Nothing sounds more delightful than a cocktail after a long day of work. In NYC, there is certainly no shortage of bars and restaurants signaling overworked New Yorkers with inviting happy hour deals. From wine bars to your classic all American watering holes, check out these 5 best happy hour NYC spots to unwind after a long day at the office.
1. La Biblioteca: Spice it up after work with Murray Hill’s high-concept lounge! Popularly known as “tequila bar cum library,” La Biblioteca offers a Downtown cool atmosphere in the heart of office land. The lounge offers the most enticing happy hour deals, which run from 5-8pm Tuesday through Friday and include $8 margaritas, $4 beers and 2 for $5 tacos. On Tuesday, Tequila lovers can attend special tastings, which include meet and greets with ambassadors from different distilleries as well as plenty of samples. This Midtown tequila bar and lounge offers 400 bottles, the works of famed haciendas, small batch distillers and artisanal producers. La Biblioteca invites guests to compare and contrast both flavors and textures imparted by age, terrain and techniques used by Mexico’s Tequila distilling families.
2. Ardesia: For wine lovers looking for a laid-back happy hour spot, head to Midtown’s Ardesia. Noted as a “casual food and wine bar,” this quaint Hell’s Kitchen restaurant offers a rustic and simple approach to happy hour that far surpasses the classic watering hole atmosphere. Guests can grab a stool at the bar and explore the bar’s impeccable wine list, or choose a bottle and kick back in their cozy lounge. From 5-7pm, guests can choose from over 35 regional wines, all of which are two dollars off during the weekday. On a nice day, the 30 seat outdoor patio is perfect for watching the sunset, while the marble bar is a popular gathering spot during the dog days of summer. As for food, Ardesia offers light bites like deviled eggs and ricotta crostini to pair with your glass of choice. In addition, the bar and lounge offers an eclectic food menu consisting of everything you love to have with wine or beer from classic wine-friendlies such as their house-made charcuterie and artisanal cheeses to original, inventive snacks like the homemade NY style pretzel and duck banh mi, all are designed to be shared. Whichever mood you’re in, Ardesia is the perfect venue to take a load off after work.
3. Flute Midtown: Flute Bar & Lounge welcomes champagne lovers, as well as those simply looking for the ideal spot for drinks with friends, to bring a date, or relax with colleagues. The former speakeasy space has been transformed, although the dim lighting and intimate booths remain. The bar and lounge features specials including a champagne happy hour on Tuesdays from 4-8pm and live jazz music on Wednesday nights starting at 7pm along with a daily (except Tuesday) bubbles unlimited sparkling open bar from 6-8pm. In addition to champagne and sparkling wine, Flute Midtown provides a full bar and menu of their own specialty sparkling cocktails, as well as small plates including bar food standbys such as mini cheeseburgers and spring rolls.
4. The Happiest Hour: The Happiest Hour is West Village’s quirky new cocktail bar and full-service restaurant by Acme’s Jon Neidich and veteran New York bartender Jim Kearns, formerly of the NoMad Hotel and Pegu Club. Beginning at 5pm, guests can come take a load off in this upbeat, bi-level space. The main floor contains a horseshoe bar with room for 15, plus a dining area with additional seating for imbibing and eating. In addition, expect a soundtrack of rock and soul for the funky upstairs, which also features lively wallpaper decorated with palm trees that gives off a California and Florida twist. Downstairs, you will find a more intimate area channeling an early era with a terrazzo floor and a tiny cocktail bar for six. The upstairs bar offers a “You Pick ‘Em, We Pour ‘Em” motto, with customizable cocktails depending on one’s spirit of choice. Much-maligned vodka isn’t shunned for trendier whiskies; the staff is happy to substitute vodka into any of their signature cocktails for $12 or guests can choose from one of their suggested spirits. One can indulge in $12 Classic Cocktails which include a Old Fashioned and a Tom Collins; $5 American, $7 Imported and $8 Craft Beers plus a manageable wine list of Good, Better, Best or Sparkling round out the booze selection. As for food, West Village’s newcomer serves a simple, yet highly satisfying, classic American offering, with a menu featuring stellar burgers, chopped salads and sandwiches which are fulfilling with your cocktail of choice.
5. Russian Vodka Room: Located in the Theatre District, this popular after work spot is a home for everyone who is devoted to the noble cause of drinking excellent vodka, eating tasty food and spending time together with friends. Whatever your taste is here you will find a vodka perfect for yourself. While selecting from hundreds different vodkas, do not overlook RVR’s own unique infusions, each of them masterpiece of its own. The restaurant’s dining menu offers a great selection of authentic Russian food, both delicious and original. This dimly lit bar is always filled with the sounds of a live pianist and stocked with vodkas you’ve never even heard of. If the atmosphere isn’t enough to grab your attention, the $4 infused vodka and $7 martinis offered from 4-7pm every night should surely do it.
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