PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A website that focuses on area happy hours and drink specials has launched a contest to find the best of Philly’s bar scene.

Adam Schmidt, president and founder of www.drinkphilly.com says the balloting is a departure from the usual “Best of Philly” contests.

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“It’s usually editors’ choice of what are some of the best bars and restaurants and things like that,” he said. “So we thought it would be a great idea for the people of Philadelphia to be able to decide what the best places were.”

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Awards will be handed out in seven categories, including best happy hour, sports bar, brew pub and wine bar. Schmidt says the balloting began on Tuesday and will end on February 15th.

“And then at the end of the two weeks, we tally everything up and the top ten in each category will move on to the final round, which will begin February 22nd, and it goes to March 8th.”

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Reported by Paul Kurtz, KYW Newsradio