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The best happy hours in Philly right now

More than 25 bars and restaurants for excellent happy hours in Philadelphia.

Philly has plenty of happy hours to choose from, including Forsythia.
Philly has plenty of happy hours to choose from, including Forsythia.Read moreLexy Pierce

As the sun sets, there are few things in this world that you can purchase for $5 or less. Cocktails, wine, beer, and food are rarely on that list — that is, except during happy hour. The magical hours, often in the early evening, offer the rare chance to go out with a specific budget in mind and know with confidence that you’ll stick to that budget.

Selected bites and drinks are discounted for after-work crowds and those looking for an inexpensive night out.

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“What makes Philadelphia so unique for happy hour is the depth and breadth of cuisines you can enjoy,” said Chris Parker-Rajewski, cofounder of Happy Hour Philly. “You can go for a great Thai happy hour at Chatayee Thai in Midtown Village, sushi at QU Japan, Latin American at Mixto, Mexican at Nemi, $2 oysters at Olde Bar.”

And Philly does happy hour better than almost anyone else, he says — in other places, you might only find a taco Tuesday or a $1 off draught beer.

Happy hours exist throughout the city in all neighborhoods and at all types of bars. Here are the best happy hours to check out in Philly right now.

Neighborhood: Germantown

Happy Hour: Monday to Friday, 4 to 6 p.m.

Take advantage of $1 off draft beer and $6 well margaritas at Attic Brewing Company during its Monday through Friday happy hour.

📍137 Berkeley St., 📞 267-748-2495, 🌐, 📷 @atticbrewing

Neighborhood: Washington Square West

Happy Hour: Monday to Sunday 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Dig into $7 street bites, including tamarind wings and papaya salad, and $18 half banh mi and full size pho combo. House cocktails are $11, while house wines are $8. Plus, get $1 off on draft beers at this cozy Vietnamese eatery.

📍714 South St., 📞 215-800-1533, 🌐, 📷 @banhmi_bottles

Neighborhood: Chinatown

Happy Hour: Daily, 3 to 6 p.m.

Chinatown’s only sports bar has a happy hour that starts at 3 p.m. daily, a little earlier than most other happy hours in the area. Order from an extensive menu of Asian-inspired food (think mini portions of fried rice, lo mein, and pad Thai), in addition to sports bar snacks like wings, chicken bites and nachos. For drinks, there are beers, margaritas, sangrias, and martinis. Nothing on the happy hour menu is ever over $8.75.

📍101 N. 11th St., 📞 215-922-2688, 🌐, 📷 @barly_philly

Neighborhood: East Passyunk

Happy Hour: Sunday to Friday, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Saturday, 3 to 5 p.m

Chinese food and Jewish fare come together at this East Passyunk spot where happy hour is available daily, even on the weekends. The cheesesteak bao is a happy hour staple ($5), along with dumplings ($7) and a rotating bartender’s choice cocktail ($9).

📍1648 E. Passyunk Ave., 📞 215-279-7702, 🌐, 📷 @bingbingdimsum

Have your happy hour food and drinks outdoors or indoors at Booker's Bar and Restaurant on Baltimore Ave.
Have your happy hour food and drinks outdoors or indoors at Booker's Bar and Restaurant on Baltimore Ave.Read moreCHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer

Neighborhood: West Philly

Happy Hour: Monday to Friday, 5 to 7 p.m.

Booker’s is a West Philly hot spot known for its Southern-style dishes. Nothing on the drink happy hour list costs more than $6, including signature cocktails like Whisky Ginger, a Philadelphia-inspired spin on a classic Moscow Mule. One of the most popular happy hour items is the $7 special, which includes a draft beer, shot of well liquor, and an order of fried pickle chips. Happy hour is available in the restaurant’s outdoor space and at the bar.

📍5021 Baltimore Ave., 📞 215-883-0960, 🌐, 📷 @bookers.westphilly

Cantina La Martina in Philadelphia, Saturday, April 8, 2023
Cantina La Martina in Philadelphia, Saturday, April 8, 2023Read moreJessica Griffin / Staff Photographer

Neighborhood: Kensington

Happy Hour: Monday to Friday, 5 to 7 p.m.

Sip on $6 margaritas and enjoy $1 tacos at the bar or the larger outdoor seating. Take Inquirer food critic Craig LaBan, who recently journeyed with chef Dionicio Jiménez, word for it and head over to the “triumph of D Street — and all of Philadelphia.”

