As the temperature begins to drop…for real this time…I’m reminded of one of my favorite cozy cold weather bars - The Bourgeois Pig. My best friend and I used to come here for our best-friend date nights, share a baked brie platter and catch up over an amazing pitcher of 7th Street Sangria.
The specials aren’t every night, and this is definitely not a cheap Thursday night beer joint, but with its velvet curtains, antique chairs and mirrors, and red-lit ambiance it’s a quaint neighborhood gem everyone should get to at least once! Especially if you’re a resident NYC wino and happen to love cheese and/or fondue!
There are some specials – have no fear:
Monday, Tuesdays, Saturdays & Sundays: 5pm – 7pm all bottles of wines are 1/2 priced
The wait to get in on a weekend night can sometimes be quite long, so if you have time, get there early, cozy up in a corner and take in the atmosphere!
I recommend the baked brie platter or the French Onion Fondue and the 7th Street Sangria!
111 E 7th St – between 1st Ave and Ave 1
Mon– Fri 6pm – 2am
Sat – Sun 5pm–2am
As the temperature drops and a gorgeous pre-fall breeze rolls in, head over to a bar that still has outdoor seating, but a cozy inside bar as well.
Fiddlesticks Pub & Grill is a traditional Irish Pub located on Greenwich Avenue in the Village. It is a cozy bar with inside and outside seating, friendly bartenders and a fabulous happy hour. If you’re someone like me who loves a bar with some good nooks to make your home – you’ll love this one! Or if you’re already a fan of their sister bar Galway Hooker.
Happy Hour is Mon – Fri: 4pm to 8pm. All beers, house wines & liquors are $4.
On the weekends you can roll up for a special brunch for $10, which gets you brunch and 2 complimentary drinks.
Of course, like most bars I prefer and recommend, this one has a full menu, packed with delicious small bites or bigger meals if you’re settling in for dinner. I’m partial to their French Onion Soup and Mac & Cheese, but everything I’ve seen served looks yummy!
Fiddlesticks Pub & Grill
56 Greenwich Avenue @ Perry Street
212. 463. 0516
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Tagged bars, fiddlesticks, galway hooker, greenwich avenue, happy hours, irish food, irish pubs, nyc, nyc bars, pubs, the village
This Thursday, grab your friends and get ready to play some board games, pool, Foosball or Jenga! Like a big living room in someone’s posh, but relaxed mansion, 675 Bar is quite possibly the only chill place in the Meatpacking District. With little cubby hole rooms you can plop yourself in a comfy chair and settle in with some games before the crowd starts to roll in around 11pm.
Although more low-key than you can usually find in that area, don’t walk in expecting to find 2$ PBR’s and your mom’s pizza bagels. They do have a cocktail list of fancier drinks (which are all pretty delish) as well as fancier finger foods. I recommend the Azul Perra, a delicious purpley concoction of blueberries, vodka and pomegranates.
With pretty decent music, and enough room that you’re not insanely cramped, grab a friend, eat some food, drink some drinks and then go dance the night away!
Mon – Thurs 6pm – 2am
Fri – Sat 6pm – 4am
675 Hudson St
btwn 13th & 14th Streets
New York, NY 10014
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Happy over the hump day!
This Thirsty Thursday head back over to the East Village just a touch North to The Penny Farthing.
The Penny Farthing is a spacious (with two floors) old-fashioned feeling neighborhood spot. With a mix of Irish Pub and American Country, the wooden bar and homestead decor is comforting and inviting. Mixing it up between a low-key lunch place during the day and a lively social scene at night, The Penny Farthing seems to have found the key to conquering both worlds.
The Penny serves brunch, lunch, dinner and pub food at the bar. With a special brunch on weekends between 11am and 4pm with a wide range of typical brunch favs. Everything I’ve ever ordered here is delicious, including their Buffalo Wings, Spinach & Artichoke Dip, and Fish & Chips.
Happy Hour is simple. Half priced almost anything you can think of Monday thru Friday from 4pm to 7pm. Including some old time classic cocktails, like Manhattans (careful, they’re lethal), and a Southern Fizz.
The Penny can get quite crowded on the weekends, resulting in a line to get in – I always try to go on a weekday and take advantage of their happy hour since their normal prices are a little higher than average – $12-13 a cocktail.
The Penny Farthing
Sun – Tues 11am to 2am
Wed -Sat 11am to 4am
103 Third Avenue @ 13th Street
Although it may not look like much from the front, inside Pianos there is a lively mix of people, music and drinks.
Located in the heart of the Lower East Side, Pianos has happy hour every day from 3pm to 7pm including:
Select Beers – $3
Well Drinks, Wine & Frozen Margaritas – $4
Special Plates – $5
Nachos – $2
Sandwiches – $5 & $6
Aside from a super cheap happy hour, Pianos is always pumping with music, whether by DJ or live bands. You can mosey upstairs any time of the week at 8pm to listen to a wide variety of bands gutsy enough to play for a musically rich and knowledgeable LES crowd. There is a cover for the upstairs lounge, usually $8 – but depending how packed they are and how early you’re there, you can sometimes get around this, or get it dropped to $5.
