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This Week’s Four Best Happy Hour Specials – 4/2/2014

April, with her intermittent beautiful days interspersed with rainstorms, is such a tease. Let’s all agree to embrace the spring weather by wetting our whistle on the cheap.

Georgia’s Eastside BBQ, 192 Orchard Street

From 3 to 5 p.m., break out your inner hipster and order a $2 PBR or High Life (or get both for only four bucks). Since this is a BBQ joint, you’ll also find a $5 deal on all sandwiches, so choose from pulled pork, rib, and fried chicken, among others, for a hearty early dinner (or late lunch). And since you’ll be on the Lower East Side, you can duck out and find another drink deal in a bar nearby

The Diamond, 43 Franklin Street, Brooklyn

Shuffleboard tournaments, reggae nights, and a ton of incredibly potent beers make this Greenpoint waterfront bar worth the long walk from the subway. From 5 to 7 p.m., the bar shaves a few bucks off select beers, with many ranging in the $3 to $5 category during happy hour. See, too, the $3 wine, and take in the quirky Brooklyn decor while you wait to jump on the game table.

Mr. Dennehy’s, 63 Carmine Street

If you’re looking for a sweet deal on margaritas, head to this West Village pub immediately after work. From 4 to 8 p.m., 16-ounce glasses of the delicious beverage are $10, while wine clocks in at $6. The spacious interior has plenty of TVs where you can catch early season baseball as well as a full menu of bar food favorites for when the drunk munchies hit.

The Creek and the Cave, 10-93 Jackson Avenue, Queens

A great spot to catch live stand up comedy requires a little liquid fun for the audience, and that’s exactly what you’ll find here. From 4 to 7 p.m., bartenders mix up two-for-one margaritas for $7. If you’re hungry, you’ll also find happy hour deals on snacks like buffalo wings and fried pickles that’ll leave you with money left over for a PBR — or the Sopranos pinball machine that was recently installed.

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Two New Bar Menus in This Week’s Happy Hour Specials

Still nursing a holiday hangover from that last glass of green beer? Head out to happy hour for a fun — and effective — remedy.

Sotto 13, 140 West 13th Street

If you’re one of those no-time-for-lunch folks, executive chef Ed Cotton launched a happy hour bar menu this week offering up lemon-saffron arancini, meatballs, and homemade pizzas. The new items, available from 5 to 7:30 p.m., should be accompanied by the bar’s new two-for-one drink special: Guests can select two beers for $10, two glasses of wine for $13, or two cocktails for $13.

Hill & Dale, 115 Allen Street

From 5 to 7 p.m., those frolicking about on Allen Street can rest their bones on one of this bar’s comfy couches while throwing back a cheap drink or two. Well cocktails and select glasses of wine are $6, while draft pints are $5 apiece. The bar also serves up $30 pitchers of sangria that serve six, which is a value if you’re planning a group outing. The current draft line-up includes Guinness, Victory Pilsner, and Lagunitas IPA, and dishes like poutine and steamed pork buns might have you passed out on said comfy couch by the end of the night.

Manon, 407 West 14th Street

From 5 to 8 p.m., guests can enjoy 30 percent off any drink, with most cocktails averaging around $14 at full price. The bar also has a large selection of wine by the glass as well as tequilas, scotch, and bourbon, so finding an after work relaxation potion shouldn’t be an issue. On top of a drinks deal, the restaurant is also offering a new bar menu beginning this Thursday: Pick from rich selections like blue cheese and white chocolate, smoked duck, and braised pork sliders.

Concrete, 320 West 37th Street

Deals here are solid when it comes to saving you cash. From 5 to 8 p.m., beers are $3 and $4, while wine and well drinks are just $4 and $5 each. The bar’s interesting decor — think antlers holding lightbulbs and a wood wall that looks like Jenga — make it a unique spot to waste a few hours, with plenty of unhealthy food like fried peanut butter and jelly balls available until 2 a.m.

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$3 beers and $2 Sliders in This Week’s Happy Hour Specials

Is tax season getting you stressed? Unwind over a cheap drink at one of this week’s hand picked happy hour spots.

Bondurants, 303 East 85th Street

Craft beer fanatics taking a day off from home-brewing can relax with a dollar off any draft beer here from 4 to 7 p.m. Rare finds include west coast offerings like double ginger big eye and maharaja imperial IPAs. You’ll also find $5 well drinks, pinot grigio, and chardonnay.

