10 Philly Happy Hours Healthy Eaters Need to Know About Now

We say you start working your way through these happy hours this week.
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).

Bar Bombón
When: Monday through Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m., Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m.
Where: 133 South 18th Street, Rittenhouse
Did someone say happy hour guacamole? Yes, yes they did. This Rittenhouse spot, an all-vegan-everything option, offers up a menu of food options ranging from $3 to $5, including guac, tacos and more. You’ll also find drink specials on goodies like margaritas and spiked punch to wash your happy hour snacks down with.

Double Knot
When: Monday through Friday, 4 to 7 p.m.
Where: 120 South 13th Street, Midtown Village
This spot has a super-extensive happy hour menu complete with tons of $4 food options, ranging from simple sushi rolls (love you, salmon-avocado roll) to edamame dumplings to roasted Brussels sprouts. The six-piece sushi rolls are my pick for days when one happy hour drink rolls into dinnertime. Just know: You’ll want to get here early — happy hour tables fill up fast and people tend to camp out. $4 edamame dumplings have that effect, after all.

El Rey
When: Monday through Friday from 5 to 6:30 p.m
Where: 2013 Chestnut Street, Rittenhouse
$1 tacos, people. Need I say more? At this Mexican spot, you’ll get tacos — options range from less-heavy veggie varieties to heftier fried-cheese takes (honestly, worth the indulgence) — served up on freshly made corn tortillas, plus $4 margaritas.

Kanella South
When: Tuesday through Friday, 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: 757 South Front Street, Queen Village
You’re alternative to the weird, out-of-place hummus plate offered on the happy hour menu at the pub below your office: Happy hour here will get you items like humus, falafel, marinated octopus and more for $3 to $5, plus rotating drink specials.

Oyster House
When: Monday through Friday, 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: 1516 Sansom Street, Center City
Oysters are packed with omega-3 fatty acids (hello, brain and skin boost). And lucky for you, this Center City spot slings $1 oysters, plus drink specials from $3 to $5, every day of the workweek.

When: Monday through Friday, 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: 1206 Frankford Avenue, Fishtown
Guys, when I tell you the fried chickpeas on this wine bar’s happy hour menu are worth a trip on the El, I mean it. They are so good. Happy hour at this lovely spot will get you $5 food specials (including said chickpeas) and discounts on wine.

The Olde Bar
When: Monday through Friday, 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: 125 Walnut Street, Old City
Don’t get it twisted: The happy hour menu here isn’t all on the healthier side (lookin’ at you, battered shrimp), but they do offer some healthier $5 picks (think: sauteed mussels) and $1 oysters along with drinks specials starting at $4.

V Street
When: Monday through Friday, 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: 126 South 19th Street, Rittenhouse
Happy hour menu items at this all-vegan streefood-inspired spot change often, but you can always expect some delightfully seasoned vegetables (think: harrisa Brussels sprouts), along with a slew of drink options in the $4-to-$7 range.

When: Monday through Friday, 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: 1221 Locust Street, Midtown Village.
Vedge’s happy hour is your chance to taste Rich Landau’s fancier (he’s also behind V Street) vegetable-focused creations at a cut of the cost: They have a menu of $6 snacks — if their take on a cheesesteak is on the menu when you go, get it — along with $7 cocktails and wine and $4 beer.

When: Every day from 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: 1920 Chestnut Street, Rittenhouse
This Indian spot slings a hefty happy hour menu featuring nine of their small plates—think: tangy cauliflower in tomato sauce and masala-spiced hummus—for $5 to $6, plus drink specials ranging from $4 to $6. And note: When you’re tired of opting for happy hour tacos with your gluten-free partner in crime, most of their happy hour menu is gluten-free.

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