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The Best Happy Hours In Brooklyn

Where to drink in Brooklyn when you don’t want to pay full price.

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. It’s divided into neighborhoods, with all the details you’ll need concerning days, times, and drink deals.

Williamsburg

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When: Weekdays, 5pm-7pm

The Deal: $6 Draft Beer; Half Dozen Wings For $8; Various Rotating Food & Drink Deals

Fette Sau’s Happy Hour is pretty solid—you could get a BBQ wing dinner and a drink for under $15 if you wanted to. Not only is this a great BBQ spot, but it's also the perfect destination for a night (or day) out with a big group.

When: Daily, 4pm-6:30pm

The Deal: $16 For One Pita, One Dip, And One Drink

This small Mediterranean spot steps from the Lorimer L station is a good option for casual dates. Get a couple comfortable leather bar seats during Happy Hour, and enjoy some pita and dip alongside a cocktail as you figure out what to eat for dinner.

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Lighthouse

When: Daily, 4-6:30pm

The Deal: $1 Oysters; $10 Israeli Nachos; $10 Beer; $10 Wine Glasses; $40 Wine Bottles; $10 Daily Cocktail

There’s something about the big windows, the friendly service, and the bright, herbaceous food that just makes you feel good at Lighthouse. We suggest you order the grilled escarole covered in tahini, along with some Happy Hour wine. For round two, get the steak tartare (some of the best we've tried).

When: Daily, 4-7pm

The Deal: $1 Oysters; $4 Beer; $6 Red Wine; $8 Aperol Spritz

Pizzette makes their own cheese and sourdough crusts, and they have gluten-free and vegan options as well. So you can do a $1 oyster Happy Hour and invite that coworker who’s always left out of the office pizza party.

When: Mon-Thurs, 4-7pm

The Deal: $1 Off Craft Beer Cans And Well Cocktails

Full Circle Bar is Williamsburg's premier skee-ball destination. So if you want to drink some beer with a few competitive friends, this rather laid-back bar is a wonderful choice.

Greenpoint

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: Weekdays, 5-8pm

The Deal: $8 Old Fashioned & Sazerac; $6 Drafts; $7 Glasses Of Wine

Ramona has earned its place as our favorite cocktail spot in Greenpoint for several reasons: It has a beautiful giant space, it serves excellent drinks, and it’s very close to Paulie Gee’s. Another big reason? The Happy Hour, when some of the well-made cocktails here are discounted.

When: Weekdays, 4-6pm

The Deal: $8 Wine; $6 Beer; $10 Select Cocktails

Diamond Lil is a neighborhood cocktail bar where the drinks are well-made and all the barstools and booths are covered in green velvet. But it doesn’t take itself too seriously. This is not a bad option for a Happy Hour Old Fashioned the next time you’re in Greenpoint between 4 and 6pm.

When: Weekdays, 4-6pm

The Deal: $10 Frozen Aperol Spritz; $7 Glass of Rosé; $4 Modelo Cans; $7 Well Drinks; $6 Ebbs Kolsch No.2 Draft

Broken Land makes some of our favorite frozen drinks in the city. To enjoy them fully, you should sit in the backyard during Happy Hour. It gets pretty busy, but in a fun, non-annoying way.

When: Daily, 4-8pm

The Deal: $5 House Lager; $10 Select Beer With A Shot, $10 House Cocktail

Black Rabbit is a nice pub that wouldn’t look out of place in a small English town, and there’s even a little backyard. On Tuesdays, they host trivia, and if you get there before 8pm, you can prep your brain with a Happy Hour cocktail.

Bushwick

When: Daily, 4-7pm

The Deal: $10 Cocktails, $8 Beer and Shot Combo

This is where you should go for a fancy drink in a garden in Bushwick. It’s a great date spot, and it's very close to a bunch of restaurants in the neighborhood.

When: Daily, 5-8pm

The Deal: $6 Select Cocktails, Changes Daily.

Yours Sincerely calls itself a “cocktail laboratory,” and it serves drinks in little glass beakers you might recognize from your 10th grade chem class. Somehow, it’s much less pretentious than it sounds. Aside from the beaker thing (and the fact that all the cocktails are on tap), this is mostly just a narrow space where you can hang out in a booth and catch up with friends or talk to a date, if you have one of those.

