press release

Center City District and EFFEN® Vodka Partner for the Return of Philadelphia’s Favorite Happy Hour Tradition

Jennifer McCullough
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Over 80 local bars and restaurants to offer food & drink specials as part of Center City District SIPS

Philadelphia, PA (April 29, 2019) – This summer, Center City District and EFFEN® Vodka partner for the return of Center City District SIPS, the highly anticipated happy hour tradition. For 14 weeks, beginning in June, Wednesday evenings turn into unforgettable experiences with friends, networking opportunities with colleagues and a chance for exploration of new Center City offerings.

Beginning June 5, Center City District SIPS takes place in bars and restaurants on Wednesday evenings from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. through August 28. More than 80 participating bars will offer $6 signature cocktails featuring EFFEN® Vodka, $5 wine, $4 beer and half-priced appetizers.                                                                                        

Celebrating its 16th year, Center City District SIPS brings to life the area’s finest local bars, artisan mixologists, award-winning restaurants and unique-to-Philadelphia venues for a vibrant after-work atmosphere. This summer, ‘Every Sip Has a Story’ as the ever-evolving happy hour tradition continues to thrive with Center City’s robust food and beverage scene. New participants include outdoor green spaces, beloved rooftops and culinary favorites such as Continental Midtown, Giuseppe & Sons and Iron Hill Brewery. Bud Light is proud to support Center City District SIPS and will be featured at many of the SIPS participating locations.

In addition to the new venues and food specials, attendees can enjoy the perfect summer cocktail by Center City District SIPS sponsor EFFEN® Vodka. Dutch for “smooth, even and balanced,” EFFEN® Vodka was created for those who are deliberate about every detail they choose. Made from premium French wheat, EFFEN® Vodka uses a continuous distillation process, along with all-natural ingredients to create a smooth taste on the palate. In addition to EFFEN Original Vodka, there are a variety of flavors including Black Cherry, Raspberry, Cucumber, Blood Orange and Green Apple, as well as newly released EFFEN® Rosé and EFFEN® Yuzu Citrus.

For attendees staying for dinner, participating restaurants will offer a 15% discount following the happy hour. With the abundant options of popular bars and restaurants in Center City, SIPS is a great way to meet new people and create everlasting memories. Share your ‘CCD SIPS Story’ on Twitter and Instagram using #CCDSIPS for the chance to win $200 in gift cards to participating locations. One winner will be selected each month of SIPS. For more information, visit or follow @CCDSIPS on Twitter and Instagram.

Center City District SIPS Participants

  • 1225 Raw Lounge
  • 1518 Bar & Grill
  • Abe Fisher
  • Aki Nom Nom
  • Aqimero
  • Balcony Bar at Kimmel Center
  • Bank and Bourbon
  • Bar Bombon
  • BareBurger
  • Bar-Ly Chinatown Philly
  • Bellini Grill
  • Brickwall Tavern & Dining Room
  • BRÜ Craft & Wurst
  • Butcher Bar
  • Byblos Restaurant and Hookah Bar
  • Capriccio Café and Bar
  • Cavanaugh's Rittenhouse
  • Charlie was a sinner.
  • Chima Brazilian Steakhouse
  • Chops Restaurant & Bar
  • Con Murphy's Irish Pub
  • Continental Midtown
  • Cooperage Wine & Whiskey Bar
  • Craftsman Row Saloon 
  • Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse
  • Dilworth Park Café
  • DuJour Café & Bar
  • El Azteca Uno
  • Field House
  • Fine Palate 
  • Finn McCools Ale House
  • Franky Bradley's 
  • Giovani's Bar & Grill 
  • Giuseppe & Sons
  • Gran Caffe L'Aquila
  • Harp & Crown
  • IndeBlue 
  • Independence Beer Garden
  • Iron Hill Brewery
  • James
  • Jane G's Restaurant
  • Jones
  • La Scalas
  • Ladder 15
  • Libertine
  • Mace's Crossing
  • Marathon Grill (16th and Sansom)
  • Marathon Grill (19th and Market)
  • Max Brenner
  • Misconduct Tavern (18th and JFK)
  • Misconduct Tavern (15th and Locust)
  • Nomad Roman Pizzeria
  • Opa 
  • Pagano's Market and Bar
  • Porta
  • Raven Lounge
  • Sampan
  • Sister Cities Café 
  • Spice 28
  • Square 1682
  • SUGA by Susana Foo 
  • Tavern on Broad
  • Tequilas Restaurant
  • Thanal Indian Tavern
  • The Bards
  • The Black Sheep
  • The Foodery Rittenhouse
  • The Rooster
  • Tiki
  • Time 
  • Tinto
  • Tir Na Nog Bar and Grill
  • Tradesman's 
  • Treble & Bass (CAMBRiA Hotel Lobby Bar)
  • Uptown Beer Garden
  • Vango Lounge and Skybar
  • Veda Modern Indian Bistro
  • Vesper Sporting Club
  • Vintage Wine Bar & Bistro
  • Woody's Bar 
  • Yakitori Boy 
  • Yamitsuki Ramen



About EFFEN Vodka
EFFEN Vodka is part of the Beam Suntory portfolio of spirits. As one of the world’s largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory’s has a fundamental commitment to the responsible consumption of alcohol. Responsibility is at the core of Beam Suntory’s vision for doing business the right way and supports business owners and consumers with an alcohol education program called Drink Smart. 

Drink Smart® is a platform for communicating with legal-purchase age adults about making informed, responsible choices. For more information, visit

About Center City District
The Center City District, a private-sector organization dedicated to making Center City Philadelphia clean, safe and attractive, is committed to maintaining Center City’s competitive edge as a regional employment center, a quality place to live, and a premier regional destination for dining, shopping and cultural attractions. Find us at and on Facebook and Twitter.