The Best Manhattan Happy Hours by Category

Happy hour in Manhattan has pretty much become an official pastime. The only tricky part is picking a venue. Some bars specialize in certain offerings, while others truly set themselves apart from the rest. Everyone has different tastes, so a lot of it depends on what you’re looking for. Check out some of our favorite Manhattan happy hour destinations and impress your coworkers next time you’re deciding on a venue.

Our High-End Pick: Dear Irving

This Gramercy Park lounge is a fantastic happy hour destination. Elegant decor and a speakeasy-like vibe make it feel like an old-fashioned cocktail parlor. There are even four themed rooms, including the JFK Room and the Marie Antoinette Room. Dear Irving was created by the same team behind Raines Law Room, so you know the drinks are good.

Location: 55 Irving Pl, New York, NY 10003

Our Budget Pick: 169 Bar

Open for more than 100 years, 169 Bar is a true New York institution. And don’t let the leopard-print pool table fool you, this is a dive bar through and through. If you’re looking for cheap drinks, it doesn’t get much more affordable. After all, $3 for a beer and a shot is about as cheap as you’ll find anywhere, and you’ll even enjoy a side of New York history while you’re at it.

Location: 169 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

Our Rooftop Pick: Haven Rooftop

Hidden above Times Square, Haven Rooftop offers impressive views of Midtown, along with everything else you’d want from a happy hour. The chic venue features fresh, bright decor and plenty of inviting spaces to lounge in. Beautiful natural materials and plenty of greenery make this spot the perfect retreat after a busy day in the city.

Location: 132 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

Our Offbeat Pick: Trailer Park Lounge

Trailer Park Lounge is one of the city’s most unique happy hour offerings. As the name suggests, the restaurant and bar sports a spectacular trailer park theme, which is just about as entertaining as the drink specials. Speaking of which, you’ll enjoy $3 cans of PBR (of course) and $6 frozen margaritas. If you get hungry, treat yourself to the fried chicken sandwich — you won’t regret it.

Location: 271 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

Experience a Manhattan happy hour for yourself.

If you haven’t already been to our favorite happy hour haunts, check them out and see which one fits your style the best. If you’re planning on visiting the city, check out the latest offers at Sutton Court, a premier extended stay residence in Manhattan.


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