One of the best parts of a happy hour special is that you can be adventurous without spending too much. Luckily for you, we’ve updated this list to guide you towards the very best Upper West Side happy hours!
The Mermaid Inn
570 Amsterdam Ave
A good happy hour is one thing, but a daily happy hour is a whole separate ball game. You can enjoy happy hour at The Mermaid Inn every day from 5-7pm. Feast on $1.25 oysters, select $6 beers, $8.50 wines, and $8.50 cocktails. And if you’re going in the spring or summer when the weather is warm, you can sit outside and soak up the beauty of the neighborhood.
503 Columbus Ave
This lively Upper West Side bar offers a daily happy hour from 4:30-7pm. Well drinks, frozen margaritas, frozen specialty drinks, and wine all go for $7 and beers go for $6. And if you’re enjoying a drink with friends before you head somewhere for dinner, they offer their delicious jumbo pretzel and mini cheeseburgers for just $10. Prohibition also offers live music nightly, featuring great cover bands, a packed dance floor, and a notable singles scene.
428 Amsterdam Ave
This well-known oyster bar stands out as one of Manhattan’s best $1 oyster happy hours. Oysters on the menu go for just $1-1.50 each as part of their #oystergram. You can enjoy happy hour daily, running from 5-7pm during the week and 4-6pm on the weekend. Crave serves $9 margaritas, big bens, and peach tea sangria. On top of that, you can get a $10 Moscow mule and $11 Sunset spritz.
Share a dozen oysters with friends (or possibly a date), and definitely upgrade to a spicy margarita for just $1 more. And if you’re feeling extra fun, go for one of Crave’s outstanding oyster shooters. It’s the absolute perfect combo. You’re welcome in advance.
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430 Amsterdam Ave
If you’re looking for a bar that offers something more in line with a happy (five) hour, you need to come to Jake’s Dilemma. Every Monday through Friday from 3-8pm, you can enjoy a half-price bar. All beer is half price on Saturdays from 12-8pm, and on Sunday from 11:30-8pm. They also offer different specials from 8 pm to close Sunday through Thursday that change each day, so check their menu when you visit.
While some prices vary depending on the day, they hold a consistent $4 shot deal during their 8 pm to close the window of deals. You can start your week off with a $4 shot on Monday night, a $4 “You-Call-It” shot on Wednesday, a $4 “J” shot (Jack, Jim Beam, or Jameson) on Thursday, and another $4 shot on Sunday to close the week off. Safe to say you have plenty of options!
The Dead Poet
450 Amsterdam Ave
The Dead Poet offers many all night specials, many of which change depending on the day. They’re also open for happy hour daily from 12-8pm, so you have no reason not to stop by. Whether you go for a signature cocktail inspired by, you guessed it, dead poets, or just want to sip on a whiskey neat and eat freshly-made *free* popcorn, The Dead Poet is your Upper West Side happy hour spot.
The Owl’s Tail
215 West 75th Street
The Owl’s Tail is tucked on a side street of W 75th between Amsterdam and Broadway, but it is not to be missed. Sitting comfortably across the stage door of The Beacon Theater, this intimate restaurant offers more than just small plates, baked goods, and freshly-made cocktails. Their happy hour is weekday only, running Monday through Thursday from 4:30-6:30pm, and Friday from 4-6:30pm.
Special deals include $10 glasses of Beaujolais, Chenin Blanc, and Rosé, along with half-price cocktail-of-the-day and $10 meatballs. You won’t be disappointed!
573 Columbus Ave
This classy sports bar is more than just good food and TV monitors in each booth. They serve an eight-hour happy hour deal from 11am-7pm Monday through Friday, featuring half-price beer, sangria, well drinks, and classic mojitos, making it an absolutely perfect summer date spot! With deals on various drinks, an eclectic food menu, and vibrant energy, you’re guaranteed to enjoy your time beyond a cocktail and the game.
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