The $50-and-under boozy weekend

Cheap beer, cheap shots and cheap hookups (the latter not guaranteed).



Cheap Shots

Photograph: Donna Rickles

11th Street Bar (510 E 11th St between Aves A and B, 212-982-3929) CBS says that the Masters is a “tradition unlike any other,” but anybody who doesn’t golf for a living (besides John Daly) knows that happy hour is where true champions are crowned. Once thy clock hast struck four, reward thyself with a beer and two free plates of chicken wings till 8pm. Cost: $3 Bud + $1 tip = $4

Cheap Shots (140 First Ave between St. Marks Pl and E 9th St, 212-254-6631) Like a beacon of frugality, this graffiti-walled purveyor of inexpensive potables calls out to all in the lower tax brackets. Featuring a veritable fire sale of booze ($7 pitchers, $2 shots), it does for drunks what McDonald’s does for fat people. Cost: $5 Jameson and Rolling Rock special + $1 tip = $6

Continental Bar (25 Third Ave between St. Marks Pl and E 9th St, 212-529-6924) This dark dive boasts loads of specials throughout the week (a Yuengling that only vaguely tastes like Yuengling for $1.50? (Sun-Thu) I’ll take it!), and the regular prices ($10 for five shots of anything) are some of the best in city. So enjoy a cold one while surveying vintage rust-belt beer signs. Cost: $4 Bud Light + $1 tip = $5



Brooklyn Brewery

Photograph: Donna Rickles

Ella Café (177 Bedford Ave between North 7th and 8th Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-218-8079) Perhaps you’re not too hungover (hey, getting smashed costs a pretty penny), but your mom called: She wants you to eat breakfast. Grab some local organic sustenance on the way to less healthy pursuits. Cost: $1.25 bagel with cream cheese + $1.75 coffee + 25¢ tax = $3.25

Brooklyn Brewery (79 North 11th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-486-7422) Get thee to New York’s temple of beer for the first brewery tour of the day. Available Saturdays and Sundays, the tours leave hourly from 1pm until 4pm and give you a history of the building and the brewing process. Cost: Free!

Pasanella and Sons Wine Shop (115 South St between Beekman St and Peck Slip, 212-233-8383) There’s nothing like free wine…especially when it’s paired with free cheese, which this place occasionally offers with its Saturday tastings (3–5pm). Not only that, the space has a grand, old-school vibe. Cost: Free!

Jeremy’s Ale House (228 Front St between Beekman St and Peck Slip, 212-964-3537) Continue boozing with a Styrofoam quart of beer and a burger, and take in the sights (namely bras hanging from the ceiling) at this frat spot. Cost: $6 Coors + $5.50 burger with fries + 96¢ tax = $12.46



Otto's Shrunken Head

Photograph: Donna Rickles

S’Mac (345 E 12th St between First and Second Aves, 212-358-7912) After sleeping in, a hefty portion of mac and cheese should help improve the tenuous relationship you’re having with your stomach. Cost: $7.75 Major Munch, All-American macaroni and cheese + 59¢ tax = $8.34

Mona’s (224 Ave B between 13th and 14th Sts, 212-353-3780)You want a beer already? Lush. Well, might as well be at the original East Village dive. Cost: $2.50 PBR can + $1 tip = $3.50

Otto’s Shrunken Head (538 E 14th St between Aves A and B, 212-228-2240)Local madman promoter Frank Wood curates Wind Down Sundays at this totally out-of-place/exactly-what-you’re-looking-for tiki bar. Eclectic free music, cheap drinks, Zen achieved… Cost: $3 Bloody Mary + $1 tip = $4

Beauty Bar (231 E 14th St between Second and Third Aves, 212-539-1389) Hollis James spins vinyl, and only vinyl, at an evening of no-cover music that caps off your corner-cutting Sunday and leads directly into Monday morning’s “Sweet, I only spent $50 this weekend!” joy. Ah, who are we kidding? There shall be no such joy…it’s Monday. Cost: $3 draft beer + $1 tip = $4