Best NYC Bars for Happy Hour

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Enjoy The Best NYC Bars for Happy Hour

Enjoy The Best NYC Bars for Happy Hour

Best NYC Bars for Happy Hour

It's no secret that New York City is expensive, so when you go out for an evening drink make sure to check out the best NYC bars for happy hour. Some of the best happy hours we found were bars that had longer, extended happy hours, bars with NYC happy hour specials on food and bars that were ridiculously cheap.

Everybody knows that a good night out on any town starts with a solid pregame. Get your feet and lips wet at the best happy hour NYC and fill your stomach with some grub too! Happy hour specials in NYC are there for you to take advantage of!

Of course, New York City is massive, so there's a good chance that we overlooked a few great New York bars (a ton.) NYCTourist is here to keep you up to date on all the best happy hours and NYC nightlife!

Extended Happy Hours

There's nothing worse than enjoying NYC happy hour specials and then finding out that the last Jack & Coke you ordered was 5 minutes after the special is done. Don't be that guy.

  • La Linea: La Linea is a cozy East Village lounge that has some serious happy hour hours. Seven days a week you can go to La Linea and drink half off any drink from 3pm until 9pm. Weekend happy hour for the win! Even better, La Linea has a late night happy hour with the same half off deal from 11pm to close on Sunday through Wednesday and from midnight to close on Thursdays. 
  • Blind Tiger Ale House: In the West Village, Blind Tiger Ale House runs the happy hour game with specials running from noon until 8pm, Monday through Friday. The special itself isn't all that special, $1 off all drafts and well drinks, but you can't hate "You Cut the Cheese" on Wednesday nights. Starting at 6pm, specialty cheeses and bread are brought out for the bar patrons to snack on for free

Super Cheap Happy Hours

Happy hour is all about getting cheap drinks, so doesn't it make sense to look for bars that have the cheapest happy hours? The best NYC bars for happy hour will be the places where you can use couch change.

  • Fiddlesticks: Located in the West Village, Fiddlesticks may have the cheapest and best happy hour NYC has. Until 10pm on Mondays through Fridays, you can get any drink that you want besides martinis and shots for not a cent more than $3! Fiddlesticks is great for quieter NYC happy hour specials.
  • Welcome to the Johnsons: This dive bar on the Lower East Side is definitely one of the best NYC bars for happy hour. On Monday through Thursday from 3pm until 9pm and on Friday and Saturday from 1pm until 9pm, Welcome to the Johnsons offers $2 Buds and well drinks. $2 for a beer in New York City is almost like stealing.

For more of the best NYC bars for happy hour, scroll to the bottom of the page!

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1. GILT Bar
at the The Palace Hotel NYC

Rated one of the best business bars in America, the GILT Bar is the perfect place to talk shop over cocktails after a long day on the job. This sophisticated yet relaxed bar is great for business-travelers and tourists alike.

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2. Palace Gate
at the The Palace Hotel NYC

The Palace Gate in the classic Villard Mansion Courtyard is an outdoor lounge offering sophisticated pub fare and tons of signature wines and cocktails to choose from.

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3. The Tavern
at the JW Marriott Essex House New York

The newly-renovated Lobby Lounge at the JW Marriott Essex House offers guests a sophisticated and convenient environment to take a break from sight-seeing over afternoon tea and cocktails.

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4. Harrys Bar NYC
at the New York Helmsley Hotel

Featuring signature cocktails, classic New York ambiance and a 60" LCD projection TV, Harry's New York Bar at the Helmsley is the perfect place for guests to relax and take in the famous culture of New York City.

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5. Whiskey Blue
at the W New York

Whiskey Blue is the premier hotel bar in Midtown East. Located in the W Hotel New York, Whiskey Blue combines an upscale, cozy atmosphere with a mature crowd looking to kick back with evening cocktails.

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6. Liquid Assets NYC
at the Hilton Millenium NYC

The Liquid Assets Bar at the Millenium Hilton New York offers a relaxing, casual atmosphere to enjoy one of their signature cocktails while checking your email or kicking back after a long day in the City.

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7. Rooftop Bar and Lounge
at the Empire Hotel NYC

The Rooftop Bar Manhattan at the Empire Hotel New York serves signature cocktails and small plate meals, but is best known for its status as one of the best NYC rooftop bars.  With private cabanas situated beneath the famous Empire Hotel sign, a fireplace, a deck, a smoking patio and a convertible glass roof that retracts in the event of inclement weather, the Rooftop Bar NYC at the Empire Hotel is one of the best NYC rooftop bars in Manhattan.

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8. Empire Hotel Lobby Bar
at the Empire Hotel NYC

The Empire Hotel Lounge is a New York bar like no other. Not only is it directly across from Lincoln Center and a short stroll from Cental Park, the entire bar is a throwback to vintage New York glamor. There are plenty of bars in New York City, but few are as well-suited for a glass of champagne or a romantic, candlelit conversation as the Empire Bar NYC. 

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9. Charlotte Bar
at the Millennium Broadway Hotel Times Square

After a long day of NYC tourist attractions, enjoy a meal and a glass of wine from the extensive list at Charlotte NYC Bar.  Next to Times Square, the Charlotte NY Bar conveniently just blocks from the hottest NYC attractions.

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10. Harry's
at the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel

Boasting a full bar and extensive wine list, Harrys New York Bar at the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel at Central Park is an ideal spot for relaxing conversation and light fare.

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11. Primary
at the Best Western President Hotel NYC

The Best Western President Hotel Primary Bar NYC offers a unique lounge setting from the heart of Times Square. Featuring comfortable seating set in a brightly decorated, modern decor, the Primary Bar and Lounge Midtown is the perfect destination for cocktails after a long day in Manhattan.

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Brother Jimmy's West Delicious Wings

Brother Jimmy's West Delicious Wings

Happy Hour Food Specials

If you're going to be at the best happy hour NYC, then chances are you're going to get a little hungry. Here are a couple bars that have food specials along with their drink offers.

  • Lure Fishbar: If you're in the mood for cheap seafood and happy hour specials then Lure Fishbar in SoHo is the spot. On Monday-Friday from 5pm-7pm, head to this SoHo bar to get specials on clams, oysters and alcohol. The beers run about $5 during this happy hour, but the real deal is the $1 clams.
  • Brother Jimmy's West: Brother Jimmy's West in the Upper East Side has got prime drink and appetizer specials for its happy hour. From 4pm-7pm Monday-Thursday, get $2 beers, $3 well drinks and half off all appetizers. From 12pm-4pm on Saturdays, Brother Jimmy's West hooks it up with the same drink specials and 35 cent wings!
Complimentary Chips and Salsa at Suenos New York City

Complimentary Chips and Salsa at Suenos New York City

More Great Happy Hours

Didn't see the best happy hour NYC that interested you? Here are a few more happy hour hangouts that you might find attractive.

  • Boxcar Lounge: Located in the East Village, Boxcar Lounge has a buy one get one free happy hour until 10pm. 
  • Suenos: Suenos in Chelsea is another spot that has a buy one get one free special Tuesday-Sunday from 5-7pm. You also get complimentary chips and salsa!
  • Parkside Lounge: From 1-8pm daily, Parkside Lounge offers $3 beers and well drinks. Parkside Lounge is located in Lower East Side.

NYC Tourist has all the info you need when planning your trip to the Big Apple. Make sure to check out our New York City deals too so you can save big on more than just your drinks! Even if you need a hotel in NYC to sleep off your happy hour in before you start your nightlife - we've got the right price for it all!