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The Outdoor Happy Hour Guide

Where to get cheap drinks when it’s warm out.

16 Spots
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16 Spots
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Remember Happy Hour? For less than $10, you could have a decent cocktail, a few tacos, or a glass of wine without completely betraying your credit card’s trust. Your biggest worry was hopping on the L train early enough to meet your friends at an umbrella-covered patio table before 7pm. Even though things are different now, some NYC spots are still doing great Happy Hour specials outside. So take a break from daydreaming about discounted margarita pitchers or $1 oyster platters and head to one of the places on this guide.

As you visit these spots, it’s likely that you’ll be asked to buy some food with your discounted drinks. If you want to know more about why NYC bars can’t just serve chips with booze and call it a day, check out our feature all about the updated policy issued by the State Liquor Authority here.

the outdoor spots

The Turk's Inn

The Turk’s Inn

$$$$ 234 Starr St

When: Wednesday-Sunday, 2-6pm

The Deal: $10 Frozen Cocktails; $24 Beer Bucket; Free Slushie with a $20 Food Order; Free Beer with a Kebab

The Turk’s Inn is modeled on an old Wisconsin supper club that went by the same name, but unlike the original, this Bushwick restaurant has a rooftop called the Sultan Room with neon lighting and red patio furniture. If you’d rather get drinks on the ground floor and order snacks like burrata fattoush, a lamb burger, or kebab, they also have a sidewalk patio where you can do that (and stare up at their astonishing facade on Starr Street).

Hunky Dory

$$$$ 747 Franklin Ave.

When: Weekdays, 1-5pm

The Deal: $11 Cocktails; $6 Wine by the Glass

Hunky Dory has a corner lot on Franklin Avenue that’s about the size of your average playground. It’s full of patio tables where you can meet up with friends, enjoy free wifi, and have the kinds of conversations you’d usually have in a cramped coffee shop this summer. Rather than simply offering chips as a Cuomo bar snack, Hunky Dory is doing Frito-covered vanilla soft serve, plus some healthier sandwiches and grain bowls.

Noah Devereaux

Black Rabbit

$$$$ 91 Greenpoint Ave

When: Daily, 4-8pm

The Deal: $5 House Lager; $8 House Lager With A Shot, $8 House Cocktail

Black Rabbit is the kind of pub that would fit in nicely in an English town. Only it’s in Greenpoint, and there’s a cute little backyard instead of rolling countryside hills. Other people will want to sit in it too, so get there before 8pm.

White Oak Tavern

$$$$ 21 Waverly Pl

When: Mon-Fri, 4-7pm

The Deal: $6 Beers; $8 Wine; $8-9 Select Cocktails

White Oak Tavern is a big bar and restaurant right next to NYU, where you’d usually find sports on TV. They’ve got a spacious outdoor patio open right now, where you can drink a Moscow mule or a peach bourbon iced tea this summer.

Concord Hill

$$$$ 374 Graham Ave

When: Tuesday-Sunday, 4-6pm

The Deal: $10 Frozen Cocktails and Wine, $6 Draft beer

Concord Hill is a popular East Williamsburg spot where you can get a bunch of vegetable-focused lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch options. They have a few street tables where you can grab a discounted cocktail during the week, but over the weekend. Graham Avenue is closed off to traffic and their large curbside patio opens up in the middle of street.

The Jeffrey

$$$$ 311 E. 60th St.

When: Monday-Thursday 4-7pm; Friday 12-7pm

The Deal: $5 Well Drinks; $6 Draft Beers; $10 Cocktails

The backyard patio at this UES bar is currently under construction, but you can still enjoy Happy Hour on their new covered curbside patio, rain or shine.

Phil Yoon


$$$$ 736 Franklin Ave.

