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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The best new happy hour in Dumbo is at Time Out Market New York, and it lasts all winter long. From January 6 through the end of March, you can stop by either floor of the waterfront dining destination to take advantage of some seriously solid deals on cocktails, beer and wine from any of the market’s three world-class bars. From 5pm–8pm every single day, you can buy drinks starting at just $5. Because why should weekdays have all the fun? Beers available for $5 during the three-hour promotion include Modelo Especial as well as local brews Brooklyn Lager and Bronx No Resolutions IPA. A wide range of wines will be available for $7 including reds (Roger Perrin Cotes Du Rhone, Felino Malbec), a sparkling (Alasia Moscato D’Asti), whites (Matua Auvignon Blanc, Cavaliere D’Oro Pinot Grigio) and a rosé (Chateau Leoube ‘Love’ Rosé). Go ahead, drink a glass of rosé in winter! Why not? No one’s stopping you! To top it off, select cocktails will be a mere $8. Three of the market’s signature cocktails will be available including the Gin & Cider (Brooklyn gin, ginger, apple cider and lemon), Sangria Spritz (Bertoux Brandy, mulling spice, red wine blend and club soda) and Southsider (Spring 44 vodka, aloe, mint and cucumber). Additionally, the limited-time-only seasonal “Snow White-tini” will be on the happy hour menu, as well. Looking for a super-extra way to unwind after work? Take your discounted drink out to the market’s brand-new Rooftop Iglounge to sip your drink with a view.
Best happy hours in NYC
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.
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.
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.
At the Freehand Hotel's interpretation of their Miami favorite, Broken Shaker offers a reverse happy hour deal featuring a $7 daily punch.
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.
At this Upper West Side modern Mediterranean spot, all wine bottles are half off during happy hour.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.)
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.
Whatever side you are for the Aperol Spritz debate, we can all agree on a good deal. At Banter, spritzes are $8.
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.