📍 2800 D St., 📞 267-519-2142; 🌐, 📷

Neighborhood: Midtown Village

Happy hour: Monday, Wednesday to Friday, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Chatayee Thai serves dishes like green papaya salad with dried shrimp, Bangkok-style grilled pork, and spring rolls — find them all at happy hour. Most food is $5 to $13 during happy hour, and drinks like house wine, well cocktails, and draft beers are $4 to $9. The menu is heavily plant-based, making it ideal for vegetarians and vegans.

📍1227 Walnut St., 📞 215-923-8208, 🌐, 📷 @chatayeethai

Neighborhood: Fishtown

Happy Hour: Sunday to Friday, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Saturday, 3 to 5 p.m.

Fishtown’s resident noodle bar has a happy hour menu for you on Frankford Avenue. Appetizers are $8 to $9, including dumplings. On the drink list, wine, sake, whisky highballs, and beers are available for a discount. Lager pitchers for happy hour prices are also offered.

📍1416 Frankford Ave., 📞 267-758-2269, 🌐, 📷 @cheufishtown

Neighborhood: West Philly

Happy Hour: Monday to Friday, 4 to 6 p.m.

Popular Clark Park pizza spot serves a nightly happy hour Monday through Friday where you can pair your pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and pastas with $4 pints of craft beer or $5 glasses of wine.

📍4301 Baltimore Ave., 📞 215-387-4992, 🌐, 📷 @clarkvillewestphilly

Neighborhood: Point Breeze

Happy Hour: Tuesday to Sunday, 4 to 6 p.m.

Point Breeze’s new-ish El Mezcal Cantina has happy hour every day it’s open (Tuesday through Sunday) with deals including $4 beers, an $8 margarita, a $6 red wine sangria, and discounts on classic Mexican fare like chips and guac, tacos, shrimp tlacoyo.

📍1260 Point Breeze Ave., 📞 267-966-2209, 🌐, 📷 @elmezcalcantina

Neighborhood: Chestnut Hill

Happy Hour: Monday to Friday 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Munch on chips and salsa for $3.95, plus nachos and crispy jalapenos for $6.95 at this taco truck and old-school cantina hybrid. Plus, enjoy house margaritas and sangrias for $7.95 or wine for $6.95. Draft beers are $4.95.

📍8201 Germantown Ave., 📞 267-766-5372, 🌐, 📷 @elpoquitocantina

Neighborhood: Rittenhouse

Happy Hour: Monday to Friday, 4 to 6 p.m.

Score big at the weeknight happy hour at Stephen Starr’s El Rey. Snacks start at just $1 and Mexican beers cost $4. The rotating snacks, which are normally of the taco or nacho variety, never cost more than $4 and both classic and flavored margaritas are just $6 a glass.

📍2013 Chestnut St., 📞 215-563-3330, 🌐, 📷 @elreyphilly

Neighborhood: Fishtown

Happy Hour: June

Sip on cans of the #loveislove beer, a strawberry blonde ale that’s got a crisp strawberry flavor all month long at the Lab in Fishtown. It will also be offered on limited release in drafts at the Lab and Evil Genius Beer GardenCQ. A portion of sales will be donated to the Trevor ProjectCQ, a national organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide-prevention services to LGBTQIA+ youth.

📍 1727 N. Front St., 🌐, 📷 @evilgeniusbeer

Cocktails for a Cause is a month-long fundraiser for Pride Month by FCM Hospitality. Drink the rainbow at 13 venues this June with proceeds donated to local queer charities. Order a drink that matches a color of the all-inclusive LGBTQ rainbow flag. Participating restaurants include Liberty Point, The Garden at Cherry Street Pier, The Dolphin, Morgan’s Pier, Craft Hall, Parks on Tap, Rosy’s Taco Bar, Harper’s Garden, Lola’s Garden, NoChe, Concourse Dance Bar, Juno, and Walnut Garden.

📍Multiple locations

Neighborhood: Old City

Happy Hour: Sundays, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On Sundays, enjoy Weekend Wrap Up Happy Hour at the bar. Find discounted small plates for $6 to $14 and craft cocktails for $11. House wines are $8 by the glass, and beer is $5. Enjoy ricotta beignets or crispy pork rinds with your drink of choice.

📍233 Chestnut St., 📞 215-644-9395, 🌐, 📷 @forsythia_philly

Neighborhood: Rittenhouse

Happy Hour: Monday to Saturday, 4 to 7 p.m.

You can pay $6 for a cocktail or $5 for a beer or glass of wine at Harp and Crown’s happy hour (yes, it even runs on the weekend). Sit at the bar and have a drink with a happy hour menu of snackable bites like a rotating daily pizza, whipped ricotta — oh, and a $7 cheeseburger.

