Thanks to our friends at Center City District Sips, Happy Hour has a brand new meaning: $5 cocktails, $4 wines, $3 beer and half-priced appetizers. Over 90 bars and restaurants in the Center City District are participating in the goodness—so here’s another quick “thank you” to Sips for helping us float our college budgets.
From 5-7 pm every Wednesday, treat yourself to some discounted drinks and food. It’s a great way to end a long day of work or classes—but I don’t have to tell you that.
#CampusTip: Get there early, because once the place fills up, even the air feels a little tight.
Quick fix to the large crowds? Don’t be afraid to bar hop! Check out all the different restaurants participating in Sips, and see what’s around.
Now, a list of 90 options is sure to be overwhelming, so let’s break it down:
If you’re going for the outdoor feels…
Head over to Uptown Beer Garden, Dilworth Park, or Independence Beer Garden. The backyard vibes make for a relaxing post-work environment and the “patio” dining experience is a perfect way to soak up the sun.
If you’re going for the cocktails…
My personal faves are Liberty Bar & Grill, for the “Whiskey Lemonade,” and Ladder 15, for the “Crazy Water.” No giveaways here—you have to head over to both restaurants to discover those drinks for yourself. I can’t ruin the magic but I promise you’ll love ’em.
If you’re going for the apps…
The American Pub is your go-to place for some killin’ fried pierogies, mozzarella sticks and old bay fries. If fried food is what you love, hop on over to Marathon for the BEST Disco Tots: delicious enough to transport you back in time (disco inferno, eh?).
If you’re going for the views…
I like the Drury Beer Garden at Opa. It’s undeniably inviting with its bright picnic tables, fun gaming options—including ping-pong and board games—and colorful decor. The Graffiti Bar at Sampan is another go-to. It’s located down a tiny alley on 13th street (I know, Harry Potter much?) Admittedly, it is a pretty tiny restaurant, but the professionally graffiti-ed walls give the bar a cool vibe that’s worth checking out.
So go enjoy your Wednesday, save a buck or two, and explore the city. The Happiest of Happy Hours to all—get sippin’!
#GettingThere: Try to avoid the parking madness by using the public transit system. For Sips, SEPTA is your best friend.
#TheMoreYouKnow: Wednesdays from 5-7pm, June 1-Sept. 28