Food & Drink

How to Weekday Happy Hour for 20 Straight Hours in Manhattan

Jess Novak Published On 04/27/2015 Published On 04/27/2015

Whether or not your mother would view it this way (she wouldn’t), spending an entire day strategically racing from happy hour to happy hour, inexpensively drinking your way up and down the isle of Manhattan, is definitely an accomplishment.

An accomplishment that we want to help you... accomplish. So, here's how to get your weekday happy hour on in Manhattan for TWENTY HOURS STRAIGHT.

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8-10am: Jeremy's Ale House

Downtown
In the earliest hour you can legally purchase booze in New York, when the rats yawn and stretch their disease-riddled paws on the subway rails, and the pigeons bathe in puddles of spilled oil, a 32oz styrofoam cup of crisp light beer will set you back just $1.75 at Jeremy’s Ale House (Mon-Fri, 8-10am). Every blessed day of the week, Jeremy offers this unholy "breakfast" special dubbed “The Eye Opener.”

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10-11:30am: Mezetto

Lower East Side
Mezetto offers a week-long bottomless brunch deal that runs from 10am-4pm. You’re allotted a 1.5hr block to tipple as many Champagne-and-fruit-juice cocktails as possible (options include the classic mimosa, as well as bellinis). Also, just for the record (someone’s keeping a record, right?), this joint offers a bottomless sangria with dinner Sunday through Thursday, should you have the inclination to return.
 

11:30am-1pm: The Stumble Inn

Upper East Side
This UES sports bar special actually lasts from 11:30am-7pm (every day except Sunday when they start at 12pm), grab a bunch of beers for $2.50 and move on, or hang here for most of the day. Either way: success.
 

1-2pm: Bunga's Den

Chelsea
From 12-3pm, this low-atmosphere dive offers a "buy two, get one free" deal, which makes its cocktail offerings just like the used video games at GameSpot, only, you know, WITH MORE BOOZE.
 

2-4:20pm: Overlook

Midtown East
From 2-6pm, Monday-Friday, rail drinks and beer are offered two-for-one, which means you you can snag a set of drafts for $5.50 and a duplet of whiskey sodas for $7: a cruel, evil, brilliant, savant, idiot, genius idea if ever there was.

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4:20-5:20pm: Pony Bar

Hell’s Kitchen
At some point, you’re going to need to hit up a happy hour that serves proper beer actually worth drinking for the taste. For just one hour every day, you can sample from a rotating selection of American craft brews for $2 off the standard price (bringing Pony Bar's excellent selections to an average of just $5 a pop).

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5:20-6:30pm: 10 Degrees

East Village
Another two-for-one special to ensure doubled-drinking, this happy hour actually lasts from 12-8pm every day of the week and includes wine, beer, and cocktails. You won’t be relegated to just the cheap stuff here, either: a pair of premium vodka moscow mules, for instance, will set you back just $11 total, but the BOGO extends all the way up to bottles of Dom, should you be feeling like a super-cheap, super-high roller.
 

6:30-8pm: Drop Off Service

Alphabet City
A great selection of craft beers on tap and a ton of good whiskey make this is one of the best happy hours in the city. 'Til 8pm they've got $3 imperial pint (20oz) drafts.
 

8-9pm: Turtle Bay

Midtown East
This place looks and feels exactly like what you’d expect for a joint that offers impossibly cut-rate drink specials every single day of the week, all of which run until at least 9pm. Tuesdays are $2 PBR, $1 beers are available on Wednesdays, (!!!) $20 open bar on Thursdays (!!!)... you get the drift.

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9pm-Midnight: Hill Country Barbecue

Flatiron
Okay, at this point, if you haven’t eaten yet, you will probably die of rickets or SARS or whatever (we, uh, didn’t go to med school). Grab a snack off the bar menu and take advantage of the stupid-good reverse happy hour: anytime from 9pm-1am, you can, among other deals, do two-for-one PBRs, $5 margaritas, or a $5 PBR and a shot.

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Midnight-2am: Double Down Saloon

East Village
From Monday through Thursday, this punk dive will sell you all the “J” whiskies you want (Jack, Jim, Johnny, etc...) for $5 apiece in a crazy midnight-to-2am happy hour. If you want to pay full price for some crazy reason, we recommend the bacon martini, which comes garnished with a Slim Jim. Also available: Ass Juice.
 

2-4am: Sake Bar Kirakuya

Midtown
A bucket filled with five bottles of Sapporo, plus five pieces of Nagoya-style chicken wings is just $20 here, and that offers stands from 11pm-close. That’s $4/beer basically all night, plus, you know, mandatory wings.

