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Looking for New York’s Latest and Longest Happy Hour

10 bars with kick-ass drink deals that don't end before you get out of work

After a long day at the office, what you need is a few drinks. What you usually get is the tail end of happy hour. Drink specials that cut off at 6pm just don’t cut it in a hard-working town like New York. With that in mind, we set out to find the longest happy hour in the city and, along the way, found nine more outstanding ones that extend well into the evening (one spot even has two daily happy hours). It’s all covered, from discounted craft cocktails to cheap beer, gratis hot dogs and even a side of Skee-Ball, but if you want our favorite, you’ll have to keep reading to the end as we’ve saved the best for last. Do you know of an even longer happy hour? Tweet us @NewYorkcom with your happy hour drinking hole of choice.

 

The Randolph

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The Randolph

How long: Technically until 8pm, but most drinkers don’t show up until 4pm
When: Daily until 8pm
Best deal: $8 craft cocktails

Laid-back coffee shop by day, comfortable cocktail bar by night, The Randolph in NoLIta gives New Yorkers the rare happy hour where you’ll find well-made craft cocktails — at a sizable discount. The bar’s drinks, which usually run $14, drop to $8 during happy hour and stay there until 8pm. A couple of Old Romans (a stirred rye cocktail similar to an Old Fashioned) while you kick back in one of the roomy booths will go a long way toward starting your night off right. More of a beer drinker? The bar’s sister establishment, Randolph Beer, serves all draft beers half-price from 4pm to 7pm. 349 Broome St., 212-274-0667, randolphnyc.com; Randolph Beer, 343 Broome St., 212-334-3706

 

SideBar

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SideBar

How long: 8-10 hours
When: Saturday-Tuesday 11am-7pm, Wednesday 11am-8pm, Friday 11am-9pm
Best deal: two-for-one drink deals include Absolut vodka, Cruzan rum, Jim Beam Black whiskey and Beefeater gin

If you’re cutting out of work early (or if you make your own schedule), SideBar‘s standard happy hour — 11am to 7pm, Monday through Thursday — is a doozy. Until 4pm, a burger and a Bud Light cost you just $6.95, and there’s a roster of two-for-one “well drinks” that aren’t true bottom-shelf, such as Absolut vodka, Cruzan rum, Jim Beam Black whiskey and Beefeater gin. The relatively conventional Union Square sports bar really fills up after work, though, when many of the specials extend even longer. Tuesdays, three tacos and a tequila are $10 until 10pm; Wednesday, happy hour goes until 8pm and selected shots are two-for-one all night; and on Friday, the “2-3-4″ special gets you $2 shots, $3 Bud Light drafts and $4 cocktails from noon all the way through 9pm. 118 E. 15th St., 212-677-9200, sidebarny.com

 

Rodeo Bar

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Rodeo Bar

How long: 5 hours
When: Daily 4pm-9pm
Best deal: $7 margaritas

This “Southern Roadhouse” bar is exactly the sort of venue that Murray Hill is known for: rowdy, theme-y and drawing a post-college crowd. But there’s no denying its happy hour, which runs from 4pm until 9pm every night of the week. Margaritas come down to $7, draft beers to $4 and there’s a discounted snack menu (to help you keep drinking). 375 3rd Ave., 212-683-6500, rodeobar.com

 

Full Circle Bar

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Full Circle Bar

How long: 5 hours weekdays, 7 hours weekends
When: Weekdays 4pm- 9pm, weekends 2pm-9pm
Best deal: $4 well drinks, plus a beer and a shot is $5 once happy hour ends

What’s more fun that cheap beer and hot dogs? Cheap beer, hot dogs and Skee-Ball, of course. If you haven’t played a round since your elementary school arcade birthday party days, this Williamsburg bar is the place to get back in the game. And even if you only stop by for drinks, the long happy hour makes this low-key bar a destination. From 4pm to 9pm on weekdays and 2pm to 9pm on weekends, you get $1 off drafts, $4 well drinks, and all sorts of specials like a $4 Genesee beer and a hot dog or a $4 Genesee beer and a jumbo pretzel. The even better news is that after happy hour, a beer and a shot costs just $5. 318 Grand St., Brooklyn, 347-725-4588, fullcirclebar.com

 

Boulevard Tavern

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Boulevard Tavern

How long: 6 hours daily, except Monday, when it’s 5 hours
When: Tuesday-Sunday 3pm-9pm, Monday 4pm-9pm
Best deal: $4 well drinks, plus a beer and a shot is $5 anytime

