Any Philly resident knows the city falls prey to a lot of PA’s not-at-all-lax alcohol laws, which makes us all the more jealous of NYC brunchers who can get a bottomless brunch deal as easily as a Metrocard (both of which are decidedly difficult in Philly). Not all is lost for us, however. Seeing the dire need for discounted drinks in the morning/middle of the day, the following restaurants serve their brunch with a side of half-priced drinks, plentiful pitchers, and even some endless mimosas options.
Manayunk Brewing CompanyAddress and Info
This brunch in the ‘yunk is a steal no matter how much you eat and/or drink: The $22 brunch buffet is fully stocked with all your breakfast-lunch necessities, and mimosas and Bloody Marys are a steal at $4.50 each.
Lucky’s Last ChanceAddress and Info
The multitude of savory breakfast burgers and sandwiches make Lucky’s brunch menu one of the most hangover-approved options in Philly (especially with a side of Main Street tots), but don’t forget there are also $5 mimosas and beermosas for $6.50. Plus, in addition to normal Saturday/Sunday hours, there’s also a late-night brunch served on Sundays, from 8pm to midnight.
Cactus CantinaAddress and Info
Cactus has a lot of love to give, as evidenced by its all-you-can-eat brunch buffet for $8.95. What’s more, you can round off your meal with $3 Bloody Marys and mimosas, gaining a crisp morning buzz and full belly for $15-$20 total.
Goat’s BeardAddress and Info
Every Sunday is half-priced wine bottle day at Goat’s Beard, and that includes Champagne bottles, so get to poppin’ for your discounted mimosas.
Jones RestaurantAddress and Info
It’s not always easy to find plentiful bottomless brunch options in the great state of Pennsylvania, but Jones has had the right idea for quite a while now: $23 will get you all-you-can-drink bottomless Bellini options, just in case the standard mimosa isn’t doing it for you anymore. The mid-century restaurant offers a menu with tons of egg, sandwich, and griddle options, any of which can be paired with a side of mac & cheese.
IndeblueAddress and Info
This restaurant specializing in Indian fare offers $6 brunch drinks, but if you shell out $20 you can make your classic (or rose) mimosa bottomless. If you're not in a mimosa mood, that $6 brunch deal also applies to Bloody Marys, wine, and drafts, all of which are perfect for washing down some tandoori lollipop lamb chops.
McGillin’s Olde Ale HouseAddress and Info
McGillin’s may not be the first place that comes to mind when it comes to brunch, but that changes right now: stop by the long-running watering hole for $3 mimosas, Bloody Marys, and other classic breakfast drinks from 11am-3pm on weekends. The dishes are a steal, too, like the $9 Irish breakfast.
El Camino RealAddress and Info
The Tex-Mex restaurant is expert in giving the people what they want (like breakfast quesadillas, shrimp 'n’ grits, and chicken & biscuits), but also in satiating the need for reasonably priced breakfast cocktails with mimosas and Bloody Marys at just $3.
The AbbayeAddress and Info
When menu hangover cures like breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros just don’t get the job done, it’s time to let $5 mimosas and Bloody Marys do the healing.
HeritageAddress and Info
Weekends through 3:45pm make the most of Heritage’s 3-4-5 deal: $3 beer, $4 mimosas, and $5 Bloody Marys. If you need some extra caffeine with your hair o’ the dog, you can also shell out $10 for The Hotel Lobby (bourbon cream, whiskey, cold brew coffee) or the Wake Up Boo!, infused with tea liquor.
Positano CoastAddress and Info
From 11am-3pm, you can score $14 endless mimosas or sangria at this local slice of the Amalfi Coast. Pair those bottomless drinks with crabmeat-stuffed scallops and a coveted spot on the space’s outdoor deck, and you’re officially living your best brunch life.
Cuba LibreAddress and Info
In addition to a brunch menu fully stocked with all the huevos options you've ever dreamed of, plus a $28 all-you-can-eat tapas option, Cuba Libre offers breakfast cocktails for a fraction of what you’ll typically find, with $5 mimosas, sangria, caipirinhas, and more.
