4 Ways to Build a Happier Happy Hour

Workday finally over and done with? We’ve got the recipe for a seamless transition from hectic to happy. All it takes is next-level pub fare and libations. See how we build a happier happy hour at The Gables at Chadds Ford:

1. Get Comfy

Our happy hour runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. You’ll feel your stress melt away as you slip into a seat at the bar or cozy up at a bar table. Bonus: From late spring through early fall, you can also settle into a chair on our front patio, gaze at the fire pit and let your cares drift away.

2. Add a Handful of Your Favorite People

This may be obvious, but it’s worth saying: Happy hour is best shared with others. Put the word out to your better half, BFF, favorite co-workers, even family … you get the idea. Let us extend our Southern hospitality to you and yours, whether you’re craving a memorable date or Girls’ Night Out.

3. Mix in Creative Eats

At the end of the workday, nothing beats food someone else has cooked for you. It’s even better when it’s fare from our executive chef, Joel Mastroeni, and his kitchen team. Satisfy your grumbling tummy with these specials:

  1. Tuesday: $8 cavatelli mac and cheese, and $10 loaded pimento crab and artichoke dip.

  2. Wednesday: $10 Gables burger and $8 turkey burger.

  3. Thursday: Half-price shrimp ‘n grits martinis and half-price confit duck fries.

  4. Friday: Half-price Atlantic mussels and half-price cheesesteak egg rolls.

4. Top with Delicious Drinks

Did we say nothing beats our food? Correction: Our drinks are neck and neck with our chef-driven cuisine. We’re proud of our thoughtfully chosen beer, wine and cocktail lists. You’ll be impressed with the happy hour prices, too:

  1. Everyday: $5 glasses off our award-winning Sangria, $2 off all draught beer and $3 off all glasses of wine.

  2. Friday: $3 off all specialty martinis.


You won’t find these on the happy hour menu, but they’ve been known to raise spirits and bring good cheer. Try our beer and scotch and bourbon flights. It’s the ultimate taste test, where you pit four 5 oz. beers against each other for just $10 (add an extra $1 for premium beers), or four 1 oz. scotch or bourbon pours. It’s a great way to sample without a big commitment.

Our friendly bartenders invite you to stop by and see why we’re sure to become your new favorite after-work stop. See you soon!

The Gables at Chadds Ford is nestled in the heart of the historic Brandywine Valley. Our combination of fresh seasonal cuisine, rustic yet elegant charm and enchanting outdoor dining will keep you coming back time and time again. The Gables is also the perfect venue to host your next special event, whether you are planning a wedding, rehearsal dinner, baby shower or corporate event.

Nina Malone

Photos, top to bottom: The Gables at Chadds Ford; Dara N. King Photography; The Gables at Chadds Ford (remaining photos)