The Happiest Hour: Where to Get a Drink and a Deal With Kids
Unwind with an adult beverage at these kid-friendly spots.
Modern parenting can be a blur of work, school pickups, play dates, and children’s parties. Sure, your kids need the social time, but what about you? Relaxing with a beer or a glass of wine doesn’t have to mean getting a babysitter. At one of these local watering holes, kids are welcome to eat and play, while parents can revel in some hard-won adult conversation. Salud!
1210 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia
Happy Hour: Tuesday — Friday, 4 — 7 pm
Kid- and wallet- friendly, Frankford Hall offers up American fare like cheeseburgers as well as German favorites like Schweinshaxe (Duroc pork shank) and sausages galore. Everyone will love their assortment of burgers and decadent shakes — boozy for adults, soft for kids. This is a BIG space that’s become a neighborhood favorite, so your kids will even have company.
900 South St., Philadelphia
Happy Hour: Monday — Friday, 5 — 6:30 pm
This place doesn’t have a kids’ menu, but your littles won’t care. The barbecue is top-notch, and there’s lots that kids will love, from the pulled pork sandwich to stellar mac and cheese. Don’t miss the pecan pie, or the handcrafted bourbon cocktails (there’s a wide variety of great beers, too).
4116 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia
Happy Hour: Tuesday — Friday, 4 — 6 pm; Saturday, 9 — 11 pm
There’s a reason why northwest Philly families flock to this place. Everyone loves the pizza, and there are other Italian dishes on the menu that appeal to adult palates. The happy hour is a bargain: half off house wines, draft beers, and specialty cocktails. It’s also an ideal refueling stop on a bike ride.
100 South Independence Mall West, Philadelphia
Happy Hour: Sunday — Thursday, 5 — 7 pm
Open seasonally, this fun pop-up beer garden is enjoyed by all ages all summer long, with over 40 regional and domestic beers on tap. You can share group platters, munch on mini chipwiches for dessert, or choose from any of the standard American or Latin-inspired items on the menu. There is no kids’ menu, but you won’t have a hard time feeding your children the recommended “everything” pretzel bites, hummus and pita, or watermelon salad. Plus, its location near the Liberty Bell and other tourist hot spots makes it ideal for hosting out-of-town guests.
3420 Sansom St., Philadelphia
Happy Hour: Monday — Friday, 4 — 7 pm
Sourcing organically grown foods from within 50 miles of the city, this is food you can feel good about feeding to your kids. They’ll love the whimsical dogs painted all along the walls, and you’ll love the amazing happy hour deals! While they don’t have a dedicated kids menu, White Dog University City Cafe offers up small snack plates like deviled eggs, mac and cheese, and truffle parmesan fries. Also up for offer are small side salads, soups, and house made meatballs!
15 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia
Happy Hour: Tuesday — Friday, 5 — 7 pm at the Farm Bar only
If FARMiCiA is not on your radar now, it should be. It’s a restaurant that offers up simple servings (something your picky eaters can get behind!) in a relaxed environment in the city. With a wide array of options on their kids menu, including breaded fish filet, grilled chicken breast, and a traditional cheeseburger, you’ll love that they have fruit salad as a side option rather than the heavier fries. Not only are they BYO wine or sparkling wine (for parties of 8 or fewer) they have fresh food you’ll feel good about eating.
1148 S. 11th St., Philadelphia
Happy Hour: Monday — Friday, 5 — 7 pm
Tapas. Small, decadent, and delicious plates will meet you at the Devil’s Den during happy hour. The Devil’s Den doesn’t have a kids menu, so while this might not be the best place for your younger kids, older children 10 and up will enjoy the offerings on this menu, from wings and nachos, to traditional sandwiches with a kick.