📍1525 Sansom St., 📞 215-330-2800, 🌐, 📷 @harpcrown

Neighborhood: Northern Liberties

Happy Hour: Tuesday to Friday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Pop in for $5 draft beers, house wines, Citywides, and Stateside seltzer cans. You could also get an ambler and chase rose can or a nonalcoholic “nojito” or sour cherry fizz is also $5. The specialty cocktail pitcher is $20. Rotating tapas are on the menu too — check social media for updates but expect to pay $6 to $10.

📍129 W. Laurel St, 📞 267-273.-1632, 🌐, 📷 @jerrysbarphilly

Neighborhood: Center City West

Happy Hour: Wednesday and Thursday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 5 p.m. to midnight, and Saturday 4 p.m. to midnight

This June, celebrate Pride Month at this South Street bar with the Pride Flight. get six pours, including yellow Austrian riesling to a blue brut chardonnay from California for $45. A portion of proceeds go to the William Way LGBT Community Center, a Philly nonprofit serving the queer community. The flight is offered all month long during open hours. Chef Jacob Fram serves up Mediterranean and Middle Eastern-inspired small bites like meatball skewers and housemade soft pretzels for $5 to $11.

📍1525 South St., 🌐, 📷 @jetwinebar

Neighborhood: Fishtown

Happy Hour: Sunday to Friday, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Monday to Tuesday 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Seafood (oysters) and fresh pastas like cacio e pepe are the draw during happy hour at Kensington Quarters, along with the assortment of boozy drinks. Stop by for food with, a spirit-forward old fashioned, cocktails, wine, or beer — all less than $10. Buck-a-shuck on Mondays and Tuesdays with happy hour at $1.

📍1310 Frankford Ave., 📞 267-314-5086, 🌐, 📷 @kensingtonquarters

Neighborhood: Francisville

Happy Hour: Wednesday to Thursday, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (and Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m. to midnight)

It’s $2 off any full draft pours and well drinks at this Francisville hotspot. Bites including pan-seared gyoza,Laotian crispy rice rolls, and wings range from $5 to $8. There is also a late night happy hour on Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m. to midnight — find the menu online.

📍1600 W Girard Ave, Suite C5, 📞 267-324-3487, 🌐, 📷 @liberteegrounds

Neighborhood: Fishtown

Happy Hour: Monday to Friday, 4 to 6 p.m.

The bar on Girard Avenue offers an inviting, relaxed atmosphere with whiskeys aplenty, local and expertly-made cocktails. Get your hands on $7 old fashioned, negroni moscow mule, malbec or pinot grigio, plus drafts and Lloyd Citywide for $1 off. Pair your drink of choice with $7 nachos, chicken bites, mac and cheese or $5 jalapeno and bacon burger sliders and cheesesteak empanada.

📍529 East Girard Ave., 📞 215-425-4600, 🌐, 📷 @lloydwhiskey

Loco Pez, 47th Street and Baltimore Avenue.
Loco Pez, 47th Street and Baltimore Avenue.Read moreJOE BECKHAM

Neighborhood: Fishtown, West Philly, and Graduate Hospital

Happy Hour: Monday to Friday, 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday to Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m.

All Loco Pez locations (Fishtown, West Philly, and Graduate Hospital) have a daily happy hour. You can feast on half-priced nachos, $2 off draught beers, and classic margaritas for a pop. An added bonus: they have a weekly $1 taco day on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday that’s announced on their social channels.

📍2401 E. Norris St., 700 S. 20th St., and 4631 Baltimore Ave, 📞 267-886-8061, 🌐, 📷 @locopez

Neighborhood: Callowhill

Happy Hour: Monday to Friday, 4 to 6 p.m.

Happy hour is straightforward at Callowhill’s Love City Brewing Company. Enjoy draft beers brews for $2 off. Ziza Pizza food truck has your $6 munchables.

📍1023 Hamilton St., 📞 215-398-1900, 🌐, 📷 @lovecitybrewing

Neighborhood: Graduate Hospital

Happy Hour: Monday to Friday, 4 to 6 p.m.

If you find yourself at MilkBoy on Chestnut Street during the weekday happy hour, get $2 off draft beers, well liquor, specialty cocktails and wine.

📍 1100 Chestnut St., 📞 215-925-MILK (6455), 🌐

Neighborhood: Washington Square West

Happy Hour: Tuesday to Friday, 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

On the cusp of Washington Square West and Queen Village, Mixto Restaurante offers Cuban cuisine and drinks in a fun space with a Miami ambience. The happy hour menu offers a mix of bar bites, classic Latin cocktails, and $4 to $5 draught and draft beers. All bar bites and drinks (including mojitos, caipirinhas, and margaritas) are $7 during happy hour.

