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The Best Happy Hours In Manhattan

96 spots to get a discounted drink.

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Every day, you show up to work and either accomplish a sufficient amount or look productive enough not to get fired. And when you’ve either crossed enough tasks off your to-do list or read the entire internet, you deserve to leave the office and get a drink that doesn’t cost $20. So here’s a guide to the best Happy Hours in Manhattan. It’s divided into neighborhoods, with all the details you’ll need on days, times, and drink deals. (If you’d rather hang out in Brooklyn, we have a guide for that as well.)

lower east side

Bonnie Vee

$$$$ 17 Stanton St

When: Mon-Fri, 5-8pm

The Deal: $5 Select Beer; $2 Off All Wine

Bonnie Vee is one LES bar that doesn’t get too crazy. It’s just a little neighborhood spot where you can grab a small table, drink a good cocktail, and eat a grilled cheese. If the weather is nice, check out the backyard, too.

Excuse My French

$$$$
$$$$ 96 Orchard St.

When: Mon-Wed, 5-8pm; Thurs-Sat, 5-7pm; Sun, 2-8pm

The Deal: Two-For-One Select Beer, Wine, And Well Drinks

A quaint bar on the LES with an old-timey atmosphere and some very good small plates. Come here with a first date, and have some charcuterie or a goat cheese tartine.

Noah Devereaux

Black Crescent

$$$$ 76 Clinton St

When: Daily, 6-8pm

The Deal: $1 Oysters; $9 Select Wine; $9 Select Cocktails

Black Crescent is a dark little bar on the LES that happens to serve some great oysters, and also stuffed calamari and duck pot pie. Aside from the food, it’s pretty normal here, so this is a good spot for a low-key Happy Hour.

Eastwood

$$$$ 221 E Broadway

When: Mon-Fri, 5-8pm

The Deal: $2 Off All Drinks

Eastwood is bright and casual, and it sort of feels like a coffee shop with alcohol. It’s beer-and-wine only, there’s some food like schnitzel and falafel, and it’s a good spot to catch up with someone.

169 Bar

$$$$ 169 E Broadway

When: Daily, 12pm-7:30pm

The Deal: $3 Can Of Beer & Well Shot; $1 Off Can Beers & Drafts; $2 Off Everything Else

169 Bar is a classic, fun dive that’s full of colorful lights, potted plants, and a bunch of other decor that looks like it was all purchased for $1 at a yard sale. Bring a group, and prepare for a late night.

Verlaine Bar & Lounge

$$$$ 110 Rivington St

When: Daily, 5-10pm

The Deal: $7 Lychee Martinis; $7 Sangria; $7 Red And White Wine; $4 Narragansett

A minimalist lounge-type place where Happy Hour goes until 10pm. The next time your finance friends complain about never making it to Happy Hour, send them here.

The Magician

$$$$ 118 Rivington St

When: Daily, 5-8pm

The Deal: $5 Well Drinks; $5 Draft Beer And Wine

The Magician is a cash-only bar with a jukebox in the corner, big booths in the back, and drinks that are extremely inexpensive (even when it’s not Happy Hour). If you’re looking for a low-key place to hang out, without worrying that you’ll fall asleep in your chair, this is it.

Bar Belly

$$$$ 14 Orchard St.

When: Mon-Sat, 5-7pm

The Deal: $1 Oysters; $4 Select Beer; $8 Wines; $9 Select Cocktails

A fantastic choice for a first date, made even better (i.e. cheaper) during Happy Hour. There’s live music some nights, and a better-than-average bar food menu. Start with oysters, and go from there.

Hill & Dale

$$$$ 115 Allen St

When: Daily, 5-8pm & Mondays All Night

The Deal: $1 Oysters; $6 Drafts; $7 Well Cocktails; $7 Select Wine

A great little cocktail bar that tends to fly under the radar. You can use the money you’re saving on drinks towards the tasty small plates.

soho & nolita

Epistrophy

$$$$
Italian  in  Nolita
$$$$ 200 Mott St

When: Weekdays 4-7pm, 10pm-close

The Deal: $5 Peroni; $6 Wine; $9 Cocktails

Officially one of our “Super Cute Reasonably Priced Restaurants To Catch Up With A Few Friends”, Epistrophy is also a solid choice for some relatively quiet, early-evening drinks. They also do a lot of food, like kale salad, pasta, and steak.