Check out their website for the schedule of performers!
Beware though, on the weekends this place still draws a massive crowd and the line can get exhausting. Be an old lady (or man) like me, and head over for an early happy hour and meal so you can find yourself a seat…or corner to stand. Otherwise, be prepared for it to be hot and crowded. As NOT ideal as that may sound, the music, dancing and all around pumped up vibe make it all a bit better. Promise.
158 Ludlow St
Between Rivington St & Stanton St
This Thirsty Thursday head to the Flatiron area of NYC for a quaint, cozy, old-time feeling bar – Old Town Bar.
Awarded “Best Old Bar in NYC” by NBC, Old Town Bar gives you the feeling you stepped back in time, just for a little, to experience what NYC might have been in 1892.
With a long mahogany bar and tin ceiling, Old Town Bar served drinks through Prohibition and still stands to serve you happy hour drinks 7 days a week as well as a full and extensive food menu.
$3 Well Drinks
$3.50 Draft Beer
$4.50 TOP SHELF liquors
When everything around seems to be geometric and modernized, I love a place with history seeping out of the walls; serving food and drinks alongside stories of Prohibition, the Mob and old-time New York City.
Old Town Bar
45 East 18th Street
Between Broadway & Park Ave South
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Tagged beer, draft beer, flatiron, happy hour, new york city, nyc, old time new york, old town bar, prohibition, the mob, well drinks
It’s that time of the week again, when we’re over the hump and the weekend is in sight. Many people, especially us New Yorkers are already pondering where to meet up with friends for the weekly Thursday Happy Hour.
This week I recommend Fulton. A nautically decorated seafood bar and restaurant on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. I personally love the decor here, feeling like you’re on a handcrafted wooden boat, it’s easy to forget about the taxis and traffic soaring down Third Avenue.
Happy Hour is from 5pm to 7pm every day and include:
~$1 Oysters & $.50 Clams
~$6 glasses of Cava, Sant Sadurni d’ Anoia, Chardonnay, Livermore Valley & Merlot
~$6 Vodka & Gin Cocktails & Drinks
~$10 Half Bottles of Chardonnay
They also bring baskets of delicious popcorn to nibble on if you’re not super hungry or an oyster or clam fan.
I recommend the oysters, of course, which are delicious & fresh as well as a slightly dirty Vodka Martini, which the bartenders make with near perfection.
205 East 75th Street, right off 3rd Avenue
Mon – Sat
Lunch 11:30am – 3pm
Dinner 5:00pm – 11pm
Brunch 10:30am – 4pm
Dinner 5:00pm – 9pm
After a long week at work, many New Yorkers look forward to their Thursday nights. The night they can go out for Happy Hour and just forget about the day’s stressors for a bit. A place my friends and I love to do that at best is City Crab & Seafood. Although, mostly an upscale seafood restaurant, they offer an affordable and delicious Happy Hour to the twenty somethings, not making 6-figure somethings.
City Crab is located in an area lacking in suitable happy hours. Flatiron / Gramercy has few places offering specials for the young and employed, who occasionally prefer a more upscale locale for their thirsty Thursday than an Irish Pub.
I’m partial to their popcorn shrimp, which never ceases to please, while their Cajun peel and eat shrimp is perfectly seasoned in Old Bay and other such spices making it irresistible – especially when half priced.
Happy Hour is 4pm to 7pm Mondays – Thursdays & Sundays, and an extra special 10pm to 12am on Fridays & Saturdays. With 1/2 off wines, select beers, and shelf liquors, as well as 1/2 priced appetizers and $1 oysters, City Crab is a perfect place to cozy up to the bar, get to know the bar tender & catch up with your friends after a long week at work.
Grab your friends and order a $5 Pinot Grigio, $8 Peel & Eat Shrimp and $7 Popcorn Shrimp and enjoy the cozy coastal feeling bar surrounded by live lobsters, crabs and oysters all waiting to be enjoyed on your Thirsty Thursday.
Posted in Life, Thirsty Thursdays
Tagged bars, city crab, crab, half price, happy hour, new york city, nyc, pinot grigio, seafood, thirsty thursday
In honor of St. Patty’s day, I figured I’d kick off my first Thirsty Thursday post with one of my favorite Irish Pubs in NYC – Puck Fair.
A cozy little spot below Houston, Puck Fair has a long bar with plenty of seating room (and hooks for your bags!), lots of small cozy wooden booths and plenty of tables. With 20+ beers on tap and 50+ beers by the bottle, it is definitely a bar for the beer lover. The most important beer, of course being Guinness, which I have yet to find more perfectly served anywhere else in the city.
Puck Fair also serves up traditional Irish Fare, with Cottage Pie, Bangers & Mash, and my favorite – Guinness battered Fish & Chips.
Serving food until 4am, it is the perfect place to cozy up to the bar and settle in for the night.
Happy St. Patty’s Day!!
298 Lafayette Street (just below Houston)
Mondays – Fridays from 11am – 4am
Saturdays & Sundays from 12pm – 4am