New York City isn’t the cheapest city on Earth. In fact, it’s known for being incredibly expensive, and in terms of drinking, NYC has a reputation for being the land of the $16 cocktail. So while yes, it’s true, drinks here can be expensive, there are cheap options if you know where to look. From old-school dive bars that haven’t changed their prices in years to modern, upscale bars and restaurants that have crazy cheap deals, here are the top places in New York City to drink, even if you’re on a tight budget.
Rudy’s Bar & Grill has always been known as a place to drink and eat for cheap, and the fame they’ve acquired for giving out free hot dogs doesn’t hurt. Opened in 1919, it’s one of the oldest bars in NYC, and nearly a century later it seems that their prices have hardly changed. For the best deal, order a bucket of their house beer for $7.75 and share it with a group of friends (or keep it all for yourself).