We may still be waiting to see how this latest “snowstorm of the century” is going to turn out, but the truth is that the city and many of our workplaces are shut down. Know what hasn’t shut down? Bars! Restaurants! And many of them are hosting snow-day food and drink specials to lure you in from the cozy confines of your home. Keep reading for a list of standout deals, which focuses mainly on drink specials but includes some grub options where applicable. Look for spots in your neighborhood so you don’t have to travel too far—or just order up and Uber.
Italian seems like a pretty safe bet on a bad-weather day, huh? Slurp down Bufad’s Snow Day Cavatappi for $12. Cooked in a wood-fired oven and served in a cast-iron skillet, the dish is made with Cavatappi pasta, Italian sausage ragu and topped with a wood-fired egg and Pecorino Romano.
Six beers on draft—including Oxbow Luppolo, Half Acre Daisy Capra and Perennial Abraxas—are going for $4 to $7. Or you can select a Kinsey old-fashioned or a red and white wine for $8. On the food front, pay $10 for two special pizzas: mushroom, asparagus and goat cheese, or one topped with wheat-beer-braised mussels, bechamel sauce, leeks and cherry tomato. Housemade beer-battered chicken tenders with Honey Dijon and Sriracha Aioli are going for $8.
When this Jane G spot in University City opens at 2:30pm, the kitchen will offer a free small bowl of hot and sour soup with any food purchase. All drafts at the bar are only $5.
Drinks are always cheap at this South Philly hangout, and you can bet it’d make for a damn fun place to ride out the storm. Today score a soul-warming Woodford on the rocks for $8.50, well shots for $4 and anything outside the well is $5 and up.
At the bar all evening, order a house cocktail and any dish from the current happy-hour menu for $10. Plates include a half-dozen mignonette oysters, chicken liver mousse and a crispy pork rillette with truffle parmesan aioli and pickles.
In honor of the chilly weather (and maybe as a way to harken spring) the Fishtown branch of Garage is serving $8 rosé frosés starting at 5pm.
A breezy $8 will get you a half a grilled cheese and cup of tomato soup, or spring for the $12 bowl of chili and cornbread. Wash all that down with a hot buttered rum for $5.
Slurp up half-price Dan Dan noodles while enjoying Tsingtao beer bottles for $3.
The West Chester American eatery is having a little fun with their snow-day menu. All-day offerings include $5 Car Bombs, Vegas Bombs and Lager Bombs, and $3 Goose Island IPA. From 4 to 10pm, enjoy 50-cent wings.
The cool new Passyunk Avenue distillery will have a menu of hot cocktails for $9. Look for a tasty take on the toddy made with its BATCH16 Coffee Whiskey.
Philly’s oldest continuously operating tavern has seen many a snow day, so you can bet its bartenders know just what to pour up when the white stuff starts falling. Today, that's $3 Bloody Marys and mimosas and $5 Drury Sleigh Rides, a concoction of hot chocolate, white crème de menthe and Ryan’s Irish Cream served in a mug with whipped cream. Don’t leave without marking the occasion with a $5 Snow Daze T-shirt.
Stop into this no-nonsense Old City tavern between 11am and 3pm to get a Sloppy Joe or pulled pork grilled cheese for $6.95. Those come with a choice of salad, soup or fries and a non-alcoholic beverage. They also have a $3 ham-and-potato chowder all day, and if you’re looking for alcohol go for the Irish coffee, which is Irish whisky and coffee topped with whipped cream and creme de menthe, for $7.
The upscale steak and seafood chain is extending its happy hour from 4:30pm to close in the lounge. That includes four red and white wines and four special cocktails (Tequila Cocktail, OP Manhattan, cucumber gimlet and Whiskey Clover) for $10. Hungry? Go for the East Coast oysters at a dollar a shell or a one-piece shrimp cocktail for $3.
Throwback $3 mugs of house-made hot chocolate, and booze it up by adding a $4 shot of either Goslings Dark Rum or Branca Menta.
The East Passyunk burger joint is offering a BOGO special on burgers for dine in or take out customers, or, for dine-in only, choose to buy a burger and get a complimentary beer. Plus, its offering its three-course East Passyunk Restaurant Week menu for $15, which includes a burger, shake and a side.
All four locations of this Philly pizzeria are offering a BOGO deal on slices for dine-in customers, or get 10 percent off any pie for dine-in or take out.
The Graduate Hospital Korean joint is serving a Happy SouthGate Meal for $12 that includes a burger or wings and a beer. You could skip all that for a boozier SouthGate Citywide for $4. That’s a Sapporo and a shot of soju.
Enjoy $4 Flying Dog "Raging Bitch" and Starr Hill "2 Tone" draughts, and then for happy hour, from 5 to 7pm, snag $2 off draughts, $1 off bottles and cans, and half-price wings and cauliflower.
A Hawaiian tiki bar may be the last thing you’re thinking about today, but this Midtown Village spot is offering Jameson or Altos mixed drinks for $6, and PBRs for $4.
This Benjamin Franklin Parkway watering hole is serving Irish Coffee made with La Colombe Coffee, whiskey and house-made whipped cream for $5. Maybe a good after-work option for those of you who had to trek into the office today.
The hop NoLibs brewery is offering $3 beers, half-price pizza and $6 glasses of wine from 5 to 7pm.
The Midtown Village wine bar offers special $10 wine flights, and a late-night happy hour from 10pm to midnight that grants you a glass of bubbly or sangria for $5, Miller High Life or lager for $3 and six house wines for a wimpy $4.
Score $5 mulled wine, hot toddies and spiked hot chocolate in the cafe and dining room of this new University City fave all day.
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