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Philly's Best Happy Hours: Nunu's Draft Highballs, $7 Sake, & Bar Snacks

by Drink Philly on Jan 31, 2019 in Culture

Welcome to Philly’s Best Happy Hours, a feature highlighting great happy hours in different neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia. Since Drink Philly started out as a place to find happy hours in the city, we thought it was only right to return to our roots and turn the spotlight on some of Philly’s absolute best happy hour deals.

 

This week, we're spending our happy hour at Nunu, the newest concept from Shawn Darragh & Ben Puchowitz, the minds behind creative, unique spots like Cheu Noodle Bar and Bing Bing Dim Sum. Situated directly next door to Cheu Fishtown (the two even share an outdoor space), Nunu is the pair's twist on a Japanese izakaya, blending authentic elements with Asian-American fusion and a creative menu that offers everything from skewers to brisket sandwiches to ramen.

Nunu's happy hour takes place Monday through Friday from 5 PM - 7 PM as well as Saturday and Sunday from 3 PM - 5 PM, and offers plenty of drink specials and bar snacks, including a few bites that aren't on the regular menu.

For $5, get an order of fries any style — stick with plain, or get them topped with options like "nunu sauce," cheese whiz with furikake, or Japanese curry gravy.

Alongside "HH sticks" ($2) and the hot wings ($5) available on Nunu's regular menu, the happy hour food menu features a few dishes only available during this two-hour timeslot.

If you want to keep it light, try the squash and cabbage salad ($5); if you're looking for fried food, the chicken karage ($7) should do the trick.

Don't miss the miso cheese with toast ($6), a spreadable, cream cheese style miso dip that's unlike anything you've had before, and which is only on the menu during happy hour.

As for the drinks, happy hour includes $1 off draft beer as well as draft highballs, which are made with Suntory Toki Whisky and are on draft thanks to a one-of-a-kind machine usually found only in Japan.

Nunu is also one of the only places that serves sake during happy hour — try their Kirinzan "Classic" Futusushu sake for just $7.

For their Philly take on a Japanese drink pairing, you can also grab an $8 "hoppy" citywide, which pairs asahi and tombo shochu. You can also enjoy their $10 rotating cocktail of the day.

"The highballs are a really unque feature, and food items like our miso cheese toast and chicken karage aren't on our regular menu," says co-owner Shawn Darragh. "Our 'hoppy' is like an ancient Japanese citywide, and it's like what they offer over there. Japan is very into low ABV cocktails you can drink all day, so we tried to mimic that."

Ben Palubinski, a manager at Nunu, says, "I think the cool thing about our happy hour is how different everything is. I don't know any other place that offers the same kind of food and drinks we have. Our menu is really playful."

Next time you're in Fishtown, pull up a chair at Nunu's red-accented bar, order a plate of the miso cheese toast and a Toki highball, and settle in for one of the most inventive happy hours in the entire city.

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