On the Main Line
789 Lancaster Ave., Villanova
Happy Hour: Monday — Friday, 5 — 7 pm
Kids rave about the Kobe beef sliders, which are $6 during happy hour. Other tasty treats are discounted, too, including truffle French fries, crabcake sliders, and tuna pizza. It’s a great way to get your kids outside their culinary comfort zone.
16 Ardmore Ave., Ardmore
Happy Hour: Tuesday — Friday, 4 — 6 pm
Enjoy locally-sourced food, plus half price pints of HopHands and SaisonHands during happy hour. There’s no kids’ menu, but the paninis and sandwiches are great for children. If you’ve never been here, put it at the top of your list for a great night out with the family.
236 N. Radnor-Chester Road, Radnor
Happy Hour: Monday — Friday, 5 — 7 pm; Sunday, noon — 4 pm (bar and high tops only)
Go beyond pizza with this local Italian favorite. The kids’ choices are simple favorites, including spaghetti, ravioli, and fried mozzarella. The adults can enjoy everything from pasta to fish to a side of cauliflower piccata. Get a group together: Pietro’s offers family-style meals for parties of 10 or more.
Whole Foods Market Wynnewood Table + Tavern
15 Wynnewood Road, Wynnewood
Happy Hour Monday — Friday, 4 — 6 pm
This new store came with a major upgrade: a family-friendly restaurant. Parents can split up, with one shopping while the other feeds the kids, or you can all sit down as a family. During happy hour, relax with $1 off select beers, wines, and specialty cocktails. Like the rest of the store, the restaurant caters to adults and kids with food sensitivities, so you can all eat worry-free. (The new Rodin Square Whole Foods in Philadelphia has a similar setup.)
White Dog Cafe Haverford & Wayne
200 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne
Happy Hour Monday — Friday, 4 — 6 pm at the bar or in the den
379 Lancaster Ave., Haverford
Happy Hour: Monday — Friday, 4 — 6 pm
White Dog Cafe is a go-to for not just families, but elegant nights out with your friends. While they don’t have a dedicated kids menu, they are more than happy to whip up something simple, like noodles or steamed veggies for the kids. The decor will keep kids smiling, because each restaurant is covered with dogs. Papier mache dog heads lining the walls, dog wall paper, dogs printed on the menu — if your child loves puppies (whose doesn’t?) this restaurant will be their new favorite. Beyond happy hour, White Dog Cafe hosts scrumptious brunches which are also family friendly. Enjoy!
6 Cricket Ave., Ardmore
Friday, 4 — 7:30 pm
Kids get to play on the equipment and work off their energy, and parents get to sit and chat with their friends while sipping their personal brews (or wine!) Lulu’s will also get your pizza for you! Call them the week of the event with your order, and your pizza will be there when you are to take out the extra hassle.
1164 Valley Forge Road, Wayne
Happy Hour Monday — Friday, 5 — 7 pm; Wednesday — Saturday, 9 — 10 pm (late night)
What kid doesn’t love simple American food? This restaurant is a family staple for the area due to its no frills but delicious approach to cuisine. Not only does Black Powder Tavern offer drink specials during happy hour, but food specials as well! The tried and true bar bites like the nachos will keep you comfortable, but the cannonball casserole will make you think twice about the dreaded c word. There’s a kids menu for your little tykes and a full bar for you, so you can’t go wrong.
108 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne
335 E. King St., Malvern
Happy Hour Monday — Friday, 5 — 7 pm; Wednesday all day 1/2 price wine bottles with Chris Club Card; Sunday — Thursday, 10 — midnight (late night)
This is a Main Line family favorite, and with good reason. The food is phenomenal, and they pride themselves on having “a little bit of everything.” If your child or yourself has a gluten sensitivity, they’re also privy to that and have GF options! Head to Happy Hour during the week for specials on wine and drafts, martinis, and more.
Photographs by Jean Goins.
This article appears in the spring 2017 issue of Philadelphia Family and Main Line Parent. Want your copy? Join our community as a Supporting Member to subscribe.