The Best Happy Hours in Manhattan

Art Bar’s happy hour is particularly popular
Art Bar’s happy hour is particularly popular | © Yasmin Alishav

Tired of spending $10 for a beer or $15 for a cocktail in New York City? Don’t worry: there are plenty of options for cheaper drinks throughout Manhattan thanks to an endless supply of happy hour specials.

1. Boqueria

Restaurant, Spanish

Spanish restaurant Boqueria is in Flatiron
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While happy hour specials vary based on location, this lively Spanish tapas bar and restaurant is great for visiting with a group of friends. The Flatiron location, where happy hour is 3pm to 6.30pm Monday through Friday, has deals on sangria pitchers ($29), draft beer ($5), house wine ($8) and tapas.

2. The Library

Bar, American

This East Village dive bar is old-school – there are CDs in a jukebox and VHS movies projected onto the wall. Its daily happy hour, which runs from 5pm to 8pm, has a “buy one, get one free” policy, and you can also get $5 beer and shot combinations.

3. Pinch Chinese

Restaurant, Chinese

Pinch Chinese is renowned for its dumplings
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Located in SoHo, Pinch Chinese doesn’t just offer discounted drinks during its daily happy hour, but also cheaper food. From 5pm to 7pm, patrons can enjoy $5 dim sum (including pork soup dumplings, vegetable dumplings and spicy wontons) along with $5 draft beer and ciders, $8 mezcal margaritas and old fashioneds, and Taiwan National Gold Medal beer for $4.

5. Verlaine

Bar, Restaurant, Asian, Tapas, Pub Grub

Verliane is named after a 19th-century poet
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This Lower East Side staple boasts that it is home to “NYC’s best happy hour since 2001.” Occurring daily from 5pm to 10pm, Verlaine, named after 19th-century poet Paul Verlaine, offers lychee martinis, sangria, house wines and mixed drinks for $7, and Narragansett for $4.
Verlaine’s happy hour runs from 5pm to 10pm

6. Botanica Bar

Bar, American

A Nolita dive bar, Botanica offers a super-cheap happy hour each night of the week without breaking the bank. Spanning 5pm to 8pm Monday through Friday and 6-8pm on weekends, this cozy space offers $3 beers, $4 well drinks and $5 select wines. Botanica hosts DJ nights as well as karaoke on Sundays.

7. The Wayland

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Juice Bar, American, Pub Grub

This East Village neighborhood bar offers innovative cocktails and modern American comfort food. The Wayland hosts a happy hour from 4pm to 7pm Monday through Friday. Enjoy $1 oysters, $5 oyster shooters, $5 beers, $7 wines and $8 cocktails. As if the cheap drinks aren’t enough, the bar also hosts live music four nights a week.
The Wayland offers deals on a range of drinks

8. 169 Bar

Bar, American

Columbus Park in Chinatown, New York, USA.
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Formerly known as the Bloody Bucket, this New Orleans-themed Lower East Side establishment first opened its doors in 1916. Happy hour at 169 Bar starts as soon as the doors open daily at 11.30am and runs until 7.30pm. There are discounts on already cheap fare, including $1 off cans and draft beer (which typically run $3 to $7), and $2 off everything else.

9. B Flat

Bar, Bistro, American

B Flat serves upscale food and drink
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This Tribeca jazz lounge offers a cozy ambience with upscale food options. Happy hour is 5pm to 7pm Monday through Saturday and 3pm to 7pm on Sunday. Cocktails and saki are offered for $10, while beer is $5 and wine is $7 a glass (or $30 per bottle). Sushi rolls, french fries, edamame and various other food items are also discounted during happy hour.

B Flat’s cocktails cost just $10 during its happy hour

10. Reunion

Bar, French

Head downstairs to this surf-themed bar in Hell’s Kitchen for cheap drink specials and a chilled vibe. Happy hour – which runs from 5.30pm to 8pm Monday, Thursday and Friday – boasts $3 pilsners and specialty shots (including the Acid Drop, a grapefruit-infused vodka), as well as $6 Acid Drop cocktails and tequila-based palomas. Happy hour is all day on Sundays.

11. Mess Hall

Craft Ale Bar, Bar, Cocktail Bar, American

Located just east of Morningside Park in Harlem is Mess Hall, a neighborhood bar specializing in craft beer and spirits. Daily happy hour (4pm to 8pm) features can-and-shot specials like PBR and bourbon for $6, select drafts for $5, and pickleback shots, house wines and all well liquor for $6.

12. Art Bar

Bar, American, Pub Grub

Art Bar is just short walk away from Greenwich Village
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Why pay full price for something when you can pay half? Art Bar, located in the West Village, offers just that for its daily happy hour. Enjoy half-price draft beer, well drinks and house wines from 4pm to 7pm at this low-key lounge.
Patrons can enjoy half-price drinks during Art Bar’s happy hour

13. Boilermaker

Bar, American

This casual cocktail bar is located in the East Village. Happy hour at Boilermaker is 5pm to 8pm during the week when Miller High Life is $4, well drinks are $6, wines (red, white, sparkling) are $7 and cocktails (including old fashioned, Tom Collins and negroni) are $8.

14. Jeremy’s Ale House

Bar, American

Located in FiDi, Jeremy’s Ale House has two happy hours – one in the morning and one at the more traditional post-work time. For just $1.75 patrons can enjoy a 32-ounce styrofoam cup of Coors Light known as The Eye Opener from 8am to 10am on weekdays. If drinking before work isn’t your MO, head there for happy hour from 4pm to 6pm Monday through Friday when half-price well drinks and $4 buckets of Coors and Coors Light are on the drinks menu.
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