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The Best Happy Hours In Manhattan

Where to get a discounted drink after work (or before work, if you're on the night shift).

Every day, you show up to work and either accomplish a sufficient amount or look productive enough to not 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 concerning days, times, and drink deals.

Lower East Side

When: Wed-Fri, 4pm-8pm

The Deal: $11 Select Cocktails; $5 Narragansett; $2 Off All Wine

Bonnie Vee is one LES bar that doesn’t get too wild. 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.

When: Daily, 5pm-7pm

The Deal: $2 Wellfleet Oysters; $10 Cocktails; $5 Draft Beer

Black Crescent is a dark little bar on the LES that happens to serve some great oysters, cheese curds, and fish tacos. Aside from the food, it’s pretty normal here, so this is a good spot for a low-key Happy Hour.

When: Daily, 11:30am-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.

When: Tues-Sat, 5pm-10pm

The Deal: $8 Lychee Martinis; $8 Red or Rosé Sangria

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

$$$$(212) 673-7881
Hours:SATURDAY5:00PM to 4:00AM
Perfect For:Big Groups

When: Daily, 4pm-8pm

The Deal: $6 Well Drinks; $6 Draft Beer; $6 Wines

The Magician is a normal-looking bar with a jukebox in the corner, big booths in the back, and drinks that are well-priced (even when it’s not Happy Hour). If you’re looking for a very casual spot to hang out at on the Lower East Side, this is your best choice.

When: Daily, 5pm-7pm

The Deal: $1 Oysters; $5 Narragansett; $9 Select Wines; $12 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.

Soho & Nolita

When: Daily, 3pm-6pm

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.

When: Mon-Thurs, 5pm-7pm

The Deal: $5 Well Shots; $6 Bud, Bud Light, Modelo; $8 Well Drinks and Wine; $10 Margaritas

The Vig Bar is a little space that looks kind of like something you’d find at a Marriott in 1997, but it’ll come in handy if you ever walk into Sweet And Vicious (across the street) and immediately decide that you need to be in a much less busy place.

When: Daily, 3pm-6pm

The Deal: $8 Selected Wines and Well Drinks; $12 Beer and Shot; $25 pitchers

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. This place is a good go-to for any serious soccer fans.

When: Mon-Fri, 4pm-7pm

The Deal: $2 Off Draft Beer; $6 Well Drinks & Select Wine; $8 Frozens

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

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

The Deal: $1-$2 Off Most Drinks

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.

When: Wed-Fri, 4pm-7pm

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

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

Noho & East Village

When: Weds-Sun, Open-6:30pm

The Deal: $6 Wine; $7 Vermouth; $5 Beer, $6 Cider, $6 Sherry; $9 On-Tap Gin-Tonic; 50% off all pintxos

For the East Village, Huertas is big–with a full bar area, two giant booths overlooking the open kitchen, and a back dining room–and the Spanish share plates are big enough to actually share. It’s great for groups even if you made last minute plans. Same-day reservations are often available, and you shouldn’t have to wait too long if you’re walking in.

When: Mon-Fri, 12pm-8pm

The Deal: $5 Select Beer; $8-$10 Select Cocktails; $8-$10 Select Wine

Jackdaw is a casual bar in the East Village to meet someone after work when you don’t want to stand in a crowded wine or cocktail bar and also don’t want to have to shout over a group of NYU kids playing drinking games.

When: Tues-Fri, 4pm-6pm

The Deal: $15 One Dozen Oysters; $12 Select Cocktails; $5 Select Beers; $10 Select Wine

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.

When: Daily, 4pm-7pm

The Deal: $3 Off Draft and Bottled Beer, Wine, Signature Shots, Well Drinks, and Shots

Keybar feels kind of like a tiny, divey nightclub with a great daily Happy Hour. This East Village spot isn’t the kind of place we recommend for a drink alone at the bar, but it can be fun with a group of friends—especially if it’s your birthday, since they offer a free round of shots for the annual occasion.

When: Daily, 5:30pm-7pm

The Deal: $5 Snaquiri; $12 New York Negroni; $38 Wine Bottles; $6 Select Beer

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 neighborhood.