Noah Fecks

When: Mon-Fri, 5-6pm; Sat-Sun, 3-4pm

The Deal: $5 Off All Glasses Of Wine (Except Mystery Wine); $5 Snacks

La Compagnie is one of the better wine bars in NYC, and it feels sort of like a living room. There’s plenty of seating, and it’s good for groups or a first date.

The Brooklyneer

$$$$ 220 W. Houston St.

When: Daily, 4-7pm; 11:30-7pm on weekends

The Deal: $3 Brooklyneer Pilsner; $7 Selected Wines And Well Drinks

We’re still not sure why a bar in Manhattan needs to celebrate Brooklyn, but we’re OK with it because the bar food here is great, and it’s a good go-to for any serious soccer fans.

Botanica Bar

$$$$
$$$$ 47 E Houston St

When: Daily, 5-8pm

The Deal: $2 Off Draft Beer; $5 Well Drinks & Select Wine

This is the closest thing you’ll find to a dive in Nolita. Big bonus: they let you order in takeout.

Tom & Jerry's

$$$$
$$$$ 288 Elizabeth St

When: Weekdays, 5-7pm

The Deal: $6 Well Drinks & Draft Beer

A cash-only neighborhood bar in Noho. This place definitely isn’t new or trendy, but it’s a good spot for a casual beer with someone you’ve known for several years.

Sweet and Vicious

$$$$
$$$$ 5 Spring St

When: Sun-Thurs, 2-7pm; Friday, 2-6pm

The Deal: $2 Off Margaritas; $2 Off Well Drinks; $1 Off Draft and Bottled Beer

You come to Sweet & Vicious for two things: frozen margaritas (they’re especially potent here) and an outdoor patio. If you’re here in the warmer months, it’s great for big groups - but it does get crowded.

Houston Hall

$$$$ 222 W Houston St

When: Weekdays, 4-7pm

The Deal: $2 Sliders; $9 Select Wine; $8 Select Cocktails

Next door to The Brooklyneer, you’ll find this this giant, rowdy beer hall. If you feel like going back to college, this is a good start.

noho & east village

When: Weekdays, 4-7pm

The Deal: $1 Oysters; 75 Cent Littleneck Clams; $3-4 Select Beer; $7 Wine; $10 Select Cocktails

Good Night Sonny is a cocktail bar in the East Village, but it doesn’t take itself as seriously as PDT or Death & Co. And as much as we like Death & Co., we prefer the casual atmosphere here.

Keybar

$$$$ 432 E 13th St

When: Tues-Sat, 4-10pm; Sun-Mon, All Day

The Deal: Two-For-One Drinks

These people do a very impressive Happy Hour. It lasts for six hours most days and goes all day on Sunday and Monday. All drinks are 2-for-1 - and the only catch is that the space feels kind of like a tiny, divey nightclub. But it can be fun with a group of friends.

Ruffian

$$$$ 125 E 7th St

When: Mon-Sat, 5-6pm; Sun, 3-5pm

The Deal: $7-$15 Snacks; $10 Glasses Of Wine

A small bar in the East Village serving excellent wine and some very good small plates. If wine is a priority for you (or you’re with a wine person), come here for Happy Hour. It’s one of the nicer options in the East Village.

Maiden Lane

$$$$
$$$$ 162 Avenue B

When: Mon-Fri, 4-7pm

The Deal: $9 Beer And Shot Combos; $2 Off Everything

Maiden Lane is an Alphabet City bar that’s perfect for some casual day drinking. It’s friendly, there are plenty of windows, and they do a handful of seafood small plates. We suggest coming here with a friend or two early in the night.

Holiday Cocktail Lounge

$$$$
$$$$ 75 Saint Marks Pl

When: Mon-Fri, Sun, 4-8pm

The Deal: $3 Draft & Can Beer; $5 Wine; $5 Well Drinks

This is a cross between a dive bar and a cocktail lounge, and it’s the best of both worlds. It’s a good spot for a casual cocktail, but it’s also great for when you want to take some shots and be loud.

Boilermaker

$$$$
$$$$ 13 1st Ave

When: Weekdays, 5-8pm

The Deal: $8 Classic Cocktails; $4 Beers; $6 Well Drinks; $7 Wines

This is a Happy Hour power move - The Boilermaker has a dedicated Happy Hour drink menu full of good, classic cocktails. Pair that negroni or mai tai with a burger.

