Most New York happy hours will land you in a dive bar with discounted prices on already cheap beer. This week, elevate your happy hour at these NYC wine bars. By Adrienne Smith.

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Photo Credit: Amelie

22 W 8th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 533-2962

Amelie offers more than 300 bottles of wine, many of which are available by the glass. Duck into the West Village space during happy hour, from 4 – 7 p.m. any day of the week and choose between $12 customized wine flights or $6 wines by the glass. While preselected wine flights are available on the menu, you can also pick your own three options to sample.

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Photo Credit: Miriam

79 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 622-2250

Park Slope bar Miriam offers one of Brooklyn’s best happy hours – if you can land a seat at the bar. From 5 – 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, dive into 2-for-1 tapas and 2-for-1 glasses of wine or beer. The meze options, which come out to $3 a small plate, are endless. Start with the meatballs with pomegranate sauce and the burekas, or puff pastry stuffed with greens, leeks and feta.

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Photo Credit: Terroir

413 E 12th St
New York, NY 10009
(646) 602-1300

Terroir, sister bar to the East Village’s Hearth, offers happy hour seven days a week. The deals are wide reaching, with $8 glasses of wine; $2.50 sherries; and rotating “bar snacks” for $3, “fried stuff” for $4 and bruschetta for $4. And if those deals aren’t enough, Terroir’s loyalty card will give you a free 13th glass of wine after you’ve purchased 12.

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Photo Credit: 8th St Wine Cellar

Photo Credit: 8th St Wine Cellar

8th Street Wine Cellar
28 W 8th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 260-9463

8th Street Wine Cellar offers a rarity in downtown Manhattan: affordable wine. The underground bar’s 90+ bottles of wine are all under $100. Partners in crime Michael Lagnese and Jonny Cohen, both long-serving bartenders at the Union Square Café, select primarily boutique wines for the space. Happy hour is daily from 4 – 7 p.m., with glasses of house wine at $6 and select bottles at $18. While you’re there, try the pigs in a blanket ($7) and the bacon and figs with aged balsamic and mascarpone ($13).

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Photo Credit: Lelabar

422 Hudson St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 206-0594

For a fancier night out, head to the West Village’s Lelabar. The elegant space is small, with a circular, dark wood bar around which to sit. Lelabar’s 300+ wine list can be pricey, but the bar’s happy hour carefully curates wines for discounted sips. Every day from 5 – 7:30 p.m., one white and one red are available by the glass for $8. Or, order a $28 bottle and add one a meat and cheese plate for $12. If you show up on Wednesday or Saturday, $1.50 oysters are served.

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Ten Degrees Bar
121 St Marks Pl
New York, NY 10009
(212) 358-8600

This bustling East Village wine bar offers happy hour daily from noon until 8 p.m. While you may have to hustle for a seat come evening, the 2-for-1 glasses of wine are worth the effort. What’s more, come on Mondays for half-priced bottles of wine all night. The wine list has extensive notes on each selection, so you can learn as you sip.

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42 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 254-1675

This Lower East Side spot sticks mostly to French wines, with a few New Zealand, Spanish and Chilean wines included for variety. The space is inviting, with couches scattered about and warm exposed brick walls. Head downtown Tuesday through Saturday for $5 glasses of wine and $6 Prosecco. On Mondays, wines over $30 are 30% off. Consider Jadis’ thoughtful charcuterie and cheese plates to nosh on while you partake in happy hour.

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