New Yorkers love to eat and drink, but they also want to do so on a dime, as who doesn’t love a good deal? All you need to do is look at the deep affection they have for hole-in-the-wall dive bars, boozy bottomless brunch, and cheap eats for delicious proof. We wanted to bring the love of New Yorkers for happy hour to you and have collected some of the best happy hours that NYC has to offer.
So, check out the crop of top-rate bars that offer deals for after-work crowds and beyond right here. We guarantee that you wouldn’t want to miss out on any of the happy hour specials offered at the bars that we are going to be sharing with you. So, without further ado, let’s check out the top 7 places that you can go for happy hour in NYC.
1. Diamond Lil Bar
Do you want a quiet oasis where you can read a book or escape the raucousness of other bars’ happy hours? Then the Diamond Lil Bar would be your perfect getaway. Settle into this tasteful and magical little Greenpointdrinkery that offers $7 old-fashioneds, espresso martinis, and Moscow mules. You’ll also find the environment a bit more relaxed than in other bars, a major deal-breaker for some people. The bar is open on weekdays from 5 to 8 pm.
2. 169 Bar
These days, 169 Bar is filled to the brim with young people who are looking for a good time. It is true that scene wise the venerable dive has evolved by quite a lot. However, the good news is that the soul of the space has remained, and you can find a dirt-cheap deal of $3 beer-and-shot combos right here. It is one of the best places to enjoy happy hour, and you’re bound to have a lot of fun here.
3. Bunton’s World Famous
Bunton’s World Famous bar is owned by Run the Jewels and TV on the Radio collaborator Kareem Bunton, so it’s not a surprise to learn that this Bushwick bar feels musical, and has a 90’s club vibe going on. You can check out the 1400-square-foot outdoor area while sipping on $7 frozen drinks any day of the week, while there are also $5 beers, $6 wines, and $7 well drinks to enjoy here as well. The bar is open daily from 4 to 8 pm and on weekends Saturday to Sunday from 2 to 7 pm.
4. El Techo at Llama Inn
The Llama Inn serves up the best Peruvian bites in New York City, and even though it has been around for a few years now, not a lot of people know that right on top of the plant-drizzled restaurant is Llama Inn’s rooftop bar, El Techo. It serves an entirely separate drink and food menu from their downstairs, and, at happy hour, you can get buy-one-get-one draft cocktails here. The bar is open on Monday and Tuesday from 8 to 10 pm.
5. Fresh Kills
Team Dutch Kills that had lured some serious drinkers all the way out to Long Island City, Queens, when they opened their cocktail saloon in 2009, have chosen a more bustling backdrop. This is right off Williamsburg’s Bedford Avenue, and despite the crushingly hip setting, Richard Boccato and his crew don’t fall prey to the preciousness or pretentions of its Brooklyn-bar brethren. All the cocktails during happy hour here are at $10, and the bar is open daily from 5 pm to 7 pm.
This romantic cocktail bar allows you to get buzzed and fed for only 11 or 12 bucks. You can choose a combo like the classic beer and a burger, the fancier boquerones and prosecco, or the oddball sherry and chorizo. You can then settle down at a rustic wooden table and get smug when someone comes in after 7 pm and has to $13 for chardonnay and $12 for cheese fries.
7. Excuse My French
Contrary to what the name of this bar may imply, there is no swearing on the menu at this basement bar from Paris-born chef Johann Giraud and manager-barman Ricardo Valdez, who met while opening the first U.S. outpost of Laduree in Soho.
You will, however, come across picturesque French cocktails served in a narrow 30-seat space, fitted with blue-and-gold damask wallpaper and budget replicas of famous paintings alongside traditional small plates, which are steeped in house-made ingredients and French history. You can expect two-for-one deals on select well drinks, beer, and wine here.