When: Daily, 4-7pm

The Deal: $1 Off Drafts and Wells

Duck Duck is one of those places where everyone always seems to actually be enjoying themselves. It’s divey and ideal for anything from a casual date to some late-night dancing to ’90s hip-hop.

Prospect Heights / Crown Heights

When: Daily, 4pm-7pm

The Deal: $1 Off All Beer, $10 Select Wine And Cocktails

This French-Senegalese spot is covered in West African masks, the bar is painted with geometric patterns that look like Senegalese textiles, and loud Afrobeat music is always playing. Happy Hour is upbeat even earlier in the day, and they sometimes have Happy Hour-only moules frites that you should ask about.

When: Daily, 7pm-9pm

The Deal: Discounted Select Cocktails

Friends and Lovers is a bar/venue in Crown Heights with two semi-separate rooms. In the front, there’s a bar, and in the back, there’s an open room where they host dance parties and events like comedy and trivia. Events generally start at 10pm and have a cover, but you can save a few bucks by arriving a couple hours before the event to pregame with some Happy Hour deals. 

When: Daily, 3-8pm

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 space (and try to get a seat at the bar).

When: Weekdays, 3-7pm

The Deal: $2 Off Drafts And Well Drinks

A Prospect Heights classic, Washington Commons has everything you want from a neighborhood bar: good cocktails, a nice backyard, and plenty of beer.

When: Weekdays, 4-8pm

The Deal: $6 Drafts; $6 Well Drinks; $7 Wine; $2 Off All Cocktails

Franklin Park is a big, casual bar with a spacious outdoor area and a handful of arcade games, and it's where you should be drinking (or dancing) with a group in Crown Heights.

When: Wed-Fri, 4-6:30pm

The Deal: $10 House Cocktails; $10 Classic Cocktails; $9 House Spirit w/ Mixer; $8 House Wine; $7 Draft Beer; $5 Narragansett; $8 Pickleback Shots; Discounted Food

The Ryerson is part restaurant, part bar, and the massive menu here has everything from chicken and waffles to gnocchi and poutine. A pickleback shot would probably pair well with the burger here.

Bed-Stuy

When: Weekdays, 5pm-8pm

The Deal: $7 Select Drinks

The (mostly rum) cocktails here occasionally come in cat-shaped cups with big ass straws, and there's a plastic flamingo in the corner that someone will probably steal one day. Anyway, come here. It's fun, and it doesn't get too busy early in the evening.

When: Weekdays, 4pm-6pm

The Deal: $5 Beer, $7 Wine, $8 Weekly Rotating Cocktail, $6 Dozen Oysters / $12 Two Dozen Oysters

Chez Oskar is casual, friendly, and a nice place to hang out. The inside looks like something you’d find off an alley in Paris, and sometimes they have live music. Stop by for that week’s special cocktail—theirs tend to be pretty interesting with ingredients like coconut cream, housemade syrup, and candied oranges.

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-Thurs, 5-6:30pm;

The Deal: $1 Off Beer, Wine, Well Drinks, and Cocktails; Free Shot w/ Drink Purchase On Fridays For Teachers

Chilo’s is a divey tequila bar with a truck parked on the back patio that happens to serve some very good tacos. This bar also makes a solid margarita, which should be enjoyed on that back patio (with lots of tacos).

When: Weekdays, 4-7pm

The Deal: $1 Off Daiquiris And Drafts

The Holler has frozen daiquiris, pinball, neon signs, and drag bingo. In other words, The Holler is a good time. Come by during Happy Hour to get a $1 off your daiquiris.

Fort Greene/Clinton Hill

When: Weekdays, 4-7pm

The Deal: $1 Off Select Draft Beer; $8 Select Wine; $10 Ginger Mule; $8 Margarita

Fulton Hall is a massive bar decorated with old sports memorabilia (as well as a disco ball and a surfboard), and it's perfect for when you want to eat some chicken tenders and watch a game on TV.

When: Tues-Fri, 4-7pm

The Deal: $2 Off Draft Beer

If you just need a nice, normal neighborhood bar where you can sit in the dark and maybe play some pool, try The Emerson in Clinton Hill.

