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Best happy hours in Philly?

Agrayf May 1, 2007 11:05 AM

It has been a rough day and I could use some happy! Please, Chowhounders, what are your favorite places to happy hour in Philly? Center City is preferable, and you don't have to limit it to Tuesdays (I've heard something about an awesome spread at Striped Bass on Fridays...?). Thanks in advance!

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    missfunkysoul May 4, 2007 09:22 AM

    independence brewpub gets my vote for $3 drafts (LOVE the kolsch... it's so rare to find and they do it really well) and $3 bar menu.

    monks is always fab, but also always super-crowded.

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      pamd May 3, 2007 06:16 AM

      tampopo (jewelers row) has 30% off sushi M-F 5:30-7. Not sure though if their other location has it.
      also, Mortons used to have free filet sandwiches & $5 martinis at the bar area on Fridays, but might no longer do this.

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        Agrayf May 2, 2007 07:11 PM

        Thanks to all for the great suggestions. I'd love to check out this mythic Friday spread at Striped Bass - are the drink prohibitively expensive?

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        1. re: Agrayf
          saturninus May 3, 2007 06:05 AM

          $12 martinis I think.

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            Agrayf May 4, 2007 12:03 PM

            Hmm, I'll have to run a cost-benefit analysis on that one...

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          bee cue May 1, 2007 12:47 PM

          Saturninus's list is a great start. I'd also add the Sansom St. Oyster House, if you like seafood. They usually have one type of oysters or clams for ridiculously cheap ($2.50 for half doz), several other $5 food specials and a wine and beer special.

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            JT007 May 1, 2007 01:00 PM

            I'll chime in with Rae. $3 lagers, $5 glasses of wine, a huge cheese/meat spread and a specially priced appetizer.

            Sorta on the topic...where can I have a mint julep while watching the Derby?

            1. re: JT007
              saturninus May 2, 2007 06:00 AM

              Smiths on 19th Street

          2. saturninus May 1, 2007 12:01 PM

            In Center City:

            best deal: mcgillins
            best girly martinis: continental
            best margaritas: tequilas
            best outdoor seating: rouge or brasserie perrier
            best friday spread: stripped bass
            best early bird happy hour deals (4:30-6): mccormick and shmicks
            best 80s drinks: alfa
            best beer selection: monks
            best bar and bar food: good dog
            best brewery (although that isn't saying much): nodding head (they offer NO specials)

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