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The Best Late Night Happy Hours After 6 PM in Manhattan NYC

Say it with me, “I do not like spending $15 on a vodka soda.” But the struggle is real since most happy hours end at 6 PM and you work a 9 to 5! What’s the point of a happy hour if you can’t get there in time?

If you are on the hunt for drink specials that run past 6 PM, then you’re in the right place. Here you will find a long list of local bars from midtown Manhattan down to SOHO with some of the best late-night happy hour deals in the NYC.

And besides having great late drink specials, these aren’t bottom of the barrel dive bars. So you can feel confident about bringing a date, friends, or even a business prospect to toss back a few value-priced drinks and not find yourself in a total dump!

To help you locate the bars near you on this journey of frugality, here’s a map of all the neighborhoods in Manhattan NYC:

Map of Manhattan Neighborhoods The Best Late Night Happy Hours in Manhattan Always The VIP
Map of Manhattan Neighborhoods

Now that you have the lay of the land, let’s get to the list!

Mercury Bar

659 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036
Neighborhood: Hell’s Kitchen
Happy Hours (VERIFIED 7/21): Monday – Friday,12 PM- 8 PM

Late Night Happy Hour with Fried Chicken Tacos and Cocktails at Mercury Bar NYC Photo By Clinton Nez Byrd Always The VIP
Fried Chicken Tacos and Cocktails at Mercury Bar NYC Photo By C. Nez Byrd

Mercury Bar has one of my favorite happy hours in NYC. Besides having an excellent happy hour special after 6pm, Mercury Bar has excellent happy hour food specials with their Taco Tuesdays and Wings Wednesdays. When I was working in midtown, I would walk from the Diamond District all the way here to Hell’s Kitchen just for a hit of their delicious fried chicken with waffles.

This charming little sports bar is a great place to watch a game with friends or co-workers after work. Just try to get there as early as you can. This place tends to get packed quickly once happy hour starts.

Late Night Drink Specials

  • $7 Wines
  • $7 martinis
  • $7 mixed well drinks
  • $7 margaritas
  • $5 draft beers

Barcelona Bar

923 8th Avenue New York, NY
Neighborhood: Hell’s Kitchen
Happy Hours (VERIFIED 4/21): Weekdays 4 PM-7 PM

Barcelona Bar shots Photo by Ken L. Yelper
Barcelona Bar shots Photo by Yelper Ken L.

Barcelona bar is a small and simple dive bar with great prices across the board.  The real attraction is their extensive list of creative and entertaining shots, some of which they set on fire. You won’t find many bars are willing to blow themselves up for your entertainment. Hence, the top spot on the list.

Late Night Drink Specials

  • $3 Beers
  • $4 Domestic Bottles
  • $4 well

District Social

252 W 37th St New York, NY
Neighborhood: Garment District
Happy Hours (VERIFIED 4/21): Daily 4 PM – 7 PM

district social facebook
district social facebook

District Social is a popular and trendy spot for after-work drinks with a professional crowd. I haven’t come across anywhere else where you find a cucumber gimlet for 9 bucks.

Late Night Drink Specials

  • $9 Cucumber Gimlet & Hibiscus Margarita
  • $8 House Wine: Red, White & Prosecco,
  • $7 Well Drinks,
  • $6 for Select Drafts

Fat Black Pussycat

130 W 30th St New York, NY
Neighborhood: Greenwich Village
Happy Hours (VERIFIED 4/21): Sunday – Thursday 4 PM – 8 PM

Fat Black Pussy Cat Yelp Photo by Storm T
Fat Black Pussy Cat Yelp Photo by Storm T

Apparently, Fat Black Pussy Cat has a secret room where you can find karaoke and live music performances sometimes. But I haven’t been able to get in yet to see for myself. So perhaps it’s for the “cool kids.”

Nevertheless, they have pretty wicked daily drink specials and they serve Yakiniku! Yakiniku is basically Japanese style shish-kebob and is a very unexpected dish to be offered at an Irish pub. But this does add to the cool factor.

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Late Night Drink Specials

1/2 priced bar

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

321 West 44th St New York, NY
Neighborhood: Times Square 

Happy Hours (VERIFIED 4/21):
Daily 11:30 AM – 6 PM
Mon – Thu: 9:30 PM – 11 PM

Gyu Kaku Bar Times Square Photo by Yelper James R
Gyu Kaku BBQ Times Square Photo by Yelper James R

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ is a chain restauramt where you can drink cheap and stuff your face with great Korean BBQ and small Japanese dishes. Besides the many food specials available throughout the day, they have an awesome coco mojito special for $5.

The drink specials along with the clean modern Japanese decor and friendly staff make this a great late-night happy hour spot for a group or any occasion.