When: Daily, 4-7pm

The Deal: $1 Off Wine Or Beer; $5 Off Bottles Of Wine

This friendly, unpretentious Clinton Hill wine bar is one of our favorite spots to drink a glass of something interesting and catch up with a friend or two. In addition to wine, you'll also find beer, mead, spirits, and pizza on the menu.

When: Weekdays, 3-7pm

The Deal: $6 Lager; $8 Wine; $10 Margarita and Old Fashioned; Discounted Snacks

Fancyfree is a nice, no-nonsense pub with big windows and plenty of outside seating. They serve a small dinner menu and have brunch on weekends, and you should probably pair any Happy Hour drinks with a brownie à la mode.

When: Tuesday-Friday, 4-7pm

The Deal: $1 Oysters; $10 Cocktails and Wine; $5 Beer

The Quarter has one of the greenest gardens in Brooklyn, with tall hedges and sheer curtains surrounding the patio. Get there on the earlier side to secure a table in this garden, and order a platter of dollar oysters right away.

Cobble Hill/Boerum Hill/Carroll Gardens

When: Weekdays, 5-6pm; Weekends, 2-4pm

The Deal: A Dozen Oysters for $25; $1 Off Draft Beer and Wine By The Glass

If you work or live near downtown Brooklyn, Grand Army’s oyster and cocktail situation should be on your radar. The drinks are great, and the food here mostly involves raw bar stuff. They serve a dozen oysters for $25 during Happy Hour, so go hang and take a load off.

When: Tuesday-Friday, 5-7pm

The Deal: Discounts On Select Cocktails, Wine, And Beer

Elsa is so nice you’ll want to buy it flowers and ask if it’ll hold your hand. It’s a bar in Cobble Hill with leather booths and expensive-looking light fixtures, and it’s from the same people behind Ramona in Greenpoint. Like Ramona, it has great cocktails, and a few of them are discounted during Happy Hour.

When: Weekdays, 4-7pm

The Deal: $1 Off Well Drinks and Wine; $1 Off Misguided Spirits; $1 Off House Cocktails; $5 Aslin Old Town Lager; $1 off Old Town Shandy Beer Frosty

A good, old fashioned neighborhood hang with darts and sports, The Brazen Head is where you should go for an inexpensive drink with a friend you've known for at least several years. (They have a decent Scotch selection, if that's what you're looking for.)

When: Weekdays, 4-6pm

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

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 Brooklyn 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: Daily, 4-7pm

The Deal: $1 Off House Wine, Drafts, And Well Drinks

Abilene is a homey spot in Carroll Gardens where you can play a board game and order from a big menu with a ton of different burgers, sandwiches, and salads (in addition to burritos, quesadillas, and various other snacks).

Park Slope

When: Weekdays, 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 will make a note 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.

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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.

Prospect Lefferts Gardens/Flatbush

When: Weekdays, 4-7pm

The Deal: $2 Off Draft Beer; $2 Off Glasses Of Wine; $2 Off Well Drinks

If you're looking for a neighborhood pub in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, head over to Midwood Flats. The space has a semi-industrial feel, and you can make some friends while you eat a pulled pork sandwich at the bar.

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 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.

Dumbo/Brooklyn Heights

When: Daily, 5pm-7pm

The Deal: $2 Oysters; Discounts On Select Wines

The Osprey isn’t just another overpriced waterfront hotel restaurant. While it is pricey, in a hotel, and on the waterfront, the food here is legitimately good. It’s easy to get a walk-in or a last-minute reservation, even for a big group, so this is a great option to have in your back pocket. Their Happy Hour wines are primarily organic, sustainable, or biodynamic.

Sunset Park/Industry City

When: Daily, 4-7pm

The Deal: $9-$12 Select Cocktails; $4-$7 Select Beer; $9-$12 Select Wine

L'Wren is a semi-upscale cocktail lounge with mid-range prices. Come by for a date or a casual hang with a friend, and sit on velvet chair while you drink an $9 cocktail and eat some tater tots.

When: Weekdays, 4-6pm

The Deal: $1 Off Draft Beer; $1 Off Wine; Food Specials

Do you work in Industry City? Or live nearby? If so, use the Frying Pan Brooklyn as your neighborhood clubhouse. This big bar has arcade games, ping pong, and plenty of food like lobster rolls and fish tacos.

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