Tradesman, 222 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn

If you’re looking for a relaxed neighborhood joint, this place is serving up drink deals up until 9 p.m. $4 drafts and a $5 beer-and-shot special help pack this cozy venue, where the interior suggests a hipster social club. Beers focus on local American craft offerings, and a back patio is available for quiet conversation for those parties of two in need of a cocktail escape.

Baby’s All Right, 146 Broadway, Brooklyn

From 5 to 8 p.m., this bar and live music stage offers Miller High Life for just $3. Drafts and well drinks are also reduced to $5, while food specials include a burger and fries for seven bucks. Most live performances start after 8 p.m., with performances ranging from classic hip hop to blues to electronica.

Thunder Jackson’s, 169 Bleecker Street

Head to this Village watering hole, which serves $2 sliders every Wednesday. This college friendly bar offers a full syllabus of specials from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., with domestic draft and bottle brews priced at only $3 and sangria at four bucks. Wednesdays is also ladies night, with $4 wine specials running from 7 p.m. until close.


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Juicy Burgers, $3 Beers, and Sardinian Snacks: Where to Drink Cheaply

Recovering from Mardi Gras? Good. Keep the spirit of fun alive and the party going strong — go have a cheap drink.

Idle Hands, 25 Avenue B

Despite the name, this bar keeps its patron’s hands very full with a three-hour window for drink specials from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Well drinks and draft beers are $5 and include craft darlings like Allagash White and Sixpoint Bengali Tiger IPA. Weekend bonus: On Sundays, the spot offers old school canned brews for $3 all night.

Arco Cafe, 886 Amsterdam Avenue

For a change of pace, head out to this Sardinian restaurant from 6 to 8 p.m., when select glasses of wine and Prosecco range in price from $6 to $7. Pair your drink to a sub-$5 nibble from a menu of signature bites.

Stag’s Head, 252 East 51st Street

This bar makes good use of its 16 rotating taps by offering $4 and $5 draft specials until 7 p.m. Work your way down the line with choices like Abita Golden Lager, Lefthand Sawtooth, and Chelsea Checker Cab Blonde Ale. A menu full of pub fare is also available.

Royale, 157 Avenue C

If you can find your way over to the far reaches of Avenue C, this bar will reward you with a juicy burger and $3 draft beers and well drinks from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. If you’re a seafood fan, check out Mother Shuckin’ Thursday, where you’ll find a variety of deals on oysters and other shellfish.


 

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Cheap Drinks at Juke Bar, Point Break, The Abbey, and Dirty Pierre’s

If Valentine’s Day is stressing you out — or you just want to celebrate being single — happy hour is an excellent relaxation technique. Here’s a look at a few place you’ll always be sure to find true love for less — we’re pretty sure it’s at the bottom of a glass somewhere.

Juke Bar, 196 Second Avenue

Descending downstairs into this basement cocktail lounge and grabbing a chair by the fireplace is a good idea during happy hour if you need a winter escape. All beers are $5 until 9 p.m., while well drinks, wine, and specialty cocktails are half-priced. A few options include the honeysuckle — a rum based drink with fresh lime, honey, and bitters — or the Juke Bar punch for spice lovers. Most impressively? It’s one of the few bars in the area that isn’t full of college seniors looking to get sloppy on a weeknight.

Point Break, 12 West 45th Street

If you’ve ever wanted to play Wheel of Fortune — but with booze — this bar’s wheel o’shots will have you feeling like a champ in no time. From 5 to 7 p.m., all draft beer and well drinks are $4, while additional drink specials start at $3. The bar also features beer pong, scorpion bowls, and das boots, with plenty of bar food on hand to help pace your game-hopping.

The Abbey, 536 Driggs Avenue

Sure two-for-one well drinks might be common for happy hour, but this old school Williamsburg hipster bar sweetens the deal with free popcorn and classic film noir. From 3 to 8 p.m., guests can enjoy arcade games and pool while taking advantage of the cheap drink specials and laid back atmosphere.

Dirty Pierre’s, 13 Station Square, Queens

Five dollar pints of sangria all day make this Forest Hills train station stop a must before heading home. The bar has a constant array of drink and food specials — like hot spiked cider for five bucks — and it’s a tight but cozy place with a neighborhood vibe.


 

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Cheap Drinks at 3 Sheets Saloon, Troost, Puffy’s Tavern, and Good Company

What better way to say goodbye to the frozen hell that was January 2014 with a drink? Sip it and find relief in knowing February can’t get much worse. Here are a few places where you can grab cheap booze and warm up.

