Best happy hours with karaoke, trivia and games

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  • Full Circle Bar

  • Full Circle Bar

  • The Gutter

  • 123 Burger Shot Beer

  • Village Pourhouse

  • Studio Square

Full Circle Bar

Full Circle Bar
This new Williamsburg bar has four Skee-Ball lanes and is the home of NYC's own Brewskee-Ball league. To get you drinking and rolling, there are $3 pints of Full Circle Wheat beer and a $4 Genny Dog special (a can of Genesee Cream Ale and a hot dog) from 4 to 9pm Mondays through Thursdays and 2 to 9pm on weekends. 318 Grand St between Havemeyer St and Marcy Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (347-725-4588, fullcirclebar.com)

Greenwich Treehouse
Test your knowledge of random facts at this second-floor bar, which hosts a trivia night ($3) every Monday from 7:30 to 9pm. Get your juices flowing with two-for-one draft beer ($5), well drinks ($7) and house wine ($7), though we can't recommend getting too sloshed if you want to beat your competitors. 46 Greenwich Ave at Charles St (212-675-0395, greenwichtreehouse.com)

The Gutter
Do your best imitation of the Dude during this divey bowling alley's happy hour: Monday through Thursday from 1am to 4am, get $1 off all well drinks and brewskis. During that time, games are also two for one. The Dude abides. 200 North 14th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-387-3585, thegutterbrooklyn.com)

Housing Works Hungover Happy Hour
The bookstore begins a new series of themed events on Monday nights from 6:30 to 8:30pm this month; the one common thread among them is the cheap drinks, like $3 Brooklyn Brewery beers and $2 PBR. A different participatory event will take place in the caf, including board games, crafting and book discussions. Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby St between E Houston and Prince Sts (212-334-3324, housingworks.org)

123 Burger Shot Beer
It's already cheap to drink here—the 123 stands for $1 burgers, $2 shots and $3 beers—but there are even more deals during the Monday beer pong games. Even if you're not willing to shell out $30 to play the frat favorite, you can still suck down $5 margaritas and watch from the sidelines. Note that happy hour is from 11am to 8pm, with half off most well drinks, giving you plenty of time to get good and wasted, in the beer pong tradition. 738 Tenth Ave between 50th and 51st Sts (212-315-0123, 123burgershotbeer.com)

Planet Rose
Karaoke is best done when you're halfway to intoxication, and this boudoiresque drinkery will help you get there: During its daily happy hour from 4 to 8pm, all beer, wine and well drinks can be had for just $3 each—and it's free to sing. You'll have no excuse not to belt out "Livin' on a Prayer" with gusto. 219 Ave A between 13th and 14th Sts (212-353-9500, planetrosenyc.com)

Ship of Fools
Get the full zeta-beta-whatever experience during two nights devoted to sports and heavy drinking: On Wednesdays, patrons can kick ass at Wii Sports while downing Yuengling drafts or the Wiizer, a raspberry-vodka and lemonade combo ($4 each); on Fridays beginning at 2pm, the bar hosts beer pong games, with $4 bottles and $8 pitchers of domestic beers (Miller, Bud) and $3 Nori shots (a house special made with fruit-infused vodka). 1590 Second Ave between 82nd and 83rd Sts (212-570-2651, shipoffoolsnyc.com)

Studio Square
Though the beer garden's outdoor seating area is the main attraction here, the sprawling space also runs a free karaoke night on Wednesdays from 10pm to 1am. During that time, all pitchers of beer are just $15—that includes microbrews and German quaffs like Spaten and Radeberger, so you're bound to end up with something tasty. 35-33 36th St between 35th and 36th Aves, Long Island City, Queens (718-383-1001, studiosquarenyc.com)

Village Pourhouse
Tuesday nights here are devoted to Rock Band (7--11pm), with drink specials like the $5 rum-based Pourhouse Punch and the occasional open bar. Down some liquid courage during the venue's happy hour (5--7pm), which offers two-for-one Absolut mixed drinks and $4 margaritas, before shredding along to a Metallica jam. There's no entry fee, but game playing is first-come, first-served. As extra incentive to arrive early, those who show up from 6 to 7pm get two free drink tickets. 64 Third Ave at 11th St (212-979-2337, villagepourhouse.com)

Hell Gate Social in Queens
You've got your pick of specials at Hell Gate, named after the nearby bridge: The bar's regular happy hour is from 7 to 9pm, with two-for-one drink specials on drinks under $6 (except shots), while the Wednesday-night Rock Band 2 gathering features the classy combination of Miller High Life and a shot of bourbon for only $3 (and game play is free). 12-21 Astoria Blvd at 14th St, Astoria, Queens (718-204-8313, hellgatesocial.com)


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