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The best happy hours in NYC

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

By Emma Orlow and Time Out contributors
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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 cheap eats for delicious proof. Here, we've collected the best happy hours NYC has to offer, a crop of top-rate bars offering deals for after-work crowds and beyond.

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Best happy hours in NYC

Diamond Lil
Photograph: Courtesy Diamond Lil/Sidney Bensimon

1. Diamond Lil Bar

Bars Cocktail bars Greenpoint

Weekdays 5-8pm

Need a quiet oasis to read a book or escape the raucousness of other bars' happy hours? Settle into this tasteful, magical lil Greenpoint drinkery for $7 old-fashioneds, Moscow mules and espresso martinis.   

169 Bar
Photograph: Time Out/Ali Garber

2. 169 Bar

Bars Dive bars Two Bridges

Daily 11:30am–7:30pm 

These days, 169 Bar is packed to the brim with young people looking for a good time. True, the venerable dive has evolved, scene wise,  but thankfully, the soul of the space has remained, nor has the dirt-cheap deal of $3 beer-and-shot combos. 

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Photograph: Courtesy Hanna Grankvist

3. Bunton’s World Famous

Bars Cocktail bars Bushwick
Daily 4-8pm, weekends Saturday-Sunday 2-7pm

As it’s owned by Run the Jewels and TV on the Radio colaborator Kareem Bunton, it's no surprise this Bushwick bar feels musical (it has a ’90s-club vibe). Check out the 1400-square-foot outdoor area and sip $7 frozen drinks any ol' day and $5 beers, $6 wines and $7 well drinks during the week

Broken Shaker
Photograph: Gabi Porter

4. Broken Shaker

Bars Cocktail bars Kips Bay

Daily 11pm–1am

At the Freehand Hotel's interpretation of their Miami favorite, Broken Shaker offers a reverse happy hour deal featuring a $7 daily punch.

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El Techo at Llama Inn
Photograph: Courtesy El Techo at Llama Inn

5. El Techo at Llama Inn

Bars Williamsburg

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.

FRESH KILLS california sherry cobbler
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

6. Fresh Kills

Bars Cocktail bars Williamsburg

Daily 5–7pm

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.

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Photograph: Courtesy Alameda/Krista Schlueter
Photograph: Krista Schlueter

8. Alameda

Restaurants American 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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'L'Antonieta' Cocktail - 16-20
Photograph: Liz Clayman

9. Excuse My French

Bars Cocktail bars Lower East Side

Mon–Wed 5-8pm, Thu–Sat 5–7pm, Sun 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. 

Fish Cheeks
Photograph: Courtesy Kylie Thompson

10. Fish Cheeks

Restaurants Thai Noho

Weekdays noon–3:45pm and 5–7pm

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 wines and $10 cocktails.

 

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Bossa Nova Civic Club
Photograph: Courtesy Bossa Nova Civic Club

11. Bossa Nova Civic Club

Clubs Bushwick

Daily 7–10pm

Local DJs spin underground house music at this hoppin’ tropical-themed club, so you can dance your troubles away. But before that, take advantage of two bucks off beers and cocktails.

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

12. Allswell

Restaurants American 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

13. Amélie

Bars Wine bars 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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Black Swan
Photograph: Liz Clayman

15. Black Swan

Bars Pubs Bedford-Stuyvesant

Daily 11:30am–8pm

This gastropub in Bed-Stuy has a bevy of ways to quench your post-work thirst—namely $3 shots, $4 glasses of wine and $5 premium drafts.

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Photograph: Allison Michael Orenstein

16. Drop Off Service

Bars Dive bars East Village

Weekdays 3-8pm, weekends 1–8pm

Five hours of cheap drinks ($3 to $5 pinds and $ off wines) 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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HUCKLEBERRY BAR
Photograph: Roxana Marroquin

17. Huckleberry Bar

Bars Cocktail bars 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.

Reunion Surf Bar
Photograph: Aubrey Therkelsen

18. Réunion

Bars Lounges Hell's Kitchen

Mon, Thu, Fri 5:30–8pm; Sun 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

19. Skinny Dennis

Bars Dive bars Williamsburg

Weekdays noon–7pm

The $7 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, $2 cans of brew and $5 beer-and-shot combos. 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.) 

Full Circle
Photograph: Liz Clayman

20. Full Circle Bar

Bars Sports Bars Lower East Side

Weekdays 5–8pm, Sun 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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Photograph: Courtesy Banter

21. Banter

Restaurants Australian Greenwich Village

Mon-Sat 4-7pm

Whatever side you are for the Aperol Spritz debate, we can all agree on a good deal. At Banter, spritzes are $8. 

Union Pool
Photograph: Liz Clayman

22. Union Pool

Bars Lounges Williamsburg

Mon, Wed–Fri 4–9pm, Tue all day

Grab $5 drafts and well drinks, then kick back on the sceney outdoor patio. TBonus: There’s an on-site El Diablo Tacos truck with $3 tacos to pad that tummy.

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