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Top Bars With A College Night In Philadelphia

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Attending school in Philly and want to know where to go to catch specials designed with you in mind? Check out the bars below and have a great time this semester--without breaking the bank.

Lucy's Hat Shop
247 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 413-1433

Lucy's has long been known as a great spot for the college crowd. Drink specials include one of Philly's longest running specials on Thursday nights with 75 cent Miller High Life Bottles (and MHL Light) until midnight. Lucy's is conveniently located in Old City and sports two spacious bars. The college crowd loves the wallet-friendly drink specials and no cover charge. There is no better way to end the day than kicking back, grabbing a Miller and listening to the DJ spinning tunes.

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The Blarney Stone
3929 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 222-5340

Located in University City, the Blarney Stone is known to attract the college crowd because of its location and cheap prices. College Night runs every Thursday, and with a college ID, you can get 70 percent off the cover charge as well as $1 well drinks and domestic drafts from 9 p.m. to midnight. You can even grab the $5 steak and fries special all day long on Thursday. The Blarney Stone sports a nice selection of stone drafts and bottles. Get on out to The Blarney Stone on Thursday and grab a brew, steak and fries without breaking the bank.

Drinker's West
3900 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Neighborhood: University City
(215) 397-4693

Drinker's West, located in University City, has a fun and energetic atmosphere. This is a great place for happy hour or all night partying due to plenty of seating, multiple floors and two bars. Everyday specials include $1 tacos, $3 SoCo 'n Lime Shots, $4 Jager Shots, and $5.50 Three Olives and Red Bull Bombs. "Brain Destroyer College Night" Thursday includes 75 cent High Life beers, $2 chocolate covered pretzel shots, $3 Jack Honey shots and $7 pitchers. Be sure to bring your college ID along for free entry, otherwise you'll pay a $10 cover charge.

Finnigan's Wake
3rd & Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 574-9317

Located in Northern Liberties, Finnigan's Wake has been named one of the 10 must see places by National Geographic Traveler's Magazine. The Philly college crowd likes to hang out on Tuesday nights with DJ Kitty and partake in $2 Miller Light bottles, $4 SoCo drinks and shots from 10 p.m. to midnight. While at Finnigan's, be sure to explore all that it has to offer. History buffs will love the Civil War section, "Lincoln's Level" and "Irish Brigade." Take your chances and visit Finnigan's to see if it is really haunted.

Smokey Joe's
210 S. 40th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 222-0770

Smokey Joe's has been a Penn favorite for more than 60 years. Also know as "the Pennstitution," President Gerald Ford called Smokey Joe's the "17th institution of higher learning at the University of Pennsylvania." Priced to fit in with the college student's budget, get Smoky's Dog Day Afternoon special, $1 hot dogs from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and $2 16-oz drafts and $6.50 pitchers. What are you waiting for? Head on over to Smokey Joe's and grab a brew and a dog!

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Joanne Apice is a full-time benefits manager with 20 years of experience in Human Resources. She earned the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist designation from Wharton School and the International Foundation. A lifelong learner, PA Accident and Health, Life and Fixed Annuities Licensed, she navigates the employee benefit maze daily in Philadelphia. Her work can be found at

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