Drink Cheaply at Barley & Grain, Dominie’s Hoek, Bravest, and The Way Station


The only thing scarier than going to a haunted house this October is watching the price of pints rise. Fortunately, we’ve found a few places where the art of affordable drinking is still practiced.

Barley & Grain, 421 Amsterdam Avenue

From 5 to 7 p.m., all 12 of this Upper West Side bar’s draft beers are half off, including a sweet selection of craft darlings like Captain Lawrence. Grab one to pair with a small plate of mussels or beef poppers also on special; you’ll probably have enough cash leftover to spend on one of the 40 single-malt scotches gracing the extensive spirits menu.

Dominie’s Hoek, 48-17 Vernon Boulevard, Queens

It’s going to be nice enough to sit outside tonight–and the number of nights warm enough for patio drinking are dwindling, which means you should head out to this backyard deck for $3 beers and sangrias until 7 p.m. The bar also features nightly specials like $2 PBRS and $5 beer and shot combos, making it a go-to destination for cheap drinks in the Long Island City area. With all of those drinks, it’s a good thing the bar also features a full dinner menu–the burger benedict looks especially satisfying after a drink or two.

Bravest, 700 Second Avenue

A favorite among the FDNY (the bar’s decor pays homage to firefighters), happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. draws in a mix of New York characters who enjoy cheap drinks and camaraderie. All draft beers and mixed drinks are $3, while cans of Bud Light clock in at $2. There’s also $3 Shocktops and occasional craft beer promotions featuring the likes of Goose Island. With one of the more neighborly vibes in Murray Hill, this is a great place to pick up a drink–or a firefighter–in a down-to-earth setting.

The Way Station, 683 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn

From 4 to 8 p.m., receive $1 off any drink or indulge in $4 beers and well drinks. The venue frequently features live music with a focus on indie rock, bluegrass, and country, though even more appealing might be the spot’s steampunk-heavy interior. The bar pays tribute to Dr. Who with a time machine that doubles as restroom, and a variety of cocktails–such as the Christopher Walken Dead–ensures anyone who steps inside is bound to feel relaxed.


This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 2, 2013

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