When: Daily, 4-7pm

The Deal: $3 tacos; $10 Sangria or Margarita (16 oz) ; $20 Sangria or Margarita (32 oz); $6 Micheladas

For years, Chavela’s has been Crown Heights’ go-to spot for meeting up with friends. And if you happen to walk by this summer, you’ll notice that almost every table has a margarita pitcher during Happy Hour. You should follow suit.

Noah Devereaux

Cafe Du Soleil

$$$$ 2723 Broadway

When: All night on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday

The Deal: Monday-Tuesday: $24 Mussels, Garlic fries, and Select Wine or Beer; Thursday: $79 Wine Bottle and 3-course Dinner for Two

Cafe Du Soleil is a casual French bistro right by Columbia on the UWS, and it has a lot of covered sidewalk seating. You can come here for dinner or to drink a glass of wine in a wicker chair, even when you think it might rain.


$$$$ 135 Alexander Ave

When: Daily, 4-8pm

The Deal: $6 Well Drinks; $8 Sangria; $4 Beer; $7 Wine; $8 Red Top

This Bronx bar usually has live DJ sets with Hip-Hop music playing during its Happy Hour. So if you want to drink sangria on a curbside patio where you won’t feel awkward about bopping along to that new Drake song, this is the place to do it.

Barrio Chino

$$$$ 253 Broome St

When: Monday-Thursday, 4-6:30pm

The Deal: $7 Margaritas; $3 Tecates; $8 Tecate & Tequila Shot; $7 Bar Snacks

Barrio Chino is one of our favorite places in Manhattan to get Mexican food, but even if you’re not interested in eating, you should come to this LES spot for margaritas during Happy Hour. If you change your mind about food, they offer discounted bar snacks, like chips and guacamole and fish tacos.

Noah Devereaux

Harlem Tavern

$$$$ 2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd

When: Monday-Friday, 4-7pm

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

Harlem Tavern has a huge front patio, plus a long bar food menu. This place is ideal if you need a big place to meet some friends for drinks, especially if some of those friends want to watch sports and other people only talk about sports ironically.

Bar Hugo

Bar Hugo - Rooftop

$$$$ 525 Greenwich St

When: Weekdays, 5-8pm

The Deal: $6 Select Beer; $8 House Wine; $9 Well Mixed Drinks; $10 Specialty Cocktails

Bar Hugo isn’t as cheesy as your average hotel rooftop, and the Happy Hour goes later than most places in this area. If you work downtown, stop by for after-work drinks. Or bring a date and look out at all the cars going to the Holland Tunnel.

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

Sweet & Vicious is a good place to know about when you suddenly have to gather ten friends who want to get drinks somewhere downtown. There’s plenty of space in the back (although it does get crowded), and the frozen margaritas are strong.

The Commodore

$$$$ 366 Metropolitian Ave.

When: Weekdays, 4-7pm

The Deal: $3 Shot with Beer; 1/2 off Well Drinks

The Commodore is a divey Williamsburg bar that does certain things very well. The fried chicken sandwich, for example, and the house piña colada. Hit up this Happy Hour when you want to hang out on a curbside patio with other people craving greasy food.

Noah Devereaux

The Mermaid Inn

$$$$ 570 Amsterdam Ave.

When: Daily, 4:30-6:39pm

The Deal: $1.25 Oysters, $1 Clams, $8.50 Select Cocktails, $8.50 Wine, $5 Select Beer

Come here to hang out at a table on Amsterdam Avenue while you eat a satisfying amount of inexpensive shellfish. There’s also a downtown location with its own Happy Hour deal, if anyone’s complaining about going above 14th Street.

The Ten Bells

$$$$ 247 Broome St.

When: Daily, Until 7pm

The Deal: $1 Oysters, $15 Carafe Of Wine

A lower, Lower East Side staple for more than a decade now, The Ten Bells is one of those bars that’s always a good time. It has a ton of character, is filled with regulars, and has way better food than a fun wine bar in this part of town really needs to have. On top of that, they serve $1 oysters during Happy Hour.

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