Drinkonomics: Best Happy Bars in NYC

Drinkonomics: Best Happy Bars in NYC

by Luiza Oleszczuk
04.15.2009

Never before have we been as keen on drink specials in clubs as in these tough times. The old truth has it that the nightlife industry will never go out of business, but it doesn’t hurt to look for some more affordable encounters than a $200 bottle of Gray Goose with cocktail fixings. Thanks to the ever-present happy hours, you can get wasted even after your check got reduced to a mare half of its previous goodness and signing a bar spree under company expenses remained a nostalgic memory. Fear not. May the Dow drop and companies enter the fast lane to hell; Clubplanet will always find a way to get you to top New York City nightlife and booze outlets.

#10 Best Happy Hour Bar in New York City
La Linea
15 1st Ave.
New York, NY 10003
 

La Linea lounge joins the dive-like style of a long, dark-wood bar with the swanky tone of a glass-wall entrance, velvet rope and a small dance floor filled with a trendy Lower East Side crowd. But what attracts sexy patrons far better than the live DJ and a top-notch décor is the mind-numbing happy hour bar codex that brought us to question the owners’ sanity. Every day, all alcoholic beverages are half-price until 9pm, putting it on our list of best happy hours in NYC. Add to that the late night specials, and you are set to fill up your tank all through the clubbing night with half-price frozen drinks on Sundays, beers on Mondays, cocktails on Tuesdays, flavored vodkas and rums on Wednesdays and martinis and margaritas on Thursdays.


 

#9 Best Happy Hour Bar in New York City
Keybar 
432 E. 13th St.
New York, NY 10001
 

Keybar might be a neighborhood hangout-- and not a huge one-- but that did not stop the three guy-pal owners to pump it up with a DJ booth and artsy, lounge-like décor. The small bar space squeezed into one of the East Village’s quaint buildings offers the cozy clime of a local watering hole and elevates the small-scale nightlife. Psychedelic paintings at Keybar grace exposed brick walls above a tight nuke with couches and pillows, while the small bar offers a tempting two-for-one deal on anything related to booze every day until 10pm, making it one of the best happy hours in NYC.


 

#8 Best Happy Hour Bar In New York City
Red Sky Lounge
47 E. 29th St.
New York, NY 10016
 

This top Midtown South bar-cum-lounge offers a hip décor, a glamorous terrace hangout space upstairs, and attention-grabbing blue back-lit fish tanks. Though it turns into a nightlife hotspot after dark—with its orange-glowing bar, red velvet drapery gracing the ceiling and leather banquettes lined up against the walls—don’t omit it even before the night kicks-off, because of one of the happy hour bars in NYC-- $4 cosmos and apple martinis every day from 4pm to 8pm. The happy hour also offers $3 pints of Bud and Bud Light. Don’t miss the rooftop serving tiki cocktails.


 

#7 Best Happy Hour Bar in New York City
Honey
243 W. 14th St.
New York, NY 10011
 

Located in the tipsy epicenter of the main bar going-ons in New York City, the Meatpacking District, Honey serves a tasty 3,000 square feet of dim swankiness. The chocolate leather banquettes and the 25-feet long, back-lit amber bar are assaulted by the local Village and Chelsea scenesters as well as students and young professionals who made a smart decision of investing in sleek and chick rather than populist and beer-smelling. With the eye-pleasing, loungy décor-- mahogany panels and flickering candles-- Honey offers a soothing essence of high-brow nightlife, while joining it with an outrageously attractive happy hour, the 5-5-5 Happy Hour-- $5 Mixed Drinks, Draft Beers, Bottled Beers, Cocktails and Wines from 5 pm to 10 pm every day.


 

#6 Best Happy Hour Bar in New York City
Boxcar Lounge 
168 Ave. B
New York, NY 10009

Located in the heart of Alphabet City, Boxcar Lounge attracts its hip, artsy patrons with a laid-back ambience and a happy hour of buy-one-get-one-free until 10pm on the weekdays (8pm on the weekends). The menu only features wines and beers, however, both lists are diverse and the Boxcar staff can fix yummy wine cocktails out of their original stock. Meanwhile, the namesake element is conveyed solely by aluminum, boxcar-like plate covering one wall. Otherwise, it’s just a popular bar with good prices.


 

#5 Best Happy Hour Bar in New York City
Barrow Street Ale House
15 Barrow St.
New York, NY 10014

This entirely wood-clad bar is one of those New York City dives with a historical load. A previous carriage house and jazz joint, Barrow Street Ale House offers some of the best happy hours in NYC. Enjoy $3 draughts all day until 7pm between Monday and Friday, plus $3 special draught until close on Tuesdays. Saturdays and Sundays offer $3 pints of Bud and Bud Light from noon to 7pm. What else does a bar fly need for happiness? Well, maybe sports-showing TVs, but, luckily, those are there as well.


 

#4 Best Happy Hour Bar in New York City
Whistlin Dixies
714 11th Ave.
New York, NY 10019
 

What do you know-- you don’t have to go to Texas to find the wild-style nightlife debauchery and cowboy-hat-wearing girls chugging tequila as if it was chocolate milk. Whistlin Dixies is a relatively new addition to Times Square’s after-dark scene, but it already grew famous for the strong drinks, good food (like Dixie's Chili Cheese Burgers) and, of course, the ultra-sexy staff. The happy hours include half-priced drinks for ladies on Tuesdays, from 8pm to 12am; $7 pitchers of Coors Light on Wednesdays, and the special Fiesta Fridays Happy Hour deal-- $3 Dixie Tequila Shots, half-price Monster Margaritas and  $4 “big ass” drafts with free chips and salsa.


 

#3 Best Happy Hour Bar in New York City
Ship of Fools
1590 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10028
 

Ship of Fools is one of those places not sure of what it really wants to be. The white tablecloths suggest a restaurant, the multiple TVs, a sports bar, while scattered nautical elements try to put it all together and link it back to the name. Still, one thing is absolutely sure— the outstanding Ship of Fools happy hours. Weekdays, the Ship of Fools treats with $4 frozen margaritas and $2 pints of Miller and Miller Light from 4p.m. to 7p.m., putting it on our list of best happy hour bars in New York City.


 

#2 Best Happy Hour Bar in New York City
Arte Pasta
81 Greenwich Ave.
New York, NY 10014
 

Arte Pasta finally brings something for the fans of wine—the Wine Lover Wednesdays. Every bottle from their diverse collection is half-off on this middle-of-the-week day. Arte Pasta’s corner, location, an old-world ambience, and genuine Italian cuisine, has been attracting swarms of cultivated patrons for over 15 years; while the signature martinis make it a popular after-work spot for the West Village crowd.


 

 

#1 Best Happy Hour Bar in New York City
169 Bar
169 E. Broadway
New York, NY 10002
 

Known for its live music and dim, cozy ambience of a shady Paris-Montmartre den, 169 Bar offers a laid-back environment dug into the off-the-rout part of the Lower East Side. Styled as a dive, it features a long bar, but lots of space around it, not to mention the quaint music corner housing an old-school piano. But the real treat starts every day at 4 p.m., when you can get well drinks with $3 off, and anything else minus $2 until 7:30p.m., definitely one of the best happy hour bars in town.

 

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