Top Five Philly Bars to Get Daytime Drunk
It’s that time of year where everyone’s a little bit sad. The pretty leaves have already fallen off the trees, wind is whipping through the tunnels of buildings, and thanks to daylight savings time, the days are shorter. But why even wait for dark to start drinking in this chilly season? With a few obscure holidays sprinkled in (thank you, Veteran’s Day), this is the perfect season for getting daytime drunk. The best bars to get sloshed before noon, while garbed in your downiest winter wear, are Philadelphia’s dive bar gems.
1. Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar:
With doors opening up at 7 a.m., Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar is the classic hotspot for getting daytime drunk, or hanging onto the drunk from the night before. Ray’s sprouted up on Passyunk Avenue before the street built itself up into its current hipster rep, meaning the bar hangs onto a laid-back neighborhood vibe. Aside from its well-known Karaoke Friday nights, Ray’s boasts a $3 Schlitz and whiskey shot combo that can get the crowd rumbling as early as seven in the morning.
Originally known as Teri’s Diner, this Italian Market gem has built up its liquor stock and added an array of DJ nights to become a hip, bustling bar. Even though the dance floor stays open until 2 a.m., Teri’s still manages to open its door at 8 a.m. every morning to welcome in the hordes of hungover. And the best way to cure a hangover? An overflowing plate of diner breakfast classics and a little (reasonably priced) hair of the dog.
3. McGillian’s Olde Ale House:
The oldest operating bar in the city, McGillian’s has transformed into a Phillies fan’s dream. And knowing Phillies fans like to get rowdy, the Old City bar offers midday happy hours on their beer pitchers. Even though the bar is known for its extensive beer list, the pitcher specials are limited to PBR or Bud Light for $5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week. More extensive pitcher options are available later in the day, to keep that daytime buzz going.
4. 12 Steps Down:
An alternative to the South Street crowd, 12 Steps Down provides an always mellow, albeit smoky, environment for some local beer and bar grub. If you’re looking for a classy way to pre-game, 12 Steps starts serving up $2 mimosas and bloody Marys at 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. If the breakfast booze does you in, stick around on Tuesdays for Sing Your Life Karaoke or on Wednesdays for Quizzo. As a forewarning, the staircase that gives this bar its moniker may pose a problem for the daytime drunk, so plan in a nap or water break between mimosas.
If you’re of the â€œgo hard or go homeâ€ philosophy, Mako’s is your joint. Some people may need to already be wasted before entering this South Street dive, but the poverty-stricken, or frat boys, among us will appreciate Mako’s more than generous happy hour special: 49 cent beers and 99 cent mixed drinks. While the reality of these specials vary depending on who you talk to, the bar opens up at 3 p.m. and starts welcoming in their certainly unique regulars for their $5 PBR and whiskey shot combo. Not a bar for everyone, but after putting back $5 of drinks, you’ll most likely make new friends. Or get in a bar fight.