Food & Drink

How to Weekday Happy Hour for 20 Straight Hours in Manhattan

Published On 04/27/2015 Published On 04/27/2015
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1. Jeremy's Ale House 228 Front St, New York, NY 10038

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

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

The Upper East Side's Stumble Inn has some of the cheapest beer in the neighborhood, plus specials like all-day happy hour that make it likely you'll stumble out. The aesthetics here are what you'd expect from an American sports bar: wood accents, pressed tin ceilings, and flat-screen TVs tuned to the game. Take in the caloric menu at wooden booths and high-top tables, where hangover-curing meals like a bacon-stuffed burger just might have you rolling out.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.