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The Outdoor Happy Hour Guide

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

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In the winter, you probably sit at home and daydream about drinking discounted drinks under an umbrella while you try to make your cat sit on your cold feet. But summer is different. The sun sets around 9pm, your boss is always away in the Hamptons, and there’s no reason why you can’t do Happy Hour every day (at least twice a week). Here are 37 outdoor spots around the city where you should go.

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Noah Devereaux

Lighthouse

$$$$
$$$$ 145 Borinquen Pl

When: Tuesday-Sunday, until 7pm

The Deal: $8 Wine; $5 Beer; $8 Cocktails; $1 Oysters

We wish the people from Lighthouse would come over and stock our fridge once or twice a week. Since that’s not really in the cards, we like to come for Happy Hour, sit outside at one of their picnic tables in front, and stay for dinner.

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Noah Devereaux

Night of Joy

$$$$ 667 Lorimer St

When: Daily, 5-8pm

The Deal: $5 Select Beer; $7 Signature Cocktails; $7 Margaritas; $7 Sangria

The rooftop patio at Night Of Joy feels pretty different from the first floor, which is more like a haunted Victorian living room. Up here, there are benches, colorful flags, and lots of people enjoying Happy Hour. Be one of those people - and maybe get there on the early side if you want a seat.

3

High Dive

$$$$
$$$$ 243 5th Ave

When: Mon-Fri, 3-8pm

The Deal: $3 PBR; $4 Well Drinks; $1 Off Everything Else

High Dive has free popcorn and plenty of board games, and you can buy someone a drink days or weeks in advance, which the bartenders keep track of on a big chalkboard. There’s also a backyard, so if you need to play Battleship and drink beer outside at 6pm on a Thursday, this is an excellent option.

4

Mess Hall

$$$$
AmericanBar Food  in  Harlem
$$$$ 2194 Frederick Douglass Blvd

When: Daily, 4-8pm; Monday-Wednesday, 12-2am

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

Mess Hall does trivia and Tuesdays and bingo on Wednesdays. Between those things, the back patio, and the great cocktails - this is where you should be doing your summer drinking in Harlem.

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Noah Devereaux

Cafe Du Soleil

$$$$
$$$$ 2723 Broadway

When: Daily, 4-7pm; All Night On Tuesday

The Deal: $5 Select Glasses Of Wine; $5 Draft Beer; $5 House Cocktails

Cafe Du Soleil is a casual French bistro right by Columbia on the UWS, and it has a lot of nice sidewalk seating. Come here, drink some wine in a wicker chair - especially on Tuesdays when Happy Hour runs all night.

6
Ryan Muir

The Jeffrey

$$$$ 311 E. 60th St.

When: Weekdays 11am-7pm

The Deal: $5 Select Drafts; $2 Off Wine And Well Drinks; $1 Oysters

This UES beer garden is in our regular outdoor rotation, and it’s an essential Happy Hour if you spend time in the area. Come early so you can get a picnic table and then order as many $1 oysters as possible.

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Noah Devereaux

Black Rabbit

$$$$
$$$$ 91 Greenpoint Ave

When: Daily, 4-8pm

The Deal: $4 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. On Tuesdays, they host trivia. Get there before 8pm so you can get a Happy Hour drink.

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Noah Devereaux

Nowadays

$$$$
$$$$ 56-06 Cooper Ave

When: Thursday & Friday, 4-8pm

The Deal: 2-for-1 Drinks

Nowadays is a bar in Ridgewood with an enormous backyard that always feels like a backyard BBQ. You can play ping pong, drink at picnic tables, or dance. If it’s warm out and you can make it here before 8pm on a Friday, get your weekend started without spending all of your disposable income.

9

Sek'end Sun

$$$$
Bar Food  in  Astoria
$$$$ 32-11 Broadway

When: Daily, 5-8pm; All Night On Mondays

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

Sek’end Sun is a casual neighborhood bar right by the Broadway subway station in Astoria. The backyard here has a big neon sign that says “Queens” just in case you briefly forget where you are. And, if you come on Mondays, you can play trivia and enjoy $2 off drinks all night long.

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Noah Devereaux

Super Power

$$$$
$$$$ 722 Nostrand Ave

When: Mon-Fri, 5-8pm

The Deal: $1 Oysters; $1 Off Cocktails

Both the indoor and outdoor spaces at Super Power are decorated so that you might think the NYC climate is, in fact, tropical. There’s a long bar, a pinball machine, and a backyard filled with plants. If you get hungry, order some nachos or oysters (the latter of which are $1 from 5-8pm).

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Noah Devereaux

Broken Land

$$$$
$$$$ 105 Franklin St

When: Weekdays 4-8pm

The Deal: $9 Frozen Piña Coladas, $7 Rye Old Fashioneds, $5 Draft Rosé, $4 Founders Solid Gold/Modelo Cans, $6 Well Drinks, Wine, And Draft Beer

There’s an old saying that goes, “If you don’t drink a pina colada in Broken Land’s backyard this summer, did you even hang out in Greenpoint?” OK, there is no such saying. But we just said it. Get here.