📍1141 Pine St., 📞 215-592-0363, 🌐, 📷 @mixtophilly

Neighborhood: Midtown Village

Happy hour: Monday to Friday, 4 to 6 p.m.

People go crazy for the meatless meatballs at Monster Vegan, especially during happy hour when they’re nearly half the price. The favorite neighborhood vegan spot does its happy hour with $6beer on tap.

📍1229 Spruce St., 📞 215-790-9494, 🌐, 📷 @monsterveganphilly

Neighborhood: Port Richmond

Happy Hour: Monday to Friday, 4 to 6 p.m

The tacos at this Port Richmond haunt are served on house-made tortillas for $3 to $4 during the four-night-a-week happy hour. Empanadas and tostadas in both veggie and meaty varieties are on the menu too. Beers are half off, and sangrias and margaritas are $5 to $7.

📍2636 E. Ann St., 📞 267-519-0713, 🌐, 📷 @nemirestaurant

Pizzas, pastas, spritzes, and more are all on offer during happy hour at Osteria.
Pizzas, pastas, spritzes, and more are all on offer during happy hour at Osteria. Read moreELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff Photographer

Neighborhood: Fairmount

Happy Hour: Monday to Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m., Friday to Saturday, 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, 4 to 6 p.m.

Nothing is more than $12 at Osteria’s happy hour, which runs daily. You can snag one of Osteria’s classic wood-fired pizzas for $12 — the margherita pizza is $10 — and they’re the same size as the pies on the regular dinner menu. Pastas, salads, and snacks are available during happy hour as well, in addition to Osteria’s popular spritz ($8) and wines ($7) and beers ($6).

📍640 N. Broad St., 📞 215-763-0920, 🌐, 📷 @osteriaphilly

Neighborhood: Rittenhouse

Happy Hour: Tuesday to Friday, 4 to 6 p.m.

Located in the epicenter of Rittenhouse, Oyster House offers scrumptious seafood dishes and a huge selection of its namesake — oysters. During happy hour, local oysters are $2 a piece and a daily shooter is $5. Other bar bites range from $5 to $11. House wines and the popular gin, Aperol, and grapefruit-laden Kelly’s Punch are all $7. Happy hour is served at the bar on a first-come, first-serve basis.

📍1516 Sansom St., 📞 215-567-7683, 🌐, 📷 @phloysterhouse

Neighborhood: Center City

Happy Hour: June

Get your hands on the “The Mattachine” for $17 at the Center City restaurant. Named after the early LGBTQ+ activist group, The Mattachine Society, the Pride cocktail is a shaken gingery, lemon vodka and Lilet Blanc poured over a boozy hibiscus ice cube with a sprinkle of edible glitter — the cocktail changes color when the hibiscus cube melts from a bright chartreuse to a dark pink sipper. Buy the drink and $2 will be donated to The William Way LGBT Community Center.

📍1620 Chancellor St., 🌐, 📷 @patchworkphilly

The Amalfi Coast is the vibe at picturesque Positano Coast in Old City.
The Amalfi Coast is the vibe at picturesque Positano Coast in Old City.Read morePositano Coast by Aldo Lambberti

Neighborhood: Old City

Happy Hour: Tuesday to Friday, 4 to 6 p.m.

As its name suggests, Positano Coast promises an Italian Amalfi Coast theme when it comes to both its menu and its vibe. The happy hour menu is substantial, with $6 to $10 bites, ranging from oysters to lobster mac and cheese. A happy hour favorite is the lemon drop cocktail, which costs $6 during happy hour. Beer ($4) and wine by the glass ($6) is available too. After 6 p.m, get whiskey and wine specials on Wednesdays and bubbles and oysters on Fridays. You can enjoy the deals at both the bar and in the restaurant’s Sopra lounge.

📍212 Walnut St., 📞 215-238-0499, 🌐, 📷 @positanocoastphilly

Neighborhood: Rittenhouse

Happy Hour: Monday to Friday, 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Everything is $6 during happy hour at Qu Japan Bistro and Bar at 16th and Market. The small sushi house specializes in sushi rolls, dumplings, wings, and other Japanese-inspired snacks for its happy hour menu. Complete your order with a beer, house sake, or glass of wine for $6.

📍1635 Market St., 📞 267-362-9999, 🌐, 📷 @qujapan_phl

Neighborhood: Ardmore

Happy Hour: June

Toast to Pride Month with margaritas for the month of June. Get a glass for $15 or a pitcher to share for $58. Proceeds from each margarita glass ($1) and pitcher ($5) will be donated to Hot Bread Kitchen.

