Best Sunday happy hours in NYC
Delicious drinks are the draw at this mod South East Asian–themed bar and lounge, particularly during the extended happy hour (select cocktails cost $4 from 5–10pm everyday). Regulars gather in the long, tangerine-hued room to have intimate conversations and sip a Bamboo (house-made cucumber infused vodka, jasmine tea and pineapple juice) or the Saigon Belini (raspberry infused sake, champagne and fresh passion puree). Stop by midweek to avoid the less-than-chic clientele that rolls in come Friday.
French natives Samie Didda and Germain Michel have brought their popular San Francisco wine bar to New York. The pair's heritage carries through to the 300-bottle wine list and small-plates menu, which features Gallic dishes like daube provençale (red-wine–braised lamb), steak tartare and Emmental-stuffed ravioli with truffle oil. During happy hour, enjoy a three-wine flight for $12 from 5pm to 7pm.
This cozy pub serves specialty beers (like Mother’s Milk and Houblon Chouffe) to a youthful crowd. Perks include free popcorn, a spacious outdoor area and a Sunday happy hour that runs from 1pm to 4pm.
A Prospect Heights drinkery channels steampunk culture with fleur-de-lis wallpaper, tufted red vinyl banquettes and a bathroom facade modeled after the time-and-space-transport machine from Doctor Who. Geek out over the bar's design while throwing back a beer (Sixpoint, Kronenbourg, Bud Light) or a seasonal cocktail like the Train Wreck (gin, grapefruit, muddled cucumber, seltzer). Sunday happy hour lasts from 4pm to 8pm and includes $4 draft beers and $4 well drinks.
Hell’s Kitchen has long been a dead zone for civilized bars, but this sunny paean to American microbrews is an oasis. There are 20 beers on tap and two cask ales, artfully listed on signboards according to provenance and potency. The thoughtful selections include Dogfish Head’s peachy Festina Pêche Berliner Weisse and Victory’s Bags Packed Porter, a toasty treat rich with coffee and chocolate. Prices are already low (each14-ounce serving costs $5), but you can get even further discounted drinks on Sundays from 4:20pm to 5:20pm.
The thrift-store decor (mismatched chairs with sagging seats, statues of the Virgin Mary and a faux fireplace) makes for a charmingly shabby backdrop at this downtown dive, a favorite among laid-back creative types and the occasional gaggle of NYU students. Libations range from basic brews (eight on tap include Blue Point Toasted Lager) to house cocktails like the Mean Bean martini, made with vodka and spicy green beans from Rick’s Picks. DJs spin every night (except Monday), providing a sultry soundtrack for the singles lounging in the conversation-friendly back room. On Sundays, enjoy $3 to $4 draft beers and $3.50 well drinks from 6pm to 8pm.
This East Village wine bar offers meat and cheese plates, plus live Jazz every Wednesday night. On Sundays from noon to 8pm, enjoy two-for-one glasses to start off your week on the right foot.
This East Village bar has 12 beers on tap. Happy hour specials are available every day, including Sundays from 1pm to 8pm.
Is there anything better than free pizza? World peace maybe, but you can’t get that with your beer. Kid sister to Williamsburg’s Alligator Lounge, the Crocodile offers a plain minipie with every drink to a clientele of tattooed twentysomethings. Happy hour specials include $4 beers, $5 well drinks and $6 beer-and-shot combos.
No bar has a better collection of ’70s lunch boxes, and the rollicking jukebox ain’t half bad, either. Recreational opportunities abound at roomy Ace (two pool tables, Big Buck Hunter), and the 2-to-7pm happy hour, six days a week, is perfect for the serious afternoon drinker (14 beers on tap let you keep the pints rotating). There's even a late-night happy hour, available Sundays through Wednesdays from midnight until close.