Home to some of the city’s best shopping, street style, and luxury living, SoHo provides plenty to smile about. Now, feel even happier when visiting fashion’s favorite New York neighborhood at these local businesses serving deals and drinks in equal measure. Just in time for five o’clock, here are the best happy hours in SoHo, New York City.
Come hungry to Pera Soho’s happy hour, when the popular Mediterranean eatery serves affordably priced mouthwatering mezze and discounted drinks to wash it all down. Every day from 4 to 7 pm, signature cocktails, select wines, draft beers, and your choice of two mezze dishes, such as house-made hummus and seasoned lamb sliders, can each be snagged for just $7.
With its nautical décor and menu of freshly caught finds, Lure Fishbar makes every visit feel like a vacation. A weekday happy hour from 5 to 7 pm at this upscale spot features $10 cocktails, $8 wines, and $6 beers served alongside elevated bar snacks, such as oyster shooters and caviar-topped deviled eggs. Tip: The restaurant’s expansive dinner menu is well-worth sticking around for post-happy hour.
SoHo hot spot Papatzul is in the business of “redefining the Mexican dining experience,” and as a side effect, raising the bar for happy hour expectations. From 4 to 8 pm, Latin-loving locals can enjoy $6 margaritas, $5 sangria, and some of the best guac outside of Mexico.
Count on the French to deliver a touch of je ne sais quoi to SoHo’s bar scene. At wine bar and restaurant Troquet, French bistro vibes, warm service, and upscale eats with a down-home attitude are what’s on the menu. Every day from 4 to 7 pm, local Francophiles can enjoy $5 beers, $9 cocktails, and happy hour bites, including French fries and salmon tartare, without a Paris price tag.
It’s worth braving the crowds at Botanica Bar, where above-average happy hour deals ensure packed rooms and padded wallets. Snag a seat on the bar’s eclectically mismatched furniture anytime before 8 pm, and enjoy craft beers, wines, mixed drinks, and even ciders, most of which are priced between $4 and $5.
Judging from its five locations scattered across the city, Dos Caminos is a rare exception to New Yorkers’ “no chains” rule. The Mexican restaurant-bar is a SoHo go-to any time of day, but perhaps especially on weekdays between 3 and 6 pm and from 9 pm to close. Check out this chain’s happy hour for $10 tequila tasting flights (they’ve got over 100 types of tequila), beer, sangria, and margaritas priced at $4 to $8, and $6 bocaditos, including made-to-order guacamole and three-cheese chorizo fundido.
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Regardless of the kind of day you had, Italian comfort food—and a trip to Galli Restaurant—is always a good idea. The weekday happy hour at this Italian eatery is worth saving your appetite for, as arancini, stuffed mushrooms, and discounted wines, cocktails, and more are secured at steal prices from 4 to 7 pm.
Living by its slogan of “Life is short. Drink early,” SoHo’s Spring Lounge starts pouring drinks as early as 8 am. While you’ll never have an unhappy hour here, visiting during certain times ensures some smile-prompting perks. Time your trip for Wednesday after 5 pm to enjoy free hot dogs cooked in your bartender’s choice of beer of the week or on Sunday after 12 pm to snag a free bagel with all the fixings.