If there’s anything New Yorkers like better than eating and drinking, it’s doing so on a dime—just look at our affection for bottomless brunch, dive bars and cheap eats for delicious proof. Enter the best happy hours NYC has to offer—this crop of top-rate bars offer food-and-drink deals and discounts for the after-work crowd and beyond.
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Weekdays 5–7pmAt 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.
Daily 4–7pmStart 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.
Daily 5–7pmRouse 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.
Weekdays 4–7pmThis 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.
Weekdays 3–6pm; Sundays 5–8pmThis 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.
Daily 11:30am–8pmYour 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.
Daily 5–10pmBe 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).
Tuesdays 10pm-1amAt 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.
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.
Daily 6–8pmIf 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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For Long Island City, the transformation from underserved 'hood to serious food-and-drink destination has been percolating for the past several years. Alewife represents the next crucial piece of the puzzle: a craft-beer destination that can go toe-to-toe with the most pedigreed suds haunts in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Sure, there's an Anywhere, USA vibe to the generic-looking gastropub, and we could do without the poppy soundtrack and truffle oil on our fries. But while the out-of-towners behind the bar—a team of hops zealots with ties to Alewife Baltimore and the cultish Lord Hobo in Cambridge, Massachusetts—may not get every detail right, they come through where it counts. The beers are phenomenal, and their enthusiasm for sharing them is exactly what's needed to gain the craft-beer movement some new converts. DRINK THIS: You'd be hard-pressed to find a dud among the 28 draft lines, which dispense a well-balanced selection of domestic all-stars (High & Mighty, Two Brothers), Old World classics (Mahr's) and hard-to-find European imports (De Ranke XX Bitter, Guineu Riner). Among the latter, committed beer hunters will notice an exciting (and largely unpronounceable) cast of Scandinavian breweries—the up-and-coming region is well represented, with recent hits including a refreshing Nøgne-Ø Saison from Norway and a funky, flowery Oppigrds Well-Hopped Lager from Sweden. Friendly servers can help steer the uninitiated through the unfamiliar terrain. If you're at a loss, a good mo
Venue says: “Gold rush happy hour - Monday through Friday 4:20 - 7pm. Late night Happy Hour Sunday-Thursday 11pm - to close”