Monday may be the least favorite day of the week for just about everybody, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have any fun at all. In fact, many bars and restaurant offer great specials to kick off the week. See below for some of the best.
2013 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
For no-frills, delicious, authentic Irish food, head to the Bards, a small Irish pub on Walnut Street. Happy hour specials run from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The Monday special is burgers & bottles, where $8 craft burgers and $4 select bottles rule the day, at least from 5 p.m. until close. It’s even better if you’re a Drexel student — with a student ID, you’ll get 20% off.
101 N. 11th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
BarLy is the only sports bar in Chinatown with more than 60 drafts and offers one of the best (and longest) happy hours in town. It runs 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. During these times, enjoy $3 drafts, $4.25 cocktails and $4 martinis. Order a wine flight of three red or white wines for only $5 and drink your beverage with an inexpensive appetizer, like a $1.25 skewer, $3 edamane and $3.50 fried calamari.
1823 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Cavanaugh’s has three locations in Philadelphia, and each one has great food and drink specials throughout the week. However, come to Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse for $5 cheesesteaks and $3.75 bud light drafts. During its happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., receive $2 off all beer, mixed drinks, wine and the pub menu. While enjoying your food and/or beverage, you’ll be able to watch the game on one of its 20 televisions, which are situated around the bar for perfect viewing.
East Girard Gastropub
200 E. Girard Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
East Girard Gastropub, a.k.a. EGG, is located in the Fishtown area and uses local and seasonal ingredients to create fresh and flavorful meals. Come in on Monday and purchase the E.G.G. Burger, veggie burger or Herb Sausage Grinder and receive a free draft. During happy hour, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., enjoy all drafts for $3-$5, $5 wine, wings, mussels, fried oysters and $3 deviled eggs.
530 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
This eclectic bar features food specials every day, but come in early in the week for Meatless Monday and half off all veggie menu items. The special runs from noon until 10 p.m. Tattooed Mom has an extensive list of veggie and vegan items, including a vegan burger, falafel, grilled cheese and vegan steak sandwich. Also, grab a craft beer from the tap for half off during its regular and late night happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Kelly Neilson is a freelance writer living and working in Philadelphia. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.