If you’ve never been to New York City, or even if you have, being there is always an experience you will keep forever. There’s a reason Frank Sinatra sang about it being the “City that doesn’t sleep”, because it really doesn’t. There are plenty of things to see and do in the city, but certainly one of the most famous and popular a stroll down the streets of Time Square. Who hasn’t watched as millions of party people bring in the New Year, watching the big ball drop there, while freezing their butts off!
Busy is what you will be all day in the city, but when it comes to the evening, maybe your looking for some nightlife and action, as well as some eats, while still keeping to a budget. Keeping that in mind, as food isn’t cheap in New York City, unless you plan to live on slice pizza, we have an idea you might enjoy.
You’ve found an excellent deal on a hotel downtown New York City, and will either be using your feet or a cab to get around, so why not have some fun and let the cabbie be your “designated driver”? Happy hours are not only fun, but also can provide you at least a couple hours of cheap drinks and cheap eats. In fact, if you play your cards right, and hit the right happy hours; those discount appetizers can easily become dinner.
So lets head out on the town, and mingle with the locals where they gather at some of NYC’s finest happy hours.
The Landmark Tavern on Eleventh Avenue is a very popular place to start, taking you into the world of the British “gastropub”. It first opened its doors in 1868, and while you are sipping and munching, check out the tin ceilings, tiled floors, mahogany paneling and of course the massive bar. If you are a scotch sipper/connoisseur, or want to be, this is the place you want to hit. Sitting at the bar you will become mesmerized by the seventy plus bottles of only the finest scotches of the world on the shelves. Happy Hour runs from 4-7PM Monday through Friday and the Landmark offers buy-one-get-one-free drinks, and $0.10 each Buffalo wings. How many wings can you eat before saying “Uncle”?
Money Saving Tip: As this is an article about “happy hour”, it’s for adults only. My frequent mention of subway connections and taking Cabs is to prevent loss of funds with a DUI.
Another fantastic Happy Hour is at the 123 Burger Shot Beer located in Hell’s Kitchen on 10th Ave. You can hop a cab or take the subway to the 50th Street Station at Eighth Ave, close by. The super thing about Burger Shot is Monday through Friday from 11 am – 8pm is happy hour. Not only do they offer reduced drink prices, but also food specials, like wings and fries for $6.95, or double wings, $5 Margaritas. Bring some friends and on Tuesdays get two orders of any fries, ten sliders and a 100oz Beer Tube for $42. Every day lunch specials like three burgers with fries and a tankard of beer for $7 or just $1 burgers.
This Bar/Restaurant is just a party happening and instead of some big fancy restaurant where you can run up 100’s of dollars on dinner, here you have a good time, great food and drinks, and more for less.
Maybe a more relaxed venue is in the cards after your busy day, and quite possibly a glass or two of fine wine with snacks. If that’s your cup of tea, then head to Amuse Wine Bar on Ludlow Street. The subway can take you close if you get off at Delancey and Essex Street, or take a cab, as it’s located on New Yorks Lower East Side.
From 3PM-7PM they offer a wine flight of your pick of wines for $15 including a Cheese and Charcuterie Sampler Plate or beer flight for $8 with choice of appetizers. The atmosphere at the wine bar is warm with an almost Tuscan feel as you surrey up to the wooden bar and relax on a swiveling bar seat.
The Barrel located in East Village on Stuyvesant Street (try repeating that 5 times) offers an exciting happy hour from 3PM – 7PM, M-F, with $3 Draft Beers and $4 Well Drinks. Their fresh homemade Sangria, which is a house specialty, is $5 each and a glass of premium wine is $5. Oh what a deal! Each happy hour features specials on Tapas at $5 each or $12 for choice of 3, with Tuna Slicers, Shrimp Scampi, Hanger Steak and more. You will definitely fill up here for a lot less than a dinner locally for just one.
If you are planning to attend one of the shows in the Theater District, you might want to check out this place before the show. Don’t Tell Mama Piano Bar, located on 46th Street is a fantastic place to say you’ve been to, and you might get a “selfie” with a “star” too. From 4-8PM every evening they offer specialty drinks and appetizers at a reduced price, and it’s a good deal. For thirty years or more this iconic nightclub/restaurant located on “Restaurant Row” has entertained countless celebrities, including Paul Newman, Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler and more. Happy hour in the Piano Bar is lots of fun, with an abundance of seating at tables or the mega long bar.
You just never know who might walk in because Don’t Tell Mama’s has been the Launchpad for many of yesterday and todays most rich and especially famous performers. Have that Smartphone ready at a minutes notice for that all telling “selfie”!