The best weekend happy hours
Workaholics deserve discounted drinks too.
Tue Jul 19 2011
Photograph: Eric Harvey Brown
Both locations of this craft-beer haven offer weekend discounts and charming outdoor spaces. Subtract a buck from the price of any drink during extended daily happy hours (East Village 1--7:30pm, Williamsburg 1--9pm). While you may have a tough time choosing from the rotating drafts (17 in Manhattan, 19 in Brooklyn) and a 70-strong whiskey list (stocked with gems like the pure--pot-still Irish Redbreast), the deals here will keep your tab down. 41 First Ave between 2nd and 3rd Sts (212-475-5097). Daily 1pm--4am. * d.b.a. Brooklyn, 113 North 7th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-218-6006). Daily 1pm--4am. drinkgoodstuff.com
Snag one of eight sunny courtyard tables and spend an afternoon sampling this Kings County vintner's debut vintage, made using grapes from the Finger Lakes upstate and Sonoma County in California. Three-glass flights of the house-made varietals—riesling, chardonnay, ros and pinot noir—are available for $16 to $23. During happy hour, 5 to 7pm daily, bottles and carafes are 25 percent off. Weekend visitors can get a behind-the-scenes look at the winemaking process during tours, which allow you to examine the oak aging barrels, open-top fermenters, grape crusher and wine presses. 213 North 8th St between Driggs Ave and Roebling St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (347-763-1506, bkwinery.com). Mon--Thu 5pm--midnight, Fri 5pm--1am, Sat 1pm--1am, Sun 1pm--midnight. Tours Sat, Sun 2, 3, 4pm.
This Park Slope locale is ideal for grabbing a pint from craft breweries like Keegan Ales and Ommegang. Throw a few quarters into the indie-rock-heavy jukebox and stay for the nightly happy hour ($2 off all drinks Mon, Tue 4--7pm; $1 off all drinks Wed--Sun 4--7pm). The bar fills up fast, especially on weekends, so arrive early to claim a table. 661 Sackett St between Fourth and Fifth Aves, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-622-0437, thesackett.com). Mon--Thu, Sun 4pm--2am; Fri, Sat 4pm--4am.
An abundance of picnic tables in this drinkery's backyard means it's never a problem to stake out a spot—even on Saturdays. From 2 to 10pm, draft beers are discounted by $1, well drinks cost only $4, and a PBR-and-whiskey-shot combo is just $5. Add a game of Ping-Pong or darts, and your weekend afternoon is made. 10 Hope St between Havemeyer and Roebling Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-218-7191, goodcobk.com). Mon--Fri 4pm--4am; Sat, Sun 2pm--4am.
The Anchored Inn
This nautically themed dive offers two happy hours a day (5--8pm, 2--4am), with well drinks and small-batch brews like Coney Island Albino Python and Captain Lawrence Kolsch for under $5 ($4 each). There's patio seating for you to soak up some sun, and to soak up the beer, you can order a burger-and-beer pairing for $10 until 8pm. 57 Waterbury St between Meserole and Scholes Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-576-3297, theanchoredinn.com). Mon--Fri 1pm--4am; Sat, Sun noon--4am.