The Houndstooth Pub
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If you’re with a group that extends beyond your actual office friends, Houndstooth Pub is a good choice - it’s large and loud enough for a non-awkward experience. Plus, it’s close to Penn Station, and you can make reservations. Come during Happy Hour (every day until 7pm), when cocktails and bar snacks are $8, and take over a few high tops near a TV. It’ll be like your department does this kind of thing all the time.
The dream: you like your coworkers enough to travel from Midtown to Bushwick and do something unusual like tap your own cider. The reality: you want to get home at a decent hour and you don’t care too much where you drink with these people (as long as you can sit). So come to this Garment District spot during Happy Hour, when you can get sangria for $8 and discounted bar snacks. There are usually sports on here, too, if that’s a selling point.