When: Tues-Sun, 4pm-7pm

The Deal: Two-For-One Drinks

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

When: Weekdays 4-7pm

The Deal: $2 Off Draft Beers; $18 Wine Carafes; $10 Select Cocktails; $8 Well Drinks

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 this bar our first choice between the two.

When: Weekdays, 4pm-7pm

The Deal: $2 Off Select Drafts; Beer and Shot Specials

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.

When: Weekdays, 5pm-7pm

The Deal: $10 Cocktails; $10 Half Dozen Oysters; $18 Dozen Oysters; $7 Oyster Shooters; $9 Glasses Of Wine; $4-$5 Beer

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

When: Wed-Fri, 4pm-8pm, Sat, 1pm-8pm

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

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

Greenwich Village

When: Mon-Fri, 4-6pm

The Deal: $6 Beer; $8 Cocktails/Wine/House Liquor; Discount on select snacks

A big modern “gastropub” in an area where such things aren’t very common. Use it for a team happy hour.

When: Mon-Fri, 12-6pm

The Deal: $6 Select Beers; $7 House Mixed Drinks; $8 House Wines

The Half Pint is a multi-room bar that plays sports on TVs throughout, but the TVs aren’t too loud or overbearing to bring a group that is more interested chatting over the excellent bar food and $6 pints.

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

The Deal: Discounts On Select Wines, Drafts, Frozen Grogs, And Spirits

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, 3pm-7pm

The Deal: $7 Select Beer; $9 Select Cocktails; $9 Select Wine

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

West Village

When: Daily, 5pm-7pm

The Deal: $13 Wines; $14 Cocktails

Whether or not you care that the wine you’re drinking is natural, which they all are at L’Accolade, you should keep this wine bar in mind for casual dates in the West Village.

When: Daily, 5pm-6pm

The Deal: $20 For 2 Cocktails; $15 For 2 House Wines; $10 For 2 Beers

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: Mon-Fri, 5pm-8pm; Sun, 3pm-8pm

The Deal: $1 Off Beer; $1 Off Well Drinks; $1 Off All Beer; $5 Jello Shot; $8 Beer and Shot

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 a place you'd come across in the middle of Manhattan.

When: Daily, 5pm-7pm

The Deal: $10 Wine Glasses; $36 bottle; $7 Beer; $30 Beer Bucket; $15 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.

When: Daily, 4pm-7pm

The Deal: $5 Drafts, 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

When: Mon-Fri, 12pm-7pm

The Deal: $7 Select Draft Beer; $7 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.

When: Mon-Fri, 4-8pm

The Deal: Select Craft Beers And Speciality Cocktails Discounted

This bar can be very difficult to get a table at during Happy Hour, but if you do, be sure to pair the discounted drinks with some of their big, meaty buffalo wings.

When: Daily, 4pm-7pm

The Deal: $12 Cocktails; $6 Select Drafts; $10 Select Wine; $10 Select Well Drinks

This is a clubby space with loud music and lines, so come here for a Happy Hour that’s more of a pre-game to a longer night than somewhere to unwind. We recommend fueling up with shared plates like bibimbap and bulgogi spicy rice cakes.

Nomad & Flatiron

When: Tues-Fri, 11am-7pm

The Deal: $7 Beer; $7 Wine; $7-$8 Select Cocktails

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.

When: Tues-Sat, 4pm-7pm

The Deal: $7 Beer; $9 Wine

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.

Tribeca

When: Mon-Fri, 4pm-6pm

The Deal: $10 Select Cocktails

It feels like Bubby's has been around forever. After all these years, this restaurant is still your best bet for a burger, some brunch, or a slice of pie in Tribeca. Stop by for a snack and a cocktail.

Gramercy & Murray Hill

When: Daily, 4pm-7pm

The Deal: $10 Signature Cocktails; $9 Frozen Drinks; $7 Select Beers; $40 Margarita Pitchers

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

When: Mon-Fri, 3pm-7pm

The Deal: $5 Drafts; $5 House Mixed Drinks; $5 Domestic Bottles

Ever wonder where all the city’s firefighters hang out? Now you know. This is a firefighter-opened, firefighter-frequented, firefighter-themed bar.

