A good happy hour is a great thing. And Philadelphia has had several centuries to perfect the passtime. From craft canned beers, to dim sum, craft cocktails, and knock-out burgers, these are where (and when) we recommend heading for a great Philadelphia happy hour.
Weekdays, 5-7pm; Weekends, 3-5pm
Bing Bing’s happy hour comes everyday, and is one of the most popular in town. Come on out for $5 specials on dumplings, boa, and pickle plates. Additionally, the popular Chinese restaurant with a Jewish twist offers drink deals like dollar-off drafts, $5 glasses of wine, and specialty cocktails for $6 a piece.
Bing Bing Dim Sum. 1648 E Passyunk Ave.
Weekdays, 5-7pm; Wednesdays 5-8pm
The week-night happy hour at Brigantessa is a beloved one by Philadelphia locals, especially since it’s one of the only pizza happy hours in town. Deals include $10 margherita and marinara pies, as well as $2 discounts on all of its craft beers on draft, some of which are rare Italian exports. There are also discounts on wine, antipasti, and the restaurant’s famous wood-grilled calamari.
Brigantessa. 1520 E Passyunk Ave.
Sun – Fri, 4-6pm and 11pm-1am
Craft beer aficionados should come to American Sardine Bar when visiting Philadelphia, as it has one of the widest and most well-curated selections of brews in town. The weeknight happy hours are always a hit, offering half-off select canned beers, as well as boilermaker specials and rotating food discounts.
American Sardine Bar. 1800 Federal St.
Those of you looking for a high-quality, affordable meal in Philadelphia should make your way to Whetstone Tavern for happy hour. The $5 burgers offered during this special time are a juicy steel, and they pair well with the discounted beers, wines and cocktails, which come as low-priced as $3 a pop.
Whetstone Tavern. 700 S 5th St.
Those who enjoy a good drink, and a quality bite head to SouthGate for happy hour every day of the week. The delightful menu offers half-off drafts, as well as discount deals on sangria, and the famous house sake punch. There’s also a deal for half-off delicious, double-fried Korean chicken wings.
SouthGate. 1801 Lombard St.
Summer Wednesdays, 5-7pm
Across Center City, more than 75 bars and restaurants participate in this summer promotion on Wednesday nights, inviting local professionals and visitors to enjoy a standout Philadelphia happy hour. The deals include $3 beer, $4 wine, $5 cocktails and half-priced appetizers. Head to the Center City District Sips website for a full listing of participating restaurants and bars.
Bud & Marilyn’s is one of our two restaurants at The Independent from chef Marcie Blaine Turney and Valerie Safran. It serves American classics in an elegant atmosphere that’s great any time of day. But for a great Philadelphia happy hour close to home, stop by between 5-7pm Monday through Friday. Enjoy select beers for $4, house wines for $5 and the restaurant and bar’s classic slush and a daily cocktail for $6. Plus, there are great discounts on select apps like pierogies and the Nashville hot bun, with fried chicken and little pickles.
Looking for more recommendations on where to eat and drink in Philadelphia? Check out our blog for more ideas.
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