Assuming you don't want to responsibly drink 24oz beers from a bodega all night, finding a cheap drink in this city has become increasingly more difficult. Or at least, it had, until we put together this list of 56 bad-ass bars around the city where you can get a shot and a beer for $7 or less. And yes, we divvied them all up by neighborhood, because everyone deserves a cheap shot-and-a-beer oasis near them.
Double Down Saloon
14 Ave A
The Deal: $5 for a can of Genesee and a well shot.
7 Ave A
The Deal: After midnight, you can get Busch and well-whiskey for $5.
204 Ave B
The Deal: A PBR and a shot for $5.
34-07 30th Avenue
The Deal: $5 for a PBR and a shot of whiskey.
31 3rd Ave
The Deal: A Bud Light draft and a well shot for $7.
940 Flushing Ave
The Deal: $6 for a 16oz Miller High Life and a shot of whiskey, or a Tecate and tequila for $5.
236 Troutman St
The Deal: A tall boy and well liquor for $4, or a tall boy and Jameson for $6.
Gotham City Lounge
1293 Myrtle Ave
The Deal: A PBR and whiskey for $3. THREE. DOLLARS.
21 Essex St
The Deal: A PBR and shot of whiskey for $5.
21 Essex St
The Deal: A High Life and whiskey, or Modelo and tequila, for $6.
Blue and Gold
79 E 7th St
The Deal: Score "The Dirty Hipster" (A PBR can and Jagermeister), or "The Red Neck" (a Bud and Beam) for $5.
102 1st Ave
The Deal: Before 8pm, get a Rolling Rock and an Evan Williams shot for just $5.
Spanky & Darla's
140 1st Ave
The Deal: A PBR and a house shot for $5.50.
Otto's Shrunken Head
538 E 14th St
The Deal: A beer and a shot of whiskey for $6, Mon-Fri from 2-8pm, or Sun from 4-8pm.
The Boiler Room
86 E 4th St
The Deal: On Tuesdays, you can get a draft beer and a shot for $6.
209 E 5th St
The Deal: A PBR and Evan Williams for $6, Sunday-Thursday.
317 E Houston St
The Deal: A 24oz beer, and a whiskey or tequila shot, for $8 (which we'll let slide since it's a 24oz beer).
325 E 14th St
The Deal: A bottle of High Life and a whiskey for $6, before 7pm.
509 E 5th St
The Deal: A Genesee and some Evan Williams for $5.
441 E 6th St
The Deal: A Tecate and a tequila is $6.
120 1/2 1st Ave
The Deal: $5 for a can of Genny and a shot of Evan Williams before 8pm; $6 after 8pm.
25 3rd Ave
The Deal: So no beer is actually involved in this deal, but you can get five shots of whatever you want for $10.
222 E 14th St
The Deal: A $5 beer & shot combo (Tecate or PBR) from 6-11pm.
32 Cliff St
The Deal: $6 for either PBR or Rolling Rock, with a well shot of your choice.
71 Lafayette St
The Deal: A shot of house liquor and a Rolling Rock for $6.
579 Meeker Ave
The Deal: A Bud and Jack Daniels for $6.
123 Burger Shot Beer
738 10th Ave
The Deal: They've got a selection of beers for three bucks, and speciality mixed shots for two bucks. If our math is right, we're looking at a $5 shot-and-a-beer.
Rudy's Bar & Grill
627 9th Ave
The Deal: The Rudy's Stimulus Package -- a shot of Bushmills and a pint of Rudy's Blonde draft for $5.
Iggy's Keltic Lounge
132 Ludlow St
The Deal: A tall boy of PBR and any well shot for $6.
169 E Broadway
The Deal: A Genesse or Black Label (beer, not whiskey, sorry) and a well shot for $3, from 1-7pm; $5 after 7pm.
Boss Tweed's Saloon
115 Essex St
The Deal: A Rolling Rock, PBR, or Bud with a well shot for $6.
The Deal: $5 for a Bud and a well shot, everyday before 10pm.
247 5th Ave
The Deal: They've got a rotating selection of shot-and-a-beer specials for $5.
577 5th Ave
The Deal: Tecate and tequila or High Life and a whiskey for $6.
Brooklyn Ice House
318 Van Brunt St
The Deal: The Fiesta (Tecate/shot of tequila) is $5, the Stevedore (PBR and shot of Evan Williams) is $4; and the Liberty (Bud and a shot of 100-proof rye) is $5.
The Patriot Saloon
110 Chambers St
The Deal: A PBR and well shot runs you $5.75 (save those quarters).
1452 2nd Ave
The Deal: A PBR and a well shot of vodka, whiskey, or tequila for just $7.
