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July 19, 2013

Roundup: Our Top Picks For Hotel Happy Hours In Philadelphia

There's no better time than happy hour to explore the fine offerings of Philadelphia's hotel bar scene. (Photo credits clockwise from top left, J. Smith for GPTMC, M. Edlow for GPTMC, courtesy The Rittenhouse Hotel, G. Widman for GPTMC)

Looking for after-work refreshment?

Throughout Philadelphia, crowds flocks to happy hour for discounted sips and bites almost every day of the week.

With a built-in demand for a post-meeting or apres-touring rejuvenation, Philadelphia’s hotels are definitely destinations to be considered for happy hour, with plenty of deals to be had and a solid lineup of cocktails, wine, beer and grub at many a hotel bar.

Whether you’re looking to dine in the sky at XIX at the Hyatt at The Bellevue as its perched 19 floors above Broad Street, or visit AKA Rittenhouse Square’s newest addition, a.bar, which offers a minimalist vibe and oyster happy hour, our hotel happy-hour roundup has your answer.

Note that this list only includes hotel bars with happy hour, many other great hotels in the city have a lofty bar offering minus the happy hour discount.

Our top picks for hotel happy hours, below.

a.bar at AKA Rittenhouse Square: After a recent opening, a.bar at the swanky AKA Rittenhouse Square will shuck up an oyster happy hour seven days a week from 3 to 6 p.m. Every oyster on the menu will go for just $1.50 each (minimum purchase is six), and shellfish fans can pair their fare with specialty cocktails, an unrivaled sherry selection and delicious wines and beers as they watch the comings and goings of the Rittenhouse Square crowds.

XIX at the Hyatt at The Bellevue: High atop the tower of the Hyatt at The Bellevue on Broad Street, XIX’s (or Nineteen) dramatic setting offers stunning views that helped it once nab Philadelphia magazine’s coveted Best of Philly Happy Hour nod. Couples and coworkers crowd the moody spot on weekdays from 5 to 7 p.m. to take advantage of $4 draft beers, $6 house wines and $6 specialty cocktails, such as the Rubytini, made with ruby red vodka, grapefruit juice, fresh lemon juice and sparkling wine, and the Lychee Kiss, a concoction of Soho lychee liqueur, Absolut Raspberri vodka, pomegranate liqueur, white cranberry juice and lychee nut.

SoleFood at the Loews Hotel: Patrons might come to SoleFood at Loews Hotel Philadelphia for the $5.50 nibbles, $5.50 specialty cocktails, $5.50 select wines and $4 beers, but they stay for the cool jazz stylings of local legend Joanna Pascale, who keeps the crowds grooving every Wednesday through Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. Happy hour takes place Sunday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Amuse at Le Méridien: Philadelphia magazine called Le Méridien’s Amuse “the best bar for grownups,” and it delivers with a strong and serious specialty cocktail menu. Philly-inspired concoctions include the With Love, made with vodka, ginger liqueur, passion fruit and champagne; the William Penn, made with tequila, lemonade and pomegranate juice; and the Liberty Bell, made with whiskey, merlot, simple syrup and fresh lemon juice. Happy hour specials are available every Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. and include $7 select signature cocktails, $5 house wines and $3 select domestic beers.

Square 1682 at the Hotel Palomar: Every weeknight from 4 to 7 p.m. at Square 1682 at the chic Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, lead bartender Chauncey Scates mixes up $7 mint juleps and $7 seasonal cocktails using house-made syrups. The restaurant also pours $3 beers and $5 red, white and sparkling wines. In addition to complimentary truffle popcorn, happy hour here includes scrumptious, locally sourced bites like $9 scallop ceviche, $8 fried green tomatoes and $8 house-made jerky.

Il Bar at the Penn’s View Hotel: The Il Bar holds a Guinness World Record for the largest wine preservation system in the world. On any given day, patrons can select from 150 wines offered by the glass. On Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m., the bar hosts Friday Night Flights, which includes cheeses, hors d’oeuvres and wine-tasting discussions with sommelier William Eccleston and a special guest.

Bar 210 at Lacroix at the Rittenhouse Hotel: At the tony Rittenhouse Hotel, a favorite on national magazines’ accolades lists, those thirsty for cocktails can cozy up to a number of different spots. Be sure to pay a visit to the new Library Bar, an artisan cocktail bar that boasts a carefully curated selection of books and a 17-page drink menu. But, if you’re looking for happy hour specials, visit Bar 210 at Lacroix. Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., the upscale bar offers a rotating list of $8 specialty drinks (think blackberry bourbon and white sangria) and complimentary light bites.

More picks, below.

Tavern 17 at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel: Located inside the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel Philadelphia, Tavern 17 offers all sorts of goodies in the $2 to $5 range during its weeknight happy hour, taking place from 5 to 7 p.m. The deals include $2 draft beers, $5 cheeseburger sliders, $5 cocktails and $5 wines.

Penne Restaurant and Wine Bar at the Inn at Penn: A three-hour happy hour greets visitors at the Penne Restaurant and Wine Bar at the Hilton Inn at Penn. From 4 to 7 p.m., sip on $3 Yards and Stella Artois brews, $5 glasses of wine and discounted small plates. Food highlights include a variety of cheese plates and calamari.

10 Arts Bistro & Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton: 10 Arts Bistro & Lounge sits under the majestic dome of The Ritz-Carlton and it’s here where the just-off-from-work crowd sits side by side with visitors to enjoy happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday through Friday. Chef Nathan Voltz dishes out $5 light fare, including wild striped bass ceviche, mini pork sliders, Kennebec french fries and a daily cheese selection in partnership with Fair Food Farm Stand. Guests sip on seasonally inspired cocktails and $5 wine specials.

Red Owl Tavern at the Hotel Monaco: Every week from Monday through Friday, Hotel Monaco’s Red Owl Tavern boasts happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. Head to the Old City spot for $3 domestic beers, $4 craft beers, $5 wine, $6 specialty cocktails and two for one appetizers.

Liberte at the Sofitel Hotel: It pays to get to Sofitel Hotel’s Liberte early. From 5 to 6 p.m., Francophiles enjoy complimentary house-made potato chips with homemade dipping sauces and choose from $5 local draft beers, $5 glasses of wine and $5 well drinks, including the top-selling Liberte Cocktail, boasting pear vodka, St. Germain, lemon and champagne and garnished with macerated pear. From 6 to 7 p.m. prices inch up to $6.

Taste at the Sheraton Society Hill: Wine lovers can’t go wrong during Sheraton Social Hour at Taste, the restaurant at Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel. Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m., patrons can sample wine flights for just $5. And aficionados need not worry — all of the selected vintages have received a rating of 90 or better by Wine Spectator magazine.

Urban Enoteca at the Latham Hotel: Monday through Friday evenings at Urban Enoteca at the Latham Hotel offers guests a discounted menu of wine, cocktails and beer. For those who fancy a small bite, browse the varied tapas menu on special, too. Happy hours runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Keating’s River Grill at the Hyatt Regency: A daily happy hour welcomes guests of Keating’s River Grill at the Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing. Monday through Friday, from 5 to 7 p.m., enjoy discounted drinks at the bar or head outside to the terrace for a spot overlooking the Delaware River.

Sanding O at the Double Tree: Enjoy cocktails right along the Avenue of the Arts at the Double Tree’s Standing O restaurant. At 4 p.m. the happy hour party gets started with discounted libations and bar bites and runs until 6 p.m. every evening Monday through Friday.

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