When you are weary from your travels, shopping or sight-seeing, you can find renewed energy during Philly’s finest hours at numerous venues — many of which participate in Center City Sips (5–7 p.m. Wednesdays, now through Aug. 29), offering $4 cocktails, $3 wines, $2 beers, half-price appetizers and more good stuff. Visit centercityphila.org/life/Sips.php or follow the action on Twitter @CCDSips.
Here are some of my favourite drinking spots.
McGillin’s Olde Ale House, Philadelphia’s oldest continuously operated tavern (since 1860), has a full menu of food and drink specials every night of the year.
At Philly’s famed Oyster House restaurant, happy hour means “Buck-A-Shuck” Oyster Hour from 5–7 p.m. weeknights and 9–11 p.m. Saturdays. That’s just $1 for the oyster of the day, and $3 each for an oyster shooter and a draft beer.
Southwark Restaurant in Queen Village has a very traditional feel to it with a wood panel bar, try the Jockey Club cocktail.
Kennett also in Queen Village, is a just a short walk from Southwark. I always order the Remember The Maine, but be warned these quickly sneak up on you!
Rittenhouse Square has so many lovely bars & restaurants with outdoor seating. One of my favourites is Parc the French brasserie owned by Stephen Starr. There’s no better spot to sip on a cocktail while admiring the view of the square and all the passersby.
If you love the prohibition period, then stop in to The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co for a underground, speak-easy experience.
These are just a few of my favourite drinking spots but as the summer kicks in, look out for more places to cool down & sip a beer, a glass of wine, a cocktail or two or three!