Happy Hour in New York

Happy Hour New York

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If you're looking to wind down after a long day at work or sightseeing but don't want to drop a small fortune for a good beer and decent food, then check out our list of the best happy hour specials the New York City bar scene has to offer.

Common Ground

4-8PM Monday-Friday
206 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009

Best deal: $2 Yuengling and two-for-one appetizers and Panini sandwiches

If you're searching for good New York happy hour specials paired with fun times, look no further than Common Ground. This local pub with an old library feel offers incredible happy hour specials Monday through Friday from 4-8PM, including two-for-one appetizers and Panini sandwiches, $5 Apple Martinis and Cosmos, and $2 Yuengling and Miller Lites. Complete your happy hour experience by getting comfy with a good book or by playing one of their many board games like Connect Four, Sorry! and Jenga.

Rudy's Bar & Grill

Daily until 8PM
627 9th Ave. (at 44th St.)
New York, NY 10036

Best deal: Free Hebrew National hot dogs (always!)

Cheap drinks and free food are two concepts that seem to be non-existent in New York City. During happy hour at Rudy's Bar & Grill in the Hell's Kitchen, though, you will find both. You really can't beat a pitcher of Rudy's Blonde for $7 and free Hebrew National hot dogs after a long day at the office. At this diverse local New York bar, you'll find discounted pitchers of beer until 8PM, but free hot dogs last until the bar shuts down at 4AM. If you're not into processed meat, Rudy's allows you to bring outside food in to eat at the bar. Don't fret if you can't make it before 8PM, Rudy's offers affordable prices on almost all drinks to keep the locals and tourists alike coming back for more. Visit Rudy's for happy hour on Saturday or Sunday and take advantage of its $3 drafts, $4 well drinks and $4 bloody marys. With a giant pink pig standing outside the front door, it is hard to miss this infamous spot that has been around since 1933. If you aren't lucky enough to score one of the few red duct-taped booths inside, make sure you squeeze your way up to the bar to order from Joe – the local's favorite bartender. He'll fill your cup and offer you some jukebox selections that are sure to please the crowd.

Pine Tree Lodge

5PM-8PM Monday-Friday
326 E 35th St. (between 1st & 2nd Ave.)
New York, NY 10016

Best deal: Free buffet

This quirky local cocktail lounge is one of New York's best kept secrets. Indeed, the Pine Tree Lodge on 35th looks like it was decorated by a deer hunter on LSD. Here you will see Christmas lights, animal heads, a variety of uniquely decorated rooms and even more decorated people. This unpretentious little gem offers a popular two-for-one happy hour special 5 to 8PM during the week. In addition to drink specials, you will find a small happy hour buffet offering free food at the entrance. Two cold drinks and a plate of chicken with rice are the perfect precursor to an exciting game of Big Buck Hunter – one of the arcade games in the back. There are plenty of overstuffed love seats, couches and sofas to rest on while enjoying one of the many song choices from the jukebox. The bartenders are local, friendly, and know how to have a good time. This is the perfect happy hour restaurant in NYC for someone looking to get off the beaten path and venture into uncharted waters.

Blind Tiger Ale House

11:30AM-8PM Monday-Friday
281 Bleecker St.
New York, NY 10014

Best deal: Fresh cheese and baguettes Wednesdays at 6PM

Every weekday from 11:30AM to 8PM, the Blind Tiger Ale House in the West Village area of New York offers a happy hour special of $1 off any draft beer, cask beer, glass of wine, prosecco or mead. Get there at 6PM on Wednesdays when the Blind Tiger displays close to four pounds of different cheeses from the local cheese shop, Murray's, along with fresh baguettes from Amy's Bread. Open until 4AM every day, the Blind Tiger Ale House has been praised by The New York Times as "One of New York's best beer bars." This dimly lit bar with wooden floors is covered in blackboards that list their ever-changing beer selection and specials. Cozy up with a cask ale next to the fireplace during the winter, or grab a spot next to the open front windows when the weather is nice. No matter what the season, this spot is a must for happy hour in New York and sure to please with a wide variety of beer and wine.

Brother Jimmy's BBQ

Daily from 5-7PM
428 Amsterdam Avenue (between 80th St & 81st St.)
New York, NY 10024

116 E. 16th St.
New York, NY 10003

Best deal: Live music Wednesdays with discounted burgers and bourbon

Brother Jimmy's is a southern BBQ joint smack dab in the middle of the big city. Each of their seven Manhattan locations offer daily happy hour specials from 5 to 8PM that include half-price appetizers at the bar, $2 pints of Bud and Bud Light, $2 frozen margaritas and $3 well drinks. Make sure to check out "Live Music Wednesdays: Burgers & Bourbon" at the Union Square location where you'll find one of New York's favorite happy hour menus, which includes $3 sliders, $6 burgers, $5 bourbon cocktails and a live band starting at 9PM. In addition to great food and drink specials, Brother Jimmy's offers a variety of unique dishes like Frickles (fried dill pickles), hush puppies, Red Neck shots and Swamp Water (a huge fish bowl with a refreshing cocktail).

The Watering Hole

3-7PM Mondays-Thursdays; noon to 7PM Fridays to Sundays
106 E 19th St.
New York, NY 10003

Best deal: Free buffet of buffalo wings and fries

The Watering Hole hosts their happy hour Monday-Thursday from 3PM-7PM, and Friday and Saturday from noon to 7PM. During happy hour, all beer and wine is $4 and all well drinks are $5. This incredible happy hour caters to New York's young professionals with cocktail and beer specials and a free buffet loaded with buffalo wings and fries. Thursdays always guarantee a great time with karaoke beginning at 10PM and lasting until close at 4AM.

Barramundi Bar

Daily from 6PM-9PM
67 Clinton St.
New York, NY 10002
(212) 529-6999

Best deal: Two-for-one well drinks, sangria and draft beer

Barramundi's popular happy hour features two-for-one happy hour specials on all well drinks, Sangria, and draft beers from 6PM-9PM. This is the place to take your friends for a fun night out after work. Call ahead and let them know how many people you plan to bring and the bartenders will be sure to extend their happy hour offerings to you and your crew until 11PM! This local bar serves a full menu from local award-winning restaurant Alias. Place your order with the staff and someone will deliver your food from Alias to your table. If you're not up for a full meal, enjoy the delicious complimentary popcorn offered every day. From tables made out of tree trunks to deer heads with blond wigs, you are sure to see a little bit of everything at this eclectic spot. Make sure you leave the plastic at home, though, as this New York happy hour gem accepts cash only.


Daily from 1PM-8PM
692 10th Ave. (between 48th & 49th St.)
New York, NY 10019
(212) 582-5660

Best deal: $4 for well drinks or a pint of any beer

Clean, chic, comfy and inviting, this Hell's Kitchen bar is a local favorite for folks on this side of New York, offering insane happy hour specials from 1PM-8PM including $4 pints and $3 mugs of any beer on draft, plus $2 off any specialty cocktail and $5 glasses of wine. Satisfy your appetite with one of Perdition's many food options ranging from wings and salad to chips and salsa – all under $10. Don't be surprised if you meander up to order a drink and have to dodge a dog or two on the way -- Perdition is pet friendly and often allows pooches on the furniture.

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