Drop Off Service

$$$$ 211 Avenue A

When: Mon-Fri, 5-8pm; Sat-Sun, 1-8pm

The Deal: $3 And $5 Beer; $1 Off Well Drinks; $2 Off Wine

A relatively nondescript spot that’s super convenient for StuyTown residents. Also, they have comfy booths, and you can somehow always find a seat.

Ten Degrees

$$$$
$$$$ 121 Saint Marks Pl

When: Daily, 12-8pm; Sun-Thurs, 11pm-4am

The Deal: Two-For-One Drinks; Half Off Wine Bottles On Mondays

Proof that a wine and cheese bar can get kind of rowdy - especially during Happy Hour.

Bua

$$$$ 122 Saint Marks Pl

When: Weekdays, 3-8pm; Weekends, 12-4pm

The Deal: $2 Off Draft Beers; $18 Wine Carafes; $9 Cocktails

Bua and Ten Degrees are not only located across from one another, but they’re also basically interchangeable. In the summer, the outdoor tables at Bua make it our first choice between the two.

When: Mon-Sat, 4-8pm; Sun, 4-7:15pm

The Deal: $2 Off Drafts; $2 Off Well Drinks

The friendliest, chillest bar on this stretch of Bowery. It definitely doesn’t belong with its neighbors (The Standard, The Wren), and - if you’re looking for something a little quieter - that’s a very good thing.

d.b.a.

$$$$ 41 1st Ave

When: Weekdays, 12-9pm

The Deal: $5 Well Drinks, Glasses Of Wine, Select Drafts, Pickle Backs

A solid craft beer bar with a big back patio. It’s never too crowded, so it’s a good move for big groups, and you can bring your dog.

Royale

$$$$
$$$$ 157 Ave. C

When: Mon-Fri, 4-7pm

The Deal: $4 Draft Beer; $4 Well Drinks

Royale’s burger alone is a great reason to come here. Factor in the backyard and the Happy Hour drink prices, and you basically have no reason not to go.

The Spotted Owl

$$$$
$$$$ 211 Avenue A

When: Mon-Fri, 3-8pm

The Deal: $4 Drafts; $4 Well Drinks; $7 Glasses Of Wine; $6 PBR And A Shot

There’s nothing terribly exciting about The Spotted Owl, but it does have some of the cheapest Happy Hour prices in the area.

Lucy Hawthorne

The Wayland

$$$$
$$$$ 700 E 9th St

When: Weekdays, 4-7pm

The Deal: $8 Cocktails; $1 Oysters $5 Oyster Shooters; $7 Glasses Of Wine; $4-5 Beer

The Wayland is an all-purpose bar: good for dates, good for casual drinks with a small group, and good for Happy Hour.

Kingston Hall

$$$$
$$$$ 149 2nd Ave

When: Mon-Fri, 4-8pm

The Deal: Two-For-One Beer, Wine, Well Drinks

A Caribbean-themed bar with pool tables, an indoor/outdoor patio, and great fries and coconut shrimp.

greenwich village

The Folly

$$$$ 92 W Houston St

When: Daily, 12-8pm

The Deal: $7 Select Wine; $7 Beer; $7 Frozen Drinks

The Folly is in a nautical-themed basement on Houston, and it’s very easy to walk by without noticing it. If you do make it inside, you’ll find a fun, dark place to hang out with a date or a group when you want to drink somewhere with minimal natural light.

When: Mon-Fri, 3-7pm

The Deal: $6 Beers; $8 Cocktails; $8 Wine

A useful, big bar/restaurant right next to NYU. There’s bar food (like lamb nachos) and lots of space, and sports are always on the TV.

Ryan Muir

Triona's

$$$$ 237 Sullivan St

When: Mon-Fri, 1-8pm

The Deal: $4-7 Draft Beer; $5 Well Drinks; $5 Wine

NYU grad school’s version of Cheers. But more of a dive.

west village

Upright Brew House

$$$$
$$$$ 547 Hudson St

When: Mon-Fri, 12-7pm; Sat-Sun, 4-7pm

The Deal: $2 Off All Draft Beer & Wine

During the day, Upright Brew House is a coffee shop where you can get a pastry and work on a novel that’s probably more autobiographical than you had intended. But at night it turns into a bar with a full dinner menu and a selection of obscure beers that any beer nerd will appreciate.

Sotto 13

$$$$
$$$$ 140 W 13th St

When: Mon-Fri, 5-7:00pm

The Deal: $15 For 2 Cocktails; $15 For 2 House Wines

Shocker: this boozy brunch go-to also happens to have a pretty great Happy Hour. Two glasses of wine and a pizza is ideal after-work fuel.

