Distilled, Bijan’s, Nasha Rasha: Wednesday’s Heat-Beating Happy Hours


With temperatures rising, it’s no wonder that Wednesday is feeling more of a relief than usual: A weekend of relaxation is in your sights. But before you break out the inflatable pool or start running through sprinklers, here’s a look at some places that would like to welcome you inside today with some cool happy hour options:

Distilled, 211 West Broadway

It’s only fitting that a space inspired by the public houses of yore feature a “Public Hour.” From 5 to 6 p.m., revelers receive their choice of $3 PBRs, $5 select drafts, $6 mead–we told you they were going for nostalgia–or $9 select cocktails. And since food is an essential aspect of any lively destination point, $5 pastrami dogs accompanied by the chef’s homemade bread-and-butter pickle relish, ketchup, and mustard are available, too (the full dinner menu is available at starting at 6 p.m.). The offer is valid at the bar as well as outside on the porch. And read our interview with Distilled chef Shane Lyons to get a behind-the-scenes look at the man.

Bijan’s, 81 Hoyt Street, Brooklyn

If the heat has you beat, Bijan’s two-for-one special on medicinal cocktails might be exactly what you need; at the very least, it’s a really fun prescription. From 5 to 7 p.m., explore the art of alternative healing with the likes of the Persian Kiss, a mix of prosecco and pomegranate nectar. With herbs provided by The Herb Shoppe and bartenders ready to extol the virtues of medicinal healing, this kind of therapy is much more fun than hanging out in your doctor’s waiting room.

Nasha Rasha, 4 West 19th Street

As Edward Snowden might tell you, when the heat is on, it’s best to head to Russia. From 4 to 7 p.m., this Russian restaurant and vodka bar has a variety of specials for $10, including two select beers or two select wines and two appetizers. For vodka-lovers, there’s also a $10 special on two shots of select and house vodka along with two appetizers.