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Noah Devereaux

Blueprint

$$$$
$$$$ 196 5th Ave

When: Weekdays, 4-7pm

The Deal: $2 Off All Cocktails; $1 Off Wine And Beer; $8-$10 Snacks

Blueprint is a casual cocktail bar in Park Slope that’s excellent for date night, or if you’re waiting for a table at Al Di La. Take your drink out to their back patio, and you’ll be in very good shape.

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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 place for a big group, especially if some of that group wants to watch sports and other people only talk about sports ironically.

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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.

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Noah Devereaux

Gran Torino

$$$$
$$$$ 131 Berry St

When: Weekdays, 12-7pm

The Deal: $6 House Wine, $7 Well Drinks

Gran Torino is new this summer and feels a little like a backyard party with a lot of Italian food. The outdoor space has a bunch of picnic tables and a little bar. If you get hungry, you can always get a Neapolitan pizza (there’s a counter where they make them inside).

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Noah Devereaux

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.

17
Emily Schindler

Brooklyn Cider House

$$$$
$$$$ 1100 Flushing Ave

When: Weekdays, 5-7pm

The Deal: $2 Off Cider Drafts, Wine, Beer

Brooklyn Cider House has a huge front patio with umbrellas, picnic tables, and lots of cider flowing freely. If you’ve had dinner here (which involves a tasting menu and cider-catching), you should know that their outside area feels a lot more casual. Two more important things, on Thursdays they have $1 wings all night, and you can bring your dog to the patio.

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Noah Devereaux

Yatenga

$$$$
French  in  Harlem
$$$$ 2269 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd

When: Daily, until 8pm

The Deal: $4 Draft Beer, House Shot, House Wine; $5 Frozen Margarita And Frozen Pina Coladas; $6 House Liquor

Yatenga is technically a restaurant, but it’s very much the sort of place where you can come, sit outside at one of the front picnic tables, and just order drinks.

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Noah Devereaux

The Narrows

$$$$
$$$$ 1037 Flushing Ave

When: Daily, 5-8pm

The Deal: $1 Off Drafts And Well Drinks

If you’re in need of a nice cocktail, a nice garden, or some combination of the two, you should drink at The Narrows in Bushwick. It’s close to a ton of restaurants in the neighborhood, in case you’re on a date and you care enough about it to plan multiple stops.

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June Wine Bar

June Wine Bar

$$$$
$$$$ 231 Court St

When: Weekdays, 5-7pm

The Deal: $8 Select Wine And Select Cocktails; $2 Off All Draft; $6-8 Bar Snacks.

This is a place that specializes in natural wine and using navy blue as an accent color. There’s a little backyard with some old trees to remind you that New York can have nice things, like flora and discounted drinks. This is one of our favorite date spots in Cobble Hill.

21
Emily Schindler

Pearl's

$$$$
$$$$ 178 N 8th St

When: Weekdays, 4-8pm

The Deal: $8 Select Cocktails

Pearl’s is a Caribbean restaurant just off Bedford Avenue that doesn’t feel too touristy. Which is surprising, because the backyard is one of the best in the area. In addition to Happy Hour, they do jerk chicken, oxtail, and a bunch of different sandwiches made with fried bread.

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Noah Devereaux

The Mermaid Inn

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

When: Daily, 5-7pm

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.

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Ryan Muir

The Mermaid Inn

$$$$
$$$$ 96 Second Ave.

When: Monday All Night, Tuesday-Friday 5-7pm, Saturday and Sunday 4-7pm

The Deal: $1.25 Oysters, $1 Clams, $8.50 Select Cocktails, $8.50 Wine, $6 Select Beer

Like their uptown spot, The East Village location of The Mermaid Inn has a Happy Hour that involves sitting outside with oysters and $8.50 Dark and Stormys. Only here, the Happy Hour on Monday goes all night.

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Noah Devereaux

The Topaz

$$$$ 251 Bushwick Avenue

When: Daily, 5-8pm

The Deal: $6 Wine, $6 Select Cocktails And $5 Beer

Aside from the daily Happy Hour, you should be coming to The Topaz for comedy events and live music, or their small fenced-in courtyard in the back. Or all of those things at once.

25
Noah Devereaux

Skylark

$$$$
$$$$ 477 5th Ave

When: Daily until 7pm

The Deal: $1 Off All Draft And Well Drinks; $8-$9 Shot And Beer Combos

Even if you haven’t been, Skylark is what you picture when someone says “neighborhood dive.” There’s mismatched furniture, pinball machines, and Happy Hour deals every day until 7pm. There’s also outdoor sidewalk seating.

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Noah Devereaux

Chilo's

$$$$ 323 Franklin Ave

When: Weekdays Until 6:30pm

The Deal: $9 Margaritas, $3 Tecate, $5 Wells, $6 Wines, $1 Off Drafts, $1 Off Mezcal $12 for 3 Tacos + Tecate Can

The back patio at Chilo’s has something that most other patios are missing: a taco truck with really good food. Come to this divey tequila bar for a Happy Hour that involves equal parts tequila and tacos.