📍105 Coulter Ave, Ardmore, 🌐, 📷 @rosamexicano

Neighborhood: Midtown Village

Happy Hour: Daily, 4 to 7 p.m.

Find happy hour at the sushi bar outside along 13th Street and at the down-the-alley Graffiti Bar. The modern Asian menu consists of satay, bao buns, dumplings, sushi rolls, and more, all priced at $7 or less. For drinks, beers and house wines are available for $5 and specialty cocktails run $9.

📍124 S. 13th St., 📞 215-732-3501, 🌐, 📷 @sampanphilly

Neighborhood: Manayunk

Happy Hour: Monday to Thursday, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Take your pick at The Couch Tomato in Manayunk where everything on the happy hour menu is $3 to $7, including its wings, stromboli, tacos, edamame dumplings, beer, wine, cocktails, and more.

📍102 Rector St., 📞 215-483-2233, 🌐, 📷 @thecouchtomatomynk

Neighborhood: Manayunk and Wayne

Happy Hour: Monday to Friday 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Pop into the restaurant on the corner of Main and Pensdale Street in Manayunk and you’ll find gluten-free tempura cauliflower in a barbecue sauce, buttermilk-marinated chicken nuggets and more for $9. Sip on the Alpha Acid Trip draft made by Conshohocken Brewery for $5, the bullet bourbon mix drink for $6, or $7 white wine sangria with wildflower honey and lavender.

At the Wayne location, drinks are $7 and under with 25% off all starters.

📍4201 Main St. and 103 N Wayne Ave., 📞 267-323-2495 and 484-584-4979, 🌐, 📷 @thegoatsbeard

Neighborhood: Old City

Happy Hour: Daily, 4 to 6 p.m.

Within the space that once housed Old Original Bookbinder’s find The Olde Bar, a seafood-focused spot run by Garces Group. Happy hour is a daily occurrence (including on weekends) where you can order two-buck-a-shuck oysters, house wines for $6, select draft beers for $5, and a rotating bartender’s cocktail for $6. Additional food specials change throughout the year, but you can expect a solid selection of seafood sandwiches, fried fish appetizers, and more.

📍125 Walnut St., 📞 215-253-3777, 🌐, 📷 @theoldebarphl

Neighborhood: Graduate Hospital

Happy hour: Monday to Friday 4 to 6 p.m.

Happy hour is an almost everyday occurrence at Graduate Hospital favorite The Sidecar Bar & Grille. The menu changes seasonally, but wings are a standby. During happy hour, snacks run $5 to $10, while select draft beers cost $4, well mixersare $5, and house wines are $6. Plus, get a beer, burger and fries deal for $9.

📍2201 Christian St., 📞 215-732-3429, 🌐, 📷 @thesidecarbar

Neighborhood: Port Richmond

Happy Hour: Monday to Friday 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Score $2 off draft beers and $4 off wings of any style at this Port Richmond haunt. There are also $6 Zombies, a signature rum punch.

📍2537 E. Somerset St., 📞 267-639-5041,🌐, 📷 @tincanphilly

Neighborhood: University City

Happy Hour: Tuesday to Saturday., 4 to 8 p.m.

Nestled in University City’s AKA Hotel sits Walnut Street Cafe where a “golden hour” means deals on specialty $8 to $9 toasts and $5 to $12 deals on other snacks, while select wines, cocktails, and beer are available for $$6 to $12 a pop.

📍2929 Walnut St., 📞 215-867-8067, 🌐, 📷 @walnutstcafe

Neighborhood: University City

Happy Hour: Monday to Friday, 4 to 6 p.m.

With a big outdoor patio set up, the University City restaurant is a popular spot in the neighborhood for happy hour. Look for a huge happy hour menu with small, medium, and large plates, from fried pickles to fresh oysters, plus $7 wine and $8 cocktails, and $6 beers. Bonus: The White Dog is known for catering to a range of food preferences and allergies, so everyone can dine.

📍3420 Sansom St., 📞 215-386-9224, 🌐, 📷 @whitedogphilly

Neighborhood: Chinatown

Happy Hour: Tuesday to Friday, 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, 5 to 7 p.m.

At Chinatown’s popular karaoke lounge, happy hour food discounts apply to starters, yakitori (wasabi beef, wasabi chicken, fish tofu)and sushi tacos. For drinks, there are $3 bottled beers, $5 wines and draught beers, and $6 signature cocktails.

📍211 N. 11th St., 📞 215-923-8088, 🌐, 📷 @yakitoriboyjapas

Afea Tucker and Steven White contributed to this article.

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