Top Hotel Happy Hours in Philadelphia
Sit back and relax during the best hour of the day
Whether you’ve had a long day at work or an afternoon touring the city, take a moment and unwind during happy hour at one of Philadelphia’s hotels. Bargain-priced beers, award-winning wines and half-price bites are among the feel-good offerings.
Here’s a look at some hotels making it very easy to get happy:
a. bar at AKA Rittenhouse Square
a.bar at the swanky AKA Rittenhouse Square shucks up an oyster happy hour seven days a week from 3- p.m. Every oyster on the menu will go for just $1.50 each (minimum purchase is six), and shellfish fans can pair their fare with specialty cocktails, an unrivaled sherry selection and delicious wines and beers as they watch the comings and goings of the Rittenhouse Square crowds
Details: 135 S. 18th Street, (215) 825-7030, akitchenphilly.com
XIX (Nineteen) at the Bellevue
High atop the tower of the Hyatt at The Bellevue on Broad Street, the dramatic backdrop for XIX (Nineteen) offers stunning views that helped it once nab Philadelphia magazine’s coveted Best of Philly Happy Hour nod. Couples and coworkers crowd the moody spot on weekdays from 5-7 p.m. to take advantage of $4 draft beers, $6 house wines and $6 specialty cocktails.
Details: 200 S. Broad Street, (215) 790-1919, nineteenrestaurant.com
Amuse at Le Méridien
Philadelphia magazine called Le Méridien’s Amuse “the best bar for grownups,” and it delivers with a strong and serious specialty cocktail menu. Philly-inspired concoctions include the With Love, made with vodka, ginger liqueur, passion fruit and champagne; the William Penn, made with tequila, lemonade and pomegranate juice; and the Liberty Bell, made with whiskey, merlot, simple syrup and fresh lemon juice. Happy hour specials are available every Monday through Friday from 5-7 p.m. and include $7 select signature cocktails, $5 house wines and $3 select domestic beers.
Details: 1421 Arch Street, (215) 422-8222, amusephiladelphia.com
Square 1682 at Hotel Palomar Philadelphia
Every weeknight from 4-7 p.m. at Square 1682 at the chic Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, lead bartender Chauncey Scates mixes up $7 mint juleps and $7 seasonal cocktails using house-made syrups. The restaurant also pours $3 beers and $5 red, white and sparkling wines. In addition to complimentary truffle popcorn, happy hour here includes scrumptious, locally sourced bites like $9 scallop ceviche, $8 fried green tomatoes and $8 house-made jerky.
Details: 121 S. 17th Street, (215) 563-5008, square1682.com
Bar 210 at Lacroix
At the tony Rittenhouse Hotel, a favorite on national magazines’ accolades lists, those thirsty for cocktails can cozy up to Bar 210 at Lacroix. Monday through Friday from 5:00-7:00 p.m., the upscale bar offers a rotating list of $8 specialty drinks (think blackberry bourbon and white sangria) and complimentary light bites.
Details: 210 W. Rittenhouse Square, (215) 790-2533, rittenhousehotel.com
Tavern 17 at the Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel Philadelphia
Tavern 17, located inside the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel Philadelphia, offers all sorts of goodies in the $2 to $5 range during its weeknight happy hour, taking place from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The deals include $2 draft beers, $5 cheeseburger sliders, $5 cocktails and $5 wines.
Details: 220 S. 17th Street, (215) 790-1799, tavern17restaurant.com
10 Arts Bistro & Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton
10 Arts Bistro & Lounge sits under the majestic dome of The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, and it’s here where the just-off-from-work crowd sits side by side with visitors to enjoy happy hour from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Sunday through Friday. Chef Nathan Voltz dishes out $5 light fare, including wild striped bass ceviche, mini pork sliders, Kennebec french fries and a daily cheese selection in partnership with Fair Food Farm Stand. Guests sip on seasonally inspired cocktails and $5 wine specials.
Details: Broad & Chestnut Streets, (215) 523-8273, 10arts.com
Il Bar at the Penn’s View Hotel
Il Bar at the Penn’s View Hotel holds a Guinness World Record for the largest wine preservation system in the world. On any given day, patrons can select from 150 wines offered by the glass. On Fridays from 6-8 p.m., the bar hosts Friday Night Flights, which includes cheeses, hors d’oeuvres and wine-tasting discussions with sommelier William Eccleston and a special guest.
Details: Front & Market Streets, (215) 922-7600, pennsviewhotel.com/
Liberte at the Sofitel
It pays to get to Sofitel Hotel’s Liberte early. On weeknights from 5-6 p.m., Francophiles enjoy complimentary house-made potato chips with homemade dipping sauces and choose from $5 local draft beers, $5 glasses of wine and $5 well drinks, including the top-selling Liberte Cocktail (pear vodka, St. Germain, lemon and champagne and garnished with macerated pear). From 6:00-7:00 p.m., prices inch up to $6.
Details: 120 S. 17th Street, (215) 569-8300, sofitel.com
Taste at Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel
Wine lovers can’t go wrong during Sheraton Social Hour at Taste, the restaurant at Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel. Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 6-7 p.m., patrons can sample wine flights for just $5. And aficionados need not worry—all of the selected vintages have received a rating of 90 or better by Wine Spectator magazine.
Details: 1 Dock Street, (215) 238-6000, tastesocietyhill.com