When: Mon-Fri, 4pm-7pm

The Deal: $9 Cocktails; $6 Tap Beer; $7 Cider; $5 Bottled Beer; $7 Wine Glasses; $28 Wine Bottles

Cask gets pretty busy, but thanks to its giant size, it’s never overly crowded.

When: Mon-Fri, 4pm-6pm

The Deal: $6 Beers; $7 Wines; 30% Off All Bar Menu Food Items

With few other good options in the Gramercy area, this is an old (built-in-1864 old), unpretentious place to relax with friends and maybe watch the game on TV.

When: Mon-Fri, 4-7pm

The Deal: $2 off all draughts; $3 off all wines by the glass

The Shakespeare is like a cozy, upscale pub in a small English town. It’s a good place to meet friends when you're around the somewhat godforsaken location of 39th and Madison. Between the various rooms and big bar, your group should be able to find somewhere to sit.

Chelsea

When: Mon-Fri, 3pm-6pm

The Deal: $1.50 Oysters (order by the half dozen); $5 Select Beer; $7 Select Wines; $9 Select Mixed Drinks

This location of Seamore’s—a seafood spot with six locations around the city—is on 8th Avenue in Chelsea. Either grab a drink and some oysters at the bar inside or hang out on a communal table on the sidewalk.

When: Mon-Fri, 12pm-7pm

The Deal: $10 Draft Cocktails; $6 Select Beer; $8 Well Drinks; $8 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.

When: Tues-Sat, 3pm-7pm

The Deal: $11 Select Cocktails; $5 Flask of Punch; $6 Select Beers

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

When: Tues-Fri, 5-6:30pm

The Deal: $12 cocktails; $10 wines; Select Small Bites

This is an attractive space near Union Square that’s on the pricier side of Happy Hours, but you’ll have some good bar food options like cacio e pepe fritti and polpette sliders.

Midtown

Printers Alley

$$$$

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

The Deal: $5 Select Drafts; $7 Wine; $8 Frozen Drinks; $8 Spicy Margarita

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 chicken while you watch people do sports things on TV.

When: Mon-Fri, 5pm-6pm

The Deal: $5 All Beer

If you ever find yourself wandering around Hell’s Kitchen and 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.

When: Weekdays, 11am-7pm

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

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

Málà Project Bryant Park

When: Mon-Fri, 4pm-7pm

The Deal: $6 Select Beer; $8 Wine; $10 House Cocktails; $5 Ming River baijiu shots

Not only does Málà Project serve some fantastic dry pot, but they also have a Happy Hour every weekday (involving $5 shots).

Upper East Side

When: Mon-Fri, 5:30-7p; Sat & Sun all night

The Deal: $10 Wine, $11 Cocktails, $1.50 Oysters, Select small plates and mussels

Flex Mussels is a lively Happy Hour where you can impress a new co-worker or visiting friend with a glass of wine and an exceptional pot of mussels with prosciutto and cream–at half the price of the dinner menu.

When: Daily, 5pm-7pm

The Deal: $5 Beer; $5 Wine; $5 Small Well And Frozen Cocktails; $5 Disco Juice Shot; $5 Food Specials

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 dancing on certain days.

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

The Deal: $8 Margaritas; $8-$10 Select Cocktails; $7 Wine; $6 Mexican Beers.

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

When: Mon-Fri, 4:20pm-6:20pm

The Deal: $7 Draft Beers, Well Drinks, And Wine

All of the craft beers. Well, not all, but somewhere around 25, on tap. And you can have them for $7 during the strangest Happy Hour timeframe on this list.

Upper West Side

When: Mon-Fri, 3p-6pm

The Deal: $1 Off Well Drinks, Select Wine, Select Drafts, Select Bottled Beer

Amsterdam Ale House isn’t anything fancy. It’s just a neighborhood tavern on the Upper West Side with a fairly extensive food menu.

When: Weekdays, 5-7pm

The Deal: $7.50 Mimosa, $7.50 Bloody Mary, $6.50 E’s Lager, $6.50 Truly, $7.50 Wine, $6.50 Well, $9.50 Beer & Shot Combo; $5 Burger; $6 Falafel Burger

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 the food is good, 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.

