If there’s anything New Yorkers like better than eating and drinking, it’s doing so on a dime—just look at our deep affection for boozy bottomless brunch, hole-in-the-wall dive bars and five-buck cheap eats for delicious proof. Here, we've collected the best happy hours NYC has to offer, a crop of top-rate bars offering food-and-drink deals and discounts for the after-work crowd and beyond.
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Best happy hours in NYC
At this magical lil bar in Greenpoint, you'll find one of our favorite happy hours that feels like a perfect quiet oasis to read a book without the raucous of other bars' happy hour carfuffles. Deals include a $5 rose and $7 mixed drinks like a Moscow Mule.
These days 169 Bar is stuffed to the brim with young people looking for a good time. True, the venerable dive has evolved: you see more plaid collar shirts than you might've six years ago. But thankfully, the soul of the space has remained. The drinks are cheap ($3 beers at happy hour) and we love that they have a system where you can text the bar your order, in case you don't feel like braving the line.
Owned by Kareem Bunton, a musical collaborator of Run the Jewels, Prefuse 73 and TV on the Radio, it's no surprise the bar is meant to feel like a '90s club. With a 1400 square foot patio and drinks by Lucas Moran from Chinatown's Mr. Fongs, it's a perfect place to have a dancing night-out, particularly in the summer. The happy hour includes $5 wine, tap beer and well cocktails, while frozen drinks are $7.
At the Freehand Hotel's interpretation of their Miami favorite, Broken Shaker offers a reverse happy hour deal featuring a $7 daily punch and plantain chips with guac, $6.
Monday and Tuesday 8 - 10pm
Llama Inn serves up the best Peruvian bites in New York City. And although it’s been around for a few years now, few know that atop the plant-drizzled restaurant is Llama Inn’s rooftop bar, El Techo. Serving an entirely separate drink and food menu from their downstairs at happy hour you can get buy-one-get-one draft cocktails.
Team Dutch Kills, which lured serious drinkers all the way out to Long Island City, Queens, when its cocktail saloon opened in 2009, opted for a far more bustling backdrop—right off Williamsburg’s Bedford Avenue—for its follow-up: But despite such a crushingly hip setting, Richard Boccato and his crew don’t fall prey to the preciousness or pretensions of its Brooklyn-bar brethren. All cocktails are $10 during happy hour.
If you can prove you're on a Tinder date (and you most likely will be unless you're seeing your friend's boyfriend's wannabe Strokes concert) here you'll get a free shot.
Sunday - Tuesday 4:30 - 11:00pm
This Upper West Side modern Mediterranean spot, all wine bottles are 50% off during happy hours.
At this romantic cocktail bar, you can get buzzed and fed for just 11 or 12 bucks. Choose a combo like the classic beer and a burger, the fancier boquerones and prosecco, or the oddball sherry and chorizo. Then settle down at a rustic wooden table and get smug when some poor schmoes come in at 7:01pm and have to pay $13 for chardonnay and $12 for cheese fries.
Mondays to Wednesdays 5-8pm; Thursday-Saturday 5-7pm; Sunday 2-8pm
Contrary to what the name might imply, there’s no swearing on the menu at this basement bar from Paris-born chef Johann Giraud and manager-barman Ricardo Valdez, who met while opening the first U.S. outpost of Ladurée in Soho. There are, however, picturesque French cocktails served in a narrow 30-seat space, fitted with blue-and-gold damask wallpaper and budget replicas of famous paintings, alongside traditional small plates, which are steeped in house-made ingredients as well as French history. Except two-for-one deals on select well drinks, beer and wine.
Weekdays 12:00 -3:45pm and 5:00 - 7:00pm
Named after the Asian delicacy, this seafood-forward Thai newcomer is as family-style as it is family-run. Brothers Chat and Ohm Suansilphong (the latter is an alum of Bangkok’s acclaimed Nahm) act as co-chefs, bringing kitchen chops honed under their restaurateur parents in Thailand. At the 58-seat comfort-food spot—designed with colorful scalloped tiles and a shingled outside awning that emulates fish scales—you’ll find a happy hour deal that includes $1 Oysters, $5 beers, $8 wine and $10 cocktails.
Weekdays 4 - 10pm
The cofounder of fast-casual vegan hot spot By Chloe partnered with food personality Eden Grinshpan for this low-key Middle Eastern restaurant that isn’t vegan-only but offers ample vegetarian options, such as a falafel-cauliflower pita, a harissa-curry shakshuka bowl and a meze of honey-roasted carrots. On weekdays they offer $5 wine and mezzes.
