Here’s What You’ll Be Drinking This Summer at Hop Sing’s Happy Hour

So I was talking with Le the other day, and he told me that, like last summer, he was going to be releasing a new list of happy hour shots.

But this being Le (and his bar, Hop Sing Laundromat, being Hop Sing Laundromat), this wasn’t going to be any collection of lemon drops and Irish car bombs. No, he uses his happy hour lists like maps to discount adventure — incredible deals on simple pours from some of the best and most interesting bottles he keeps behind the bar. We’re talking a 12-year-old Redbreast for $7.77. A Dalmore single malt that’s been sleeping for 15 years for $12.12.

No, I don’t know exactly why he chose those prices. But I do know that they’re bargains. So if you’re a fan of brown spirits (this year’s list skews heavily in the scotch-rye-whiskey direction), you’re going to want to check this list out.

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Garces Pops Up With Balcony Bar @ The Kimmel

Balcony Bar @ The Kimmel/Photo by Casey Rodger

The Jose Garces empire is growing just a little bit more, albeit temporarily. Balcony Bar @ The Kimmel — which, as you may have guessed, is a bar in the Kimmel Center’s second-floor outdoor balcony — officially pops up for the summer on Wednesday, June 14th.

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Old City Eats Kicks Off Second Summer With Block Party

During summertime in the city, Thursday really is the new weekend: with everyone heading out of town for weekend fun at the shore or other vacation spots, socializing over a drink or two within city limits gets bumped up a few days.

To ensure that you’re still getting your recommended weekly allowance of food and drink specials, Old City Eats has returned for a second season — and they’re kicking off the summer with an outdoor block party next week.

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10 Philly Happy Hours Healthy Eaters Need to Know About Now

Edamame dumplings at Double Knot / Fried chickpeas at ROOT / Gochujang charred broccoli at V Street

Edamame dumplings at Double Knot / Fried chickpeas at ROOT / Gochujang charred broccoli at V Street

We’ve all been there: You go to happy hour, “but just for one drink, you guys!” Before you know it, you are basically a pitcher of margaritas in (hey, it happens to the best of us) and this close to going H.A.M on a plate of nachos — “extra cheese, please.”

It’s fine. Happy hour happens.

That said, a few months back when Philly-based dietitian Jenna Stranzl dished on how dietitians hack happy hour, one of her main points was to be careful when it comes to happy hour snacks. The best way to do that, in our opinion? Pick a happy hour spot that offers some healthier happy hour food options. That way, if when you do end up ordering a snack, you can spring for something on the healthy side. If you can name zero places with healthy happy hour food options, not to worry: Below, 10 Philly happy hours that healthy eaters need to know about. Read up, make a date with your happy hour crew this week, and thank us when you don’t wake up filled with regret (and queso fundido).

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New Happy Hour Menus at Suga

Suga/Facebook

Suga/Facebook

I did not love Suga when I reviewed it last year. It was confusing, inconsistent, and it didn’t seem to know exactly what kind of restaurant it wanted to be.

But you know what? I’ve never stopped thinking about the place. While a lot of restaurants I go to pass immediately into my rearview the minute I’m done reviewing them (because it’s always time to move onto the next and the next and the next), Suga did not. I was weirdly fascinated by the dishes (grilled asparagus with broccoli mousse, Shanxi pasta with lamb ragu, maitake mushroom ravioli) being done by Susanna Foo, her son Gabriel and the crew in their kitchen, and have never stopped wondering what they were going to try next.

Speaking of which…

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