Cheapest happy hours

Find $1 drafts and rockbottom well drinks at these wallet-friendly bars.

  • Acme Bar & Grill

  • Gotham City Lounge

  • Mercury Bar

  • Third & Long

  • The Thirsty Scholar

  • Three of Cups

Acme Bar & Grill

Bourbon Street
With enough bras hung behind the bar to rival a small Victoria's Secret, bead-bedazzled Bourbon Street aims to be a year-round Mardi Gras party. It certainly achieves that rowdiness on Wednesdays and Thursdays, when prepsters attempt to "beat the clock": Beginning at 9pm, Bud Light drafts (and Coors on Wednesdays) are a mere $1 each; the price rises to $2 from 11pm til close, except for the "power hour" between 1 and 2am when it drops back to $1. On your marks, get set, chug! 407 Amsterdam Ave between 79th and 80th Sts (212-721-1332,

Gotham City Lounge
Attracting comics fans and other scantily paid bloggers, this friendly, cheapo hang feels more like a fanboy's basement than a dive, but with $1 cans of PBR on Tuesdays and $3 PBR-and-well-whiskey combos all day, every day, even Batman would be tempted to swoop in for a cold one. 1293 Myrtle Ave between Central Ave and Hart St, Bushwick, Brooklyn (718-387-4182,

Jake's Dilemma
If you've got a thirsty gang on your hands, the mishmash of worn, spring-challenged furniture in the back room at Jake's makes for a great conversation pit to while away a few hours—especially on Mondays from 8pm to 4am, when domestic drafts are a buck, domestic pitchers are $9 and shots will cost you $3. 430 Amsterdam Ave between 80th and 81st Sts (212-580-0556,

Mercury Bar
While Mercury is certainly not hiding its true sports-bar colors (note the multiple, monstrous flat-screen TVs throughout the bordello-red-walled watering hole), nice touches like button-back leather booths and diamond-shaped wooden wine-storage bins make it feel more chic than Citi Field. Throw in $4 happy-hour shots like kamikazes and Woo Woos from noon to 8pm daily and you won't even need a home team to root for. 659 Ninth Ave at 46th St (212-262-7755,

The Stumble Inn
Even with two walls of windows looking out onto Second Avenue, after-work tie-looseners craving big burgers are more apt to be glued to the 21 flat-screens at this UES sports bar. On Mondays from 7pm until 4am, drafts are a dollar and everything is half price from Monday to Saturday between 11:30am and 7pm. 1454 Second Ave at 76th St (212-650-0561,

Third & Long
Attracting the team-jersey-clad Murray Hill set, this no-frills Irish-owned sports pub has 18 beers on tap, and will keep you raising a glass to your athletic heroes with $2 domestic drafts on Mondays (5pm--4am) and Saturdays (all day),  $3 craft pints on Tuesdays (5pm--4am) and $4 PBRs all the time. 523 Third Ave at 35th St (212-447-5711,

The Thirsty Scholar
As the name suggests, you're likely to find solo-sitting book readers at the bar, along with chums chatting about the day's op-ed page—but it doesn't take a genius to know that the $4 well drinks until 8pm, and $4 drafts of Bass Pale Ale and Bud Light, are a booze lover's bargain. 155 Second Ave between 9th and 10th Sts (212-777-6514,

Three of Cups
At the restaurant upstairs, knock 20% off wood-fired pizzas (ten-inch $9--$13, 16-inch $16--$24) and decent Southern Italian fare from 5 to 6:30pm Monday through Thursday. In the intimate, low-lit lounge downstairs, get $4 well drinks and $2 call drinks from 8 to 10pm every day as you recline on comfy couches and huddle around wee tables. 83 First Ave at 5th St (212-388-0059,

Village Tavern
This friendly corner sports bar with ten large flat-screens, a pool table and sports memorabilia galore pours $4 well drinks from 4 to 7pm on weekdays. 46 Bedford St at Seventh Ave South (212-741-1935,