FARMiCiAAddress and Info
Score half-priced beer, wine, and cocktails during this weekend brunch happy hour, which runs from 11am - 2pm. The locally sourced dishes at FARMiCiA will alleviate some of your consumption guilt if you take a little too much advantage of the deal -- try the lump crab omelette or the Lancaster County BLT.
MoshuluAddress and Info
Brunch at this shipboard restaurant may cost you a pretty penny, but washing it down doesn’t have to. Enjoy $14 bottomless Bloody Marys and Champagne (for mimosas, Bellinis, Kir Royales, and poinsettias) when you dive into the two-course menu, which includes entrees like duck hash and eggs, pan-seared atlantic salmon, and pear & goat cheese tortellini.
Bainbridge Street Barrel HouseAddress and Info
Yes, you can get a $5 margarita here pretty much anytime, but during weekend brunch hours (10am-3pm) you can also get mimosas and Bloody Marys for $5 a pop. If you’re more into beer, this neighborhood spot also typically offers specials from its 25 taps.
White Dog CafeAddress and Info
White Dog may be the most authentic observer of bottomless brunch the city of Philadelphia has ever known. Order an entree during brunch hours (10am-2:30pm) and enjoy bottomless brunch drinks for $14. Everyone knows endless mimosas + dog portraits make for an ideal weekend brunch.
Washington Square West
Garces Trading CompanyAddress and Info
We’re still mourning the loss of deep-dish pizza on the menu here, but fortunately, the brunch cocktail deals persist. Enjoy a pitcher of mimosas for $32, or a pitcher of pamplemousse sparkling (Champagne, grapefruit, lavender) for $36, both of which are far more economical than spending $8-$10 a glass, especially if you're in a group -- which, if you're doing boozy brunch, is a safe bet.
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1. Bar Ferdinand1030 N 2nd St, Philadelphia
2. The Abbaye673 N 3rd St, Philadelphia
3. Jones Restaurant700 Chestnut St, Philadelphia
4. Mac's Tavern226 Market St, Philadelphia
5. FARMiCiA15 S 3rd St, Philadelphia
6. Devil's Den1148 S 11th St, Philadelphia
7. For Pete's Sake900 S Front St, Philadelphia
8. White Dog Cafe3420 Sansom St, Philadelphia
9. Copabanana344 South St, Philadelphia
10. Garces Trading Company1111 Locust St, Philadelphia
11. Irish Pub1123 Walnut Street & 2007 Walnut St, Philadelphia
12. Perch Pub1345 Locust St, Philadelphia
13. London Grill2301 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia
14. Lucky's Last Chance4421 Main St, Philadelphia
15. Manayunk Brewery & Restaurant4120 Main St, Philadelphia
16. Silk City Beer Garden435 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia
17. Cuba Libre10 S 2nd St, Philadelphia
18. O'Neals611 S 3rd St, Philadelphia
19. Palladino’s on Passyunk1934 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia
20. P.O.P.E.1501 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia
This Spanish tapas eatery serves up killer small plates like baked goat cheese raciones, as well as a slew of brunch options.
The Abbaye’s a sadly waffle-free nod to Belgium, complete with dart boards, plus chalk ones listing offerings like hanger steak frites plus Euro drafts and big bottles like Delirium Tremens, all sorts of Chimay, and Ommegang 3 Philosophers.
Though known for their brunch, this eatery runs the gamut with its cuisine, serving up everything from chicken tandoori kebabs to chicken and waffles.
TV hangouts always make your local spots feel like a letdown; there's never any Aniston-level hot chicks in your coffee shop, no cheery Nat at your burger place, and sometimes Kirstie Alley comes to your bar. Delivering a more authentic TV-based hangout, Mac's Tavern.
This 122-seater serves locally grown, sustainable eats straight from the farm for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Try the handmade gnocchi or one of their many savory brunch dishes for a weekend treat.
South Philly's the Devil's Den has been luring in impish drinkers since 2008 with local and imported craft beers, as well as some rare wood-aged suds that are sipped as hell's flames roar in the rustic fireplace. The food that comes out of the kitchen in herculean portions can be divided into two wings: gluttonous beer-sponge (bacon-wrapped hot dog with scrambled eggs) and surprisingly elevated (duck breast with sautéed kale and cherry-red wine sauce).
