Few New York City neighborhoods make you want to get a drink more than the frenetic city center, with its super-packed streets full of office workers and tourists making even a brief walk a major undertaking—that’s where happy hour Midtown bars come in. If you’re extra hungry, you could always grab a seat at one of the best Midtown restaurants in NYC, but if you’re more in the mood for the city’s best beer or the best cocktails in NYC, then heads to one of these great spots for stress-relieving happy hours.
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Best Midtown happy hour bars
Like its Spanish-Mandarin name—an ode to owner Marco Britti's (Favela Cubana) study of Cuba's Chinatown—this midtown eatery fuses Asian and Central American cultures. During happy hour, available everyday between 11am and 7pm, take advantage of both cultures with $5 beer (Tsingtao Lager, Pacifico Clara), $7 cocktails and dollar oysters and clams.
Female-driven bar teams have been particularly notable as of late, with leading women in the industry opening their own drink destinations (Julie Reiner and Ivy Mix at Leyenda, Gina Goyette and Carolyn Pincus at Bottle & Bine). Joining the much-welcome trend is this 57-seat Gowanus cocktail bar from drinks vet Katipai Richardson-Wilson (the Breslin, Basik) and designer-partner Shana Sandberg (Jean-Georges at the Mark).