3 Sheets Saloon, 134 West 3rd Street

This deal is a steal: On Wednesdays from 8 p.m. until closing, this Village bar offers $1 domestic mugs and $8 domestic pitchers. There’s also a $4 bartender’s choice special, and you can supplement your booze with one of many bar bites. Wednesday is no good? Fear not — the bar offers a full line-up of daily specials, and no matter what, you’ll drink cheaply.

Troost, 1011 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn

Oysters are the preferred snacks here, and a Thursday afternoon special nets you half a dozen plus a select drink for just 10 bucks. The bar also offers a $7 quick sips menu featuring spicy libations like jalapeƱo tequila and Japanese crab apple vodka. Look, too, for the $4 draft deal from 4 to 8 p.m., with some of the delicious brews on hand including Duvel and Captain Lawrence Liquid Gold.

Puffy’s Tavern, 81 Hudson Street

If you can get out of the office for lunch — and drinking on the job is no big deal — this TriBeCa neighborhood spot offers a happy hour from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., when you can sip $3 domestic beers and $4 imports. The bar’s second happy hour runs from 4 to 8 p.m., when you’ll be privy to $5 drafts. This spot is also known for offering above average food options including Alidoro’s specialty sandwiches.

Good Company, 10 Hope Street, Brooklyn

From 2 to 8 p.m., people really are in good company here with two-for-one specials on Coors Light drafts and well drinks. Drinks range from the legendary Williamsburg beverage of choice PBR to Thai chili tequila. The venue houses a ping pong table, cornhole, and giant Jenga, and it hosts events like food tastings and art shows.


 

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Cheap Drinks (and Food) at 100 Montaditos, High Dive, The Whiskey Ward, and 2A

You likely had a rough commute this morning, which means you’re definitely having an end of day drink, right? Right. Here are a few places where you can make that happen cheaply.

100 Montaditos, 176 Bleecker Street

Anyone who’s lamenting the loss of cheap drinks on Bleecker Street might want to check out this Spanish tapas bar. Sure, it’s the corporate chain we all fear is taking over the city, but on Wednesday, the place runs some compelling for the all-day happy hour specials. All sandwiches are $1, while sangria, Spanish beer, and select wines are $2. Since there are 100 different varieties of sandwiches here, you’ll be able to sample a wide array of treats like chorizo, smoked salmon, and Manchego cheese for less than one entree at most restaurants.

High Dive, 243 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn

From opening until 8 p.m. everyday, this Park Slope bar offers $1 off every drink in the house. The bar has a wide selection of hard-to-find beers like Evil Twin’s Hipster Ale as well as good old PBR, and it focuses on whiskey in the spirits department.

The Whiskey Ward, 121 Essex Street

This Lower East Side bar may specialize in whiskey, but three hours full of specials offer something for everyone who drops by. From 5 to 8 p.m., Sauza margaritas are $5, while all well drinks and drafts are $4. There are also a few daily specials — like a PBR and Wild Turkey or Jack shot for $7 — as well as $15 pitchers of sangria.

2A, 25 Avenue A

From 4 until 8 p.m, drinks are two-for-one at this Alphabet City spot. A DJ will spin a few records, and you can also partake in a $7 vodka shandy special. Look for performances in the upstairs lounge, which often feature specials like $8 margaritas.

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Cheap Drinks at The Pullman Kitchen, Mar’s, Kurant Wine Bar, and One Stop Beer Shop

It’s time to recover from the polar vortex — by huddling up at the bar and ordering a shot of whiskey, of course. Go forth and find your cure at one of these spots: Here’s a forecast full of drink specials.

The Pullman Kitchen, 959 Second Avenue

Indulge in the under-sung pleasure of pairing hot grilled cheese sliders with $5 craft beer. From 3 to 6 p.m., enjoy beers like Brooklyn Lager and Ommegang Witte while inhaling pimento cheese finger sandwiches. This casual restaurant also features half off any beer, wine, or cocktail on the menu on Mondays after 4 p.m.

Mar’s, 34-21 34th Avenue, Queens

From 5 to 7 p.m., give $1 oysters a warm home in your stomach while throwing back $4 Narragansetts. There’s also $6 wine on tap and a $7 special cocktail. The bar specializes in old school tipples like sidecars and manhattans; you’ll also find a full dinner menu featuring chowder and moules frites.

