Happy hour is everyone’s favorite time of day, when we’re finally free from the confinement of our desks and allowed to flee to the best drink deals around. But it’s practically a way of life in Brooklyn, where Manhattan paper pushers return after a long day spent building up a mighty thirst. And while the prices in Brooklyn are already more reasonable than most in Manhattan, some bars offer better bargains than others. Here, the seven best happy hours in Brooklyn where you’ll find top-quality cocktails and snacks at seriously low prices.
Outfitted with plush leather seating, glistening chandeliers and rich wood details, this sumptuous bar has an elegant, upscale feel that isn’t intimidating or pretentious. If you go in the evening, you’ll be met with live jazz music and, most likely, a wait to be seated. But arrive early during Clover Club’s Monday-Friday happy hour, and you’ll get your pick of tables and the best cocktail deals in Brooklyn. Expertly-made classics like the Sloe Gin Fizz or the Corn Whiskey Old Fashioned will only set you back $8 (usually $13-14), and snacks like deviled eggs and duck fat-fried potato chips only cost $5.
This beautiful, rum-driven bar is a design-lover’s dream. The gorgeous interior is only rivaled by Donna’s carefully crafted libations, many of which are served with bright, tropical garnishes. Their weekday happy hour runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and features $9 (regularly $12) frozen and draft cocktails like the Japanese Daisy—made with Suntory Toki Whisky, Lemongrass Mizu Shochu, Lustau Sherry, lime, orange blossom and seltzer. Come for Taco Tuesday, when you can get two tacos for $6 until 11 p.m. with the purchase of a drink.
Yours Sincerely is already one of our favorite Brooklyn bars for their delicious on-tap cocktails, but they also have one of the best happy hours in town. Every day from 5 to 8 p.m., their favorite takes on classic cocktails are just $5. Order a Lab Rat (Daiquiri) or El Nino (Margarita) from the friendly staff before snagging a seat in their spacious backyard. And if you happen to live in the neighborhood (proof required), their happy hour specials are good for the entire night on Mondays.
You’ll find killer cocktails and tasty snacks in this gorgeous, under-the-radar Japanese speakeasy. While a mixed drink will usually cost you $14, their happy hour prices are much more wallet-friendly. Hit Karasu on weekdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for $7 Hawkeye Highballs (made with Suntory Whisky Toki and housemade green apple soda) and $7 tonkatsu sandwiches. We’ll gladly eat an early bird dinner for that deal.
Rye has been slinging one of the best Williamsburg happy hours for years: On weekdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m., their expertly mixed Old Overholt Rye Old Fashioned will only set you back $5. If you’re feeling hungry (you know you are), Rye’s tasty cheeseburger costs just $5 more.
This Williamsburg neighborhood favorite boasts one of the most convenient happy hours (it lasts from 4 to 8 p.m. daily), especially if your city job makes you miss more standard 7 p.m. cutoff times. You can snag wine, well drinks and draft beers for $5, and cocktails like Margaritas, Bloody Marys and mulled wine for $6. Hungry patrons can order a grilled cheese, cheeseburger, or veggie burger and fries for $6. Go for the deals, stay for the great music selection.
Bar Uni, which opened earlier this year in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood, knows how to do happy hour right. The Japanese-inspired cocktail bar and seafood restaurant offers $2 off signature cocktails, draft beer, wine and sake until 8 p.m. every night. Snack on $1 oysters and $2.50 crab claws as you sip a cocktail like Mimi’s Daiquiri—made with aged rum, cherry tomatoes, lime and peach bitters.