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The best happy hours in NYC

Discover the best happy hours in NYC, which boast great vibes and plenty of bang for your buck

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Time Out contributors
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What’s better than a fabulous cocktail at one of New York City’s best bars? A fabulous cocktail at a discounted price, of course. New Yorkers love a deal, including bottomless brunches and outstanding cheap eats. You can always hit up a dive bar for drinks on the affordable side, but for good times and great prices, check out these happy hours in NYC.

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Best happy hours in NYC

  • Bars
  • Dive bars
  • Two Bridges
  • price 1 of 4

Daily 11:30am–7:30pm 

Like a lot of similarly dark and divey spaces, 169 has recently spilled out onto the sidewalk and into the sunshine with the expansion of outdoor seating. All the more room to enjoy its everyday deals and beloved beer-and-shot combos. 

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Jadis
  • Bars
  • Wine bars
  • Lower East Side
  • price 2 of 4

Daily until 6pm 

This romantic Rivington Street wine bar has been a backdrop for date night, meet-cutes and self love since 2006. Its happy hour exceeds infatuation with rosé, red, white and sparkling wine for $7-$8.

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  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Williamsburg
  • price 2 of 4

Daily 5–7pm

Team Dutch Kills, which became a Long Island City magnet for serious drinkers when its cocktail saloon opened in 2009, chose Williamsburg’s Bedford Avenue for its follow-up. Despite such a crushingly hip setting, it doesn't fall prey to the preciousness or pretensions of its Brooklyn-bar brethren. All cocktails are $10 during happy hour.

  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Lower East Side
  • price 3 of 4

Tue-Thu 5-7pm, Sun 2–5pm

Picturesque cocktails are served in a narrow 30-seat space, fitted with blue-and-gold damask wallpaper and budget replicas of famous paintings at this stylish, Paris-inspired staple. Except two-for-one deals on select cocktails. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Thai
  • Noho
  • price 2 of 4

Daily noon–3:15pm and 5–6pm

Add some snacks to your sips at this 58-seat spot, which is designed with colorful scalloped tiles and a shingled outside awning that emulates fish scales. Here, you’ll find a happy hour deal that includes $1.50 oysters, $6 beers, $10 wines and $11 house cocktails.

 

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  • Bars
  • Dive bars
  • Williamsburg

Weekdays noon–7pm

The spiked frozen coffee at this Southern fried Williamsburg hang is so good you can almost forget Skinny Dennis even has a happy hour. You shouldn’t, though—it features $3 well drinks plus $1 off drafts and cans. There’s also often live country music from locals, so you can settle in on the dive’s pickup-truck bench or church-pew seats and tap your toes. (Be a pal and tip the musicians, please.) 

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