This old-school neighborhood bar in Greenpoint has quite a history: the original bar (called J&D’s) dated to 1928 and was revamped by two East Village bar vets in the last few years. Now, you’ll find a jukebox, pool table and a great happy hour: $1 off tap beer and $4 well drinks every day from 3pm until 9pm (except on Mondays when the bar opens at 4pm). Take your drinks out to the comfortable patio, where the owner throws hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill on Fridays and Saturdays — it’s $5 for as much as you can eat. 579 Meeker Ave., Brooklyn, 718-389-3252

 

The Mark Bar

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The Mark Bar

How long: 6 hours on weekdays, 8 hours on weekends
When: Weekdays 2pm-8pm, weekends 12pm-8pm
Best deal: $4 draft or bottled beer; plus free pizza at 6pm

Tons of beer choices. Pool table. Darts. Skee-Ball. A laid-back crowd … The Mark Bar in Greenpoint would be worth a visit even without a killer happy hour. Said happy hour, from 2pm to 8pm during the week and 12pm to 8pm on the weekends, just sweetens the deal. Draft and bottled beer and well drinks are all slashed to $4; wine is $5. To eat with that? Free pizza appears every evening at 6pm; free bagels and schmears on Saturday and Sunday; and a massive cheese spread from Eastern District on Tuesday. 1025 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn, 718-349-2340, themarkbar.com

 

Bushwick Tradesman

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Bushwick Tradesman

How long: 5 hours
When: Daily 4pm-9pm
Best deal: $4 draft beers

This new, classy Bushwick bar, all warm wood and soft light, extends its happy hour late into the night, with $4 draft beers, $6 cocktails and $1 off wine until 9pm nightly. In the mode of many a Brooklyn cocktail spot, the bar is big on local products, so expect libations made with items such as Barrow’s Intense ginger liqueur or spiced hibiscus liqueur Sorel, both made in New York. 222 Bushwick Ave., Brooklyn, 718-386-5300, bushwicktradesman.com

 

Boxcar Lounge

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Boxcar Lounge

How long: 4-6 hours, depending on day
When: Monday-Wednesday 6pm-10pm, Thursday 4pm-10pm, Friday 4pm-8pm and on weekends 2pm-8pm
Best deal: two-for-one for just about everything; “bring your own brunch” on weekends

Two huge perks at the Boxcar Lounge in Alphabet City: a backyard garden (with a retractable roof, in case of bad weather!) and a great happy hour. Nearly all of its drinks, from beer to wine to cocktails, are two-for-one from 6pm to 10pm Monday through Wednesday, 4pm to 10pm on Thursday, 4pm to 8pm on Friday and on the weekends from 2pm to 8pm. Feel like day drinking? On weekends, you’re free to “bring your own brunch” to the backyard. 168 Ave. B, 212-473-2830, boxcarlounge.com

 

La Linea

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La Linea Lounge

How long: 6-11 hours
When: Sunday-Tuesday 5pm-9pm, 11pm-2am, Wednesday-Thursday 3pm-9pm, 11pm-4am; Friday-Saturday 3pm-9pm
Best deal: Half-priced premium cocktails

This lounge-y Lower East Side bar has the sort of nondescript interior you could walk by every day and never notice; its happy hour deals, however, will hook you in a heartbeat. Every day, every drink (including premium cocktails) is half-price until 9pm; and every day except Friday and Saturday there’s a second happy hour from 11pm to close. On Thursday, say? That’s a solid 11 hours of discounted drinking. 15 1st Ave., 212-777-1571, lalinealounge.com

 

Key Bar

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Keybar

How long: 6-12 hours
When: Sunday-Monday 4pm-4am, Tuesday-Thursday 4pm-10pm, Friday-Saturday 4pm-10pm
Best deal: two-for-one anything, all day Sunday-Monday

Why does Keybar offer the longest hours of cheap drinking in the city? Let us count the ways. At a minimum, even on weekend nights, it’s a six-hour happy hour — 4pm through 10pm. What’s more, on Sunday and Monday, happy hour extends all night; that’s 4pm through 4am. And best of all? The two-for-one system works as follows: order a drink at full price (whether a beer, cocktail, shot …) and get a coupon for a free drink of the same value. That coupon never expires. So the discount, in theory, can extend a whole lot longer; as long as you pay up for your first few drinks before happy hour ends, you’ve got the free drink coupons to play with for the rest of the night. The cocktails might not be cutting-edge mixology, but at these prices, who’s complaining? 432 East 13th St., 212-478-3021, keybar.com

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