It’s a summer Wednesday in the city, and for many young Philadelphians out there, that means one thing: Center City Sips. For those new to the Philly scene, a brief precursor: Sips is a special summer happy hour “event” held every Wednesday (now through August 30) from 5-7pm at bars across the (center) city. Their standard gimmick is $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer and half-priced appetizers. But the thing about Sips is, it’s become such a “thing” (people really, really love it or absolutely hate it), that young professionals struggle every week to find a work appropriate outfit that could also pass for a going out one, youngins fill the inbound trains at rush hour in droves, and people call out sick Thursday morning because their hangover is so intense.
Let’s face it: we’re all busy. Sometimes, getting in those quick get-togethers with friends can be hard, because meeting up at most places in the city can turn into quite an event. While coffee is usually a perfect half hour, 45 minute catch up idea, for those who work a day-time job outside the city (me), there are simply not enough acceptable hours to drink java in the day. In order to help all of us get in a few more casual meet ups with our pals, I’m sharing my five go-to Center City catch up spots (plus a few extra, if you read til the end!).