Back to Blog

Because we are Happy! NYC’s best Happy Hours!

attachment-5cb5dfbe1905f4c684da9bcb

It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere, and in New York we can make our Happy Hours last all night! Now that Spring has Sprung and the weather is warmer, you’ll find the locals on the rooftops, sidewalks and speakeasies, sipping the latest cocktail trends, and all for those magic discounted prices. Knowing where to go is key so we have listed some of our favorite for you to check out:

For a touch of European glamour in the center of Manhattan, take yourself up to the roof at Eataly in the Flatiron District (we offer tours there 5 days a week). From 5pm – 7pm every Thursday, April – June they are ‘Spritzing like an Italian’ with a live DJ and Aperol tasting. And if you come for the happy, why not stay for the meal? Eataly has a wide array of restaurants to choose from to continue your vacation feels. See more at Serra on the Roof Top.

The Freehand have hotels throughout the USA, and their Broken Shaker bars are growing a cult following. NYC’s location is also in the Flatiron, and with a daily Happy Hour and Spring calendar full of live events, there is something to light up any warm night.

The historic Seaport District can be cold and quiet out of season but comes back to life in the Spring. To make the most of it trend setter Corso Como are hosting their Aperitivo Hour every Thursday from 5pm- 8pm. (The famous Dead Rabbit bar is close by too and have a 2nd Floor only Happy Hour M-F 5pm – 7pm)

The Lower East Side is full of bars and restaurants competing for your dollars during the magic time, and it can get rather crowded. But you can rise above it all and head up to the roof at the Hotel Chantelle for their 3-hour happy hour (starting at 5pm), and enjoy watching the scrum below.

Long Island City, Queens is where it is at these days, and only a mere skip over the East River via the ferry (which has its own bar on board!) After a busy day of sight seeing there is nothing more relaxing than sipping a half priced bottle of wine (BLVD Wine Bar every Monday, happy hour each weekday until 7pm), a pick me up coffee with a cocktail chaser at SweetLeaf or watching the sun going down at Blend on the Water (they actually have an ALL DAY happy hour each day with different specials!) There are so many places to chose from walking down Center Boulevard you can try a few.

If you have been enjoying the Spring blooms in Central Park make your way over to the West Side and unwind with Lilly’s 3 hour happy hour. An easy block away from Strawberry Fields, sit out on the sidewalk and make sure you get a dessert as well. You can also head East and up to the rooftop bar at the Met Museum. Yes! Art AND alcohol! They don’t have a try Happy Hour, but the views are so extraordinary that’s all the happy you need (plus a glass of chilled rosé of course).

Brooklyn is FULL of Happy Hours, from Red Hook (we like Brooklyn Crab at this time of year) to Bushwick (the locals have crowned Finetime the best neighborhood happy hour – they give out free popcorn!) to Williamsburg (Like A Local Tours regular stop Mable’s Smokehouse has a 3 hour ladies only Happy Hour on Wednesday). But for something a little different try The Bearded Lady (this bright kitsch spot has a 2pm- 8pm Happy Hour), Sugarcane (At last! It’s warm enough to make the most of the iconic views! They also have TWO Happy Hours!), and Night of Joy who’s Spring/Summer only patio is reopened with a 5pm – 8pm Happy Hour and kept warm with DJ sets.

They know how to make it happy in Staten Island too, and Spring is the best time to venture down to the southern-most borough.  The Marina Café starts early at 3pm but makes it ALL DAY ON MONDAYS! And with harbor views like no other it’s the perfect way to start the week, especially if you are taking in all the local history at places like Richmond Town. Too far? Then simply ride the Staten Island Ferry for FREE and pop to the River Dock Café for a 3pm- 7pm waterside Happy Hour daily.