotating menu with a seasonal bite (often topped with caviar or something equally fancy) and drink pairing at a fixed price. You are strongly encouraged to make a reservation.
📍1 N. 19th St., 60th floor, 📞 215-419-5059, 🌐, 📷 @jgskyhigh
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Neighborhood: Callowhill
Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 4-6 p.m.
Happy hour is straightforward at Callowhill’s Love City Brewing Company. Enjoy cold brews for $4 and you can bring your own food (BYOF) if you choose.
📍1023 Hamilton St., 📞 215-398-1900, 🌐, 📷 @lovecitybrewing
Neighborhood: Rittenhouse
Happy Hour: Tue.- Fri., 4-6 p.m.
Located in the epicenter of Rittenhouse, Oyster House offers scrumptious seafood dishes and a huge selection of its namesake — oysters. During happy hour, local oysters are $2 a piece and a daily shooter is $3. Other bar bites range from $5 to $9. House wines are $5 and the popular gin, Aperol, and grapefruit-laden Kelly’s Punch are $6. Happy hour is available at the bar and some outdoor tables.
📍1516 Sansom St., 📞 215-567-7683, 🌐, 📷 @phloysterhouse
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Neighborhood: Rittenhouse
Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 5-7 p.m., Sat., 1-5 p.m.
Everything is $5 during happy hour at Qu Japan Bistro and Bar at 16th and Market. The small sushi house has one of the best happy house menus in the neighborhood. The restaurant specializes in sushi, ramen, and fried rice, and its seasonal happy hour menu is likely to include a selection of sushi rolls, dumplings, wings, and other Japanese-inspired snacks. Complete your order with a beer, sake, or glass of wine for $5.
📍1635 Market St., 📞 267-362-9999, 🌐, 📷 @qujapan_phl
Neighborhood: Rittenhouse
Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 4-6 p.m.
The weeknight happy hour at Stephen Starr’s El Rey is a true deal. Snacks start at just $1 and Mexican beers cost $2. The four rotating snacks, which are normally of the taco or nacho variety, never cost more than $4 and classic margaritas are just $4 as well. If you’re looking for a flavored margarita, that’s will cost you just a dollar more at $5.
📍2013 Chestnut St., 📞 215-563-3330, 🌐, 📷 @elreyphilly
Neighborhood: Graduate Hospital
Happy Hour: Mon.-Thu., 4-6 p.m., Sat.-Sun, noon-2 p.m.
Rotating happy hour wines and sangrias are the star at Jet Wine Bar, where worldly wines are available for $6 a glass from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and noon to 2 p.m. on the weekends. Flatbread and sliders costing between $6 and $7 are available, too.
📍1525 South St., 📞 215-735-1116, 🌐, 📷 @jetwinebar
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Neighborhood: Manayunk
Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 4-6 p.m.
Craft Manayunk is a cozy bar where the happy hour is simple and economical. Happy hour snacks are $6, domestic beers are $4, house wines and champagne are $5, and spirits are $7.
📍4141 Main St., 📞 215-508-0336, 🌐, 📷 @craftmanayunk
Neighborhood: Manayunk
Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Take your pick at The Couch Tomato in Manayunk where everything on the happy hour menu is $5 — that includes its 10-inch pizzas, fries, beer, wine, cocktails, and more. The drink of the day rotates, but is always $5, too.
📍102 Rector St., 📞 215-483-2233, 🌐, 📷 @thecouchtomatomynk
Neighborhood: East Falls
Happy Hour: Daily, 4-6 p.m.
Happy hour is everywhere at In Riva; indoor at the bar and tables and at the outdoor tables facing Kelly Drive. During the restaurant’s daily happy hour, find cocktails for $6 a glass, draught wines for $5, draught beers for $4, and a pizza-and-a-beer combo (either a pepperoni or margherita pie) for $10.
📍4116 Ridge Ave., 📞 215-438-4848, 🌐, 📷 @inrivaeastfalls
Neighborhood: Chinatown
Happy Hour: Daily, 3-6 p.m.
Chinatown’s only sports bar has a happy hour that starts at 3 p.m. daily, a little earlier than most other happy hours in the area. Order from an extensive menu of Asian-inspired food, like mini portions of fried rice and pad Thai, in addition to sports bar snacks like wings and nachos. For drinks, there are beers, margaritas, sangrias, and martinis. Nothing on the happy hour menu is ever over $8.
📍101 N. 11th St., 📞 215-922-2688, 🌐, 📷 @barly_philly
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Neighborhood: Chinatown
Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 4-6 p.m.
At Chinatown’s popular karaoke lounge, happy hour food discounts apply to starters, yakitori, and sushi. For drinks, there are $3 bottled beers, $5 wines and draught beers, and $6 signature cocktails.
📍211 N. 11th St., 📞 215-923-8088, 🌐, 📷 @yakitoriboyjapas
Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 4:30-6:30 p.m., Sat., 3-5 p.m., Sun., 4-6 p.m.
Fishtown’s resident noodle bar recently teamed up with its sister restaurant and next-door neighbor Nunu for one combined menu in both Frankford Avenue spaces. Appetizers are $5 to $8, including sushi and ramen. On the drink list, wine, sake, and beers are available for a discount. Lager pitchers for happy hour prices are also on offer.
📍1416 Frankford Ave., 📞 267-758-2269, 🌐, 📷 @cheufishtown
Neighborhood: Fishtown, West Philly, and Graduate Hospital
Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 5-7 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 1-3 p.m.
All Loco Pez locations (Fishtown, West Philly, and Graduate Hospital) have a daily happy hour, which returned this summer after a pandemic-induced hiatus. You can feast on half-priced nachos, half-priced draught beers, and select margaritas for $5 a pop.
📍2401 E. Norris St., 700 S. 20th St., and 4631 Baltimore Ave, 📞 267-886-8061, 🌐, 📷 @locopez
Neighborhood: Port Richmond
Happy Hour: Mon.-Thu., 4-6 p.m
The Port Richmond spot’s tacos, which are served on housemade tortillas, are available for $3 or $4 during the four-night-a-week happy hour, in addition to empanadas and tostadas in both veggie and meaty varities. Beers are half off, and sangrias and margaritas are $5 to $7.
📍2636 E. Ann St., 📞 267-519-0713, 🌐, 📷 @nemirestaurant
Neighborhood: Germantown
Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri., 5-7 p.m.
Take advantage of $1 off beer and margaritas at Attic Brewing Company during its Monday through Friday happy hour.
📍137 Berkeley St., 📞 267-748-2495, 🌐, 📷 @atticbrewing
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