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Beer. Wine. Shots. Whatever your pleasure, toast the end of February — and the eventual end of the polar vortex — at these cost-conscious watering holes.
Marco Polo Ristorante, 345 Court Street, Brooklyn
From 5 to 7 p.m., those of us retreating home to Carroll Gardens can snack on dollar clams while enjoying two-for-one drink specials for select wine, beer, and mixed drinks. The old school restaurant recently unveiled a new happy hour menu showcasing a chef’s selection of cheese and salumi and crostini topped with hanger steak and shaved parmigiano. Rice balls and veal meatballs round out the bar menu, and the old school atmosphere provides a relaxing retreat.
Wayside, 139 East 12th Street
Part cafe, part bar, this cozy East Village storefront has a drink for whatever mood you’re in. From 5 to 8 p.m., beer is half off and glasses of wine are $6. Pair it to something from the food menu, which offers small plates ranging from hummus to pao de quejo. Not a drinker? There’s plenty of coffee available, too.
G. Lee’s Smokin BBQ, 813 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn
Beer and barbecue are a stellar combination, so having happy hour specials in the vicinity of pulled pork makes this venue standout in the neighborhood. From 5 to 8 p.m., select beers are three bucks while select cocktails start at $5. The bar specializes in moonshine-based drinks, and the kitchen offers snacks like the hickory jalapeño smoked burger and Cajun spiced corn.
Julius, 159 West 10th Street
This longtime West Village gay bar is still going strong with a five-hour-long happy hour that starts at 4 p.m. Both well drinks and beer are half priced, and you can order burgers and fries, too, if you’re planning on spending the evening there.