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5th and Mad
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The best happy hour Midtown bars in NYC

The best happy hour Midtown bars in NYC serve up frozen tiki drinks, sudsy beers and glasses of wine

By Lauren Rothman and Time Out contributors

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

Cask Bar
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11. Cask Bar & Kitchen

Bars Beer bars Kips Bay

This saloon boasts an impressive beer and ale list and, from Monday through Friday from 4pm to 8 pm, prices are low: $5 for canned beers, $6 for drafts, $7 for glasses of wine and $8 for cocktails.

5th and Mad
Photograph: Filip Wolak

12. 5th & MAD

Bars Gastropubs Midtown

The bi-level Midtown gastropub takes its cues from Mad Men—of four distinct areas of the behemoth bar, one is a dedicated Draper Room upstairs, fitted with suited mannequins and low-backed armchairs. Beyond that Don-worthy room, there’s a Girls’ Lounge decked out with upholstered chartreuse seats, sprawling oriental rugs and curio cabinets filled with hat boxes and gloves to emulate midcentury-era department stores. Another room is sectioned off with lime-green cabinetry and features pool tables and whimsical Penguin Publishing posters.

Betti Bar
Photograph: Courtesy Hourglass Tavern

13. Betti Bar

Music Hell's Kitchen

Located upstairs from Hourglass Tavern, this laidback bar offers an especially generous happy hour. Running from 5pm to 10pm daily, bottled beers, well drinks, California chardonnay and Italian merlot are only $5 each.

Naples 45
Photograph: Courtesy Naples 45

14. Naples 45

Restaurants Italian Midtown East

Right down the street from Grand Central, this casual pizza bar is ideal for the happy hour snacker: on weekdays from 5pm to 7 pm, the purchase of any drink comes with a free personal pizza.

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