When: Sun-Fri, 5-8pm

The Deal: $1 Off Beer; $1 Off Well Drinks

One of the quirkier bars around (Star Wars paraphernalia abounds), this place feels much more like something you’d find in a small college town than in the middle of Manhattan.

Lelabar

$$$$
$$$$ 422 Hudson St

When: Daily, 5-7:30pm

The Deal: $8 Wine Glasses/$28 bottle; $12 for 3 Charcuterie & Cheese

A great, slightly upscale wine bar where you can get everything by the glass. It’s a small space, and the Happy Hour isn’t a secret, so come early.

WXOU Radio Bar

$$$$ 558 Hudson St

When: Mon-Fri, 3-8pm; Sat, 1-8pm; Sun, All Day

The Deal: $4-$5 Draft Beer; $4 Well Drinks; $4-$5 Wine

A straightforward, laidback spot that’s a great choice if you’re trying to avoid the busier options nearby.

Art Bar

$$$$ 52 8th Ave

When: Daily, 4-7pm

The Deal: Half-Priced Draft, House Wine, Well Drinks

A not-too-fancy West Village mainstay with big, round booths in the front, couches in the back, and one of the best Happy Hour deals in the area.

union square

Ichabod's

$$$$
$$$$ 15 Irving Pl

When: Mon-Fri, 5-7pm

The Deal: $7 Cocktails; $8 Wine; $7 Draft Beer

Ichabod’s is a restaurant a few blocks from Union Square, and it functions as a nice neighborhood pub for the people who live and work in the area. The space is just one big room, and they serve things like brick chicken and a kale caesar. Come for a drink with your boss, or try this place for a Happy Hour date.

The Belfry

$$$$ 222 E 14th St

When: Mon-Fri, 4-7pm

The Deal: $5 Select Drafts; $5 House Wine; Half-Price Bottles Of Wine

This bar specializes in picklebacks, but if you’d rather not get drunk on pickle juice, come at Happy Hour instead.

The Winslow

$$$$ 243 E 14th St

When: Mon-Wed, Fri, 12-7pm; Thurs 12-8pm

The Deal: $6 Draft Beer; $6 Select Wine; $8 Gin And Tonic Of The Day

The Winslow might not look like much from the outside (especially if you’re judging it by its IHOP and 7-Eleven neighbors), but it’s actually a nice place to sit and have a cocktail, especially for the Union Square area.

nomad & flatiron

Tavern29

$$$$
$$$$ 47 E 29th St

When: Mon-Fri, 11-7pm; Mon-Fri, 11pm-2am

The Deal: $5 Drafts; $6 Wine Glasses; $7 Margaritas

Tavern29 is a two-story bar with TVs, chandeliers, and exactly one thing that sets it apart: a rooftop. It isn’t very high, so you won’t get much of a view, but there a bunch of picnic tables that are perfect for outdoor group drinking in Nomad. And if the weather isn’t great, you can grab a table inside and eat a burger.

Turnmill Bar

$$$$
Bar Food  in  Nomad
$$$$ 119 E 27th St

When: Daily, 12-7pm

The Deal: $4-$6 Bottled Beer; $5-$6 Draft Beer; $6 Mixed Drinks; $6 Wine; $10 Beer-And-Shot Combo

If you’re around Kips Bay or Nomad and need somewhere to drink with a group, Turnmill Bar is a good spot to know about. It’s a nice, big pub with high ceilings and plenty of large tables, and there are a few TVs for people who can’t drink without watching sports.

Shorty's

$$$$
Bar Food  in  Nomad
$$$$ 66 Madison Ave

When: Mon-Fri, 4-7pm

The Deal: $5 Beer; $6 Well Drinks; $4 Fries

Shorty’s is a sports bar serving many kinds of bar food, but they’re best known for their cheesesteaks. So if you feel like having some beef and cheez whiz while you catch whatever game is on TV, come here. It’s not fancy, but it’s good for a group hang.

Hill Country

$$$$
BBQ  in  Flatiron
$$$$ 30 W. 26th St.

When: Daily, 4-7pm, 10pm-Close

The Deal: $5 Cans Of Bud Light; $22 Buckets Of Bud Light; $6 Well Drinks; $6 House Wine; $2 Jello Shots; $6 PBR And A Shot

Happy Hour with barbecue. Sounds like a pretty great plan.

