New York is “the city that never sleeps,” so it’s not all that surprising that there are dozens of popular happy hours in the five boroughs.
Whether you’re looking for madness in Manhattan or booze in Brooklyn, there are some extra lively happy hours in The Big Apple to choose from.
Located on First Avenue in Manhattan, Maya is a quintessentially Mexican eatery that also happens to be a very lively cocktail bar. From 4:00 p.m. until close every day, there is a large selection of genuine Mexican beers available for just $6 each. Or if you’re not much of a beer drinker, check out the wine and cocktail specials. House wines, specialty sangrias and selected cocktails can be yours for just $8.
A lot of Mexican restaurants and bars fail to capture the essence of the culture — a criticism that can’t be directed at Maya. There is always a party atmosphere here, thanks to the winning combination of laid-back fun and traditional music. Not just that, genuine and completely unique artwork from local Mexican artists adorns the walls, adding to the authentic ambiance.
2. The Wild Son
To be honest, you’ll struggle to get a seat at The Wild Son restaurant and cocktail bar during the evenings. But visit between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. each day, you should be able to pick up a seat and a great offer on cocktails, beers and snacks. Classic cocktails are available for just $9 each, while selected beers and wines are up to $3 cheaper than usual. And if all that drinking makes you hungry, oysters are available for a mere $1 each.
The Wild Son is one of the Meatpacking District’s liveliest nightspots. The fun ramps up throughout the day, however. Lunch is usually a low-key affair, but the music and the excitement are turned up once happy hour starts. Make sure you sample the house specialty “Pulled Bacon BLT,” which is enhanced by an ice-cold bottle of Michelob.
3. Reunion Surf Bar
Reunion Surf Bar on West 44th Street resembles a Cancun surf shack. Although deep in the heart of Midtown, you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve been transported to a sun-kissed beach in Mexico. Food is served throughout the day, but this place really comes to life once the wheels of industry grind to a halt for the day.
Between 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. every day, the specials attract New Yorkers in their hundreds. Although happy hour offers change from day to day, you can usually pick up shots for $3, bottled beers for $4 and signature cocktails for $6. Try to stop by on Tuesday, when you can sink your teeth into the $4 taco.
4. The Folly
Located in the heart of the West Village, The Folly is an underground bar with bags of character. Sip cocktails and down beers in elegant 19th-century surroundings — that are characterized by huge chandeliers, ornate mirrors and period art. From 12 noon until 8:00 p.m. every day, wines, spirits, draft beers and “Frozen Grogs” are all just $6. There’s also a small snack menu which is available until 2am, seven days a week.
5. Botanica Bar
Botanica Bar is located in the uber-trendy Nolita neighborhood of Manhattan, and it’s one of the liveliest nightspots in the entire city. This underground 197os-esque dive bar is lit up by neon lights and an electric atmosphere. It’s all about the party here, which is why the management allow you to bring your own food. You can even have pizzas and Chinese food delivered to you while you drink with friends.
Happy hour is between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at weekends. All draft beers are just $3, while selected house wines are $5. Arrive early to get a table, because the party rages until 4:00 a.m. every day.
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