Happy hour is the best part of the day for many, and great cocktails at an inexpensive price point make it even better. With that, here are the top cocktail happy hours in Philadelphia.
1 Tippling Place
2006 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
1 Tippling Place, like many speakeasies in the city, has an unmarked entrance and can be hard to find. To find it, head to 20th and Chestnut and look for Spice Ends – it is right next door. Happy hour runs Tuesday through Friday (it’s closed on Monday) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and there’s even a late-night Sunday version from 10 p.m. to midnight. This cozy bar serves its cocktails with pristine quality and strength. Certain cocktails are $1 to $2 off and its Fish House Punch is only $5.
Crow and the Pitcher
267 S. 19th St.
The Crow & the Pitcher is new to the Rittenhouse area, having opened just last spring. This cozy gastropub is serving happy hour Tuesday to Friday, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and the specials include $4 beer, $6 wine, $4 small plates and $5 cocktails. Sip your cocktail while enjoying a cheese platter in its rustic dining room. And, if you decide to stay for dinner, you won’t be disappointed – try the braised pork shank.
129 W. Laurel St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
At Jerry’s Bar, take $2 off drafts, wines and cocktails during its happy hour (Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) and enjoy small plates for only $6. Its cocktail offerings are classic, inventive and some of the best in the Northern Liberties section. Its food only uses the freshest, seasonal and house-made ingredients and, if you’re a whiskey drinker, you’ll be impressed with its selection.
The London Grill
2301 Fairmount Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
The London Grill has been a bar since 1843, although it has gone through several name changes and owners. One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is its consistently serving a great drink and today London Grill has one of the best cocktail happy hours in the Art Museum District. The specials are also during the usual Monday through Friday happy hour, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., but this place also has happy hour on Saturday (from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday (from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.). Cocktails range from $3 to $5 at this laid-back pub and, during the week, small bites (like mini fish ‘n chips and mini meatballs) are only $3.
1221 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Vedge is a vegetable restaurant, serving some of the best vegan food and cocktails in the city and, quite possibly, the nation. Happy hour runs Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Its specials include a small selection of cocktails from $6 and small plates that cost $4 (and are often not available on the menu). Beer and cider shots are also available for only $2. Vedge locally sources all of its ingredients and all of its syrups and bitters are house made. You can bet that whatever you imbibe in here will be fresh, flavorful and creative.
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Kelly Neilson is a freelance writer living and working in Philadelphia. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.