And thus ends the 20hr happy hour, now go sleep it off.

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Jess Novak promises her mom that she doesn’t normally spend twenty hours straight drinking all over Manhattan. Reprimand her for her poor life choices on Twitter @jesstothenovak and Instagram @jtothenovak.

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1. Jeremy's Ale House 228 Front St, New York, NY 10038 (Downtown)

This South Street Seaport-adjacent ale house offers serious brews (in 32oz Styrofoam cups) and old school charm. Open for over 40 years, Jeremy's remains a longstanding local favorite due to its lack of pretension; generous pours; and fresh, affordable seafood menu (where else in New York can you eat a lobster roll for under $10?). Well-worn bras hanging from the ceiling and nautical, vintage bric-a-brac accentuate the dive bar decor.

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2. Mezetto 161 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Mezetto in the LES is a corner spot boasting a gallery-meets-bistro vibe and plates of truffled gnocchi, lamb meatballs, and grilled skirt steak slathered in herb butter, as well as falafel stuffed into a bao.

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3. The Stumble Inn 1454 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021 (Upper East Side)

This UES sports bar has a special that lasts from 11:30am-7pm every day except Sunday, when they start at 12pm. You can grab a bunch of beers for $2.50 and move on, or hang here for most of the day. Either way: success.

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4. Bunga's Den 137 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011 (Chelsea)

This low-atmosphere dive offers a solid jukebox, friendly bartenders, and a "buy two, get one free" happy hour deal from 12-3pm, which makes its cocktail offerings just like the used video games at GameSpot, only, you know, WITH MORE BOOZE.

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5. Overlook 225 E 44th St, New York, NY 10017 (Midtown East)

From 2-6pm, Monday-Friday, rail drinks and beer are offered two-for-one, which means you you can snag a set of drafts for $5.50 and a duplet of whiskey sodas for $7: a cruel, evil, brilliant, savant, idiot, genius idea if ever there was.

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6. The Pony Bar 1444 1st Ave, New York, NY 10021 (Upper East Side)

Like its sister location on 10th Avenue, this Upper East Side beer bar is widely known for its eclectic menu of rotating, seasonal brews. Alongside an ever-changing blackboard denoting dozens of American beers, The Pony Bar also boasts impressive happy hour specials and the option to take home your favorite ale in a 64oz growler.

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7. 10 Degrees 121 Saint Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

10 Degrees' daily, two-for-one happy hour makes it one of the best drinking spots in the East Village. The Saint Marks bar has an impressive menu of Scotch, divided by region, as well as bourbon, American rye, and Irish whiskey. The food menu does great things for cheese and charcuterie, and you can mix-and-match cured meats from Spain and Italy with Wisconsin and Swiss cheeses.

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8. Drop Off Service 211 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

Drop Off Service has delicious meat pies, awesome beers on tap, and they let dogs inside. So basically, it's the ultimate adult playground.

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9. Turtle Bay 987 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022 (Midtown East)

This place looks and feels exactly like what you’d expect for a joint that offers impossibly cut-rate drink specials every single day of the week, all of which run until at least 9pm. Tuesdays are $2 PBR, $1 beers are available on Wednesdays, (!!!) $20 open bar on Thursdays (!!!)... you get the drift.

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10. Hill Country 30 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010 (Flatiron)

This gigantic, high-design roadhouse is modeled after Texas' 107-year-old Kreuz Market -- like at that institution, HC patrons'll order heaping piles of ribs, brisket, sausage, and slop-sopping white bread at a cafeteria-style counter. Their brisket is smoked over post oak straight from Texas, producing a meat so fatty and moist you don't even need sauce. There's a stage for live music, and once that gets going you'll be as close to Central Texas as you can get in, er, the Flatiron District.

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11. Double Down Saloon 14 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

With its loud punk rock music and trippy decor -- vivid psychedelic murals cover every inch of the walls and its slogan “Shut Up and Drink” is painted clearly on the ceiling -- Double Down Saloon isn’t for the faint of heart. From Monday through Thursday, this dive will sell you all the “J” whiskies you want (Jack, Jim, Johnny, and more) for $5 apiece in a crazy midnight-to-2am happy hour. While you’re there, try a bacon martini, which comes garnished with a Slim Jim. Also available, Ass Juice (the bartenders won’t reveal what’s in this dive’s popular shot, which is probably for the best). Overcome the ick factor, hand over $4, and find out for yourself.

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12. Kirakuya 2 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001 (Midtown East)

With a cozy atmosphere, tons of great eats (yakitori! Sushi!), and even a special sake pairing menu, Kirakuya is a solid option for any meal, or happy hour, of the day.

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