We know living in New York City can seem like a money pit, but we also know where you can get a cheap beer for less than a Lincoln. Sure, there are plenty of great happy hours, and they may not have the absolute best beer out there, but these cheap bars (which include dive bars, beer bars and beer gardens) sling brews at all hours. Cheers!
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Cheap beer in NYC: Manhattan
Since 1933 (the year Prohibition ended), Rudy’s has been slinging cheap drinks in Hell’s Kitchen. Just be sure to take it easy on the Rudy’s Blonde and Rudy’s Red, the house beers you can get for $3 a draft ($8 and $10 for a pitcher, respectively), or else you might be seeing two of Baron, its famed friendly pig statue.
Cheap beer in NYC: Brooklyn
Red Hook locals make this place their second home as they lounge at the outdoor picnic tables, eating pulled pork sammies and sipping domestic bottles that start at $4. If you bring friends with deeper pockets, they might want to choose one of the dozens (and we mean dozens) of other brew options.
Cheap beer in NYC: Queens
Cheap beer in NYC: Staten Island
In a white one-story building that looks like it’s seen better days, this friendly dive occasionally turns into a live music venue where metal music reigns. Whether you’re just in the area or looking to check out some local rockers, down $3.75 Miller High Lifes or $4 drafts.
If you ever find yourself in the Staten Island courthouse or looking for something to do after a Staten Island Yankees game, head to this local gem. Just a short walk up a very steep hill from the ferry, a boisterous bartender slings domestic beers starting at $4 and the nightly specials are dangerous (don’t ask us about Martini Monday—we don’t remember).