Food & Drink

Philadelphia's Best Happy Hours

Published On 09/02/2015 Published On 09/02/2015

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!

Bing Bing Dim Sum

Bing Bing Dim Sum

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.

The Cambridge

The Cambridge

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.

Franky Bradley's

Franky Bradley’s

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.

Abe Fisher

Abe Fisher

What you’re getting: Mind Games (Scotch, Zucca amaro, amaretto, lemon)

Abe Fisher not only serves up happy hour from 5-7pm EVERY DAY, but the spot also offers $7 cocktails and wines and $5 bites from its small-plates-centric menu.

Taqueria Feliz

Taqueria Feliz

What you’re getting: Feliz Margarita

The Yunk’s go-to Mexican eatery offers discount drinks from 4:30-6:30pm on weekdays, including $5.50 margaritas, $4 sangria, $3 drafts, and $2-off cocktails. Nachos, tacos, and other bites go for $5.

National Mechanics

National Mechanics

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.

City Tap

City Tap

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.


Brick and Mortar

What you’re getting: Old Fashion

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.

Good Dog Bar

Good Dog

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.

Tattooed Mom

Tattooed Mom

Queen Village
What you’re getting: All the PBRs

Seven days a week Tattooed Mom has not one but TWO happy hours: 5 to 7pm and later from 10 to 11pm. This means half-priced pints, plus $2 PBRs every Sunday from 7pm to closing.

Sampan Restaurant Philadelphia

Graffiti Bar

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.

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1. Bing Bing Dim Sum 1648 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148

While there's something suspect about Asian cuisine curated by two Philly boys, Bing Bing Dim Sum is certainly having no trouble maintaining a crowd. The secret to their success, the owners claim, is that rather than focusing on the cultural authenticity of their dishes, they have created a menu inspired by classic Asian entrees -- but readjusted to fit their own local taste. Bing Bing serves everything from classic soup dumplings and pork bao to things like spicy cilantro lamb dumplings and fun-guy lo mein (fungi like mushrooms, get it?). The restaurant offers a number of house wines and a full draft beer list in addition to a remarkably creative cocktail menu, and plenty of happy hour deals. You can order pitchers of drinks like "Left My Wallet In El Segundo," (bourbon, lemongrass, triple sec, hibiscus lemonade), while devouring semi- authentic noodle bowls, seated beside a series of floor-to-ceiling cartoon murals. If you thought there was no such thing as Philly style Dim Sum, you thought wrong.

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2. Franky Bradley's 1320 Chancellor St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

This place is great for old-time American classics and cocktails in a funky space with kitschy decor. The revamped space also offers a killer happy hour, with drinks starting at just $3.

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3. The Cambridge 1508 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146 (South Street)

Proving that following a legend won't always end in someone saying "Sorry sir, Meatloaf cleared out the continental breakfast" is Cambridge, which replaces the old grimy music venue Tritone with a new South St gastro from the crew behind Hawthorne's.

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4. Abe Fisher 1623 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

Inspired by the food of the Jewish diaspora, Abe Fisher breathes new life to typical Center City cuisine with small plates incorporating a creative range of goods, from shrimp fried rice to veal schnitzel tacos.

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5. Taqueria Feliz 4400 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127

This riotously colorful Mextaurant from the crew behind La Calaca Feliz is plying you with authentic south-of-the-border eats, including the usual tacos/tortas/enchiladas, plus "funky stuff" like lamb heart skewers and beef tongue tacos.

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6. National Mechanics 22 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Old City)

National Mechanics's got a varied American menu, a crazy array of cocktail, and inhabits an historic, gothic building in Old City.

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7. Brick & Mortar 315 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (West Phillyu City)

This gastropub and cocktail bar serves high quality everything, from their food to their drinks. The elevated American food includes small, medium, and large plates, plus a full assortment of rotisserie meats. The bar serves house bottled cocktails and plenty of beers, so everyone should be able to find something to love.

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8. Good Dog Bar & Restaurant 224 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (Rittenhouse)

How many places do you know where you can get a duck quesadilla? Probably not many, but the Good Dog has all of your late night desires and even some you didn't know you had.

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9. 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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10. 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.