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The Outdoor Happy Hour Guide

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

There are only a few months out of the year when you can comfortably sit outside in New York City. So once the weather gets warm enough, you should be leaving work early to get Happy Hour drinks outdoors. It's the responsible thing to do, and we know exactly where you should go. Stop daydreaming about drinking $5 beers and $8 glasses of wine on a patio, and head to one of the spots on this guide.

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THE OUTDOOR SPOTS

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Baba Cool Williamsburg

$$$$(929) 295-8424
Hours:MON
8AM-11PM

When: Daily, 5-7pm

The Deal: $2 Off Beer and Wine; $2 Oysters

Baba Cool is an all-day cafe just south of McCarren Park in Williamsburg where you can get raw oysters as well as small plates like crispy chicken wings and Spanish anchovies. Their backyard has a disco ball and a Pétanque court.

When: Monday & Tuesday until 10pm; Wednesday & Thursday until 7pm; Friday, 12-4pm; Sunday, 7-10pm

The Deal: $2 Off Draft Beer and Wine; $5 Beer Cans; $11 Beer Flights; $16 Liter Steins; $25 Pitchers; $29 Wine Bottles; $30 Kranz Kölsch

This beer garden on the Lower East Side feels like an average spot you’d find on a side street in Germany. It’s a great place to hang with a group in a big backyard, and they serve beer-garden-type food like pretzels, sausages, and schnitzel fingers.

When: Monday, All Day

The Deal: $6 Lager and Pale Ale Pints

This taproom in Ridgewood is a great spot for gathering everyone you like in one place—especially when you don’t know how many people are coming. Just note that there’s no food here, but you can bring your own snacks (a whole pizza, for example) or stop by the taco truck parked out front.

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Hidden Lane Bar

$$$$
Hours:MON
4PM-12AM

When: Daily, 5-8pm

The Deal: $2 Off Draft Beers; $2 Off Mixed Drinks and Cocktails; $8 Margaritas; $8 Bud Light or Narraganset with House Shot

The garden at this two-floor bar that's just steps away from Gramercy Park looks like a back deck at your friend's summer house. The only thing missing is a lake to jump into. Most of the cocktails cost $14 here (unless you come during Happy Hour), and you should know they don't serve any food.

When: Weekdays, 5-7pm; Saturday & Sunday, 3-5pm

The Deal: 20% Off Any Wine Bottles

No matter how much you know about wine, you’ll have a great time sitting on Ruffian's patio with a date. Eat some Mediterranean food, and drink a bottle of rosé at this East Village bar. The wine list has over 250 natural wines, mostly from small producers in Southern and Eastern Europe.

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

The Deal: $2 Off Selected Cocktails, Beer, and Wine; $10 Beer and Shot

This gastropub in Astoria serves food like pork belly burgers and baskets of fries. It has a large back garden that's surrounded by trees, and it's a great option for a low-pressure first date.

When: Monday-Thursday, 4-6pm

The Deal: $5 Tecate; $7 Wine; $8 Lolo's Punch ($22 for Carafe); $13 Frozé; $26 Wine Bottles

The backyard at Lolo’s in Harlem is the perfect place to drink rum punch while eating large quantities of crab, crispy white fish, or other types of seafood. This place feels sort of like dining on an oceanless beach, so head here the next time you want to sit outdoors and get peel-and-eat shrimp all over a paper bib.

When: Weekdays, 5-7pm

The Deal: $4 Beer; $9 Wine and Cocktail

Looking for somewhere in Williamsburg for a burger and a beer? The team behind one of our favorite butcher shops, The Meat Hook, opened this sister restaurant as a place to show off their burger and sticky sausages. Come for Happy Hour, and grab one of their many tables out front.

When: Daily, 3-7pm (Only at the Bar)

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

The outdoor patio and rooftop deck at this restaurant in the Rockaways will make you think you're at an Airbnb on the beach. The food here leans French, with items like roasted chicken with herbes de Provence and steak frites.

When: Daily, 3-5pm

The Deal: $10 Martinis

The West Village outpost of Dante has something called Martini Hour, during which you can choose from five different types of $10 martinis. Their outdoor seating is both heated and covered, and you can order dishes like steak tartare and Dover sole if you get hungry.

When: Daily, 5-7pm

The Deal: $5 Draft Beer; $6 Wine ($18 Carafes); $8 Cocktails and Frozen Drinks

Maracuja in Williamsburg has a large selection of natural wines, and they serve food like crab cake sliders and sea bass crudo. Don’t settle for the sidewalk patio—you want to be hanging out in the secluded backyard.

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Leroy's

$$$$(929) 298-0051
Hours:MONClosed

When: Weekdays, 4-6pm; Saturday & Sunday, 3-5pm

The Deal: $10 Select Cocktails

The outdoor sidewalk patio here wraps around this restaurant's corner space in Greenpoint. Classic cocktails (such as negronis and dirty martinis) are $10 during Happy Hour, and you can get snacks like a scotch egg and chicken liver mousse.

