Juicy Burgers, $3 Beers, and Sardinian Snacks: Where to Drink Cheaply


Recovering from Mardi Gras? Good. Keep the spirit of fun alive and the party going strong — go have a cheap drink.

Idle Hands, 25 Avenue B

Despite the name, this bar keeps its patron’s hands very full with a three-hour window for drink specials from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Well drinks and draft beers are $5 and include craft darlings like Allagash White and Sixpoint Bengali Tiger IPA. Weekend bonus: On Sundays, the spot offers old school canned brews for $3 all night.

Arco Cafe, 886 Amsterdam Avenue

For a change of pace, head out to this Sardinian restaurant from 6 to 8 p.m., when select glasses of wine and Prosecco range in price from $6 to $7. Pair your drink to a sub-$5 nibble from a menu of signature bites.

Stag’s Head, 252 East 51st Street

This bar makes good use of its 16 rotating taps by offering $4 and $5 draft specials until 7 p.m. Work your way down the line with choices like Abita Golden Lager, Lefthand Sawtooth, and Chelsea Checker Cab Blonde Ale. A menu full of pub fare is also available.

Royale, 157 Avenue C

If you can find your way over to the far reaches of Avenue C, this bar will reward you with a juicy burger and $3 draft beers and well drinks from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. If you’re a seafood fan, check out Mother Shuckin’ Thursday, where you’ll find a variety of deals on oysters and other shellfish.