1471 1st Ave
The Deal: $3 PBRs, $4 High Lifes, plus four shots for 10 bucks all-day-long, over the course of four rounds, that's either $5.50 or $6.50 for a shot and a beer. Math!
The Ding-Dong Lounge
929 Columbus Ave
The Deal: A can of Genny and a well shot for $6.
90 Greenwich Ave
The Deal: A Coors or Rolling Rock and a shot for $6.50.
484 Union Ave
The Deal: Jameson and a PBR, everyday from 5-9pm.
462 Union Ave
The Deal: A beer and well shot for $6 from 3-7pm.
108 Bedford Ave
The Deal: A can of Genny and Evan Williams (or any well shot) for $7.
174 Bedford Ave
The Deal: You've got a couple options here: The Low-Life (Miller High Life and a shot of whiskey), The Bandito (Tecate and a shot of tequila), or The Gringo (Tecate and a shot of whiskey) are all $5.
272 Grand St
The Deal: A PBR and a well shot is $5.
Full Circle Bar
318 Grand St
The Deal: $5 gets you Tecate & a tequila shot, or Genny & a shot. $6 gets you Genny and a "whiskey neat".
48 S 4th St
The Deal: A PBR and Old Crow for $5.
285-289 Kent Ave
The Deal: A well shot and a beer for $5 from 5:30 - 9pm.
264 Grand St
The Deal: A mug of beer/a shot of whiskey for $5.
The Deal: You can get a shot of tequila and a can of Tecate for $6, some whiskey and a High Life for $5, or a High Life and Jameson for $7.
212 Berry St
The Deal: The Sportsmen Special (Black Label and a shot of Evan Williams) is $4; the Texas Two-Step (Lone Star beer and a shot of tequila) is $5; and The Frat Boy (Bud/a shot of Jagermeister) is $5.
161 Montrose Ave
The Deal: They've got a lot here -- "The Mane Event" is $5 for a can of Lions Head and well whiskey, the "Dirty Sanchez" is $6 for a can of Modelo and well tequila, the "L-I-V-I-N"6 is $6 for High Life and Jim Beam, and the "Neighbor Jim" is $7 for a pint of Narragansett and Jim Beam.
Bushwick Country Club
618 Grand St
The Deal: A shot of Old Crow and a tall boy of PBR for $6.
1. Tandem236 Troutman St, New York
2. Blue & Gold Tavern79 E 7th St, New York
3. Coal Yard102 1st Ave, New York
4. B-Side204 Ave B, New York
5. The Scratcher209 E 5th St, New York
6. Mama's Bar34 Avenue B, New York
7. Manitoba's99 Ave B, New York
8. Bushwick Country Club618 Grand St, Brooklyn
9. Iron Horse32 Cliff St, New York
10. Crocodile Lounge325 E 14th St, New York
11. 169 Bar169 E Broadway, New York
12. Rudy's Bar & Grill627 9th Ave, New York
13. Botanica Bar47 E Houston St, New York
14. Pork Slope247 5th Ave, Brooklyn
15. Brooklyn Ice House318 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn
16. Johnny's Bar90 Greenwich Ave, New York
17. Union Pool484 Union Ave, Brooklyn
18. Full Circle Bar318 Grand St, Brooklyn
19. The Woods48 S 4th St, Brooklyn
20. Clem's264 Grand St, Brooklyn
21. Trophy Bar351 Broadway, Brooklyn
22. The Levee212 Berry St, Brooklyn
What to expect varies, depending on what day you go. On the weekends, put your dancing shoes on. Mornings/afternoons feature a quality brunch. And on Wednesdays, stop by for a comedy show. And no matter when you go here, it's always a good time for a cold beer.
This East Village dive bar is your typical hole in the ground. It has cheap booze, a quality juke, and a pool table for when the first two options aren't entertaining enough for you.
This East Village haunt isn't about frills. What is it about? Cheap drinks, attentive 'tenders, and a laid-back vibe (featuring a back patio for warm weather).
Many rave about the sweeeeet juke box tunes B-Side always seems to be playing, but the real draw is their super-cheap drink specials such as their beer and shot combo.
It might have a weird name, but this East Village watering hole has a classic chill vibe with live music on Sundays and quality drink specials just about every day of the week.
Mama's in the East Village is a dive bar in every sense of the word, except for the fact that they are serving up some of their own "house infusions" like bacon-infused bourbon. Just think of the possibilities...
This comfortable neighborhood drinkery features great (and cheap) drink specials and the walls are adorned with legendary rock and roll photos ever taken, which will be greatly appreciated by the nostalgic rocker, no doubt.