The Cellar at Beecher's

$$$$
$$$$ 900 Broadway

When: Daily, 3-7pm

The Deal: $7 Beer; $8 Wine; $10 Cocktails, Cheese Plates, Mac and Cheese

Underneath Beecher’s cheese shop is this useful little wine and cheese bar that’s a good option for your Wine Wednesdays in the area.

gramercy & murray hill

When: Daily, 4-7pm

The Deal: $6 Glasses Of Wine, Prosecco, Beer, & Well Drinks; $3 Off Select Cocktails

This is a bar/restaurant with solid cocktails, big TVs, and Southern-inspired food. So basically, a godsend for Murray Hill residents.

Bravest on 38th

$$$$
$$$$ 700 2nd Ave

When: Mon-Fri, 4-7pm

The Deal: $4 Drafts; $4 Well Drinks

Ever wonder where all the city’s firemen hang out? Now you know - this is a fireman-opened, fireman-frequented, fireman-themed bar.

Cask Bar + Kitchen

$$$$
$$$$ 167 E. 33rd St.

When: Mon-Fri, 3-7pm

The Deal: $5 Cans Of Beer; $6 Draft Beer; $7 Wine; $8 Cocktails and Sangria

Cask gets pretty busy, but thanks to its giant size, it’s never overly crowded. Just know we wouldn’t recommend eating here.

When: Mon-Fri, 4-7pm

The Deal: $2 Off Beer & Wine

Discounted beers plus free popcorn are a match made in Happy Hour heaven. On Wednesdays, bottles and glasses of wine are all half-off. This is also a great place to pregame a movie at the nearby AMC - extra points for sneaking in the aforementioned popcorn.

Albion

$$$$ 575 2nd Ave

When: Mon-Fri, 3-8pm; Sat-Sun, 1-8pm

The Deal: $4 Beer; $2 Off Glasses Of Wine

Albion is a very solid, low-key craft beer bar with a back patio that’s perfect for a catch-up Happy Hour session.

tribeca

Terroir Tribeca

$$$$
$$$$ 24 Harrison St.

When: Daily, 4-6pm, 11pm-close

The Deal: $2 Off Bar Snacks; $1.25 Oysters; $2-$4 Off Every Glass Of Wine

This place has some good food and a lot of wine to choose from. Also, every glass is discounted during Happy Hour.

Belle Reve

$$$$
American  in  Tribeca
$$$$ 305 Church St.

When: Daily, 4-8pm

The Deal: $1 Oysters; $1 Off Well Drinks, Draft Beer, And Select Wine

Tribeca needs more casual bars that occasionally turn into low-key parties, like Belle Reve. Sit at the bar, order the burger, and get to people-watching.

Puffy's Tavern

$$$$
$$$$ 81 Hudson St

When: Daily, 4-8pm

The Deal: $5 Beer and Wine; $6 Well Drinks

A classic pub with one very important twist: they make excellent Italian sandwiches during the day until 5pm. Which means that from 4pm to 5pm, when Happy Hour and sandwich hours overlap, you need to be at Puffy’s.

FiDi

Trading Post

$$$$
$$$$ 170 John St

When: Mon-Fri, 4-7pm; Sat-Sun, All Day

The Deal: $5 Select Drafts; $7 Select Wines By The Glass; $8 Select Cocktails

A giant, three-floor space in the Seaport that’s big enough to accommodate your 50 favorite Wall Street coworkers.

The Beekman Pub

$$$$ 15 Beekman St

When: Mon-Fri, 4-7pm

The Deal: $3 Bud Light & Miller Light Drafts; $5 Wines; $5 Well Drinks

An old Irish pub that’s worth knowing about for the sake of its ridiculously cheap Happy Hour.

chelsea

Cooper's Craft & Kitchen

$$$$
Bar Food  in  Chelsea
$$$$ 169 8th Ave

When: Mon-Fri, 11-7pm

The Deal: $5 Select Beer; $7 Well Drinks; $7 Select Wine

There’s a Cooper’s Craft & Kitchen in the East Village, but we prefer the location in Chelsea. It’s smaller, and it feels less like a sports bar for undergrads and more like a little cabin where you can get a good beer.

Porchlight

$$$$
$$$$ 271 11th Ave.

When: Daily, 4-7pm

The Deal: $12 Select Cocktails; $6 Punch Flasks; $8 Tall Boy Beers

A go-to when you need a fun, unpretentious environment for a big group. The cocktails are great, as is the food.

