Afternoon Happy Hours for Your Summer Friday Drinking

All these beers could be yours for $25   Image: Keg & Lantern Brewing/Facebook

It’s summer. It’s Friday. If you’re one of the lucky ones, you’re currently enjoying a Summer Friday, a wonderful work perk that affords you a little work/life balance. If you have the whole day off, you might have headed to Five Leaves for a chill breakfast without the weekend crowd or to Acme for Fish Fridays (that cooler is a godsend during hot summer months). After lounging in the park, taking a small nap, and/or any of the other hundred things that make summer Fridays so delicious, you’ll want to get in on those happy hours you usually miss out on.

Image: Lobster Joint/Instagram

Lobster Joint | 1073 Manhattan Ave
Lobster Joint does their regular Monday – Friday, 4 – 7 pm, happy hour of $1 oysters, $5 draft, $7 cocktails, but keep in mind they do have lunch specials that go on from noon to 4 pm. So, you can go in the mid-afternoon, enjoy a $12 plate of fish & chips or mussels & a side, and then chill out in the backyard during happy hour. That’s a good plan.

Keg & Lantern | 97 Nassau Ave
With more than enough room, inside and out back, for any Summer Friday crowd, great beers on tap, and sports on the screens, Keg & Lantern is the perfect all day, 11 am – 7 pm, $5 drafts, you’ve been waiting for.

The Whiskey Brooklyn | 44 Berry St
Guess what, they have a lot of whiskeys! They also knock a dollar off drinks and $4 off pitchers from 2 – 7 pm, Monday – Friday. Whatever it takes to get you into the photo booth quicker.

Soft Spot | 128 Bedford Ave
Yes, that narrow bar you might pass while rushing to the L at Bedford has one of the best deals around: 2-for-1 drafts and well drinks from 4 – 8 pm (it’s until 2 am on Tuesday). Betcha didn’t know they have a backyard, too.

Much health & $5 rosé

Loosie’s Café | 93 South 6th St
Directly next to Loosie Rouge, with a vine-covered entrance reminiscent of a secret garden is Loosie’s Café. There’s free WiFi in case you absolutely need to check-in, healthy food, and a noon start to happy hour life. It includes $1 oysters, $5 rosé and frozen margaritas.

Iona | 180 Grand St
Another sweet little spot with an under-the-radar backyard is also one of the better daytime happy hours you think about during that 4 pm Thursday meeting. Theirs is 1 – 7 pm, $4 Yuengling draft or Modelo, Tiger Beer, & Montauk Summer cans. $5 20oz Stella, Estrella, Carlsberg, & Smithwick’s drafts $6 Modelo + Well Shot or Miller High Life + Well Shot.

The Gutter | 200 North 14th St
The home of warped lanes and air hockey may have a normal Monday – Friday, 5 – 7 pm, $1 off drafts happy hour, but they have something special during Friday afternoons. From 2 – 6 pm, it’s 2-for-1 bowling. Go get your game on.

Happy Friyay!

About Siobhan Wallace

Siobhan Wallace is a freelance writer & editor. She co-founded the food blog Blondie & Brownie in 2008 and co-authored "New York à la Cart: Recipes and Stories from the Big Apple's Best Food Trucks" (Running Press, 2013).

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