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The best happy hours in NYC

From discounted bar snacks to under-ten-buck cocktails, these are the best bang-for-your-buck happy hours in NYC

Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
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New Yorkers can be an angry bunch, but drinking and saving money are two things that have them smiling ear-to-ear. As hallowed a tradition as bottomless brunch, happy hour is a well-earned chance for city's worker bees to unwind with cheap eats and wallet-friendly drinks. From sipping the city's best cocktails as soon as the clock strikes five to downing dirt-cheap drafts at the best late-night bars, here are the ultimate happy hours to imbibe without breaking the bank.

Best happy hours in NYC


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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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 $4 drafts like a Greenpoint Harbor pale ale. Chef Nate Smith of the Spotted Pig also serves up $1 baked clams, $6 sandwiches and a $14 burger-and-beer combo (fries included) at the rustic, locavore-friendly, farm-to-table haunt.

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Daily 5–7pm

Rouse your inner Parisian at the wine bar, where you can get tipsy in a dignified manner with $10 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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Greenwich Village

An Béal Bocht

Weekdays 4–7pm

This legit Irish pub offers up $3 Irish Le Chéile 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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The Bronx

Bar Matchless

Weekdays 3–6pm; Sundays 5–8pm

This lively watering hole has live bands and DJs in the backroom, but you can ignore those and head to the bar for BOGO drinks on Tuesdays. If you tend to nurse, no worries—you have until 2am to stockpile tokens you can cash in at any time throughout the night, so head to the semi-enclosed outdoor porch and take your sweet-ass time. Also, every other weeknight there’s $1 Pabst Blue Ribbons and 50¢ wings up for grabs.

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Black Swan

Daily 11:30am–8pm

Your hump day just got infinitely better. On Wednesdays from 5 to 8pm, this candlelit gastropub has a $15 unlimited prosecco happy hour, plus grilled cheese. If bubbles and cheese don’t do it for you, don’t abandon hope: There are also $5 premium drafts, glasses of wine and well drinks every night. Still not sold? (God, you’re tough.) Do a few $3 shots, and you’ll finally be satisfied.

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Bossa Nova Civic Club

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 like Scott Mou and Jan Woo spin underground house music at the hoppin’ tropical-themed club, so prepare to dance your troubles away (just get there before midnight to avoid the cover).

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Chefs Club by Food & Wine

Tuesdays 10pm-1am

At this chef-driven establishment, food-world folks celebrate the end of a workweek with a late-night industry happy hour that also welcomes regular diners. Head to Soho every Tuesday for $8 signature cocktails like the Puck (bourbon, pear, bee pollen) and the Bon Voyage with spiced tequila and mezcal. As with the restaurant's rotating lineup of world-class chefs, the industry happy hour occasionally features a guest barkeep and live DJ sets.

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Cooper's Craft and Kitchen

Weekdays 4–7pm

Come for the $5 select 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 $7 house-liquor mixed drinks and $7 select wine (including a rosé). The Midwestern spot, with lots of seating at the bar and in cozy wooden booths, also hosts events from local breweries—and more beer is never a bad thing.

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East Village

Corkbuzz Wine Studio

Daily 6–8pm

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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Cindy T
Cindy T

What about midtown Manhattan?

Douglas M
Douglas M

There's a place by Columbia University called artopolis espresso that have happy hour from 5 to 9 weekdays. $4 wines and $4 beers . Plus bottomless brunch for $6.

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Anna A
Anna A

RBAR in Brooklyn - 451 Meeker Ave corner of Meeker and Graham Aves. $3 Beer - any beer everyday till 9pm. They open at 6pm Mon-Sat and 3pm on Sundays(earlier depends on NHL/NFL or MLB games). There's a pool table that's $1 a game - where can you get that? For $10 you can get 2 beers, game of pool and a nice tip for the bartender to remember you by :). 

Chuck D
Chuck D

Wow, some of these places look great. Uncle Jack's Steakhouse has a great new drink deal too. They've got a new guys night (drink samples for guys Wednesday nights) and ladies night (free drinks at the bar for girls Thursday nights) which is a big hit. I love going to the guys night, and my girlfriend loves ladies night. Great deals at a great restaurant.

Rebecca C
Rebecca C

Cooper's and Matchless look great! I loved Corkbuzz. 

Also, try the $10 burger and beer deal at Abba's several blocks away from the Lorimer G/L stop.