NYC’s 10 Best Summer Happy Hour & Drinking Events 2013

August 2, 2013 2:00 PM

There’s something about summer in the city that brings out the booze lover in almost all of us. New York is filled with bars, rooftop restaurants and happy hour menus — but we’ve scoped out some of our favorite digs for drinking this summer. Cheers to great specials and events at these New York City bars. By Sarah Shaker.

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(credit: Paul Wagtouicz)

(credit: Paul Wagtouicz)

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The beautiful rooftop garden bar on top of the McKittrick Hotel, home of the hit off-Broadway show “Sleep No More,” has a happy hour running Monday through Thursday, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Drink specials at Gallow Green vary each night with a signature cocktail offered at $8, wines for $7 and $6 beers. There are also rotating food specials nightly. Overlooking the High Line, Chelsea and the Hudson River while enjoying your drink makes for a wonderful summer evening.

Rare View Rooftop

Cocktails and View at Rare

152 West 26th Street (23rd Floor)
New York, NY 10001
(212) 807-7273
rarebarandgrill.com

For city residents looking for a day of fun in the sun — you don’t have to hop on the LIRR or NJ Transit trains and find a beach. Instead, take the elevator up to to the rooftop at Rare, a chic yet casual drinking locale with breathtaking views of the city skyline. Every Saturday and Sunday this summer, the rooftop hot spot is firing up the grills and hosting a barbecue complete with burgers, lobster rolls and dangerously strong cocktails. With surging beats in the background — everything from top 40 hits to throwback favorites — your day at the bar will feel more like a day of vacation.

(credit: Terroir Park Slope)

(credit: Terroir Park Slope)

At Terroir’s newest location in Park Slope, sherry is only $2.50 a glass before 7 p.m., select wines are $7 and Brooklyn Brewery Dry Irish Stout is $5 during happy hour. There are also food specials from 4 – 7 p.m. available: From paninis to charcuterie and cheese plates, there’s a long menu of delicious dishes to pair with your wine selection.

Studio Square

Queens' Studio Square has made a big splash in Astoria

35-33 36th Street
Long Island City, NY 11106
(718) 383-1001
studiosquarenyc.com

There are all sorts of fun happenings taking place at this summer hot spot all season long. Monday through Friday from noon until 7 p.m. is “Double for Nothing” — double your drink at no extra cost. For the ladies, “Girl’s Night Out” at Studio Square takes place every Wednesday from noon to close: Women receive $4 beer/wine/sangria, along with Studio Square Specialty cocktails and mixed drinks. What’s more, all day, every day, NYPD/FDNY/EMT & all other city and government officials get 20 percent off drinks when they show their government/city ID.

The Taco Shop

Taco sampler at The Taco Shop

Taco sampler at The Taco Shop

166 West 4th Street
NY, NY 10014
(212) 675-1955
thetacoshopny.com

This authentic taqueria in the West Village boasts an awesome happy hour: $12 for three tacos and a margarita. The restaurant prides itself on bringing true taco culture to the Big Apple, serving organic margaritas and Mexican-only soda and beers. Bonus: Everything on their menu, with the exception of the fish, is gluten-free. The menu includes the Beef Barbacoa Taco, Baja Fish Taco and Pork Belly Tacos.

(credit: Lexington Brass)

(credit: Lexington Brass)

For those looking for great oyster happy hours there’s a new one happening at Lexington Brass worth checking out. Try their “Bubbles & Brews For Two” with your choice of house sparkling or specialty beer on tap with a dozen oysters (East and West Coast) for $30. This deal is available Monday-Friday from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

(credit: Jason Woodruff)

(credit: Jason Woodruff)

Joe Allen Restaurant is kicking off their “After Theater Cocktail Hour” for the summer. Unlike most happy hours, this one has a later start — it begins at 9:30 p.m. and runs until 11:30 p.m., providing the perfect after-work discount for those working in theater and their fans. Sit by the bar to enjoy a long menu of $9 classic cocktails including The Cosmopolitan, Daiquiri and Last Word (Gin, Green Chartreuse, Luxardo Maraschino, and lime juice). There’s also $7 draft beers and a few special menu items discounted to enjoy with your libations.

(credit: The Windsor Gansevoort Park)

(credit: The Windsor Gansevoort Park)

The Windsor Gansevoort Park has launched Wednesday Karoake Nights for the summer. The high end sports bar will be offering 2 for 1 shots for all singers and 1/2 off wine and prosecco starting at 9 p.m. Guests can also enjoy gourmet comfort food for sharing including Sliders, Tuna Tartar with Wonton Chips and Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Gruyere Cheese and Truffle Oil.

(credit: Crown)

(credit: Crown)

The Upper East Side eatery Crown will be offering delicious seasonal menu items from Chef John DeLucie for $10 on Monday through Friday from 5 pm to 7 pm. Dishes include Grilled Spanish Octopus with tomato sauce, potatoes, herbs and lime pickled onions and Lamb Shank Fettuccine made with olives, roasted tomatoes and gremolata. To imbibe, there are $10 wine and cocktail specials. Choose from a variety of red and white Italian and French wines, as well as seasonal cocktails from head mixologist Ben Scorah.

(credit: Abe & Arthur's)

(credit: Abe & Arthur’s)

Abe & Arthur’s is offering a special Sunset Menu this summer on Tuesday-Saturdays from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., which offers a complimentary pitcher of red or white sangria with the purchase of three shareable plates such as Tuna Tartar, Grilled Octopus, Black Angus Sliders, Lobster Corn Cakes, Chopped Salad, Mac & Cheese and Whole Cauliflower.

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Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.

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