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There are few days of the year where it’s entirely acceptable — and in some places, encouraged — to drink all day from dawn ’til dusk. St. Patrick’s Day is one of those days, and you’ll need to bookmark this guide if you’re skipping out on work or class to binge drink green beer and Jameson all day.

(I’m not recommending this, but if you need an excuse to take the day off work, try these. They include “my eyes hurt” and “my bird got ahold of a bottle of Alka Seltzer and exploded.” Don’t blame us when your boss doesn’t believe you.)

Here’s your full field guide to day drinking in Philly, and a map for when you get kinda drunk and forget where these places are:


Where to drink

Bridget Foys

Near 2nd and South Streets

Specials: Guinness Beef Stew + Corned Beef & Cabbage, Seamus Irish Red Ale and Donnybrook Stout Drafts, Irish Whiskey Flights, $5 2 Gingers Whisky Drinks. More information here.

City Tap House

2 Logan Square and 39th and Walnut Streets

From Philly.com: Both City Tap House locations will have live bagpipe music and a courtesy pint of Sly Fox’s O’Reilly’s stout at 3:17 p.m. More information here.


15th and Locust Streets

Doors open at 8 a.m. for pints and pancakes. $5 cover and 21+ starts at 3 p.m. Live music throughout the day and goes until late. More information here.

Fergie’s Pub

1214 Sansom Street

Doors to this Irish pub will open at noon and a bagpiper will swing by at 6 p.m. More information here.

Field House

12th and Filbert Streets

The Preston and Steve Show from 93.3 WMMR will be live from Field House starting at 6 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. More information here.

Howl at the Moon

258 S. 15th St.

Specials here don’t start until 7 p.m., so do this last when you’re pretty drunk and have no inhibitions or self-control left. Specials: $4 Bud Light draft green beer and $20 Get Lucky Buckets. More information here.


461 N. 3rd St.

Fifteen bucks at the door gets you unlimited domestic drafts, wine and well drinks from 3 to 6 p.m. More information here.

McGillin’s Olde Ale House

1310 Drury St

They’re opening an hour early at 10 a.m. for food, drinks and music on St. Patrick’s Day. More information here.

Official St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl

Get registered at Infusion Lounge at 16 South 2nd St. at 5 p.m. and receive a map of all the participating bars. Specials: $2 domestic drafts, $3 domestic bottles, $4 well drinks, and $4 Irish specials. More information here.

Paddy Whacks

Near 2nd and South Streets

This Headhouse Square bar opens at 11 a.m. and will have live music, bagpipers and leprechauns (?) all day. Specials: $5 ham and cabbage platters, $5 Irish car bombs and $4 aluminums. More information here.

Plough and the Stars

2nd Street between Market and Chestnut

This bar will open up at 7 a.m. for a breakfast and will have drinks, food and dancing all day. More information here.

Tap Room on 19th

2400 S. 19th St.

They’re serving corned beef and sauerkraut tacos, fish and chips tacos, and potato, cabbage and beer-infused cheddar tacos. Also: $5 car bombs, $5 O’Reilly’s Stout and Great Lakes Irish Ale drafts, and $4 2 Gingers Whiskey shots. More information here.

Tir Na Nog

16th and Arch Streets

This Irish bar will have live music from 6 to 10 p.m., and offers happy hour specials from 5 to 7 p.m. that include $3 Miller Lite Bottles, $5 House Wines, $5 Nachos. More information here.

Where to get drunk food

Little Pete’s

219 S. 17th St.

This should go without saying. This little diner in the Rittenhouse area is an institution and a drunk food Mecca. Make sure you have your hangs at this place before it (maybe?) shuts down.

Melrose Diner

1501 Snyder Ave.

This South Philly diner is open 24/7 and has every drunken food offering you’d want. Stop by after you drink all day and need some bangin’ fried food.

Nick’s Roast Beef

16 S. 2nd St.

Nick’s will feature Irish food and drinks throughout the day Tuesday, including corned beef and cabbage, beer specials, Bailey’s cheesecake and more. More information here.

P’unk Burger

1823 East Passyunk Ave.

This East Passyunk spot will be offering up the 4th Streeter burger, featuring corned beef from Famous 4th Street Delicatessen, cole slaw and Russian dressing, according to Philly Mag. More information here.

Shake Shack

20th and Sansom Street and 32nd and Chestnut

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Shake Shack is bringing back a special edition When Irish Fries Are Smiling—crinkle-cut fries topped with horseradish cream, scallions, and crispy all-natural applewood smoked bacon. You will also be able to celebrate the holiday with a cup or cone of rich & creamy Mast Brothers chocolate mint frozen custard. More information here.

Anna Orso was a reporter/curator at Billy Penn from 2014 to 2017.