Where to drink during the day

Drink deals that don't have the after-work crowd in mind.

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  • Bleecker Street Bar

  • Bunga's Den (Photograph: Jolie Ruben)

  • The Gate

  • Parkside Lounge

Bleecker Street Bar

Bleecker Street Bar
If drinking 40s of Olde English in your apartment is too depressing, it's worth paying a small fee for a more sociable tippling environment. Show your face at the Bleecker Street Bar, where $7 gets you a 34-ounce "personal" pitcher of Bud, Bud Light or Yuengling from noon to 8pm daily. 56 Bleecker St at Crosby St (212-334-0244, bleeckerstreetbarnyc.com)

Bunga's Den
This retro-kitsch dive is the perfect spot for a liquid lunch: Every day from noon to 3pm, all drinks (including 14 draft brews and 20 bottled kinds; $3.50--$6) are buy two, get one free. Stick with the $3.50 Coors and you'll have enough cash left over for some drunk pizza on the way back to the office. 137 W 14th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-242-1040, bungasden.com)

The Burrito Bar
Get a head start on your weekend at this groovy Tex-Mex restaurant, which kicks off happy hour on Fridays at 3pm and keeps going until 7pm. If $1 nachos, $2 Coors Light and the Yellow Submarine-inspired decor don't excite you, ask your doctor to check for a pulse. 585 Forest Ave between Davis and Regan Aves, Staten Island (718-815-9200, theburritobar.com)

Canal Bar
Postindustrial Gowanus is a fitting place to drink during the workday, and this neighborhood dive delivers with a different special for each day of the week, including a $5 Tecate-and--Jose Cuervo combo on Tuesdays. The basics remain standard from Monday to Friday: $1 off all draft beers, $3 well drinks, and $3 shots of Evan Williams and Kilbeggan whiskey from 2 to 8pm. 270 Third Ave at President St, Gowanus, Brooklyn (718-246-0011, canalbar.com)

The Gate
Squeeze in a beer before your kids get out of school at the Gate, which shaves a buck off most brews (normally around $6 each) from 3 to 7pm on weekdays. Have young'uns of the canine kind? Pups are welcome to hang inside at the bar or outside on the popular patio, while you enjoy $5 pints of Old Speckled Hen—or $2 PBRs, if you're really on a budget. 321 Fifth Ave at 3rd St, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-768-4329)

Jeremy's Ale House
Here's a deal fit for alkies, day traders and those suffering from jet lag: From 8 to 10am, order an Eye Opener—a 32-ounce Styrofoam cup of Coors—for just $1.75. Word to the wise: If you need a real pick-me-up between brews, Jack's Stir Brew Coffee is just a few doors down. 228 Front St between Beekman St and Peck Slip (212-964-3537, jeremysalehouse.com)

Parkside Lounge
Seven hours of drink specials (Miller High Life, Budweiser, Negra Modelo Especial and well drinks are $3 from 1 to 8pm daily) can be tough for ADD boozehounds, but Parkside's pool table and free Wi-Fi should keep you amused for the long haul. If you can't stand the cheap stuff, go after 8pm on Mondays for $8 top-shelf Manhattans. 317 E Houston St at Attorney St (212-673-6270, parksidelounge.net)

Blind Tiger
The hub of the West Village beer scene caters to daytime drinkers, with more than eight hours of reduced-price boozing (11:30am to 8pm). A buck off each brew (most drafts normally go for $6.50) and all wines may not be the cheapest deal drink for drink, but it adds up over a good bender—and you don't have to settle for PBR. 281 Bleecker St at Jones St (212-462-4682, blindtigeralehouse.com)

Drop-Off Service
For beer lovers, the East Village's closest approximation of an English pub offers the perfect happy-hour triple play of length, quality and price. From 3 to 8pm (and 1 to 8pm on weekends), all drinks are half off. While away the afternoon with $3 pints of malty Wells Bombardier—a steal, if you ask us. 211 Ave A between 13th and 14th Sts (212-260-2914)

Mustang Grill
Nothing gets a playing-hooky party popping like tequila. This kitschy Mexican eatery has more than 75 varieties of the spirit, which you can sample without breaking the bank during a half-price happy hour that includes house margaritas and runs weekdays from 2 to 8pm. 1633 Second Ave at 85th St (212-744-9194, mustanggrill.com)

SideBAR
If you need a central location to meet for a weekday binge, start at this sports bar. From noon to 7pm, hoist $3 Bud Light drafts and two-for-one Absolut cocktails, Cruzan mojitos and bottles of Bud to toast to not being confined to a cubicle. During lunch, $6.95 burgers and pizzas also come with a Bud Light draft. 118 E 15th St at Irving Pl (212-677-2900, sidebarny.com)


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