Trailer Park Lounge & Grill

$$$$
$$$$ 271 W 23rd St

When: Daily, 4-6pm

The Deal: $5 Rocks Margaritas; $6 Frozen Margaritas; $3 PBR and Schaefer Cans

Yep, this is a trailer-themed bar, and it’s actually kind of great. Come with a few friends and catch up over frozen margaritas and tater tots.

midtown

Juniper

$$$$ 237 W 35th St

When: Mon-Sat, 4-7pm; All Day Sunday

The Deal: $6 Select Wine; $6 Select Draft Beer; $6 Gin And Tonic

A big bar on 35th Street that isn’t particularly cool, but is nice enough for a drink with some in-laws or a boss. And the burger here is pretty solid.

District Social

$$$$ 252 W 37th St

When: Daily, 4-7pm

The Deal: $8 Select Cocktails; $7 House Wine; $6 Well Drinks; $4-$5 Select Draft Beer

If you work in or around the Garment District and you need a big place to drink with some coworkers that isn’t a dive or sports bar, go to District Social. It has a big bar, a back dining room, and a mezzanine with a bunch of tables.

Printers Alley

$$$$ 215 W 40th St

When: Mon-Sat, 11:30am-8pm; Sun 12pm-8pm

The Deal: $4 Select Drafts; $6 Wine; $8 Frozen Drinks; $22 Miller Light Pitchers

A big Nashville-themed bar on West 40th Street, Printer’s Alley is where you go to get some relatively affordable drinks with a big group and maybe eat some popcorn shrimp while you watch people do sports things on TV.

Beer Authority

$$$$ 300 W 40th St

When: Daily, 11am-7pm

The Deal: $1-$2 Off Select Beer; $9 Select Wine; $7 Well Drinks

Just across from Port Authority, you’ll find this big two-story bar with a rooftop. It’s perfect for whenever you miss your bus and need somewhere to hang out, and it’s also great for when you leave work in Midtown and have to grab drinks with a large number of people who want to be outdoors.

Rattle N Hum West

$$$$
$$$$ 306 West 39th Street New York, NY 10018

When: Daily, 11am-7pm

The Deal: $6 Select Draft Beer, Wine, And Well Drinks

Rattle N Hum West is a very normal bar with a great selection of beer and a long Happy Hour you can take advantage of if you ever decide to just not go to work.

Point Break NYC

$$$$
$$$$ 12 W 45th St

When: Daily, 5-7pm

The Deal: $4 Select Cocktails; $4 Select Draft Beer

A surf-themed bar two blocks from Times Square might sound like something you wouldn’t even wish upon your least favorite coworker - but it also might be fun, depending on what kind of mindset you’re in. If you want to drink something cheap and maybe play beer pong while you stare at a portrait of Patrick Swayze on the wall, go for it.

As Is NYC

$$$$
$$$$ 734 10th Ave

When: Mon-Fri, 12-7pm

The Deal: $1 Off Draft Beer, $10 Draft Cocktails

If you ever find yourself wandering around Hell’s Kitchen and you feel like drinking a beer in a place that isn’t a sports bar, go to As Is. This place has a great beer selection (as well as cocktails and natural wine), and with all the exposed brick and potted plants, it’s about 20 times nicer than every other casual bar in the area.

The Rum House

$$$$ 228 W 47th St

When: Daily, 12-6pm

The Deal: $10 Rum Punch, Daiquiris; $10 Wine; $5 Narragansett

A slightly classy spot that gets overrun with tourists and suits, but is also one of the best places to drink a good cocktail in Midtown. You just can’t win ’em all in Midtown.

Réunion Surf Bar

$$$$
$$$$ 357 W. 44th St.

When: Daily, 5:30-8pm

The Deal: $4 Select Beers; $6 Select Cocktails

A surfing-themed bar in the middle of Midtown makes zero sense, but then again nothing in Midtown really does. We welcome any place in the neighborhood that has decent drinks and a not-sad ambience.

Ardesia

$$$$
$$$$ 510 W. 52nd St.

When: Weekdays, 4-7pm

The Deal: $2 Off Wine & Draft Beer

A wine-and-small-plates utility play that will work for anything from a date to drinks with your boss.

The Stag's Head

$$$$
$$$$ 252 E 51st St

When: Weekdays, 11am-7pm

The Deal: $6 Well Drinks; $6 Select Drafts; $7 House Wine

An extensive beer list, an outdoor patio, and friendly staff make this place a good Midtown East Happy Hour go-to.

