The NFL Draft is upon us, and aside from football, that means a couple things — namely food and drink.
Restaurants and bars throughout the city will welcome the draft with specials running the gamut from cheap, gourmet chicken wings to upscale 32-ounce ribeye steaks. Oh, and don’t forget the beer specials — this is Philadelphia, after all.
Here, we’ve rounded up 15 great specials around the city in honor of the NFL Draft. You can also follow who is running what specials for the NFL Draft by following the #DraftDeals hashtag on social media, or at the DraftinPHL website. Start planning your meals below:
Drexel University’s Academy of Natural Sciences will celebrate the NFL Draft with dinosaurs and beers at its pop-up beer garden, DinoDrafts. Open 11 a.m. to midnight on Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, the garden will feature craft brews from a beer tap truck, and a menu with dino-friendly foods like T-Rex tacos and Fossil Fries. Plus, Academy visitors get free general admission into the museum during the draft.
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 215-299-1000, ansp.org.
Few things go together as well as football and chicken wings, and Jose Garces is putting that sentiment into practice. Garces restaurants will offer their own specialty wings, running $9 for a six-piece serving. Participating restaurants include: 24 (Calabrian chile glazed wings), Distrito (mole poblano wings with crema), JG Domestic (pig wings with white BBQ sauce), Garces Trading Company (Harissa glazed wings with saffron yogurt), and Village Whiskey (bourbon glazed wings with scallion).
The Valley Forge Casino Resort’s tavern will offer a slew of game-day food on special for the NFL draft while screening all the happens on the Parkway around the restaurant. Specials for the draft include cheese quesadillas ($7), pretzels with ale cheese sauce ($7), Valley nachos ($12), loaded fries ($8), BBQ wings ($13), and, of course, cheesesteak spring rolls ($10).
1160 1st Ave., King of Prussia, 610-768-5004, vfcasino.com.
Philadelphia’s oldest, continuously operating tavern will welcome the NFL Draft with a few speciality drinks, like the Game Day Shandy (Philadelphia Brewing Co.’s Walt Wit mixed with lemon soda, watermelon liquor, and lemonade) and the Iggletini (a martini for Eagles fans). The bar will also run a NFL Draft sample with six-ounce pours of brews from Yards, Sly Fox, Troegs, Stoudt’s, Lancaster Brewing, and PBC — a collection of breweries McGillin’s calls its “1st round picks.”
1310 Drury St., 215-735-5562, mcgillins.com.
Sonesta’s swanky Art Bar has a couple down-to-earth deals for football fans looking for a simple lunch or snack. Get a draft on tap and two hot dogs for $7, a burger and any draft for $10, or salsa and chips with guacamole for $4 throughout the draft.
1800 Market St., 215-561-7500, sonesta.com/philadelphia.
Draft ticket holders will get 10 percent off their check at this Old City classic, but that’s not the only way Nick’s is honoring the draft. Be on the lookout for the bar’s $15 cheesesteak trio, consisting of a steak with provolone and onions, an Italian-style steak with sharp provolone and long hots, and a spicy steak with Yards beer cheese, jalapeños, and onions. Plus, you can watch the draft on TV at the bar while you enjoy your three cheesesteaks.
16 S. 2nd St., 215-928-9411, nicksroastbeefbarandgrille.com.
Located right by the Parkway, James will help fuel NFL Draft-goers (and watchers) with $4 drafts all day during each day of the draft.
1835 Arch St., 267-324-5005, jamesphiladelphia.com.
The Field House sports bar will offer 15 percent off food during the run of the NFL Draft, and will broadcast coverage on more than 50 HDTVs.
1150 Filbert St., 215-629-1520, fieldhousephilly.com.
This Old City spot already offers buck-a-shuck oysters during happy hour, but $3 Yuengling Lagers during the NFL Draft can make it a little bit happier. Plus, the restaurant will broadcast NFL Draft happenings on its upstairs TVs.
243 Chestnut St., 267-273-0688, thelittlelionphilly.com.
Located inside the Ritz-Carlton, this ritzy restaurant will offer a combo of 12 bottled beers (including breweries like Dogfish Head and Dock Street) with bottomless truffle fries, sweet and spicy wings, and nachos for $99.
10 Ave. of the Arts, 215-523-8200, richardsandoval.com.
Any time the Eagles are on the board during the NFL Draft, the Cambridge will offer $4 drafts from three beloved Philadelphia-based breweries: Yards’ Philly Pale Ale, Rye IPA from Dock Street, and St. Benjamin’s Wit or Witout. If you’re hungry, the Cambridge will also have garlic hot wings and sweet sesame wings available at half price.
1508 South St., 267-455-0647, cambridgeonsouth.com.
Yards took the NFL coming to Philadelphia seriously — so seriously, in fact, that they brewed a beer to celebrate. Yards’ limited-edition Draft Day IPA will be available during the NFL Draft at bars all over Philadelphia, including several on this list, such as Nick’s, Field House, and James.
Take a break from the Parkway and head down to South Philly for $4 cans of Founders All Day IPA. If you still need to keep tabs on the draft, the restaurant will be airing in on TV with sound on.
2400 S. 19th St., 267-687-7817, taproomon19th.com.
This one is for football fans who aren’t too concerned with the NFL Draft itself. Rather than real football and beer, Jet will offer fake football and wine in the form of a Friday Night Lights marathon throughout the draft, starting with the film at 9 p.m. Thursday and moving onto the television show on Friday and Saturday. Plus, you can get your fill of $5 Panther Punch cocktails (white rum, strawberry, lemon, and hibiscus syrup).
1525 South St., 215-735-1116, jetwinebar.com.
Ocean Prime will have available a $125 prix fixe menu that consists of three courses, plus a optional $50 wine pairing. Options include calamari, goat cheese ravioli, a 36-ounce Tomahawk ribeye, stuffed Maine lobster, and chocolate peanut butter pie or warm butter cake for dessert.
124 S. 15th St., 215-563-0163, ocean-prime.com.