Food & Drink

Philadelphia's Best Happy Hours

Published On 09/02/2015 Published On 09/02/2015
Bing Bing Dim Sum
The Cambridge
Franky Bradley's
Abe Fisher
Taqueria Feliz
National Mechanics
City Tap
BRICK AND MORTAR
Good Dog Bar
Tattooed Mom
Sampan Restaurant Philadelphia
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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.

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