Late Night Drink Specials

  • $5-$7 cocktails
  • $3-$6 beers


432 E 13th st New York, NY
Neighborhood: East Village
Happy Hours (Temporarily Unavailable as of May 2021): Tuesday -Saturday 4 PM – 10 PM
Sunday and Monday 4 PM – 4 AM

Keybar interior crowd
Keybar interior

Keybar has a huge menu of very exotic cocktails included in their buy-2-get-1-free specials. How it works is that they give you a free drink token every time you order two rounds. And, if you don’t use your free drink token that day then you can return another day to redeem it! This is a very generous and smart way to keep customers coming back.

Oh, and they give free rounds of shots for birthday parties. Winning!

Late Night Drink Specials

2 for 1 Drinks!

Negril Village

70 W 3rd St New York, NY
Neighborhood: Greenwich Village
Happy Hours (VERIFIED 4/21): Monday – Friday 5 PM – 7 PM

Negril Village NYC Official Photo
Negril Village

If you can’t get to the Caribbean, then a few coconut martinis at Negril Village can help you get there. In your drunken imagination that is.

The luxurious decor at Negril Village makes the ambiance great for a date. A cheap date that doesn’t look so cheap. 😉

Late Night Drink Specials

  • $7 white wines
  • $7 Mojitos
  • $7 margaritas
  • $7 coconut martini
  • $7 island rum punch
  • $7 beers
  • $7 well drinks


647 8th Avenue New York, NY
Neighborhood: Hell’s Kitchen
Happy Hours:
Monday – Friday 11:30 AM – 3 PM, 5 PM- 7 pm
Saturday – Sunday 11:30 AM – 7 PM

Obao NYC Bell Room2 Official
Obao NYC Bell Room2 Official

Besides a great happy hour menu, Obao has a modern and elegant decor. So it’s the perfect spot to impress a date without breaking the bank!

Late Night Drink Specials

  • $10 cocktails
  • $7 wine
  • $5 beer
  • $5 sake

Off The Wagon

109 Macdougal St. New York, NY 10012
Neighborhood: Greenwich Village
Happy Hours (VERIFIED 4/21): Daily 3 PM – 7 PM

Off The Wagon Photo by Alex S Yelper
Off The Wagon Photo by Yelper Alex S

Off The Wagon is a college bar in full form. Which makes perfect sense since they are right in the center of the NYU campus. They’ve got beer pong tables and a live DJ on the weekends; The perfect combination for a night that you likely won’t remember.

Late Night Drink Specials

  • Daily $2 off entire bar
  • All Day $10 Beer and a shot

One Star

1476 W 24th st New York, NY
Neighborhood: Chelsea
Happy Hours: N/A – Their drink are cheap all day

One Star Bar Yelp Photo by D H
One Star Bar Yelp Photo by D H

All drinks at One Star Bar are wildly cheap. So the normal pricing puts them on par with most happy hour specials. They also have pop tarts. Nobody has pop tarts, which makes them pretty awesome.

Late Night Drink Specials

  • $4 and up Drafts
  • $8 beer and a whiskey shot

The Red Lion

151 Bleeker St. New York, NY
Neighborhood: Greenwich Village
Happy Hours (Verified 4/21): Monday- Friday 4 PM – 7 PM

Red Lion Live performance Photo by C Nez Byrd
Red Lion Live performance Photo by C Nez Byrd

Red Lion is my favorite bar in the Village. Not only because it has amazing food specials to go with their awesome happy hour specials, but it also has live musical entertainment just about every night. And no cover charges!

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Be sure to catch their 10 cent wing Tuesdays and all night Taco Wednesdays. You will not be disappointed.

Late Night Drink Specials

  • $4 Red Lion Light Or Amber On Tap
  • $6 Mixed Well Drinks
  • $7 Red Lion Mule Or Margarita
  • $7 House Wine Pours


110 Rivington St. New York, NY
Neighborhood: Lower East Side
Happy Hours (Verified 4/21): Daily 5 PM -10 PM

Verlaine Official Image
Verlaine Official Image

Although Verlaine more of a restaurant than it is a bar, it has one of the latest and cheapest daily happy hours and great eats! It’s the perfect spot for a date. And their calamari is delish.

Late Night Drink Specials

  • $7 Lychee Martinis and Sangrias

The Three Monkeys

236 W 54th st New York, NY
Neighborhood: Midtown West 
Happy Hours (Pending Verification from Owner): Monday – Friday 4 PM – 8 PM

three monkeys facebook photo
three monkeys facebook photo

Three Monkeys is one of the most popular after-work bars in midtown. It has tons of seating with TV’s to watch sports everywhere. And on weekends they turn it up a little with pop music over the sound system.

You can also head stairs upstairs to see a game on the wide screen, or to the rooftop if the weather permits. It’s one of my go-to spots after a long day.

Late Night Drink Specials

$6 cocktails
$4 drafts

If you are a tourist in NYC or are overwhelmed with all these options of places to stinking drunk on a work night first, here’s a Google map with bookmarks to all of the bars in this list!

Learn more about Manhattan’s neighborhoods in this wiki article.

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