There are few things that beat free food. Luckily, some Philadelphia bars and restaurants provide us with a chance to sample their food for no cost at all. Here are some of the best places to head if you’re looking for a free snack.

The Dive Bar
947 E. Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 465-5505

During its happy hour (Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.), you’ll find cheap beer ($2 domestic beers and well drinks) and free pizza at this friendly neighborhood joint. This South Philly dive bar lives up to its name and goes by the tagline, the “bar you’ve never heard of.” Smoking is allowed after 7 p.m., graffiti is scribbled on the wall and patrons are invited to bring their dogs in for a visit. There’s always some interesting TV show or movie playing at the bar and pool tables can be found upstairs.

Tattooed Mom
530 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 238-9880

This eclectic bar on South Street caters to your sweet tooth. Candy (especially Dum Dums) are put out on the tables, along with small plastic toys. To go with the free candy and toys are daily food specials (Taco Tuesdays, Burger Wednesdays and Pierogie Thursdays). Everyday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 11 p.m., enjoy half off all drafts. The menu is made up of standard bar food, including pierogies and tater tots, and for non-meat eaters, there’s an extensive veggie and vegan menu. Tattooed Mom has top-notch decor as well, with graffiti and interesting art lining the walls. Head upstairs for a lounge and pool tables.

114 S. 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 568-3050

Byblos is a Mediterranean restaurant and hookah bar located near Rittenhouse Square. Every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., you can enjoy free appetizers. Falafel, hummus, calamari and octopus are just a few of the delicacies on the menu. In addition to its exotic Middle Eastern food, Byblos offers more than 20 flavors of shisha. In the back of the bar, a live DJ spins house, world and Middle Eastern beats.

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Manayunk Brewery & Restaurant
4120 Main St.
Philadelphia, PA 19127
(215) 482-8220

From 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Fridays, Manayunk Brewery & Restaurant presents a free pizza buffet (in the bar and cocktail areas only) along with other food and drink specials (including $1 off all drinks). The restaurant, which overlooks the Schuylkill River, recently unveiled a new menu this fall, including an extensive gluten-free menu. Brewing its own beers on site, the restaurant offers many of its own beers on draft. The brewery recently celebrated its 17th anniversary and is currently renovating in order to expand its 1,800 barrels to an expected 4,000 by 2015, which will allow it to stay on top of the demand for its brews.

Jet Wine Bar
1525 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 735-1116

For the wine and movie enthusiast, Jet Wine Bar on South Street is a good place to be on a Thursday night. Every week from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., a movie is shown and attendees can enjoy a $5 special cocktail (often keeping with the theme of the movie), wine specials and free popcorn. The movie is selected by the bar and the popcorn is set out in bowls for all to enjoy. Jet features obscure wine from around the world and its menu was created to complement the selection. Follow Jet Wine Bar on Twitter for movie selections.

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