It’s not quite in Bushwick, and it’s definitely not a country club. This Williamsburg tavern has super-cheap drink specials and a huge backyard. Its off-kilter atmosphere is decked out with pinup art, red-velour airplane seats, a Jim Beam-and-Coke slushie machine, and an old-school photo booth. To its credit, Bushwick Country Club actually does have a mini golf course (and the windmill is made of PBR boxes). BCC’s greatest claim to fame is the pickleback shot, born and raised at this joint (and undoubtably the catalyst for many-a-time 3am make-outs in the photo booth).
You'd be hard-pressed to find a NYC joint with cheaper drinks than Iron Horse. Natty, PBR, and Rolling Rock all start at $2 and if you aren't into them, then maybe you'll enjoy their quality selection of bar grub.
What could be better than free pizza with every drink? Cheap drinks in the first place! And CL has both!
Drenched in colored light and decked out in palm trees,169 Bar may read a tad tacky, but that’s because it is. It’s earned that right after being around since 1916 (when its original name was the “Bloody Bucket”). Striptease dancers perform on a tiny platform alongside worn red booths as a funloving crowd guzzles cheap beer, frozen cocktails, and oyster Bloody Mary shooters (yes, they have a raw bar, but expect to be served on paper plates). A leopard print billiards table lives in the small back room, just don’t be shy about asking patrons to move for that winning shot.
Rudy's Bar is one of the oldest dive bars in New York City history, and one of the first bars to get a liquor license when prohibition ended in 1933. It's got a pretty extensive list of draft and bottled beers for a dive (all at fantastically low prices), and free hot dogs with the purchase of any drink. The staff at Rudy's is always friendly and inviting, making it a favorite among tourists and locals alike.
Boasting an absurdly cheap happy hour -- we highly recommend the Ginger Yum Yum -- this Nolita dive hub, in all of its dark and intimate glory, is largely filled with young professionals. Guests can either lounge on one of Botanica's many couches, or occupy the spacious backroom, all while enjoying the bar's occasional live music and its effortlessly dive-y atmosphere.
This whiskey-centric bar in Park Slope serves classic all-American food like fried chicken sandwiches with iceburg lettuce and ranch, cheeseburgers on potato rolls, and baked mac & cheese. Inspired by the movie Road House, the space has a honky-tonk-meets-roadside diner vibe thanks to kitschy antiques collected by the bar's crew over the years. The kitchen closes at 2am daily, so it's great for any late-night greasy food cravings.
Some 50 beers are served at this hoppin’ tavern with a dive feel on Van Brunt Street, outfitted with leather banquettes, distressed wood panelling, and chalkboard-walled bathrooms. The space’s previous incarnation as a BBQ restaurant lives on in the signature pulled pork sandwich, which amounts to a simple pile of smoky pork on a hamburger bun. Brooklyn Ice House's food menu features a list of non-BBQ favorites, too: bacon-wrapped, cheese-stuffed hot dogs and greasy cheeseburgers are served in plastic baskets with a side of fries, standard or sweet potato. Get a beer and bourbon combo and take it out to the backyard where a fire pit complements your warming shot.
A colorful, lively tavern and taproom, Johnny's in the West Village is a neighborhood dive, through and through. No matter the day of the week, neighborhood barflies zip into this cozy counter space (the bar is roughly the size of a subway car) and knock a few back after hours. The collage-like aesthetic of the narrow, brick-walled interior space only adds to its friendly and intimate feel.
This spacious Williamsburg spot is almost always packed with a friendly, hip crowd. The name of the game here: tacos and tequila. A taco truck on the back patio serves delicious, cheap tacos, and gives the outdoor space a California vibe. The bartenders are quick and knowledgeable, and take care to create refreshing cocktails.
If you take cheap beer and Skee-ball seriously, Full Circle Bar is your spot. This Williamsburg hangout carries over 40 canned beers and boasts its own semi-competitive Skee-ball league called the Brewskee-ball. Assuming there's no tournament going down, you've got a shot at one of the bar's four set-ups, on which no game is complete without a beer in hand and a free hot dog for when you work up a true athlete's appetite.
After years of running a rickety taco truck out of its crowded back patio, The Woods in Williamsburg changed the game with a backyard bar that's slinging island-themed cocktails as well as eats from an actual kitchen operated by Landhaus (we suggest the Maple Bacon Stick, which is famous in its own right). Rotating DJs and live music round out the rest of the weekly night scene, and continuously pique the interest of the young Brooklynite scene.
This super laid-back bar is the perfect spot for some Bloodys, some brews, and some dive-y memory making.
This cocktail bar has got some serious swag -- with beer-and-shot specials, back patio, and great suds options, nothing can be beat.