The 6 Best Spring Happy Hour Menus in Philly

By Leah Campano | May 9, 2019 | Food & Drink

How could we ever turn down a happy hour? The answer is simple—we don’t. From fresh seasonal cocktails to half-priced gourmet apps, these Philadelphia eateries give us all the reasons to say, “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere.”

Scarpetta
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In a brand new program, Scarpetta offers all happy hour menu items for $7 until 7 PM. Small dishes include tuna avocado tartare, whipped ricotta and meatball sliders. For drinks? Try the “Italian Ice,” made of vodka, limoncello, and San Pellegrino Limonata; or the “Vespa,” mixed with apricot-infused Tuaca, Aperol and citrus. Available in the downstairs lounge only, the special also includes select wines by the glass and beers. 210 W. Rittenhouse Square, 215.558.4199, scarpettarestaurants.com

Aether
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Fishtown’s newest seafood stalwart concocts $8 classic cocktails—think their Old Fashioned, Negroni and French 75—from 5-7PM Sunday through Friday. If looking for a quick pour, sip on discounted wines by the glass or beer. And don’t think they skipped on the food—light bites come for light prices, including $2 oysters and clams. 1832 Frankford Ave., 267.875.1832, aetherfishtown.com

Barclay Prime
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Work days can be long, and Barclay Prime knows just the fix. The Stephen Starr steakhouse dishes out both small plates, like their wagyu beef meatballs, dry-aged sliders and parmesan gnocchi for $10, and raw bar bites, such as their hamachi crudo and tuna tartare for $9. Signature $7 cocktails include the Barclay Cosmo, featuring Citroen vodka with cranberry juice and lime, and the Crony, blended with rye whiskey, tobacco-infused vermouth, and sorghum syrup. 237 S. 18th St., 215.732.7560, barclayprime.com

Continental Atlantic City
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If you find yourself outside the city limits, Continental Atlantic City runs not one, but two, happy hours. From 4-6PM, sip on $5 cocktails including the new seasonal Raspberry Thyme Sangria, crafted with fresh raspberry puree, thyme and Pinot Grigio. Cocktails for $6 roll out from 8-10PM, like the Continental Cosmo with Tito’s vodka, peach schnapps, pomegranate, and lime, or a Suaza Blue-infused margarita, mixed with triple sec, agave nectar and lime. 1 Atlantic Ave., 609.674.8300, continentalac.com

Positano Coast
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A fresh line of spring cocktails arrives at this Amalfi-esque eatery. “A Fancy Hat” fuses Sagamore rye whiskey with pineapple-sage cordial, aged rum and lemon, while the “Sevilla” features Elijah Craig small batch bourbon, Pedro Ximinez, Creme de Noyaux, and cherry bitters—just to name a couple. When happy hour isn’t enough, Fridays usher in a brand new all-day special at Positano Coast, offering $6 glasses of Prosecco and $6 for 6 oysters. 212 Walnut St., 215.238.0499, positanocoast.net

Amada
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Sip Spanish-style at Amada, where housemade sangrias come for $5 a glass 5-7PM Monday through Friday. Try the Blanco for the sweet taste of white wine, apple, pear, and orange; or the Tinto for zesty notes of spiced red wine, orange, apple, and cinnamon. A selection of $5 tapas, fríos y calientes, are also on offer for a quick nosh. 217-219 Chestnut St., 215.625.2450, philadelphia.amadarestaurant.com



Photography by: Scarpetta photo courtesy of Scarpetta; Aether photo courtesy of Aether; Barclay Prime photo courtesy of Barclay Prime; Continental Atlantic City photo courtesy of Continental Atlantic City; Positano Coast photo courtesy of Positano Coast; Amada photo courtesy of Amada