After a long day with a demanding boss, that annoying coworker who asks too many questions and needy clients, you may just need a drink or two. Buy one get one free, two-for-one and half price drinks – no matter what they call it, you’re getting more drink for your dollar at these happy hours in the East Village. Take advantage of these bars with great outdoor spaces (and discounted drinks!) before summer ends. By Sarah Shaker.
As a cozy East Village trattoria, Spina is more of an unwinding dinner restaurant than a hopping happy hour spot, but this spring they added killer drink specials to sip after-work by the bar or al fresco. Tuesday – Friday from 5:30 to 8 p.m., draft beers are $3, and glasses of wine are $6. Need a bite with your booze? Plates of meatballs or mussels are only $5 to accompany drink specials. And for $9, enjoy the New York State Happy Hour – a trio of Blue Point oysters, with a glass of local wine or beer on the outdoor patio.
This St. Mark’s bar may be full of NYU and Cooper Union students, but it’s no frat-centric watering hole. Get cozy on long oak benches and tables inside or head to the front porch to enjoy happy hour specials outdoors Mon-Fri, 4pm-8pm of $5 selected cocktails and $4 beers. Don’t miss Bua’s grilled cheese on Pullman, offered with three gourmet cheese options for under $8 each to soak up your happy hour sins.
Perfect to beat the summer heat, Shoolbred’s bartenders have a juicer right on the bar to freshly squeeze your mimosa or spiked lemonade for an instant boozy cool down. Sit at one of their curbside tables for two-for-one beer and well drinks during happy hour on Monday – Friday until 8pm. And splurge on a freshly squeeze cocktails for a few bucks more to get in your daily Vitamin C, of course.
A covered backyard garden keeps you cool in the hot summer sun, as you enjoy d.b.a’s daily happy hour specials from 1pm-7:30pm get $1 off all drinks. For a weekend deal, d.b.a. offers free bagels and lox on Sundays from 1-4pm. Order one of their should-be-famous bloody marys to enjoy with your free Sunday brunch for $8.
Boxcar Lounge offers an extended happy hour with two-for-one (on most items, top shelf and select drinks not included) on Monday-Thursday from 6-10pm, Friday from 4-8pm, Saturday and Sunday from 2-8 p.m. You can even BYOB (Bring Your Own Brunch) on Saturday and Sunday afternoons to enjoy their happy hour special in the garden with your food of choice.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.