The absolute best happy hours in NYC

Looking for the city’s best happy hours? NYC is packed with cheap drink deals and bang-for-your-buck bar food.
Happy hour at Drop off service
Photograph: Allison Michael Orenstein
By Alyse Whitney and Rheanna O'Neil Bellomo |
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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

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<p>Phil Collins at Alameda</p>
Restaurants, American

Alameda

icon-location-pin Greenpoint

Weekdays 5–7pm

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.
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Burger and beer combo at Allswell, narragansett beer
Photo: Caroline Voagen Nelson
Restaurants, American

Allswell

icon-location-pin Williamsburg

Daily 4–7pm

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.

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Happy Hour AMELIE
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Bars, Wine bars

Amélie

icon-location-pin Greenwich Village

Daily 5–7pm

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.

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An Beal Bocht
Photograph: Filip Wolak
Bars, Pubs

An Béal Bocht

icon-location-pin The Bronx

Weekdays 4–7pm

This legit Irish pub offers up $3 Irish Le Chéile and domestic draft beers, $4 well drinks and $5 glasses of wine in a room decorated with a random assortment of photos, fun memorabilia and pop-culture figurines. If you’re itching for entertainment, there’s also an open-mic night, live Irish music and comedy performances at the casual haunt.

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Black Swan
Photograph: Liz Clayman
Bars, Pubs

Black Swan

icon-location-pin Bedford-Stuyvesant

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.

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Clubs

Bossa Nova Civic Club

icon-location-pin Bushwick

Daily 5–10pm

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).

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Happy Hour COOPER'S
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Bars, Gastropubs

Cooper’s Craft and Kitchen

icon-location-pin East Village

Weekdays 4–7pm

Come for the $5 craft beer on drafts (from IPAs to stouts to ciders), and stay for the daily food specials like $1 fish tacos on Mondays and $12 burger-and-beer on Tuesdays. There are also $6 house-liquor mixed drinks and $7 select wine (including a rosé).

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Corkbuzz Wine Studio
Photograph: Virginia Rollison
Bars, Wine bars

Corkbuzz Wine Studio

icon-location-pin Chelsea

Daily noon–5pm

If you’re a control freak trying to let go a little, this classy joint is just what you need, particularly when you partake in the $15 blind-tasting happy hour. Just choose red or white, then let the pouring begin (you’ll even learn a few fun facts about wine regions, tastes and styles as you sip). The room’s relaxing sepia decor will amplify that calm wine buzz. Music to our eyes.

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Donna
Bars, Cocktail bars

Donna

icon-location-pin Williamsburg

Weekdays 5–8pm

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.

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840.ft.dropoffservice05.jpg
Photograph: Allison Michael Orenstein
Bars, Dive bars

Drop Off Service

icon-location-pin East Village

Weekdays 3pm-8pm

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.

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Full Circle
Photograph: Liz Clayman
Bars, Sports Bars

Full Circle Bar

icon-location-pin Lower East Side

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.

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<p>Huckleberry Bar</p>
Bars, Cocktail bars

Huckleberry Bar

icon-location-pin Williamsburg

Weekdays 5-8pm

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.

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13
Jeremy's Ale House
Photograph: Sashia Benjamin
Bars, Sports Bars

Jeremy’s Ale House

icon-location-pin Financial District

Weekdays 8–10am, 4–6pm

If you’re looking to get in touch with your inner frat boy or sorority girl, head here for 32-ounce Styrofoam cups of Bud for $1.75 starting at 8am. Yep—8am, Wolf of Wall Street–style. If you don’t want to pregame before work, 22 beers on tap and $4 buckets of beer will be waiting when you’re ready to call it a day. There are bras hanging from the ceiling, and the barroom walls are covered in lit-up beer signs, but that just adds to the very, very low-key (okay, vaguely scuzzy— but we promise fun!) vibe, and sometimes that’s exactly what you need.
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MESS HALL interior exterior
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Bars, Cocktail bars

Mess Hall

icon-location-pin Harlem

Daily 4–7pm

Head to Harlem to get messy on $6 can-and-shot combos and $5 picklebacks. Not your thing? Everything is $6 or less, including well liquor and wine, at the hunting-lodge-chic bar, and you can munch on free cheese balls and pretzel sticks on the cozy back patio or at a few tables inside.
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Happy Hour NIAGARA
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Bars, Dive bars

Niagara

icon-location-pin East Village

Weekdays 4–8pm; Weekends 2–8pm

Weekday drink deals are easy to find, but do you have a cheap weekend day-drinking spot? Here, everything’s two-for-one for six whole hours, perfect for a brunch pregame, a lazy afternoon of boozing or your next regret-filled adventure. And the tiki bar and disco ball inside are just a hint at the late-night happenings that make it a notorious party spot.

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Reunion Surf Bar
Bars, Lounges

Réunion

icon-location-pin Hell's Kitchen

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).
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Skinny Dennis
Photograph: Filip Wolak
Bars, Dive bars

Skinny Dennis

icon-location-pin Williamsburg

Weekdays noon–7pm

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).

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Union Pool
Photograph: Liz Clayman
Bars, Lounges

Union Pool

icon-location-pin Williamsburg

Weekdays 5–9pm

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.

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Videology
Photograph: Alex Strada
Movie theaters, Independent

Videology

icon-location-pin Williamsburg

Weekdays 4-7pm

This Williamsburg video store and screening house boasts an in-house bar serving cocktails, beer and wine. Enjoy $5 beer-and-shot combos (your choice of Sil and Espolon or Budweiser and Jim Beam) or $5 old-fashioneds (trading well whiskey for Jameson Black Barrel) during happy hour on weekday evenings.
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Bars, Gastropubs

West 3rd Common

icon-location-pin Greenwich Village

Daily 4–8pm

Even though you’ll be sipping drinks from swanky red booths beneath glitzy chandeliers, you won’t have to pay Village prices here. Sip a $4 draft beers, $5 well drinks and glasses of wine, and $5 cosmos and appletinis. Plus, get $2 off apps and bar snacks like tater-tot poutine and duck confit sliders with kimchi. Oh, and the entire bar’s half off on Sundays from 8pm until last call.

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