When: Daily, 4-7pm

The Deal: $5 Drafts; $6 House Wine

A British gastropub that’s your best bet for a not-awful Happy Hour scene very close to Grand Central.

McGee's Pub

$$$$ 240 W 55th St

When: Daily, 11am-9pm

The Deal: $6 Select Draft Beer; $6 Wine and Well Drinks

If you’re into Midtown Irish pubs, we don’t really understand you, but we’ll go ahead and recommend this one.

Rattle N Hum

$$$$ 14 E 33rd St

When: Weekdays, 11am-7pm

The Deal: $6 Select Draft Beers; $6 Well Drinks; $6 Wine

A great choice for Happy Hour before a game at the Garden, with lots of craft beer and surprisingly good bar food.

upper east side

When Mon-Fri, 11am-7pm

The Deal: $6 Select Draft Beer, Wine, And Well Drinks

Five Mile Stone is the size of a house, with two floors that have their own bars. So if you need to drink with 20 people on the UES, come here. It’s essentially a very nice pub, and there’s occasionally live music.

2nd Floor Bar & Essen

$$$$
$$$$ East 75th street

When: Daily, 5-7pm

The Deal: $22 For Half A Sandwich & A House Cocktail

This might not seem like a very remarkable deal - but the (very good) sandwiches here come from 2nd Ave Deli, and the cocktails at this speakeasy-type spot are excellent. Bring a date, and order the pastrami.

The Rochard

$$$$ 1504 Lexington Ave

When: Sun-Fri, 11-7pm; Sun-Fri, 11pm-1am

The Deal: $5 Drafts; $6 Off Well Drinks; $2 Off Draft Wine

For a casual drink at the upper end of the Upper East Side, go to The Rochard. This place is from the same people behind The Jeffrey and Fools Gold, and like those spots, it has a great craft beer selection along with some above-average bar food. Also, you can stop by for trivia on Wednesday nights.

Ethyl's Alcohol & Food

$$$$ 1629 2nd Ave

When: Mon-Fri, 4-7pm; Sat-Sun, 3-7pm

The Deal: $5 Beer; $5 Wine; $5 Well Drinks

The fact that Ethyl’s Alcohol And Food exists on the Upper East Side is strange. It’s strange because Ethyl’s is a divey ’70s-themed bar with occasional burlesque shows. It’s one of the most fun places to hang out on the UES, with burgers and bingo on certain days.

Jack & Fanny's

$$$$ 1591 2nd Ave

When: Mon-Fri, 4-7pm

The Deal: $1 Off All Beers

A long, ’70s-themed room with some couches up front and a bunch of booths in the back, Jack & Fanny’s is one of our favorite bars on the UES. There’s even a bocce court, which feels like an appropriate thing to use during Happy Hour.

Maya

$$$$
$$$$ 1191 1st Ave

When: Mon-Fri, 4pm-Close; Sat-Sun 5pm-Close

The Deal: $6 Select Beers; $8 Wine, Sangria, Margaritas, and Select Cocktails

A slightly upscale Mexican place on the Upper East Side where you can get some spicy crab or tuna tartare in your guacamole. Just know their Happy Hour is restricted to the bar/lounge area.

The Penrose

$$$$ 1590 2nd Ave.

When: Mon-Fri, 3-7pm

The Deal: $2 Off Well Drinks, House Wine, And Select Beer

Years after opening, this place is just as busy as ever. If you need a fun place to hang on the UES, this is one of the best and only options.

The Jeffrey

$$$$ 311 E. 60th St.

When: Mon-Fri, 11am-7pm; Sun-Thurs, 11pm-1am

The Deal: $5 Select Drafts And Cans; $2 Wine On Tap; $5 Well Drinks

This UES beer garden is in our regular outdoor summer hang rotation, but it’s also a pro Happy Hour move if you’re in the area.

The Pony Bar

$$$$ 1444 1st Avenue

When: Daily, 4:20pm-5:20pm

The Deal: $6 Draft Beers, Wine, and House Liqour

All of the craft beers. Well, not all, but somewhere around 25, on tap. And you can have them for $6 during the strangest Happy Hour timeframe on this list.

upper west side

The Owl’s Tail

$$$$ 215 W 75th St

When: Monday-Thursday, 4:30pm-6:30pm; Friday, 4:00pm-6:30pm

The Deal: $10 Select Wine; 1/2 Off Cocktail Of The Day

The Owl’s Tail looks kind of like a very small and very nice hotel lobby that isn’t actually attached to a hotel. Bring a date or someone you need to catch up with, and grab a little table along the wall.

