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10 Places to Go for Healthy-ish Happy Hours Around Philly

We broke down the best happy hours for those looking for non-alcoholic, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free menu items.


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Looking for a healthy happy hour, sans alcohol? Try the Spicy Apple Mocktail at Charlie Was a Sinner. Photograph courtesy of Charlie Was a Sinner.

Non-alcoholic drinks (or mocktails) have become increasingly trendy across the bar and restaurant scene in the city. And this is good news for wellness lovers; considering that you don’t have to look that hard to find all kinds of health-related reasons to give alcohol the boot, the more alcohol-free options, the better.

To help you make healthier choices at all the happy hours on your horizon this holiday season, we scoured the city for places serving mocktail where you can still socialize, drink in hand, but minus the alcohol. Additionally, we found the spots serving happy hour foods for those who are vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free. Maybe vegan cauliflower rice and a mocktail named “Couple Skate” at Bud & Marilyn’s tickles your fancy, or perhaps gluten-free hummus and a “Good Morning, Istanbul!” mocktail at Zahav does the trick. Either way, check out the complete list below and bookmark this page so you can “happy hour” your way through the city.

Royal Boucherie
52 South 2nd Street, Old City

 

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Happy Hour: Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

If you want to feel like royalty while sipping on your alcohol-free beverage, this is a happy hour worth checking out. The “Temperance Cocktails” are finely crafted beverages that have cute names and ingredients that still feel cocktail-y. One stand out is the Lavender Bowtie that is comprised of grapefruit, soda, and “flowers.” The food options, which range from chicken liver on toast to fried autumn squash, run between $3.50 to $6.

Spice Finch
220 South 17th Street, Rittenhouse Square

 

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Happy Hour: Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

This trendy Mediterranean restaurant recently started a happy hour in November, and it’s worth checking out. Their N/A Groni drink made of san bitter and chinotto is reminiscent of an expensive cocktail, although it’s alcohol free. As far as food, there is a range of healthy, flavorful options, from chicken kebobs and blistered shishito peppers to spiced nuts.

Zahav
237 St James Place, Society Hill

 

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Happy Hour: Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the bar.

Have you ever had a Turmeric Lime Soda that’s blended with cilantro and cucumber? Well, Zahav offers the opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and tantalize your taste buds. They have not one non-alcoholic beverage on the menu but five (So. Many. Options.). Each of the drinks takes traditional Israeli flavors and spruces them up with a modern twist (and go perfectly with the half-priced half hour hummus). Gluten-free menu options. 

Abe Fisher 
1623 Sansom Street, Center City

 

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Happy Hour: Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Abe Fisher offers three quality booze-free happy hour drinks in addition to a gluten-free happy hour menu. Sort of seems like a win-win for anyone with an allergy. The drinks are simple and straightforward with names like Drop the Beet (which contains beets, basil, lemon, and soda) and Spice is Nice (made up of chai spice, lemon, and honey). Gluten-free menu options. 

V Street
126 South 19th Street, Rittenhouse Square

 

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Happy Hour: Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

V Street combines vegan menu items and street food into a one-stop shop, which makes for a worthwhile happy hour. Get a Peruvian taco with cured tofu, peanuts, and aji amarillo and wash it down with a “Refreshment” like their Luxor Lemonade comprised of preserved lemon and saffron. Vegan menu options. 

Charlie was a Sinner
131 South 13th Street, Midtown Village

 

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Happy Hour: Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

A Spicy Apple mocktail made with green apple, agave, lime, and cayenne pepper? How refreshing does that sound? Not to mention a happy hour menu that features a zucchini “crab cake” slider with old bay remoulade for $3 or ricotta with lemon, black peppercorn, and olive oil for $7. Even if you aren’t vegan, it’s worth going to check out. Vegan menu options. 

Bud and Marilyn’s
1234 Locust Street, Midtown Village

 

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Happy Hour: Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

While Bud and Marilyn’s isn’t an exclusively vegan restaurant, they make sure to include options for vegans on their menu. For happy hour, try a Couple Skate made with grapefruit juice, lime, and cinnamon syrup. If that isn’t your speed, go for the Wile E Coyote which has raspberry, lemon, and ginger ale. The happy hour menu also has two vegan options, including a tofu bun and cauliflower fried rice. Vegan menu options. 

Martha Kensington
East York Street & Martha Street, Kensington

 

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Happy Hour: Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Martha’s in Kensington has a little bit of something for everyone. This includes a General Tsoda drink made of pineapple red pepper shrub, tamari, ginger, habanero, lime bitters, and soda. If that’s a little too spicy for you, they also offer Philly-made Funky Fresh kombucha. While some kombucha may contain 0.5% alcohol by volume (ABV), it’s not enough to get you drunk. While there are no food specials during happy hour here, the snacks and specials are still cheap. Vegetarian menu options. 

Mission Taqueria
1516 Sansom Street, Center City

 

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Happy Hour: Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

As soon as you walk up the steps at Mission, it feels like you’ve been transported to a super modern bar south of the border. Besides the Instagrammable atmosphere, Mission offers a happy hour that’s picture perfect as well. Between the Horchata and Tamarindo mocktails and the fresh Green and Yellow juices, it’ll be hard to decide which drink to chose from. As far as food goes, they offer an elevated cheese dip (or queso gringo) for $8 and a veggie sope for $2. Vegetarian menu options. 

In The Valley
1615 East Passyunk Avenue, East Passyunk

 

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Happy Hour: Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

You’ll immediately know you’re in South Philly at In The Valley, as their spirit free drinks have names like, Just Beet It, Dill With It, and Rev My Engine. Make no mistake about the fact that each of the mocktails is elegantly crafted with ingredients like pomegranate, dill, carrot, ginger, and even yogurt. Vegetarian menu options. 

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