And you want to spend your limited funds on a few drinks with friends, but that doesn't mean you can't eat or need to limit yourself to instant ramen noodles. This week's New York Magazine surveys bars around town where you can take advantage of free food during happy hour. And although much of it seems somewhat standard (hot dogs, wings, pizza), there were a few standouts that seemed more interesting to our palates and our wallets:
The Blind Tiger Ale House pairs up with Murray's Cheese every Wednesday at 6 p.m., offering free cheese tastings with beer pairings, and on weekends at 1 p.m. they provide a bagel brunch. As for drinks, their weekday happy hour from noon to 8 p.m. features a Brooklyn “draft of the day” for $3.50. 518 Hudson Street, at W. 10th Street, 212-675-3848.
O’Flaherty’s, a traditional Irish bar in midtown, provides a real, hearty meal -- Sunday through Wednesday the kitchen provides free pasta in marinara sauce as it closes down around 10:30 p.m. And while you're waiting, you can fill up on $3 pints of Budweiser from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 334 W. 46th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, 212-581-9366.
And for the more health conscious among us, the bar at Boxers features wire egg trees filled with hard-boiled eggs. They're yours free of charge from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m., and if you get there on the early side, beer, wine and well drinks ($5-$6), are two for one from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the bar. 190 W. 4th Street, between Sixth Avenue and Barrow Street, 212-206-7526.