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The Mermaid Inn

$$$$212-799-7400
Hours:SATURDAY5:00PM to 10:30PM

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

The Deal: $1.25 Oysters; $6 Draft Beers; $9 Wines; $9 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. This place does, however, get very busy—so definitely come closer to 4:30pm if you can.

When: Mon-Thurs, 2-7pm; Fri, 1-7pm

The Deal: $1 Off Beer, Wine, and Spirits

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.

When: Mon-Fri, 3-6pm

The Deal: $12 Cocktails; $6 Draft Beer; $10 Wine, $1.50 Oysters

This little room with tropical wallpaper and some big windows up front is an ideal spot to grab a drink after work or read a book while drinking something alcoholic.

Harlem

When: Tues-Sun, 6pm-7pm

The Deal: $12 Cocktails; $12 Red Wine; $10 White Wine; $7 Beer; $8 Hummus

If you’re looking for an impressive spot where you can have a conversation, come to this tiny lounge for cocktails with things like Arabian jasmine, absinthe foam, and bergamot bitters.

When: Mon-Fri, 4pm-7pm

The Deal: $7 Wine; $5 Beer; $8 Cocktails; $8 Bites; $1.50 Oysters

Vinateria (a favorite of Lin-Manual Miranda) is a stylish room filled with good vibes, and there's a serious Outdoor/Patio Situation out front to be taken advantage of during the warmer months. On top of that, they take their cocktails seriously and curate a small but potent wine and beer list.

When: Mon-Fri, 4pm-7pm

The Deal: $5 Beer; $7 Wine and Sangria; $9 Small Bites

Lido has a slightly romantic vibe and a bunch of tables for two, so it’s a good spot for a Happy Hour that doubles as a casual date.

When: Mon-Fri, 4pm-7pm

The Deal: $8 Select Red and White Wine; $9 Sangria; $7 House Mixed Drinks; $6 Select Draft Beer; $10 Cocktail Of The Day

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.

When: Mon-Fri, 2pm-6pm; Sat-Sun, 4pm-6pm

The Deal: $8 Classic Margarita; $9 Flavored Margarita; $10 Cocktail Of The Day; $8 Daily Wine; $6 Select Beer; $8 Red & Rosé Sangria; $8 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.

When: Daily, 4pm-6pm

The Deal: $11 Classic Cocktails, $1 Deviled Eggs

The Honeywell is the kind of place where you’ll want to bring a date and sit until it’s far later than you realized. The back garden looks like a music video set, complete with greenery, string lights, tassel-laden throw pillows, and mismatched outdoor furniture.

Morningside Heights

The Heights Bar & Grill

$$$$

When: Mon-Wed, 4pm-7pm

The Deal: $5 Pilsner Draft; $6 Well Drinks; $6 Select Wine; $7 Frozen Margaritas

On most weeknights, this two-floor bar and restaurant is full of Columbia University students and staff. And for good reason, since The Heights offers daily Happy Hour specials involving various drinks that can make a random Tuesday feel like your birthday. If the weather’s nice, head up to their rooftop for a round of frozen margaritas with some friends.

Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor

$$$$

When: Mon-Thurs, 4-6pm; Fri, 3pm-6pm

The Deal: $6 Off Select Beers and Wine

While Arts and Crafts Beer Barlor might look like your average sports bar, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. For starters, they’ve got 24 different beers on tap. Plus, the Morningside Heights bar hosts rotating art exhibits, wine tastings, and laid-back weeknight hangs for people who are tired of drinking on the couch in their living rooms.

Hudson Yards

When: Mon-Fri, 5pm-6:30pm

The Deal: $12 Cocktails; $8 Wine

You wouldn’t feel out of place wearing something cooler than what you wore to work at this spot that generally feels like it should be in Meatpacking. But if you work around the area, come in whatever you have on to get some Happy Hour dim sum and cocktails.

When: Mon-Thurs, 3pm-6pm

The Deal: $5 Sangria; $5 Vermouth; $6 Wine; $6 Beer

La Barra is a tapas restaurant that takes up one semi-enclosed section at Mercado Little Spain, so expect more of a brightly-lit food hall setting than a bar-like ambience. That said, this is a pleasant pit stop for Happy Hour drinks and tapas if you’re in the area and don’t feel like going towards the crowded downtown bar scene.

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