Maybe in the winter you just sit at home and think about happy hour while you try to make your cat sit on your cold feet. But summer is different. With the sun shining and your boss in the Hamptons, there’s no reason why you can’t do happy hour every day. And here’s exactly where you should do it. All of these places have drink deals and outdoor areas where you can take advantage of them.
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The Deal: $7 Wine; $25 Bottles Of Wine; Reduced Price Cocktail Of The Day; $1 Oysters
When: Tuesday-Sunday, until 7:30pm (closed Mondays)
You wish you lived above Lighthouse. It’s a neighborhood spot, but the food is worth a trip. It’s also even kind of healthy, and they have a happy hour. So go ahead and have an early dinner. Get a table outside, order a $25 bottle of wine, have some dollar oysters, and eat some food that makes most other casual restaurants look like Sbarro. You’ll want to come back even when the drinks are full-price.
The Deal: $3 Drafts; $3 Tacos; $10 Draft Beer + Burger or Sandwich
When: Weekdays 4-7pm
If it happens to be nice out, and you have a weekday afternoon free in Williamsburg, check out Battery Harris. It’s a Caribbean restaurant/bar with the backyard that’s sort of like a beach without the sand. Have some beer and tacos, and enjoy the island vibes a few feet from the BQE.
The Deal: $4 Drafts; $5 Well Drinks; $7 Glasses of Wine
When: Monday-Friday 5-7pm, Tuesdays All Day
Our Wicked Lady is a big bar in Bushwick where you can catch live music most nights. Although before that happens, you can stop by for happy hour. It runs until 8pm, and on Tuesdays drinks are two-for-one. If that sounds like a recipe for disaster, well, it is. But summer isn’t about being responsible. Come by and get some drinks on the roof. It’s only one-story high, but it’s spacious enough, and it still counts as drinking on a rooftop.
The Deal: $3 Drafts; $5 Specialty Cocktails When: Daily 4-8pm
You wouldn’t know it from the outside, but this little Greenpoint pub has a backyard. It isn’t huge, but it’s cozy. Just look at all the ivy. It’s like you’re England, but with slightly better weather. This is a good place for a low-key drink with a friend, and they also do a great trivia night on Tuesdays. Have a few happy-hour drinks beforehand, and you’ll have a decent excuse for not winning.
The Deal: $1 off Drafts Well Drinks, and Glasses of Wine
When: Weekdays, 2-8pm; Weekends, 12-6pm
Three Diamond Door is the Cheers of Bushwick. It’s a bar that most people out here know about, and it’s a classic spot to start or end your night. Considering drinks are cheaper at happy hour, however, you might as well start your night here. Have a few beers on the patio, and transition to the back room when the sun goes down. That’s where dancing happens, and after a six hours of happy hour, you should be fully prepared for this.
The Deal: $6 Cocktails; $6 Frozen Margaritas; $4 Beers
When: Daily 5-8pm
If you spend time in Williamsburg, you should know about Night of Joy. It’s a two-story bar with a lounge-like ground floor and a surprisingly spacious rooftop. If it’s sweaty outside, drink on a couch indoors. Or, if it’s actually nice out, go upstairs and enjoy some fresh air. Get there early enough, and you can both take advantage of happy hour and grab a table before the crowds arrive. In the summertime, this place fills up.
The Deal: $4 Drafts; $1 off Well Drinks; $15 Draft Pitchers
When: Daily, 5-8pm
Hot Bird is like a community center with ample amounts of alcohol. It’s a meeting place in south Clinton Hill, and it’s great for big groups. Have your summer birthday party here any day of the week during the 5-8pm window, and your friends will gladly celebrate your existence. There’s plenty of space in the backyard, and you should be able to get yourself a picnic table. It’s kind of like Union Pool, but with fewer kids drinking PBR while telling each other what they majored in.
The Deal: $5 Beer; $7 Wine; $8 Well Drinks; $9 Specialty Cocktails
When: Daily 5-9pm
Bar Hugo is the rare rooftop with a happy hour that’s actually worth your time. It is also isn’t as cheesy as your average hotel rooftop, and the happy hour goes pretty late (9pm, for some reason). If you work downtown, stop by for after-work drinks. Or bring a date. For a rooftop, it’s pretty affordable. Maybe that’s because Hotel Hugo is in a neighborhood by the Holland Tunnel that most people probably couldn’t name. (It’s called Hudson Square.) Use this to your advantage.
The Deal: $8 Cocktails; $6 Well Drinks & Wine; $5 Beer
When: 4-7pm Monday-Friday
Pearl’s is just off Bedford Ave, but it doesn’t feel too touristy. Which is surprising, because the backyard is one of the best in the area. This is a Caribbean restaurant, and they do jerk chicken, oxtail, and a bunch of different sandwiches made with fried bread. These are called bakes, and, if you come during happy hour, you can eat one while you have a few discounted cocktails. Grab a seat outside, and it’s a like a brief vacation.
The Deal: $10 Cocktails; $2 Oysters, $7 Prosecco; $5 Oyster Shooters
When: Weekdays, 5-7pm; Weekends, 12-7
There’s something nice about the tables outside at John Dory. Maybe it’s the fact that they’re on a busy stretch of Broadway, and you can watch confused tourists try to find the Empire State Building while you drink happy-hour wine. Another plus is the discount oysters. They specialize in seafood here, and you can trust that your shellfish will be top-notch. This place is also in the bottom of the Ace Hotel, so you can pass out on a couch in the lobby if you drink too much. Although probably don’t do that.
The Deal: $1 East Coast Oysters; $5 Beers; $7 Glasses Of Wine; $8 Cocktails
When: Daily 5-7pm
It’s a special thing when you can sit outside and eat oysters that cost a dollar. Mermaid Inn allows you to do so. Come here, and you can hang out at a table on Second Avenue while you put inexpensive shellfish in your mouth. The happy hour only runs from 5 to 7pm, but there are three locations (UWS, East Village, and Greenwich Village), so you should be able to find one somewhat close to you.
The Deal: $9 Negroni Selection
When: 4-7pm Daily
Technically, this place is a restaurant, but the bar is the real draw. They do about 12 different kinds of negronis, and, from 4-7pm, they’re all $9. They also have a few tables outside, and, aside from maybe Bar Pitti, this is the closest you’re going to get to feeling like you’re in Europe in Greenwich Village. The European tourists walking down Macdougal will only reinforce this feeling.