Best Happy Hours in New York City

October 23, 2018 0 0

The best happy hours in New York City reveal an important fact: You don’t have to spend a fortune to drink like a king in NYC. Here, we take a closer look at several of the best bars in town serving up mid-afternoon, early evening, and even late-night deals on cocktails, beer, and food that you won’t want to miss. From Mess Hall in Harlem to Cienfuegos on the lower east side and Huckleberry Bar and Alameda in Brooklyn, we’ve laid out a comprehensive guide to finding the best drink and food bargains throughout the city. Next time you’re looking to grab a cold one, be sure to read up on the best happy hours in NYC – you (and your wallet) will be glad you did.

Name Location Description
The Heights Bar and Grill 2867 Broadway This popular Morningside Heights bar offers two different happy hours. The first one runs from 4-7pm and features $6 pints of frozen margaritas in flavors like mango, passion fruit, and strawberry in addition to $5 domestic drafts like Ommegang White or IPA. Then, there’s a second happy hour that starts at 11pm and runs until 2am that features the same deal on margaritas and drafts and a $5 well drink deal as well. If the weather is nice, you can take a seat on the rooftop bar and enjoy some eclectic Tex Mex food like spiked tenders, steak tacos, or sliders to boot.
Alameda 195 Franklin St When it’s happy hour, you can eat and drink for less than $20 at this Greenpoint bistro. The ambiance here reflects the type of cocktail bar you would see in Western Europe, but luckily lacks any sort of pretentiousness. Weekdays from 5- 7pm you can choose combos like a beer and a burger, boquerones and prosecco, or sherry and chorizo. Or you can just order cocktails like a French Mai Tai, or a Shiso Painkiller with rum, pineapple, orange, coconut, shiso, and nutmeg for just $8.
Botanica Bar 47 E Houston St Botanica Bar is one of the closest things you’ll find to a dive bar in Nolita. The drinks are stiff and cheap, and they even let you order in food. Weekdays from 6- 8pm you’ll also find drafts like Stella for $3, as well $4 gin and tonics or rum and cokes on offer. It’s a good spot for some after-work drinks or catching up with friends, but be sure to get there by at least 6:30 if you want to snag a seat. Once happy hour is in full swing, it can get a bit crowded, though you might be able to secure a hidden place in the back if you’re strategic.
Cienfuegos 95 Avenue A Cienfuegos is a lounge in the East Village that specializes in rum punch. The ambiance has a recognizable Latin flare, but it doesn’t get as crowded as most other bars on the Lower East Side tend to do. Every day between 5-7pm you can try punch flavors like Honey Badger with passion fruit, lime, and jalapeno, or Albazam with Maraschino, Lemon, Strawberry, and sparkling wine. Cocktails like a Rum Old Fashioned or Italian Ibis with Campari and Vermouth are also only $7. If you get hungry you need to try the Yucca fries. They’re never soggy and feature just the right amount of seasoning.
Art Bar 52 Eighth Avenue Art Bar boasts one of the best happy hour deals in the West Village. There’s a huge lounge area in the back that is dimly lit with a fireplace and is made for just kicking back and appreciating the local artists that adorn the walls. Drinks are half-priced too, so beers like Stella or Blue Moon are just $3.50 and you can grab well drinks for less than $5 as well. You also can’t go wrong with a $3 glass of house wine. The menu further boasts affordable bites like chicken fingers, curly fries, and fried calamari for when your stomach inevitably starts growling.
Tavern 29 47 E 29th St Tavern 29 is a two-story bar with plasma televisions, chandeliers, and one main attraction: Its rooftop area. It’s a good option if you’re with a big group because there are communal picnic tables and a fair amount of shared plates to enjoy here. Happy hour runs on weekdays between 11am and 7pm, and then starts back up again at 11pm and runs until 2am, and features $5 drafts, $6 glasses of wine, and $7 margaritas. If you have a craving for sweets, we suggest you try the waffles. They’re homemade and always leave diners coming back for more.
Ethyl’s Alcohol & Food 1629 2nd Ave This 1970s dive bar is a bit out of place in its Upper East Side location, but still nonetheless worth the trek uptown for the prices and atmosphere. Weekdays, happy hour runs from 4-7pm, and then 3-7pm on weekends, and you can get most drinks for $5. Try a Flower Power IPA, a glass of Pinot Noir, or a whiskey ginger ale and you’ll be ready for when the go-go dancers come on. Stick around long enough, and you might even get to play some bingo.
Burke and Wills 226 W 79th St This industrial-chic restaurant brings a touch of Australia to the upper west side. Its menu features eclectic dishes like a Kangaroo burger or small plates like warm sourdough and beignets and the drinks also boast an Australian flair. Happy hour runs from 4-8pm on weekdays, but starts at 11am on weekends and goes all the way until 7pm, so you really have no excuse not to try their $1 oysters or two-for-one cocktails. The Red Right Hand is made with peach bitters, fresh lemon, agave, and a Merlot float, while the Friday On My Mind features Mezcal, lemongrass, black pepper, and Prosecco.
Mess Hall 2194 Frederick Douglass Blvd Mess Hall may be a little narrow, but the patio in the back makes it worth the trip. On any given day, you’ll catch a movie being projected on the wall and a killer beer-and-shot combination on offer. Happy hour runs daily from 4- 8pm and you can grab $6 wells or daily specials to boot. If you come on a Wednesday, you can also attempt to win some free food or drinks during bingo. There’s also a comprehensive option that you can grab here called the “adult happy meal” which should cover all the bases: A shot of tequila or bourbon, a can of beer, and a hot dog for $10.
Huckleberry Bar 588 Grand St The only thing more appealing than the garden area at Huckleberry Bar is the free popcorn and a happy hour that runs from 5-8pm on weekdays and features $3 off inventive cocktails and $2 off draft beers. Sample selections include the American Dream (made with Bourbon, Branca Menta, mint syrup, and bitters), or the Strawberry Fields (made with vodka, strawberry syrup, and lemon). There are also classic options to pick from like a Moscow Mule or a Pimm’s Cup. Many days, you can also find live entertainment here as well, as frequent events include DJ sets, mixology classes, and movie screenings.



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Christina Elia

Assistant editor Christina Elia is currently pursuing her BA in Art History Communications at Fordham University, and writes about various topics ranging from arts and culture to practical tips and how-to advice. She has been published on online platforms such as The Odyssey. You can follow her on Twitter via @stinaelia

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