Best of the River Wards 2012: Best Happy Hour

Win­ner: Donna's Bar at 2732 E. Al­legheny Ave.

Stacy Gor­man, bar­tender and serv­er at Donna’s Bar, said that the Port Rich­mond spot’s happy hour is good for a few things: a friendly crowd, cheap drinks and lots of laughs.

“There’s no cliques, every­one is talk­ing to each oth­er,” Gor­man said of the typ­ic­al crowd at Donna’s, adding that the bar brings in many reg­u­lar cus­tom­ers. “It’s like ‘Cheers,’” she said. “We all look out for each oth­er.”

The bar’s happy hour boasts $2 do­mest­ic beers, and $3.50 bottles of two big sellers, the pol­ish beers Zy­wiec and Lech. With the neigh­bor­hood’s heav­ily Pol­ish pop­u­la­tion, the beers’ pop­ular­ity might be no sur­prise, but Gor­man said there’s a good mix of people in the happy hour crowd.

“There’s a di­versity of people, it’s so dif­fer­ent,” she said.

Gor­man said along with the happy hour, Donna’s also hosts karaoke on Fri­day nights and bingo on Wed­nes­day nights, when the place is packed.

All in all, she said, the bar is a good place to be happy, no mat­ter what the hour is.

“It’s like fam­ily,” said Gor­man.

Call Donna’s bar at 215-426-7618

-Mi­kala Jam­is­on

Run­ner Up: Cheers Cafe at 2601 E. West­mo­re­land St.

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