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Polar Vortex, Schmolar Vortex. Here’s What’s #OpenInPHL

Welp. It’s snowing again.

We all knew this day had to come. But we don’t have to like it. In fact, just about the only thing to like about another winter’s worth of slush, polar vortices and “wintry mix” (whatever that is) is that our favorite spots are #OpenInPHL and serving some truly awesome cold-weather specials. So, sure, sulk for a moment or two. We won’t blame you. But then, buck up, bundle up and head out for the coziest happy hour of the year.

If you’d happily cross the Atlantic for better weather…

Skip the costly trans-Atlantic plane ticket and head for sophisticated Northern Liberties spot Bardot, where snow means extended hours (they’ll even open early) and tempting winter-weather specials. Chef Rhett Vellner will serve a complimentary bowl of his daily hot soup with every entrée, and the bar will offer all of their red wines by the glass for $1 off, plus a complimentary amaretto or sambuca with the purchase of any dessert. To repeat: gratis soup, affordable wines and complimentary dessert drinks. We’ll race you there! You can also follow them on Twitter (@BardotCafe) and Instagram (@bardotcafe) for the latest on their hours and specials in the event of snow.

If you’re cold and broke…

Over at Brauhaus Schmitz, tomorrow’s snow day (that’s Tuesday, January 27) means Brown Bags to Riches: for $6, pick up a random brown bag, all of which are filled with an assortment of snowy day treats (ranging from gift cards to drinks, beer and candy). Because with work closed for the day, we could all use a little something for free.

If the snow hits your eye like a big pizza pie…

“As long as someone can reach the pizza oven and the Berkel slicer, we’ll be open,” vows Chef Joe Cicala, and he’s not kidding: Brigantessa will offer at least a limited menu of pizzas and salumi, complemented by a wealth of get-the-heck-out-of-the-house Snow Day Specials: $3 domestic craft beers; a special $8 snow day cocktail with rum and organic apple cider, plus a second $8 cocktail chosen at random from their current list; $7 wines alla spina (on draught); and half price margherita pies, one of the best pizza deals in town. Best of all, all the specials are available throughout the restaurant, including the lively first-floor bar and chef’s counter (where you can watch the flakes fall on Passyunk Avenue) and the inviting second-floor dining room.  Farther down Passyunk Ave., Le Virtù will also offer a series of Snow Day Specials, including:  $3 draught beers;  $7 draught wines;  and select $8 cocktails, plus 20% off selected antipasti (which may include Chef Joe’s house-cured salumi!) to complement your beverage(s).  Snow Day Specials will be available all night long throughout the bar and dining room, and though a true blizzard might force the team to close, feel free to call ahead to confirm – then head in and enjoy the special pricing.

If you can’t get home…

Stranded in Center City tonight? Make your way to Estia for all-night happy hour specials: half-price appetizers, $6 cocktails and wines by the glass and $4 beers for as long as the snow keeps falling.

If you’re counting the inches…

You’re not the only one: the sandwich masters at Jake’s Sandwich Board will take 10% off all orders for every inch of snow that falls. Be sure to mention the word “snow” when ordering (since it’s all anyone can talk about anyway!) and gloat about your tasty bargain with #jakessandwichboard on Twitter and Instagram.

If you need to get warm from the inside out…

Nothing beats a hot cocktail on a cold, snowy night – and no one does hot cocktails like the gang at London Grill, where the dark chocolate comes with Chartreuse, the hot cider is always spiked, the rum is hot and buttered and the snowball cocktail (Dutch eggnog with lemonade) is just $8 all night long. Take one for the road, too: growlers fills are just $10, with at least nine selections available on draught.

If you’re social media savvy (and you love surprises)…

On snowy days, both Oyster House and Tria will feature of-the-moment specials (such as last year’s complimentary Polar Vortex Clam Chowder at Oyster House) – but both spots announce their deals and snow specials on the day of, via social media. Fans and friends are encouraged to follow them on Twitter (@PHLOysterHouse and @TriaPhilly) and Instagram (@phloysterhouse and @TriaPhilly) for the latest on foul weather fare and hours of operation.


In This ProTip:

Bardot (447 Poplar Street, 267-639-4761)

Brauhaus Schmitz (718 South Street, 267-909-8814)

Brigantessa (1520 East Passyunk Avenue, 267-318-7341)

Estia Philadelphia (1405 Locust Street, 215-735-7700)

Jake’s Sandwich Board (two locations, in Midtown Village and University City)

Le Virtù (1927 East Passyunk Avenue, 215-271-5626)

London Grill (2301-03 Fairmount Avenue, 215-978-4545)

Oyster House (1516 Sansom Street, 215-567-7683)

Tria (multiple locations across Philadelphia)

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