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Best NYC Happy Hour Bars

New York City is all about happy hour. Are you watching the clock, waiting for the work day to end? Looking for a great spot to catch up with friends and forget about the daily grind? CBSNewYork brings you a list of our favorite happy hour hot spots. By Erica Jill Mason.


56 Greenwich Avenue (btwn 6th and 7th Aves.)
Monday through Friday 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

New York's fashionable Irish Bar bodes a full dining room and many tables and quiet nooks where people read and have casual conversations. There are live DJs on weekends, and $3 will get you any drink besides martinis and shots.

Thirsty Scholar

155 2nd Avenue (btwn 8th and 9th Streets)
7 days a week, 2 p.m.-8 p.m.

Much like Cheers where everyone knows your name, the Thirsty Scholar is a fabulous dive bar located in the East Village. Enjoy $3 beers, $4 cosmos and frozen drinks and $5 martinis!

Welcome to the Johnsons

123 Rivington Street btwn Essex and Norfolk
M-Th 3-9 p.m.; F-Sat 1-9 p.m.

Recession ready drink deals at Welcome to the Johnsons' make for a relaxing experience Monday through Saturday for happy hours. $2 Buds and well drinks plus free snacks.

Corner Bistro

331 West 4th Street (at Jane Street)
7 days a week 2 p.m.-8 p.m.

At the Corner Bistro in the West Village, you may have to wait in line but it is well worth it for this hot spot with delicious burgers (one of the best in NYC for only $6.25) and yummy beers. There are booths in the back and tables in the front, or space at the long and beautiful bar where the bartenders have been serving drinks and burgers for years. You'll also find $2.50 mugs of McSorleys.

Boxcar Lounge

168 Avenue B near 11th Street
M-W 6-10pm; Th 4-10pm; F-Sun 4-8pm: 2 for 1 drinks

Boxcar Lounge is more like a bar, located in the East Village with a small, packed bar. There are also corner nooks, couches and a patio for a smoking option. Creative cocktails are made here with champagne and sake for only $5, along with well drinks and draft beers for $5.

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