A taste of Paris, romance, and “hotel lobbies of days gone by” are what’s on the menu at Maison Premiere. The home to New York’s largest collection of absinthes boasts a second claim to fame: site of the city’s best oyster happy hour. On weekdays from 4 to 7 pm and weekends from 11 am to 1 pm, some of Maison Premiere’s 30 different oyster types can be enjoyed for just $1.
Maison Premiere, 298 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 347 335 0446
The only place in New York where it’s acceptable to order your drink with a fried chicken chaser, The Commodore is a favorite amongst dive-loving Williamsburg locals. Those who manage to locate the bar’s unmarked entrance on weekdays from 4 to 7 pm and weekends from 3 to 7 pm will be rewarded with $2 drink discounts, $3 beers, and what some regard as the best birds in the city.
The Commodore, 366 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 218 7632
You’ve heard of the farm-to-table fad; now meet the Williamsburg business pioneering the local beer-to-table movement. Every Friday at Brooklyn Brewery, patient patrons (lines start forming as early as 5 pm) can nab five tokens for $20 or 1 token for $5 to exchange for beers from the brewery’s tasting room, open from 6 to 11 pm. In addition to snagging freshly brewed beers for just $5, this happy hour also features popular free brewery tours at 7 and 8 pm.
Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N 11th St, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 486 7422
Only in Williamsburg can one of the area’s best happy hours be found at an old-fashioned bowling alley. Whether you’re looking to drink (snag $3 off pitchers and more drink discounts from 5 to 7 pm on weekdays) or to play (enjoy two-for-one bowling on Friday from 2 to 6 pm and Sunday through Thursday from 1 to 4 am), The Gutter has an ideal deal for you. Tip: While this bar-cum-bowling alley doesn’t sell food, it does welcome take-out, allowing you to create your happiest hour yet.
The Gutter, 200 N 14th St, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 387 3585
At Alligator Lounge, every hour is happy. Here, each drink purchase until 3:30 am comes with a free slice of wood-fired pizza made on-site. Also offering pool, karaoke, and trivia, this down-to-earth establishment brings individuality back to Brooklyn.
Alligator Lounge, 600 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 599 4440
Radegast Hall & Biergarten
As “Brooklyn’s first authentic biergarten in the new era,” Radegast Hall & Biergarten attracts European expats and brew-loving locals alike. While there’s no wrong time to enjoy Radegast’s free live music and open-air garden space, weekday visits yield the best deal. Time your trip for 12 to 4 pm Monday through Friday to enjoy the hall’s $11 Pilsner Urquell and bratwurst combo or from 4 to 7 pm Tuesday through Friday to snag an entrée and beer pairing for just $20.
Radegast Hall & Biergarten, 113 N 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 963 3973
Bar Below Rye
It should come as no surprise that one of Williamsburg’s most sought-after restaurants also pours some of the borough’s best drinks. At Bar Below Rye (the more relaxed counterpart to Rye), a weekday visit from 5:30 to 7 pm earns you a mouthwatering $5 Old Fashioned and $5 burger combo.
Bar Below Rye, 247 S 1st St, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 218 8047
One of the last true dives in Williamsburg, Trophy Bar deserves, well, a trophy. Enjoy “maximum fun and minimum attitude” at this South Williamsburg business, featuring daily deals from 4 to 8 pm. For $6, you can snag everything from a cheeseburger with fries to a mug of mulled wine, while $5 will get you any draft or well drink. The friendly service and unpretentious environment? That comes free of charge.
Trophy Bar, 351 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 347 227 8515