July 18, 2012
The good news: Philadelphia has got some killer happy hours.
The better news: The scene keeps growing and growing.
Whether you need to unwind after work or just want to check out some of the city’s finest eateries on a budget, happy hour is an ideal opportunity to enjoy what Philadelphia restaurants have to offer.
Check out these top picks for fresh summer happy hours in Philadelphia, brand new for this season.
• Alla Spina: The newest spot from Italian superstar chef Marc Vetri boasts a killer happy hour from 4:30-6 p.m. on weeknights, that’s especially enjoyable in the warm months. Save $2 on each draft, or grab can and bottle specials for as little as $3. Negronis (on tap) go for $7, as does wine. Food deals include porcini deviled eggs for $2, beef fat french fries for $3, and Alla Spina‘s acclaimed mortadella hotdog for $6. What’s more? The same deals are offered late-night Mondays through Thursdays, 10:30 p.m.-midnight.
• Route 6: The New England-influenced seafood restaurant from Stephen Starr has got a wealth of affordable and exciting happy hour offerings. Stop by Route 6 between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. on a weeknight for $4 beers, $5 wines and $6 cocktails to cleanse the palate. Then jump into food. Just some of the extensive dishes on special include homemade chips for $2, chowder for $4 and wood-fired mussels for $8.
• Tashan: The acclaimed modern Indian eatery on South Broad Street has been pushing culinary boundaries since day one. Now, Tashan brings innovative offerings in a bite-sized, discounted format with its 777 happy hour (a play on its 777 address), running weekdays from 5-7 p.m. Feast on appetizers like Xacutti pork sliders and chicken patanga, drink carefully selected wines and enjoy cocktails like the Tashan, with Penn 1681 vodka, blueberries, lemongrass and cardamom — all for $7.
• Village Belle: Queen Village Northern Mediterranean restaurant and bar hot spot Village Belle is now offering a new happy hour Tuesday-Friday from 5-7 p.m. Specials include $3 selected beers, $4 selected cocktails, and $5 house Chardonnay or Cabernet. Food includes some specialty menu items including $2 oysters, $2 meatball slider, $5 eggplant caponata, hummus and truffle-parmigiano fries.
• The Trestle Inn: The Callowhill whiskey and go-go bar, The Trestle Inn, is quickly gaining steam, with a throwback menu and popular weekend brunches. Another new addition is a killer happy hour, running Tuesday-Friday from 5 p.m. all the way until 8 p.m., with $4 signature whiskey sours, $3 drafts, a $5 citywide and bites that start at just a buck.
• Ela: Ela is quietly becoming a Queen Village favorite, with chef Jason Cichonski’s innovative work getting acclaim from all over. Now that work comes at a more accessible price, as Cichonski has recently introduced happy hour. From 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and on Sunday (yep, you read that right), offerings include $3 draft beer, $5 wines, and out-there $6 cocktails, like the “Last Chance to Lose Your Keys,” with tequila, rosemary, kaffir lime, and St. Germaine. Food specials range from $6-14, and change everyday. There’s a meticulously crafted soy bourbon burger on the menu, with only 10 orders available each day.
• Birra: East Passyunk’s Birra has a new summertime happy hour special; every weekday from 4-6 p.m. dish on cocktails and craft beer and cans for $3.
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• Square Peg: Chef Matt Levin’s going late-night for the happy hour at his new Washington Square West joint Square Peg, with deals from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Two bucks gets you mac and cheese grilled cheese, and three bucks gets you a deviled eggs sampler (they’re delicious). To drink, sip on $5 specialty cocktails, $3 beer and $4 wine.
• Lemon Hill: The talked-about Fairmount venture from Chef Mitch Prensky of Supper and Al Sotack of The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Company earlier this year launched a happy hour that offers their elegant mixology at prices that are sure to please. Sip Slyfox Pikeland Pils and Brooklyn Lager at $2 off their regular prices, plus enjoy $6 wine and $7 specialty cocktails, served on fancypants Kold Draft Ice, the purest available anywhere.
• Pod: Stephen Starr’s Pod, an ultra-modern, contemporary pan Asian restaurant nestled in West Philadelphia, boasts an impressive list of cocktails and $5 martinis, spiced up with Asian-influences, along with $4 wine and draft beers. The snack menu also includes $7 dim sum plates and $5 maki perfect for sharing. Enjoy these specials from Monday-Friday, 4-6 p.m.
• Le Virtù: Le Virtù has a hot happy hour Monday-Friday from 5-7 p.m., available indoors and outside in the restaurant’s grassy courtyard. Enjoy the signature L’Aquila cocktail or $3 craft beers in addition to select food specials, including a selection of house-cured salumi, from Chef Joe Cicala.
• Rittenhouse Tavern: This summer, Rittenhouse Tavern has rolled out its new Firkin Friday Happy Hour in addition to its Tuesday-Friday 4-6 p.m. specials. This special happy hour includes $5 glasses of special firkin that changes every week. The cask will be tapped in the outdoor garden area, weather permitting.
• Barcade: While happy hour is far from a new concept to this Fishtown joint that doubles as a bar and an arcade, Barcade has expanded their offerings for their 4-7 p.m. happy hour on Monday-Friday. In addition to $1 off beer and well drinks, they now offer a pint of beer and shot of Jim Beam for $7. Enjoy these specials while trying your luck at some old-school arcade games like Tetris and Galaga.
• Ms. Goody Cupcake: Ms. Goody Cupcake on East Passyunk Avenue, puts a sugary twist on a classic after-work tradition with last week’s debut of a Cupcake Happy Hour. Every Friday this summer, the bakery will debut a new cocktail-inspired cupcake. Between 5 and 8 p.m. through August 24, all cupcakes will be just $2. Ms. Goody Cupcake also will cater to fan favorites by lettingcustomers and social media followers pick the final three themes. Suggestions are being accepted in person, by email at email@example.com, on Facebook and on Twitter.com. Winning suggestions will be awarded with a free six pack of the new flavor.
Heard of a new happy hour near you? Let us know in the comments.