Kurant Wine Bar, 1091 Second Avenue

Seven is the magic number at this three-hour-long cheap drink splurge, where Prosecco, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay are all $7 from 4 to 7 p.m. Beers are $5, but since this is a wine bar, you’ll find a number of cheese plates and varieties of bruschetta for pairing.

One Stop Beer Shop, 134 Kingsland Avenue, Brooklyn

A hard-to-find brew store with a happy hour, this off the beaten path locale features a happy hour from 4 to 8 p.m. that should convince even the most skeptical Manhattanite to take the trip over the bridge. Specials include $1 off all draft beers on tap, $5 pickle backs, and $6 beer cocktails. There’s also a borsch shot special for beet fans and a slew of daily deals from beer pong to trivia.


 

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Cheap Drinks at Brooklyn Stoops, RockBar, “one star,” and Post No Bills

There’s just a week to go before the big holiday, but even if you’re not making final preparations with dishes, gifts, or ugly sweater parties, you’re likely sprinting to the end of the year at your job. How to survive? Drink. Copiously. Cheaply. Here.

Brooklyn Stoops, 748 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn

Bed-Stuy residents can wait out any snowstorm while enjoying $3 drafts and $4 well drinks. Drafts include offerings from craft darlings like Magic Hat and UFO, and you’ll also find cheap grub like burgers and buffalo wings if you’re planning on taking advantage of drink specials well into the night. You may as well — happy hour lasts until 9 p.m.

RockBar, 185 Christopher Street

This gay bar features rock and roll music non-stop, with daily drink specials cheap enough that you can drink until it feels appropriate to break out your best Air Supply impersonation. On Wednesday, $8 vodka cocktails are available for a late night happy hour from 9 p.m. until closing; Thursday and Friday happy hours feature beers from $3 to $5 dollars anytime between 4 and 8 p.m. Catch TV screenings and game nights on occasion, too.

One Star, 147 West 24th Street

Sometimes it’s not just what the specials are, it’s what’s so special about them. This newly opened Chelsea watering hole features a name night: Guests with that featured name (tonight’s is Eugene) pay $1 and receive a selection of well drinks and select canned beer. Pay it forward by bringing a group of friends and tipping generously. Additional specials include a humorously advertised 16-ounce can of beer and whiskey shot as well as a 16-ounce mixed drink for $7.

Post No Bills, 253 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn

Six dollars for a spicy pickleback and $8 cocktails are enough reason to check out this Bushwick bar anytime of the day. You’ll also find $3 Rolling Rocks, $4 Buds, and $6 bar snacks including a chicken wrap and quesadilla.

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Cheap Drinks at Allswell, Open Door, Smithfield, and Saints Tavern

The snow may be gone, but it’s freezing outside — so perhaps you need somewhere to warm up. Here are a few places that will provide shelter while hooking you up with cheap drinks.

Allswell, 124 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn

From 4 to 7 p.m., head into this darkly lit cavern on your way home from work where you’ll find $3 Tecates, $4 Brooklyn Pennant Ales, and $1 oysters. Lucky Seven cocktails are $7 (you saw that coming), while those who come hungry can select from a few rotating specials like a crispy chicken sandwich with fries and beer for $13.

Open Door Gastropub, 110 John Street

Drop into this FiDi bar between 4 and 7 p.m., and you’ll be treated to a two-for-one martini deal in addition to a daily $5 beer offer, two-for-one select wines, and a $6 hot toddy (that last one seems ideal for a day like today). Or come with a group and order a mini keg (three-person minimum).

Smithfield, 215 West 28th Street

Need a quick pint before heading off to Penn Station? From opening until 8 p.m., Heineken and Newcastle Brown Ales are $5. You’ll find house wine and well drinks for $5, too, as well as soccer matches and upcoming World Cup games featured prominently on the bar’s big screen.

Saints Tavern, 79 St. Mark’s Place

If you’re having the particular type of rough day that’s causing you to look at happy hour as your personal mardi gras, this N’awlins theme bar is the place for you. Specials run all day and night and include $4 pickle backs, $3 pints of Carlsberg, and $5 house mixed drinks, which means it’s dangerously cheap to drink until you forget your woes. There’s also plenty of food if you’re planning on posting up at the bar for hours upon end: Fried pickles, popcorn shrimp, and fried oreo beignets (!) are all available to soak up the booze.