It might not feel like it today, but summer’s here (or, at least, the pools are open, and school will be out soon). Celebrate with a cheap drink at one of these four happy hours.
Bar Rique, 103 West 70th Street
This place keeps the math simple by dishing out $7 cocktails, wine, and tapas for a happy hour that lasts from 5 to 7 p.m. The bar has a serious selection of wines by the glass, and tapas range from olives to pan-seared shrimp. Cocktails include relaxing choices like watermelon mojitos and the Oaxacan breeze made with pineapple cider, so plan to stay awhile to take advantage of all the bar has to offer.
Oxcart Tavern, 1301 Newkirk Avenue, Brooklyn
Two happy hours means this Flatbush spot is the perfect post-work and late night destination if you’re seeking a burger and brew. From 5 to 6 p.m. and again from 10 to 11 p.m., $4 nets you a draft beer, glass of wine, or well drink. The locale sports a burger board from which guests can enjoy a half-pound patty — including turkey, veggie, and fish — with an assortment of combinations of toppings like fried egg and alfalfa sprouts. If you’re really lazy, the bar also offers takeout — including draft beer.
McGee’s, 240 West 55th Street
If you don’t know what time of day you might need an emergency beer, this is your place. This bar features an all-day $4 beer-of-the-month, in addition to more specials form 5 to 9 p.m. During that time, mixed drinks and select glasses of wine are $5, and you’ll also find daily deals on vodka and frozen drinks.
The Dead Poet, 450 Amsterdam Avenue
If you’re looking for literary inspiration, head uptown to this beer-centric oasis. On Wednesday, canned beers are $4 apiece, while other craft beer and shot specials can be found throughout the week.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 28, 2014