27

Bua

$$$$ 122 Saint Marks Pl

When: $2 Off Draft Beer And Well Drinks; $18 House Wine Carafes, $9 Select Cocktails

**The Deal: Weekdays 3-8pm, Weekends 12-4pm

Bua is a pub on St. Marks that we’d recommend for a weeknight hang. Bring friends and claim a table until someone comes up with another idea for where to drink. Or, just stay here all night.

28
Noah Devereaux

Trophy Bar

$$$$
$$$$ 351 Broadway

When: Daily, 4-8pm; Thursday, 4-10pm; Weekends, 12-8pm

The Deal: $7.50 Cheeseburger or Veggie Burger with Fries; $6.50 Grilled Cheese; $6.50 Wine, Margarita, Sangria, & Bloody Mary; $5.50 Well Drinks, & Most Draft Beer

Trophy Bar satisfies all the requirements of a good Happy Hour spot. Fun crowd? Check. Inexpensive drinks? Check. Burger for when you get tipsy? Check. Patio to hold onto summer for dear life? Check.

29
Noah Devereaux

Dante

$$$$ 79-81 MacDougal St.

When: 4-7pm Daily

The Deal: $9 Negroni Selection

Technically, Dante 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 where you can wave to all the tourists walking down Macdougal.

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Noah Devereaux

Cape House

$$$$ 2 Knickerbocker Ave

When: Weekdays, 12-7pm

The Deal: $1 Oysters; $2 Off Well Drinks And Draft Beer

Cape House is great for Happy Hour with a group, because it’s pretty big and feels kind of like a party. This outdoor seafood shack between Bushwick and East Williamsburg has picnic tables, cocktails on tap, lots of wine and beer options, and everything from a raw bar to fish and chips. They also allow dogs on their front patio.

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When: Daily, until 8pm

The Deal: $1 Off House Wine and Select Drafts; $1.50 Oysters All Night

If you’re looking to avoid the volume level and intensity of most outdoor Happy Hours in Williamsburg, come to Pinkerton by the BQE. They have sidewalk seating and it stays quieter than most other spots in the area. Also, they always have $1.50 oysters (even when it’s not Happy Hour).

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Noah Devereaux

Tavern29

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

When: Weekdays, 11am-7pm

The Deal: $5 Select Beer, $6 Select Wine, $7 Select Cocktails

Rooftop bars in between tall buildings are undeniably strange - there’s not really a view, but you’re still outside. The deck on top of Tavern 29 is a great example of this. This bar in Nomad has picnic benches, TVs, and if you get sweaty, you can always hang out on one of their two indoor floors.

33

Keg & Lantern Brewing Company

$$$$
$$$$ 97 Nassau Ave

When: Weekdays 11am-7pm

The Deal: $5 Draft Beers, Well Drinks, and Wine; Rotating food deals nightly

Keg & Lantern is technically a sports bar, but it’s probably cooler than most sports bars you may have been to. That’s because they brew their own beer, the bar menu is surprisingly long, and you can watch sports outside on the back patio.

34
Noah Devereaux

The Rookery

$$$$
$$$$ 425 Troutman St

When: Weekdays, 12-7pm; Sunday, All Night

The Deal: $5 House Wine; $1 Off Draft Beer, $1 Off Well Drinks, $1 Off Frose.

This Bushwick spot has a few things going for it: several different types of pickleback shots, plenty of space on its patio, and board games/foosball you can play while you try not to spill your wine.

35
Noah Devereaux

Sel Rrose

$$$$
$$$$ 1 Delancey St.

When: Daily, 4-7pm

The Deal: $1 oysters

Sel Rrose is on the corner of Delancey and Bowery on the LES, and it’s nice enough for a date, or a Happy Hour with clients. They have sidewalk seating (as well as a decent amount of indoor space), and serve $1 oysters until 7pm every day.

36
Ryan Muir

Lavender Lake

$$$$
$$$$ 383 Carroll St.

When: All Day Monday, Tuesday - Friday 4-7pm

The Deal: Discounted Bar Snacks, $3 Narragansett, $5 Select Beer, $12 House Cocktails, $7 Select Wine, $7 House Liquor

Even if you invited everyone you’ve ever smiled at in public to Happy Hour at Lavender Lake, they’d all be able to fit. So gather them all (or maybe don’t) and hang out at the picnic tables while you look at the cute dogs finding shade under umbrellas.

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Noah Devereaux

Extra Fancy

$$$$
$$$$ 302 Metropolitan Ave.

When: Weekdays, 5-7pm

The Deal: $2 Oysters, $2 Off All Wine And Draft Beer

If you’ve never been to this Williamsburg bar, you should know that Extra Fancy is a sarcastic name. Extra Fun, on the other hand, would be a very sincere name. Their backyard is basically just picnic tables in an empty lot in Williamsburg, and it’s one of our favorite places to drink outside in the neighborhood.

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