Some bars are smart enough to offer sweet happy hour discounts way, way outside the usual hours of 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Here are some of our favorite late night happy hours, and as always, please leave yours in the comments.
KEYBAR Keybar is probably one of the smallest DJ bars in the city, somehow fitting a VIP lounge and fireplace into one tiny East Village room. But if you want to dance, lose your shit, and drink a lot of sugary, hangover-inducing cocktails and shots (including this one, which Gothamist's Ben Yakas previously sacrificed himself to), this is as good a place as any. To help you out with that, their 2-for-1 drink special, which includes everything from beer to shots to specialty cocktails, runs most nights until 10 p.m., but runs until 4 a.m. (that is, until close) on Sundays and Mondays.
Keybar is located at 432 East 13th Street in the East Village, (212) 478-3021; keybar.com
SOFT SPOT Soft Spot, the offbeat piano bar which has graced Bedford Avenue for over a decade, knows what the neighborhood wants: lots of booze on the cheap. They're always shaking up $7 pints of tequila-filled margaritas, plus a shot and mini Budweiser for $5, but until 8 p.m. they'll sell you 2-for-1 drafts and wells, a discount that runs until closing time on Tuesdays, which is perfect if your midweek Tinder date lasts until 2 a.m.
Soft Spot is located at 128 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, (718) 384-7768; softspotbar.com
THE JEFFREY Who’d have thought that one of the city’s better beer bars would be under the 59th Street Bridge, but hey, here we are. And while specialty beer can regularly run you $8 and up around the city, The Jeffrey is refreshingly generous during Happy Hour. From 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Sunday through Thursday, you can enjoy $8 house wines, $5 well drinks, and $5 select beers (and in this case, “select beers” covers a pretty good chunk of their draft list, not just the old bottles of Bud Light they have sitting around).
The Jeffrey is located at 311 East 60th Street on the Upper East Side, (212) 355-2337; thejeffreynyc.com
HILL COUNTRYRick Perry’s favorite NYC barbecue joint might be best known for its brisket and Kreuz sausage from Texas, but after the kitchen closes, Hill Country is also home to one of the city’s more comprehensive after-hours happy hours. From 10 p.m. until close, seven nights a week, their Chelsea location offers discounts on Bud and PBR ($3), Coors pitchers ($12), Shiner drafts ($5), house wines ($6), margaritas ($5), and even jello shots ($2), while Hill Country Brooklyn has similar deals on Shiner drafts, PBR, house wine, margaritas, and Lone Star.
Hill Country is located at 30 West 26th Street in the Flatiron, (212) 255-4544 and
345 Adams Street in Downtown Brooklyn, (718) 885-4608; hillcountry.com
METROPOLITAN Metropolitan is one of only a handful of gay bars in Williamsburg, but they have the combo hipster/gay bar niche covered with drag shows, skee-ball, and a sprawling back yard which hosts free cookouts on summer Sunday afternoons. On most nights, the DJ sets, drag shows and karaoke kick off around 10 p.m., and with them, their late-night drink specials begin. On any given late night between Sunday and Thursday, expect to find $3 PBR tallboys, $5 PBR/shot specials, $4 drafts, or $3 well drinks.
Metropolitan is located at 559 Lorimer Street in Williamsburg, (718) 599-4444; metropolitanbarny.com
WHITE OAK OYSTER BAR Sometimes the happiest hours are the ones filled with delicious foods, and this Hell's Kitchen spot boasts a good raw bar, a full menu of high-end bar grub, and an outdoor terrace for the warmer months. Their happy hour runs from open to close and means $1 Bluepoint oysters, $1.50 Beausoleil oysters and $2.50 Gold Creek oysters from the West Coast. The only stipulation: a two drink per table minimum, which can be satisfied with anything from soft drinks to hard alcohol to wine.
On top of that, they also offer a rotating list of specials throughout the week: Taco Tuesdays, Wine Wednesdays, beer and cocktails on Thursdays, wings on Fridays, spirit flights on Saturday, and across-the-board discounts on Sundays.
White Oak Oyster Bar is located at 818 10th Avenue in Hell's Kitchen, (646) 692-9347; whiteoaknyc.com
BOXCAR LOUNGE This narrow, East Village mainstay isn’t so much train-themed as it is stuffed into a space the size of an actual boxcar, but it does feature DJs, and is actually quite cozy, especially on slower nights. It has also been home to one of the city’s most enduring extended happy hours—2-for-1 drinks until 10 p.m. Monday - Thursday—a special that has been a point of pride for over 18 years (the special runs until 8 p.m. Friday - Sunday). It’s a good place to have in your back pocket for a late-night midweek date, or for a quick drink (or two, because why else are you even reading this?) if you get out of work late.
Boxcar Lounge is located at 168 Avenue B in Alphabet City, (212) 473-2830