From food trucks and local beer, to the fact that Chip Kelly hasn’t cut everybody, there’s plenty to be happy about in Philly. But just in case you need a reminder, we’ve rounded up 11 things that’ll definitely cheer you up: Philadelphia’s best happy hours. Cheers!
East Passyunk What you’re getting: Bartender’s choice cocktail
Happy hour is only a few months old now at Bing Bing, but the specials do not disappoint: score the bartender’s alternating cocktail choice for $6 weekdays from 5-7pm, as well as $5 wines, $1-off drafts, and $10-off family-sized pitchers. Some menu favorites are also discounted and running for $5 each, such as the pan-fried bao and wings.
Graduate Hospital What you’re getting: Rotating drafts
It can be difficult to make a beer decision given Cambridge’s extensive draft list, luckily the 4-6pm happy hour means half-priced 16oz pints, so drink quickly and try as many as you can. As long as you’re taking SEPTA home, obviously.
Washington Square West What you’re getting:Old American (Rittenhouse rye, lime, mint, black IPA)
Weekdays from 5-7pm Franky Bradley’s rolls out the “Happiest of Hours” with $6 mixed drinks featuring your choice of mixer and vodka or gin. Select draft beers go for $3 a pop and wines are $6, plus you can nosh on appetizers like the crispy brandade fritters for $7.
Old City What you’re getting: Cupertino Mule (house apple whiskey and ginger beer)
Not only does National Mechanics make a great burger, but it also offers a changing menu of drink and food specials to take advantage of during happy hour from 5-7pm on weekdays. Discounts are also available on most pints.
University City, Logan Square What you’re getting: Craft beer flights
City Tap knows Mondays are the most dreaded of days, so its happy hour starts at 5pm and lasts until 10pm. This gives you plenty of time to dig into the 60+ beer list with $10 flights. Hump day is also a good catch with half-priced drinks and appetizers from 5-7pm.
Fancy cocktails at Brick and Mortar would typically set you back $10 a pop, so try them at half-price weekdays from 4 to 6pm. You can also score meat and cheese boards for $7 and other appetizers for $3. Drafts are $4 and house wines are $6.
Rittenhouse What you’re getting: Local craft beer cans
The Good Dog happy hour is extra special because specials run every day of the week -- 5 to 7pm every weekday, 4 to 6pm on Saturdays, and 10pm through midnight on Sunday. All drinks are $1 off, plus half-priced cans on Wednesdays.
Gayborhood What you’re getting: A $4 specialty cocktail
The outdoor bar behind Sampan is a favorite whether you opt for a bad decision fishbowl or not. Happy hour runs from 4 to 7pm every day and you can get discounted cocktails, beer, wine, and sake -- as well as some cheaper bites from the Sampan menu, like dumplings, satay, and wraps all from $3-4.
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Marielle Mondon is a Philly-born editor and freelance writer who is probably at happy hour while you read this. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.