8 Times Square Bars to Visit for Happy Hour in NYC

It’s no easy task to select a bar among Times Square’s endless options. We’ve done the work for you and narrowed it down to eight great places where you can enjoy a drink and a snack. Read on for happy hour discounts, quality food and drink, and great views of the action in Times Square. 

Long Acre Tavern 

Long Acre Tavern

New to Times Square is The Long Acre Tavern, serving fantastic pub fare and screening sports throughout the week. Come to this multilevel location on West 47th for happy hour on weeknights. Select draft beers are $5-$7, and house wines are $7 per glass. Select liquors are $7 as well. Don’t skimp on the snacks while you’re here; Long Acre serves apps like a soft pretzel, spicy sesame cauliflower, and Korean BBQ Quesadilla. Happy hour deals available Monday through Friday, 4-7pm. 146 W. 47th St., 646-649-3587, 

Patrick’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar

Patrick's Restaurant & Oyster Bar

Get your fix of shellfish and cocktails at Patrick’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar. This 42nd Street staple serves fresh oysters from the East and West Coasts in their raw platters. The Raw Bar Deluxe special contains oysters, shrimp, and littleneck clams for $48. From the bar, enjoy a pitcher of rosé sangria or a Man’s Best Friend, a house special dirty martini. Draft beers include classics like Guinness and local selections from Montauk Brewing Company and Five Boroughs Brewing Co. 259 W. 42nd St., 212-776-9100,

Heartland Brewery and Chophouse

Heartland Brewery

Get your beer from the source at Heartland Brewery and Chophouse on 43rd Street. This deep beer list rotates seasonally, featuring favorites like Harvest Wheat and Summertime Apricot Ale. Beer combinations like the Almond Sunset pair the house Red Rooster Ale with a shot of amaretto. Not in a beer mood? Try a glass of wine or house cocktail like the Back Porch Lemonade. Snacks include beer-battered onion rings, barbecue sliders, and Hurricane Wings. Happy hour specials available weeknights, 4-7pm. 127 W. 43rd St., 646-366-0235,

The Ribbon

Ribbon Fried Chicken

With partners from favorite city spots like Blue Ribbon—the makers of the city’s best fried chicken—comes The Ribbon on 44th Street. This convenient brasserie welcomes weekday warriors and wandering tourists alike during the afternoon. In fact, visitors with a late check-in at their hotels should take advantage of their Super Early Bird Special, happening 2:01 through 4:01pm. This special offers a staggering 30% off the entire menu! That’s one third off the price of their deviled eggs, spit-fired meats, raw seafood, and buffalo cauliflower. Don’t sleep on this incredible deal! 220 W. 44th St., 212-944-2474,

Dos Caminos

Dos Caminos, located amidst the bright lights of Times Square, is a hot commodity come happy hour. This popular Mexican eatery has not one but two happy hours on weeknights. There’s $6 guac, $8 margs, and spicy chicken wings for $6 on the menu. Cans of Tecate are just $4, and additional beer varieties are $5. Take advantage of these deals as early as possible, since the bar gets very crowded after 5pm. Happy hour available at the bar and lounge, Monday through Friday, 3-6pm and 9pm-close. 1567 Broadway, 212-918-1330,

The Rum House

Rum House

The Rum House boasts old-world furnishings and frequent live jazz performances, plus an extensive selection of of its namesake liquor. Come to this crowded bar for its daily happy hour. House cocktail deals include a rum punch and daiquiri for $10 each. Narragansett Lager is $5, and house red, white, and rosé are $10 per glass. The lengthy rum cocktail list deserves a look as well (When in Rum, anyone?), as well as the snack menu featuring Sigmund’s Pretzels and pressed sandwiches. Happy hour deals are available every day from 12 to 6pm. 228 W 47th St., 646-490-6924,

Dave & Busters

Get your game on while you drink at Dave & Busters, the bar/arcade located on 42nd Street. D&B offers a standard post-work happy hour and another slot during late night on Sundays. Cocktails are half off, and you’ll get $1 off 22-ounce draft beer and glasses of wine. Discounted bar snacks include quesadillas, guacamole, and Bavarian pretzels. Between drinks, indulge in some friendly competition with Dance Dance Revolution, Skee-Ball, and Pac-Man. Dave & Busters also screens sports if you’re looking to catch a game. Happy hour deals available Monday through Friday, 4-7pm, and Sundays, 10pm-12am. 234 W. 42nd St., 3rd Fl., 646-495-2015,

Réunion Surf Bar

Get on island time at Réunion, inspired by the surf culture of a tropical isle in the Indian Ocean. Catch the wave at happy hour, with a frozen dark ‘n stormy or paloma cocktail for $8, draft beers for $5, and bucket of Coronitas for just $16. Discounted food includes an Angus burger with fries for $8 and the Dodo Dog with special salsa and pork belly topping for $4. These happy hour deals are available Wednesday through Friday, 5-8pm; Saturday 5-10pm; and Sunday and Monday, 5pm-close. Don’t miss Tuesdays, though: Réunion serves discounted palomas, margs, and Pacifico from 5pm to close during Taco Tuesday every week. 357 W. 44th St., 212-582-3200,

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Merrill Lee Girardeau lives and writes in Brooklyn.

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