Food & Drink

38 shot-and-a-beer specials in Philadelphia. All under $7.

Published On 07/02/2014 Published On 07/02/2014
McGillin's Old Ale House
Pabst Blue Ribbon
Brad Foster
The El Bar
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1. McGillin's Olde Ale House 1310 Drury St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Market East)

Imagine: the year was 1860, Lincoln was elected, and McGillin's Olde Ale House first opened. It's safe to say they place is doing something right, because generations of people can't be wrong. This is the oldest continuously operating tavern in Philly. They have since changed the beer taps, we promise.

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2. Nick's Roast Beef Bar & Grille 16 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Old City)

Nick's in Old City serves up old-school-style roast beef sandwiches and other pub fare, but's also got an arcade and bar so you can unwind while you unwind.

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3. Graffiti Bar 124 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (Midtown Village)

Graffiti Bar now has a snow-stopping clear roof and heat lamps so you can enjoy a bunch of food and drink specials with weather-related pricing. Offerings include Korean BBQ short rib satay, sauerkraut and Sriracha Reuben egg rolls, Banh Mi pork belly buns, and specialty cocktails, all $4 or less any day the temperature drops below 32F/there are Toros in the atmosphere.

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4. Las Vegas Lounge 704 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Center City West)

This dive bar has been serving Center City for more than a decade. They've got great specials and awesome Spanish fries. Stop by on Tuesdays for $2.50 High Life bottles, $4.50 Jack Daniels shots.

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5. Bierstube 206 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Old City)

Unfortunately not the centerpiece slide of the soon-to-replace-water BEER park, Bierstube essentially translates to “drinking hall”, and is the Eulogy crew's Bavarian renovation of Old City's Asian Bistro, which's now a sudsy cathedral thanks to black lacquer fixtures and century-old stained glass, so, It’s Been Awhile since they made that.

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6. McGlinchey's 259 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

It's got a huge beer list and great food. So what could make McGlinchey's any better? How about the face that $3.25 buys you whiskey and $2.95 gets you a beer.

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7. Era 2743 Poplar St, Philadelphia, PA 19130 (Fairmountart Museum)

This Ethiopian restaurant and bar is serving the best Ethiopian food in the city for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They've also got great specials, which make it a chill place to hangout.

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8. London Grill 2301 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130 (Fairmountart Museum)

Plating European dishes like braised veal breast, London Grill is a solid option for a memorable meal in Fairmount.

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9. Milkboy 1100 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Philadelphia)

A heralded coffee shop/music venue with two suburban outposts, Milkboy's finally crashed the city with a two-level loft space rocking garage-door windows, plenty of stripped surfaces (exposed brick and woodgrain), and a bar on each level, making it the first bar/ coffee shop in Philly, and the first boozer on their roster, a move made more difficult by the fact that coffee shops don't traditionally have disabled lists. Additionally, this multi-use space also takes on the role of a music venue, hosting impressive live acts like cult favorite, Electric Six,

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10. Dirty Frank's 347 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Rittenhouse)

Dirty Frank's got everything you need to get the job done, cheap pitchers, darts and Mrs. Pac Man.

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11. Devil's Alley Bar & Grill 1907 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

Diabolically good BBQ and comfort food in Rittenhouse Square.

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12. Locust Rendezvous 1415 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (Rittenhouse)

Locust Rendezvous has been kickin' it since 1989 and offers up some great changing weekly specials for booze. What else could you ask for at a bar?

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13. Raven Lounge 1718 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

On the scout for a casual and fun way to end your evening in Philly? Look no further than the Raven Lounge and let the good times begin.

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14. The Bards 2013 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

Come here for authentic Irish brew, food and of course for warm Irish hospitality. The atmosphere here is casual and lively but not dive-y or too loud, so that you can enjoy a pint of Guinness without the large crowds or rowdy drunk people that typically come with Irish bars.

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15. Oh! Shea's Pub 1907 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

With two bars, two dining rooms, and seven TVs for sports fans, plus daily drink specials, Oh! Shea's is definitely the spot to hit up for some good grub and suds.

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16. Doobie's 2201 Lombard St, Philadelphia, PA 19146 (Rittenhouse)

At Doobie's you can find a classic juke box, board games and cheap beer. A perfect setting for the start... or end to the night.

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17. Bainbridge St Barrel House 625 S 6th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (Society Hillqueen Village)

An all-day, 60-seat ode to hardcore diner food, Bainbridge St Barrel House's not only a place you'd want to go after a night of plentiful drinking, but also a place you'd want to go for a night of plentiful drinking, with 100+ beers and plenty of bay windows on both sides so you can take in the Bella Vista scenery/keep an eye on your car.

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18. Tattooed Mom 530 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (South Street)

Inexpensive beer that isn't PBR?! This South Street dive bar has got that plus great food and bumper cart seating. Yes, bumper cart seating.

