Leadership of the country changes hands at noon, from someone adored by a majority of Philadelphians to someone only 108,000 out of more than 1 million registered Philadelphia voters chose. So the inauguration of Donald Trump might not be the most exciting day for this city.
When it became apparent on election night Trump would win, we provided a public service by listing the best bars for getting blackout drunk in Philly. We understand emotions are going to be not great again today for most people in our city. Perhaps you’ll need a little break from work or class. And by little break we mean pitcher of beer or shot of Jack.
Well, here’s our inauguration day public service: The best bars for day-drinking in Philly. These places will be open at noon — or in the case of a few, far earlier.
Drinker’s Pub, Rittenhouse, 1903 Chestnut Street
People are always here during the day.
Taproom on 19th, 2400 S. 19th Street
$5 Bulleit bourbon shots specials all day to “make America drunk again.”
McGlinchey’s, 259 S. 15th Street
In here, it always feels like the middle of the night.
Locust Rendezvous, 1415 Locust Street
One of their specials this week is $2.25 Bud Heavys, the beer that deemed itself “America” last year.
Tattooed Mom, 530 South Street
Drink beer and get educated on domestic policy
Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar, 1200 E. Passyunk Avenue
Do you want to pregame Trump’s inauguration — or life? Ray’s opens at 7 a.m.
McGillin’s, 1310 Drury Street
Need faith the Republic isn’t fading? Step into a bar that’s seen everything since the Civil War. Oh, and the PBR pitchers are $6.50.
12 Steps Down, 831 Christian Street
Mimosa and Bloody Mary specials every day: $3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Good Dog, 224 S. 15th Street
Serving the best burger of any place where it is still socially acceptable to get pretty drunk.
Monk’s Cafe, 264 S. 16th Street
When you want to day-drink the best selection of import beers in the city, if not the country.
Dock Street, 701 S. 50th Street
Philly’s OG local brewery opens at noon on Fridays.
Tria Cafe, various locations
Tria is offering inauguration day specials and donating $1 for every special sold to the ACLU. At Tria Taproom, “yuge” beers with more than 16% ABV are on special, and Storm Point red and white wine and Corruption IPA are on special at the other locations.
Wrap Shack, 120 S. 18th Street
Rittenhouse’s least fancy bar, and that’s a good thing.
Bottle Bar East, 1308 Frankford Avenue
Buy one beer on tap to make your server happy and then just go for the cheaper, wide selection of bottles and cans in the bottle shop.
Kite & Key, 1836 Callowhill
Fairmount day-drinkers, unite.
Khyber Pass, 56 S. Second Street
The Strokes once played here. Now it has really good beers and delicious creole/cajun selections.
City Tap House, Logan, 2 Logan Square
Day-drinking for the power crowd.
City Tap House, University City, 3925 Walnut Street
Day-drinking for the “get me away from the Penn kids oh damn there in here, too” crowd. If the rain holds off, maybe it’ll be fire-pit weather.
South Philadelphia Tap Room, 1509 Mifflin Street
Eat wild boar tacos or five alarm vegan chili while you day-drink.
BRU, 1316 Chestnut Street
Pour your own beer from a self-serve wall in a relaxing atmosphere during the day. Stick around if you want to get a little crazy at night.