Amsterdam Ale House

$$$$ 340 Amsterdam Ave

When: Mon-Fri, 3-6pm

The Deal: $2 Off Domestic Draft Beer, Wine, Well Drinks

Amsterdam Ale House isn’t anything fancy. It’s just a neighborhood tavern on the Upper West Side, and if you sit at the bar from 3-6pm on weekdays, you can take advantage of its Happy Hour.

E's Bar

$$$$ 511 Amsterdam Ave

When: Weekdays, 5-7pm

The Deal: $7 Wine Glasses; $6 E’s Lager, Cider, Well Drinks; $9 Beer & Shot

If you live on the Upper West Side, there’s a decent chance that E’s Bar is your favorite place for a casual drink. It’s as laidback as a dive bar, but it’s cleaner, the food is better, and there are big booths and board games. Stop by for a drink after work, or come play Scattergories with your super after you call in sick.

The Mermaid Inn

$$$$
$$$$ 570 Amsterdam Ave.

When: Daily, 5-7pm

The Deal: $1.25 Oysters; $6 Draft Beers; $8.50 Wines; $8.50 Select Cocktails

Cheap oysters, cheap drinks. The Mermaid Inn is a neighborhood seafood restaurant (with other locations downtown), and we especially like it for oyster Happy Hour.

The Dead Poet

$$$$ 450 Amsterdam Ave

When: 11-8pm Mon-Sat; Sun, All Night

The Deal: $5-6 Select Beers; $7 Well Drinks; $7 Wine

It may be as narrow as an NYC apartment, but The Dead Poet has a lot to offer - mainly good cocktails, endearing literary references, and free popcorn.

Le Pif

$$$$
$$$$ 2058 Broadway

When: Daily, till 6pm

The Deal: $9 Wine, $10 Champagne

Perhaps the coziest bar on the Upper West Side, Le Pif is an unassuming little wine spot that’s perfect for dates or one-on-ones when you actually want to hear each other.

When: Mon-Fri, 4-8pm; Sat-Sun, 5-7pm

The Deal: $1 Oysters; Two-for-One Cocktails

Australians are taking over Manhattan, and their reach has officially stretched all the way to the UWS, with this downtown-feeling bar that can only be described as an industrial saloon. Whether or not that appeals to you, the cocktails here are solid, and 2-for-1 is hard to argue with.

Blondies

$$$$ 212 W 79th St

When: Mon-Tues, 4-7pm; Wed-Fri, 11:30-7pm

The Deal: Buy 1 Get 1 Wine, Well Drinks, and Beer

Blondies is on the same block, but it has a pretty different feel. Nothing too cool about it, just sports on TV and very good wings.

Morningside Heights

E's Bar

$$$$ 2888 Broadway

When: Tues-Fri, 11:30am-7pm; Sat-Sun, 1-7pm; Mon, 11:30am-12am

The Deal: $6 Well Drinks; $6 Select Beer; $7 Wine; $9 Beer And Shot Combo

E’s Bar has board games, nachos, burgers, and plenty of big tables for groups, and it should be one of your go-to spots for a casual drink in Morningside Heights.

east harLem & harlem

Mess Hall

$$$$
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$$$$ 2194 Frederick Douglass Blvd

When: Daily, 4-8pm; Mon-Wed, 12-2am

The Deal: $6.50 Wells; $6.50 Can & Shot Specials; $5.50 Select Drafts; $6.50 Wine

Great cocktails and a back patio make this one of the best places to grab a drink in Harlem. Plus, you can stop by for trivia on Tuesdays and bingo on Wednesdays.

Harlem Tavern

$$$$
$$$$ 2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd

When: Mon-Fri, 4-7pm

The Deal: $5 Select Beer & Well Drinks; $6 Sangria

Perfect if you need a place for a big group. Harlem Tavern is a huge space with a massive front patio, plus a long bar food menu.

The Lexington Social

$$$$ 1634 Lexington Ave

When: Mon-Fri, 12-7pm

The Deal: $5 Select Beer; $7 Glasses Of Wine; $7 Sangria; $7 Margaritas; $7 Well Drinks

For an after-work meetup with anyone who enjoys good wine, food, and margaritas, Lexington Social’s Happy Hour is an excellent choice.

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