When: Daily, Until 7pm

The Deal: $8 Select Wine

Hanging out at Cherry On Top in Bushwick feels like being at a friend’s place that has a bunch of bottles of natural wine. Try to snag one of the picnic tables on the rooftop, where you can orders snacks like cheese and caramelized onion jam toast.

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Haven at the Sanctuary Hotel

When: Monday-Friday, 4:30-5:30pm

The Deal: $6 Select Beer; $9 Wine and Champagne; $10 Margaritas and Aperol Spritz

This rooftop bar at the Sanctuary Hotel near Times Square has plenty of seats and TVs, as well as a DJ. If you want to eat some food here, the menu has stuff like salads, pizzas, filet mignon, and penne alla vodka.

When: Monday-Thursday, 4-8pm

The Deal: 2-for-1 Cocktails, Natural Wine, and Select Beers

Nowadays feels more like a park with non-existent open-container laws than a bar. The massive outdoor space at this Ridgewood spot has picnic tables, fire pits, grassy areas, ping-pong tables, and booths with drinks and food. This is a casual place to day drink with a group (or your dogs), and they often host fun shows and parties.

When: Monday-Thursday, 4-7pm and 12am-Close; Sunday, All Day

The Deal: $4 Off Select Beer, Liquor, and Cocktails

Blinky’s in Williamsburg has what a lot of the neighborhood’s citizens want: a backyard crawling with ivy, regularly scheduled DJ sets, and a sassy drink menu with high school yearbook superlatives listed below each cocktail. Come here with a few friends and sit in the backyard while you discuss who Blinky might be. (The answer is the owner’s cat.)

When: Daily, 4-8pm

The Deal: $6 House Lager; $9 House Lager With A Shot, $9 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 out there too, so get there before 8pm.

When: Weekdays, 5-7pm

The Deal: $10-$11 Cocktails; $4-5 Beers; $9 Wine by the Glass; $18 Dozen Oysters; $7 Oyster Shooters

The Wayland is an all-purpose bar: good for dates, good for casual drinks with a small group, and good for ordering a margarita and sitting quietly by yourself with a book.

When: Tuesday-Friday, 4-7pm

The Deal: $10 Select Cocktails and Wine; $5 Narragansett; $6 House Infused Shot

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 some sidewalk tables where you can sit and drink a discounted cocktail during the week.

When: Monday-Thursday, 4-7pm

The Deal: $4 tacos (excluding shrimp); $9 Sangria, Margarita, or Campechana; $5 Select Beers

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

When: Weekdays, 5-8pm

The Deal: $11 Select Cocktail; $5 Narragansett; $2 Off All Wines; $6-$9 Select Snacks

Unlike most bars nearby, this LES spot is laid-back and has a front patio and a great backyard with lots of outdoor furniture that you’ll want to lounge on all afternoon. Make your way to Bonnie Vee whenever it’s nice out.

When: Weekdays, 3-6pm

The Deal: $5 Well Drinks and Drafts; $3 Presidente and Bud Cans; $8 Select Wines by the Glass; $2 off All Liquor

This bright pink bar in Clinton Hill serves colorful cocktails and vegan Mexican dishes on a small sidewalk patio and also in their huge backyard.

When: Weekdays, 11am-7pm; Weekends 4-7pm

The Deal: $8-9 Select Cocktails; $7 Select Drafts; $6 Modelo Cans; $7 House Wine by the Glass; $8 Wells; $8 Select Beer

If you’re looking for Happy Hour within walking distance of Columbus Circle or the Theater District, Alfie’s has one every day. This neighborhood bar in Midtown has some seating along the sidewalk out front that works well for small groups, plus a few tables inside their brick-walled space on 9th Avenue.

When: Monday-Thursday, 5-6pm

The Deal: $10 Margaritas

Barrio Chino is one of our favorite places to get Mexican food downtown, but even if you’re not interested in eating, you should come to this LES spot for margaritas during Happy Hour.

When: Weekdays, 4-7pm

The Deal: $8 Select Red & White Wine; $7 House Mixed Drinks; $6 Select Beer Drafts; $9 Sangria; $10 Cocktail of the Day

Harlem Tavern has a huge front patio, plus a long bar food menu. This place is ideal if you need a big spot where you can meet some friends for drinks, especially if a few of those friends want to watch sports.

When: Sunday-Thursday, 2-7pm; Friday, 2-6pm

The Deal: $11-$15 Margaritas; $10-$14 Select Cocktails; $10 Select Wine; $5-$8 Select Beer

Sweet and Vicious is where you should go when you suddenly have to gather a small group of friends who want to get drinks downtown. There’s plenty of space in the backyard (although it does get crowded), and the frozen margaritas are strong.

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

The Deal: $9 Select Cocktails and Wine; $6 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.

When: Daily, Until 7pm

The Deal: $18 Wine Carafes

A 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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