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19. Fiume 229 S 45th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (West Phillyu City)

Tucked above University City Ethiopian restaurant Abyssinia, Fiume brilliantly executes the concept of a speakeasy by embracing its inner dive bar. Christmas lights illuminate a chalkboard listing of the bar’s extensive beer selection, and you’ll be sure to find some unique bottles you’ve never heard of. Philadelphians who trek from all over the city to Fiume don’t mind that the prices are slightly above average or that there are only six stools at the bar and a handful of tables. And even though the place is so miniscule that you’ll wonder just how the live Bluegrass band managed to squeeze both its members and instruments inside, you too will want to come time and time again.

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20. Drinker's West 3900 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (West Phillyu City)

Drinker's West has daily specials on high-lifes and PBRs, but if that doesn't tickle your fancy they have even more specials for every other day of the week, which makes drinking... easy.

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21. Catahoula Bar & Restaurant 775 S Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (Society Hillqueen Village)

After beginning its life as the French joint Saute before swapping chefs, Catahoula's got a rehabbed interior anchored by a carved wooden bar (original to the site and recently returned) and a row of high tops along with a plant-lined patio with umbrella seating, at which to take down New Orleans-inspired cocktails and rustic Louisiana cuisine, finally letting Philly enjoy the best of Cajun country without getting decimated by Drew Brees.

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22. Connie's Ric Rac 1132 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (Italian Marketbella Vista)

They call themselves a venue... that happens to serve drinks. NOT a bar with music. It's the spot to go if you're looking for up-and-coming local bands and want to drink cheap.

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23. The Dive Bar 947 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (South Philadelphia)

With sweet deals (classic citywide special -- $3 PBR & cheap whiskey!) and free pizza during happy hour, this is a pretty legit dive bar. The owners allow smoking in the evenings too.

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24. Queen of Sheba 4511 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143

Queen of Sheba is a hole-in-the-wall joint that will treat you to authentic Ethiopian dishes like lamb tibs (lamb in a stew) and doro wat (chicken in a spicy stew).

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25. El Bar 1356 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19122

Convientely located just one stop under the El, this chill Kensington dive bar has live music, great specials -- like $3 for PBR and shot of Heaven Hill -- and a backyard area. Cash only.

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26. Ortlieb's Lounge 847 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Ortlieb's Lounge rocks vintage-looking tufted banquettes, a beat-up bar, dark paneling, and an appreciation of jazz at this mainstay concert venue.

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27. Johnny Brenda's 1201 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125 (Fishtown)

Johnny Brenda's features all kinds of local beer and plenty of live music out of their divey, Fishtown digs.

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28. The Barbary 951 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125 (Nolibs)

Bring your cash and be ready to get down. Photo booth, great music and people

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29. Atlantis: The Lost Bar 2442 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125 (Kensington)

Not only do the have great specials -- $3 Heaven Hill shots and Pabst (!) -- they've got a pool table and a fish tank too. Dive bars don't get much cooler than this.

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30. The Crazy Leprechaun Bar & Grill 3589 Richmond St, Philadelphia, PA 19134 (Kensington)

There are tons of great deals here on food and drinks. Make it on $2 Tuesday and enjoy copious amounts of booze -- drafts, shots, and select beers for $2.

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31. The Barcade 1114 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA (Nolibs)

This bar/arcade is perfect for a throw-back night because of all the classic video games. They've got $7 shots of Jim Beam and craft beer $6 or less, plus 25 cent “vintage” arcade games during happy hour too.

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32. Cantina Dos Segundos 931 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

From the folks who brought you Cantina Los Caballitos, this Mexican joint has some pretty sweet deals. We're talking $20 marg pitchers, not to mention the Mexican version of the citywide special gets you a can of Tecate with a shot of Sauza Gold tequila for $5 Sunday-Thursday.

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33. Kung Fu Necktie 1250 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19122 (Fishtown)

This 2-floor watering hole hosts live bands most nights for a 21+ crowd, with occasional exceptions for certain shows. It feels like a hipster dive and concert venue hybrid with dim lighting, cheap drinks and pool tables. There are televisions, pinball and arcade games as well, so if you're not in the mood for a show you can always just kick it at the bar.

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34. The Grape Room 105 Grape St, Philadelphia, PA 19127 (Manayunk)

Great place to catch live music and grab a beer at this cozy Manayunk bar.

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35. Cresson Inn 114 Gay St, Philadelphia, PA 19127 (Manayunk)

The Cresson Inn is known as the "Five star dive bar" and that's all you need to know.

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36. Lloyd Whiskey Bar 529 E Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (South Philadelphia)

Named after the owner's bourbon & High Life-loving pop, Lloyd's modeled after memories of the dude's childhood living room, which must've been stocked with vintage wallpaper, church pews, a deer's head, a tincture-topped polished wood bar, a deviled egg deep fryer, and lots and lots of whiskey.

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37. Ray's Happy Birthday Bar 1200 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (South Philadelphia)

At Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar, everybody might not know your name, but they will give you a free birthday-cake shot on your birthday, complete with a candle. On days when it isn’t the anniversary of the hardest day of your mom’s life, Ray’s is your typical South Philly dive. You can even still smoke at Ray’s, which is either the greatest thing on Earth or a serious annoyance (where you fall on the scale is, not surprisingly, tied to your alcohol consumption).