Perched on top of midtown’s neon-purple–lit Yotel Hotel, this rooftop bar experience recently revamped its decor, forgoing rainbow hue furniture for sleek black versions. This summer they'll offer $10 pizza and beer pairing.
Be the boss of your happy hour seven days a week. Even though $2 off all drinks may not sound like much, it puts the average beer at $4 and cocktails, including summertime watermelon-vodka slushies, at $8. Local DJs spin underground house music at the hoppin’ tropical-themed club, so you can dance your troubles away (just get there before midnight to avoid the cover).
Start strong with a $7 beer-and-shot deal, including combos like Tecate with Espolón tequila, or ease into your boozin’ with $5 tap wines. The kitchen also turns out $1 oysters and a $14 burger-and-beer combo (fries included) at the rustic, locavore-friendly, farm-to-table haunt.
Rouse your inner Parisian at the wine bar, where you can get tipsy in a dignified manner with $12 customizable, three-glass wine flights that let you take your pick from the pages-long wine menu. There are also $6 glasses of vino, which will have you forgetting all about your workweek as you relax in the space’s plush black leather booths.
How about a happy hour with wontons? You can get both beer and General Deb's pork and chive version for $10 during happy hour (The wontons are $10 on the regular menu).
Daily 11:30am –8pm
You can't really beat $3 shots, $4 glasses of wine and $5 premium drafts. Unless it's Wednesday from 5 to 8pm, when this candlelit gastropub offers a $15 unlimited prosecco happy hour, plus grilled cheese.
If you dream of Mexican food and booze (and if you don’t, who are you?), hit up this swanky South Williamsburg lounge for half- price drinks and $4 Point Special drafts in the bright barroom. On Tuesdays, two tacos and a draft cocktail like the Cuba Libre, made with rum and Mexican Coca-Cola, will cost you just $12, and on select nights, you can party while DJs spin soul and funk in the roomy space.
Five hours of half-off drinks will have you struggling to not fall off your chair at this tried-and-true English pub. There are 19 different suds on tap, but luckily they also offer hearty Tuck Shop meat pies to soak it all up. On Saturday and Sunday, you can start boozing even earlier: Happy hour begins at 1pm.
Enjoy $3-off house cocktails and $2-off draught beer, wines by the glass and well drinks at this East Williamsburg booze den with a charming backyard garden. A regular lineup of events—including movie nights with free popcorn, mixology classes, and rotating DJ sets—keep things interesting. Plus, happy hour runs all night every Sunday and Monday, and on Wednesdays you can score two-for-one glasses of wine.
Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays 5:30–8pm; Sundays 5:30pm–2am
Swimming through a sea of Times Square tourists to get to this surfer joint is worth it: You can snag $3 Acid Drop shots—think grapefruit-infused vodka with a vanilla-sugar rim, yum—and $6 Mermaid frozen mojitos, $3 pilsners and $5 pork-belly-topped hot dogs. By the time you’re done, you may even find the clogged streets outside charming (but probably not).
The $7 spiked frozen coffee at this honky-tonk is so good you can almost forget about happy hour. You shouldn’t, though—it features $3 well drinks, $2 cans of brew and $5 beer-and-shot combos. There’s also live country music from locals three days a week, so you can settle in on the dive’s pickup-truck bench or church-pew seats and ignore your friends (if you want to).
Weekdays 5–8pm; Sundays 11pm–close
Instead of going to a random food cart on the street, grab a gratis hot dog with your $4 Genesee at any hour. If you’re thinking, "Screw food, give me more booze!", you’re in luck: Genny plus a shot of Evan Williams bourbon is only $5, and there are $5 well-drink specials, $9 frozen cocktails and $1 off all drafts. And a bonus: On Sunday nights, every single thing is $4. The main attraction here isn’t just the cheap drinks, though—there are also endless hours of Skee-Ball to be had! You can roll with free games on Sundays and Thursdays.
Whatever side you are for the Aperol Spritz debate, we can all agree on a good deal. At Banter, spritzes are $8.
Following the success of owner Anita Jaisinghani’s game-changing Houston restaurant of the same name—it garnered the chef a James Beard nomination for Best New Restaurant when it opened in 2012—the all-day Indian café got get a New York sister with the NoMad successor. At happy hour select cans are $5 and you can drink them alongside dosa pizzas.
Grab a $3 draft beer, $4 well drink or $5 PBR-and-Jameson, then kick back on the sceney outdoor patio. The former pool store doesn’t have an actual pool, but there’s a stage for live music and an old-school photo booth that prints your selfies. Plus there’s an on-site El Diablo Tacos truck with $3 tacos to pad that tummy.