From George Washington hosting an epic goodbye party at Fraunces Tavern to the late Chumley’s hosting, well, everybody during Prohibition, New York has always recognized the spirit of drinking and its place in history. Whether you’re taking a vacation or working overtime this holiday weekend, here’s a look at some of our favorite happy hour places to kick off your celebration of Old Glory today.
Black Tree, 131 Orchard Street
The founding fathers may not have used the term “hyper-local,” but we think they would have appreciated a place they could get a homemade sandwich at a fair price. At this new Manhattan outpost of this Brooklyn-based sandwich shop, which sources all of its ingredients from local farmers markets and purveyors, patrons can feel extra patriotic during the new Sip and Slider happy hour. From 4 to 8 p.m., customers can fill up on three slider-size sandwiches for $9. The menu changes daily and features creations like short rib with house blue cheese dressing and greens. Pints of New York State craft beer are $4, and Channing Daughters wine on tap costs just $6.
Suspenders, 111 Broadway
From 4 p.m. until close, reflect on the history of the Financial District–like the rise of the New York Stock Exchange or that time Zuccotti Park was the hottest ticket in town–over $4 drafts or $5 mixed drinks. Ladies also receive a two-for-one special from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on select drinks. On Wednesday, the spot plays host to a Shots & Thoughts trivia night featuring prizes and giveaways.
Full Circle Bar, 318 Grand St., Brooklyn
America thrives on innovation and competition. Between 5 and 9 p.m., roll on over to this one-of-a-kind Williamsburg watering hole for $1 off all drafts, $4 well drinks, and select discounted mixed drink specials like the $3 BREWmosa. Grab your fill of New York state’s own Genesee beer and a hot dog or pretzel (both combos are $4) in between games of skee-ball. With beer, food, and bar games, it’s the perfect start to the long weekend–or at least a good story about why you’re nursing a hangover instead of heading home to Mom’s.