With traditional pub fare, boozy brunch specials, and a cozy, neighborhood environment, Pete's is a no-brainer for good times in South Philly. As far as Irish bars go, we think that For Pete's Sake is the best authentic Irish pub in Philly, but you'll have to stop by and see for yourself.
The first thing you’ll notice upon entering White Dog Café is its pleasant warmth and undeniable homey-ness. The University City restaurant spans a trio of Victorian brownstones, and in a show of true Philadelphia utilitarianism, White Dog maximizes its space by providing a variety of eclectic dining rooms cheek by jowl like rooms in a dollhouse. The den is ostensibly a gallery of canine portraits (the pups all look down with big, sad eyes at the food you're eating), while the porch boasts reclaimed wood and delicate birdhouses. Most importantly, though, White Dog sources its ingredients from nearby farms, and though the food program changes monthly, you can trust that certain staples will endure: artisan cheese boards, a seasonal hummus trio with soft pita, Kennett Square mushroom soup, and, of course, heated French rolls served with honey butter.
A divey Philly fave, Copabanana serves queso, guac, and beer till the wee morning hours. When you see the neon green palm trees by the door, you'll know you're at the right place.
GTC's Iron Chef Jose Garces' first foray into culinary curation: an indoor cafe and marketplace modeled after outdoor European affairs stocked with goods and ingredients featured on his menus, from hand-selected coffee roasts and pastries to imported cheeses and prepared foods, with full-service high-top butcher's block tables plus the option to uncork 200+ bottles of vino (purchased from the PLCB's first wine boutique).
An Irish pub with contemporary sensibilities. Fun fact: This bar made a cameo in the movie "Rocky Balboa" starring Milo Ventimiglia.
From the guy behind building-sharing Sotto Varalli and Upstares, Perch's thrown out Up's linens and theater crowd, stripped the walls to brick, and brought in traditionally awesome bar fixins: pool table, dart board, flatscreens, and lots of dark woods for the banquette, bar, and tables, along with a menu full of local drafts and pub fare.
Plating European dishes like braised veal breast, London Grill is a solid option for a memorable meal in Fairmount.
Lucky's brought pub-height two-tops into the former Yunkers while covering the walls with a rose-vine mosaic and sweet vintage beer posters, serving serious burgers prepped with local ingredients and a tidy roster of craft brews.
Occupying the digs of an old mill, Manayunk Brewery offers tours of their brew operations, plus comfort food like their baked mac and cheese skillet with Vermont Cheddar.
If you want your beer garden with a side of nightclub, Silk City’s beer garden is your spot. To be fair, though, it's a wonderful place to grab a classic all-American meal too. At Silk City, enjoy beers, cocktails, and even dinner at one of the outdoor, umbrella covered tables before heading inside to dance the night away to whatever DJ is spinning that night.
Get a taste of Peru this Fri night when Old City rum bar Cuba Libre celebrates National Pisco Day with a 2hr happy hour offering three $5 takes on the brandy 'tail, (including a garapa sugar cane punch), plus $5 ceviche samplers and discount beer, wine, and sangria 'til 7p. Drink it all and you'll likely have machu pee...chu.
You can grab 100 brews, 15 single malts, and a fish 'n chips-heavy menu on the "Steelers Alley" second floor at O'Neals, reminding Black & Yellow fans of another O: Ohhh crap, Kordell's under center again.
This much-anticipated South Philly spot from Chef Luke Palladino did not disappoint: it offers the one-two punch of watching his crew at work in an open kitchen and savoring the food. Your mouth may be watering while you wait. Get the prosciutto-wrapped, truffle butter-soaked, Parmesan-sprinkled homemade Truffled Grissini. Trust us. You're welcome.
Just pray that this P.O.P.E is never guarded by an impenetrable bullet-proof bubble. It doles out a copious variety of beers, savory nosh options and will never scold you for sleeping in on a Sunday.