Cozara is a huge izakaya near Penn and Drexel, and they’re open for both lunch and dinner during the week. They have a pretty extensive menu that covers everything from yakitori skewers and ramen bowls to sushi rolls, and it’s all pretty good. They also have a great Happy Hour from 4 to 7pm on weeknights, where you can get $3 hand rolls, $4 bao buns, $5 on most other rolls, and drink specials starting at $3.
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White Dog Cafe
White Dog Cafe is a spot near Penn that has good drinks and a solid Happy Hour, but you don’t need to go for a full dinner.
City Tap House
City Tap House in University City is a bar and pizza place that’s great for groups and popular with students.
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You have to walk down an alley next to Sampan to get to Graffiti, an outdoor bar with TVs and cheap drinks during Happy Hour.
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