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The Best Happy Hours In Brooklyn

Where to drink in Brooklyn when you don’t want to pay full price.
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After a long day at work, you want to make as few decisions as possible. You might also want to find a place where you can drink without spending all the money you just earned, so let this guide to the best Happy Hours in Brooklyn make your life easier.

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When: Mon-Thurs, 4pm-7pm & 12am-Close; All Day On Sundays

The Deal: $2 Off Local Brews

Blinky’s in Williamsburg has what a lot of the neighborhood’s citizens want: a backyard crawling with ivy, regularly scheduled DJ sets and comedy shows, and a sassy drink menu with high school yearbook superlatives listed below each cocktail.

When: Weds-Fri, 5-7pm

The Deal: $5 Well Shots, $3 Lager Cans, $5-6 Drafts, $6 Wines, $10 Cocktails, $6 Wine

The TL;DR on LoHi is that it’s just a f*cking big rooftop bar in the industrial part of East Williamsburg that could also be correctly categorized as Bushwick. And in a city where big rooftops are rare, that’s a good enough reason to come here - ideally during the day with a group and several rounds of chuggable hibiscus mezcal cocktails.

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When: Daily, 4pm-7pm

The Deal: Half Off Glasses Of Sherry; $12 Martini; Half Off Oysters

On any given night at El Pingüino in Greenpoint, you’ll find a transistor radio playing indie music in the bathroom, a cartoon poster of a wine-drunk penguin hanging behind the bar, and an impressive raw bar. Come for drinks and snacks.

When: Weekdays, 4-7pm

The Deal: $4 Bud Light And Narragansett; $10 Glass Of Wine; $10 Cocktail Of The Day; $8 Well Shot; $8 Well Drinks; $6 Craft Beer Of The Day

If it's nice out and you're within walking distance of Greenpoint, go to The Springs. This bar has a massive backyard, and it's a highly underrated warm-weather spot.

When: Daily Until 7pm

The Deal: $7 Glasses; $20 Carafes; $10 Cocktails; $1 Oysters

One of our favorite LES wine bars to visit during Happy Hour opened a second location in Bushwick. Brooklyn’s The Ten Bells sits just a few feet away from Maria Hernandez Park with a brick-walled backyard and a dark wood-covered dining room where you can snack on lamb meatballs and charcuterie.

When: Daily, 5-7pm

The Deal: $6 Cocktails

This is one of the better choices in Bushwick to impress someone with an interesting cocktail. All of the drinks come in graduated cylinders, and all of the drink ingredients come from taps with little doll heads on them. Hit this place during their daily Happy Hour, when the cocktails are $6.

When: Mon-Thurs, 4pm-7pm

The Deal: $5 Drafts, $5 Select Steins, $10 Hot Toddies

KCBC beer is a brewery and taproom on Troutman near the Jefferson stop in Bushwick. You’ve probably seen their beer in bars around the city, but their taproom has some interesting ones you won’t find elsewhere. Weekend nights here get packed, but the crowd during the week is ideal for dogs, children, and fully grown adults alike.

When: Daily, 5-8pm

The Deal: $1 Off Drafts; $1 Off Glasses of Wine; $1 Well Drinks

King Tai plays consistently good music any time of day, and it looks like it got jealous of Miami and tried to make itself a clone. Happy Hour is an especially good time to take advantage of the Crown Heights space (and try to get a seat at the bar).

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When: All Day Monday, 4pm-Close; Tues-Sun 4-7pm

The Deal: $5 Beer; $6 Wine; $7-8 Cocktails; Discounted Small Plates

Lucky’s is a cozy cocktail bar in Bed-Stuy where you can wind down after work with a fruit-and-flower scented drink and some incredibly good tapas. Bring some friends so you can order extra plates of the tangy teriyaki steak skewers, crispy catfish strips, and cheesy cauliflower arancini. 

When: Daily, 5-7pm

The Deal: $9 Daiquiris; $10 Margaritas, Negronis, Garibaldis; $2 Off Drafts And Wine; Discounted Snacks

Lunatico feels like a cafe you’d find on a quiet street in a country with a warm climate and an under-40-hour workweek. It has live music most nights, and if you’re looking for a low-key place to grab a Happy Hour drink and snack in Bed-Stuy, it’s perfect.

When: Mon-Fri, 5pm-7pm

The Deal: $9 Wines; $9 Old Fashioned; $9 Margarita; $8 Lager; $2 Off Bar Snacks

On the weekends, this Fort Greene spot is a mimosa-fueled brunch destination, but it functions more as laid-back cocktail bar during the rest of the week. If you stop by on a weeknight, you should have no problem grabbing one of the few high top tables on their outdoor patio.

When: Weekdays, 3-6pm

The Deal: $3 Presidente Cans, $5 Well Drinks, $8 House Wine

Each and every time we drink in this Clinton Hill bar’s backyard, we hear someone say “I had no idea this was here!” They’re not wrong. The relatively calm back patio feels a lot more private and secluded than the sidewalk seating out front.

When: Weekdays, 4-6pm

The Deal: $8 Select Cocktails; Half-Price Bottles of Wine; $5 Select Beer; $5 Bar Snacks; Half-Priced Oysters

Fancy cocktails taste even better when they cost less than usual. And that’s especially the case at a place like Clover Club, which has been serving expensive, excellent cocktails in Carroll Gardens for longer than most other bars. There are also some great bar snacks here, in case you realize halfway through your second Happy Hour drink that you should probably eat.

When: Monday, All Day; Tues-Fri, 4-7pm; Sat-Sun, 2-5pm

The Deal: $6 Draft Beer; $8 Select Wine; $7 Mac And Cheese

Brookvin is a casual wine bar in South Slope that’s a pretty ideal early-in-the-game date spot. You can share small plates and charcuterie in the narrow, dimly-lit space, or you can drink in the back garden under hanging lights and greenery.

When: Mon-Fri, 3-7pm; Sat-Sun, 1-4pm

The Deal: $5 Well Drinks; $1 Off Wine And Draft Beer; $8 Well Shot And Pint Of Lionshead; $2 Off Frozen Margaritas; $7 Shot Of Jameson Or Four Roses

The front of this bar in Ditmas Park is a fully-operating flower shop during the day, and the backyard has string lights, a bunch of picnic tables, and some pine trees. The Happy Hour deals are pretty great here—and you can even enjoy them on weekends.

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