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8 NYC Happy Hours to Try

February 25, 2019

With so many great happy hour spots in New York, the challenge can be in simply narrowing it down to one for the evening. While some folks have their favorites—perhaps because of proximity to home or work—it never hurts to mix things up and venture out into new territory. You never know who you’re going to meet, what you’re going to eat, or what new drink a new mixologist has whipped up for you. We’ve rounded up some of the best watering holes for wine, beer, and cocktail lovers, as well as some terrific spots for fantastic fare with your happy hour drinks. Drop by one of these great bars to expand your repertoire of stellar happy hours.

For Wine Lovers…

Amélie 

22 West 8th Street, New York, NY 10011
Happy Hour: Daily, 5-7 PM

This West Village wine bar, with its distinctly Parisian interior, offers three-glass wine flights during happy hour from 5-7 PM daily. If you only have time for one glass, their ever-changing, pages-long wine menu has a plethora of excellent, international wines and sangrias. And during the summer months, Amélie has one of the best happy hours for French food in the city, offering a delightful three-course meal from 4-6 PM daily.

Corkbuzz

75 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
Happy Hour: Daily, 5-7 PM

A small but energetic wine bar, Corkbuzz offers seasonal plates and an extensive wine list. From 5-7 PM daily, patrons can partake in a “blind happy hour”: a sommelier-selected flight of red or white wine with a tasting grid. Perfect for budding wine connoisseurs and true oenophiles alike, the blind flight comes with a handful of facts about regions, tastes, and styles, and everyone walks away with a more robust knowledge of wine. 

For Beer Lovers…

Cooper’s Craft and Kitchen

97 2nd Avenue New York, NY 10003
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday, 4-7 PM

Cooper’s Craft and Kitchen is a beer lover’s dream. With an impressive selection of brews, (at the time of this publication, they had 24 on tap, eight in bottles, and 12 in cans) they’re sure to carry your favorite, or one just like it. Most of those beers are included in their happy hour menu, as are cocktails and a modest but to-the-point wine list.

Jeremy’s Ale House

228 Front Street, New York, NY 10038
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday, 4-6 PM

Relive your college days at Jeremy’s Ale House at the Seaport. From Monday through Friday, Jeremy’s happy hour menu includes buckets of Coors and Coors Light,  well drinks, and  22 beers on tap. The Ale House has an extensive food menu as well. Although famous for their ice cold, 32-ounce beers and seafood, they also have options like hot dogs and fries—maybe the perfect accompaniment to these college-reminiscent happy hour drinks.

For Cocktail Aficionados…

West 3rd Common

1 West 3rd Street, New York, NY 10012
Happy Hour: Daily, 4-8 PM

This West Village bar and gastropub offers a great happy hour for cocktail aficionados, which includes their famous cosmos and appletinis. Also on the happy hour menu are select beers, a balanced wine list, and appetizers and bar snacks.Their Saturday and Sunday brunch special includes unlimited bloody marys, mimosas, and screwdrivers, and happy hour on Sundays doesn’t end until close.

Huckleberry Bar

588 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Happy Hour: Sunday & Monday, all night; Tuesday-Friday 5-8 PM

A destination for craft cocktails, Huckleberry Bar in Williamsburg offers house cocktails during their daily happy hour, plus draft beers and wine by the glass. Sundays and Mondays feature all-night happy hour, while Wednesdays are the nights for wine lovers. This charming bar also has a spacious backyard, making this a perfect place for when the weather gets a little warmer.

Food and Games

Full Circle Bar

318 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Happy Hour: Monday-Saturday, 5-8 PM; Sunday, 11 PM-close

If you crave snacks with your drinks, consider Full Circle Bar in Brooklyn, where there’s a beer-and-hot-dog combo, along with a selection of 40 canned beers from which to choose. Also included in their happy hour are draft beers, frozen drinks, cocktails, and Skee-Ball games. Sunday nights feature happy hour until close, but keep in mind that Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights are Skee-Ball league nights. So, if you want to get in a couple games of your own before the action starts, getting there early is a must. 

Seamore’s (Urbanspace Vanderbilt)

E 45th Street & Vanderbilt Avenue, New York, NY 10169
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday, 4-6 PM

Seamore’s offers some of the the best, most sustainable seafood in the city, in a space where it “feels like you just stepped off the boat in Maine.” Their Urbanspace Vanderbilt location has a great happy hour, including beer, wine, cocktails, and tacos. Choose your type (fish, shrimp, chicken, or avocado), and enjoy happy hour like a sailor. 

Ready to get even more adventurous with your cocktails? Try one of these speakeasies on your next night out!

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