You don’t have to go very far in New York to find a bar or restaurant promoting happy hour specials, but some places offering discounted post-work drinks are more worthy of your time than others. Plus, with spring right around the corner, we’re always keeping an eye out for the ultimate match: a great happy hour on a beautiful patio or roof deck.
To make sure you’re getting the most out of your happy hours, we’ve put together a list of the best deals in the Big Apple. Whether you’re in the mood for tropical drinks on a rooftop or a party punch you can share with a big group of co-workers, you’re bound to find something fitting in our roundup below.
When the weather starts to warm up, there’s nothing better than a tasty tropical drink. That’s why we love Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar, where the beachy drinks, created with house-made syrups and fresh juices, are refreshing, flavorful, and strong. During happy hour, which runs from 4-7 p.m. daily, grab a glass of wine for $8, martinis for $9, handcrafted cocktails for $8, beer for $6, and small plates that range in price from $7-11. To see the full drink menu, click here. 551 Fifth Ave, New York, NY.
There’s nothing better than sipping delicious discounted drinks on a rooftop. During happy hour at Penthouse 808, you can enjoy $7 specialty cocktails, $7 select glasses of wine, and $5 select beers, but the best part about happy hour at this Long Island City spot is the view of the Manhattan skyline. As if that wasn’t enough, various bar bites and sushi rolls are also on special during happy hour, which runs from 5-8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Check out all the specials here. 8-08 Queens Plaza South, Long Island City, NY.
Hotel Chantelle is one of our go-to spots on the Lower East Side. Not only does it serve a killer brunch, but the happy hour at this trendy restaurant is great too. This rooftop hotspot offers $7 specialty cocktails, $7 house drinks, and $7 food specials, with tasty options like deviled eggs and white truffle flatbread, during happy hour. See Hotel Chantelle’s happy hour specials here, and enjoy them from 5-8 p.m. Monday through Friday. 92 Ludlow St., New York, NY.
Step into Lazy Point and you’ll instantly be transported to the beachy, Eastern Long Island town the Hudson Square bar is named after. Not only does the atmosphere of this quaint, laid-back bar make for a nice escape from stressful city life, but the drinks are second to none. A selection of beer and Lazy Point’s signature cocktails — including one of our favorites, the Pistachio Mule — are available during happy hour, which runs from 5-8 p.m. daily. See all the drinks on offer during happy hour here. 310 Spring St., New York, NY.
Studio Square, a 30,000-square-foot beer garden, is great for groups because it’s spacious and features plenty of communal tables. The space also has a large projector screen perfect for viewing sports and other events or videos. During happy hour, which takes place Monday through Friday from open until 7 p.m., enjoy $4 tap beers — there’s currently 19 to choose from — and $4 glasses of red and white sangria. See current drink special here. 35-33 36th St., Long Island City, NY.
We love the rustic and relaxing atmosphere at Brooklyn Winery, where winemaker Conor McCormack and his talented team focus on producing small-batch, artisanal wines. During happy hour, which runs from 5-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, select wines are $7 and bar nuts and assorted olives are on special for $3. We also recommend taking advantage of Half Off Bottle Night. Every Wednesday, all bottles of Brooklyn Winery wine are half off when you purchase two food items valued at $8 or more, which you’ll probably end up doing anyway because the food is just as noteworthy as the wine. Get all the details here. 213 N. 8th St., Brooklyn, NY.
Whether it’s taco Tuesday or just a random weekday, we’re almost always in the mood for Mexican. At La Contenta, a cozy space on the Lower East Side, snacks like guacamole, nachos, and chicken taquitos are just $8, and an impressive selection of cocktails, including a classic margarita and Bloody Maria, are the same price during happy hour. Come for the welcoming, authentic vibes and stay for the unique, tasty drinks. Happy hour runs daily from 4-7 p.m. Read our La Contenta brunch review here, and see the happy hour specials here. 102 Norfolk St., New York, NY.
Randolph Brooklyn’s happy hour special is perfect for big groups. Starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Randolph Brooklyn offers pitchers of its signature cocktails like The Billie Rose (bourbon, velvet falernum, mint, fresh lime, fresh orange, angostura bitters) and El Pepino Fresco (tequila, St. Germain, fresh cucumber, fresh lime, Peychaud’s bitters) for just $25. Not only are these drinks strong, but they’re great for sharing with friends. Read our review of Randolph Brooklyn’s brunch here, and see the happy hour details here. 104 S. 4th St., Brooklyn, NY.
VU Rooftop Bar is a little-known spot in Koreatown that has an unrivaled view of the Empire State Building. Located on top of La Quinta Hotel on 32nd Street, you really can’t get much closer to the iconic building, plus, the happy hour specials are amazing, especially for a rooftop bar. From 5-7 p.m. on weekdays and all day on Sunday, enjoy $5 beers, $5 well drinks and $3 house shots. Get more information here. 17 W. 32nd St., New York, NY 10001.
Our favorite part about Tavern 29 is the third-floor, rooftop beer garden that features cute communal tables that are great for groups. During happy hour, which is held Monday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m., select glasses of wine are $5, plus there are additional drink specials that change daily, so you can always try something new. After happy hour, fill up on Tavern 29’s delicious, upscale pub food, like the kobe beef sliders or chipotle bison burger. Get more information here. 47 E. 29th St., New York, NY 10016.