A new year has begun as New Yorkers continue sloshing through their everyday routine activities. After a day of work, shopping or just taking care of the kids and business, one welcomes a place to unwind and imbibe in some cocktails and food. Throughout the city, restaurant and bar doors open inviting conversation, meeting friends and making new friends at an aptly named happy hour, bringing in some joy and laughter to an otherwise mundane day. Looking to break up the hum drums of the ongoing day welcomes the warmth of festive happy hours at a variety of local New York City venues.
281 Bleecker St.
New York, NY 10014
Beer is on the menu for a welcoming happy hour to fulfill all brew-seeking adults. The Blind Tiger is serious about beer stating, “Craft beer is our business.” The establishment is stocked with a choice of hops for any discerning brew connoisseur. Check out the 28 rotating craft draughts, three cask ale selections and an extensive bottle selection. Not in the mood for beer? No worries because there are wine options too. Happy hour takes place every weekday beginning at 11:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. with $1 off draught beer, cask ale, wine, prosecco and mead. While there, enjoy Chef Tommy Harder’s seasonal menu.
Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant
Lower Level, Grand Central Terminal
89 E. 42nd St.
New York, NY 10017
What better place to get happy than with others stopping to unwind from a hectic day before catching a train. The famed Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant features “Happy Hour at Oyster Bar” in the Saloon and Lounge. Monday through Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. welcomes all in for wonderful happy hour specials. Enjoy $6 wines, $8 martinis, $4 beers and appetizer specials along with the well known oysters at $1.25 each.
Charles Hanson’s 169 Soul Jazz Oyster Bar
169 E Broadway
New York, NY 10002
169 is all about having fun, enjoying life, music and other people. The Soul, Jazz, Funk Happy Hour takes place every day from noon until 7:30 p.m. featuring a $3 beer and shot, $1 off cans and drafts along with “$2 off everything else.” On the happy hour menu are drafts, canned and bottled beer, “Kraft” canned beers along with other interesting beers and ciders. No worries if beer is not a favorite as wine and an interesting choice of liquor are also on the menu, or try one of 169’s specialty cocktails. While enjoying a drink, have a bite from the full menu served from noon until 4 a.m. with late-night food choices as well.
588 Grand St.
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Looking for a place to enjoy happy hour before indulging in a movie or cocktail class without leaving the establishment? Huckleberry Bar is waiting to please. “Hours of Happiness” take place with $3 off house cocktails and $2 off well liquor, draft beers and house wines Wednesday through Monday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. as well as all day and night on Tuesday. Specials continue after happy hour with Monday Night Movies beginning at 9 p.m. and serving two-for-one drinks and fresh popcorn for those signing up for Movie Membership. Wine Lover’s Wednesday features two-for-one wine by the glass beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday night are cocktail classes and on Friday and Saturday nights get ready to boogie with local DJs.
Full Circle Bar
318 Grand St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
If looking for a place to really get happy, make your way to Full Circle Bar to not only enjoy drinks at the bar but also grab a game of skeeball at the National Home of Brewskee-Ball. Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m., enjoy $1 off drafts and $5 well drinks. Extra happy hour enjoyment takes place on Sundays and Thursdays with free skeeball and hot dogs.
Carol Ruth Weber began her career as a Theatrical Costume and Set Designer and segued into the world of Interior Design. As an interior designer she has twenty-eight years of experience in all phases of the business. You can read more of her work on Examiner.com and she can also be contacted at WeberLifeDesign.