Where To Drink in NYC Now That The World Cup is Over and Life Is Normal Again

World Cup may be over, but there is plenty of summer left to enjoy and we have a handy roundup of Where to Drink in NYC. As such, here is a list of happy hours, outdoor spaces, and summer specials for you to enjoy now that you have so much free time on your hands.


Did you know that your favorite East Village meat haunt now serves coffee? Earlier this summer, while you were busy watching futbol, Ducks Eatery opened Café Canard. From 9am-5pm daily, the cafe serves delicious coffee and espresso drinks and offers free wifi for you to use while enjoying your morning jolt. On weekdays, as soon as coffee service stops, happy hour begins. Close your laptop and enjoy $1 oysters, $2 Genesee cans, and $5 Bartender’s Choice cocktails until 7pm; this week, the dapper bartenders are shaking up Spring 44 cocktails. 351 East 12th Street; 212.432.5825; www.duckseatery.com


Full disclosure, this is one of the city’s best-kept happy hour secrets, especially on a Monday night, and one that is almost difficult for me to share. First of all, you’re welcome. Secondly, the details – from 3:30pm-6:30pm every day of the week, Spunto offers 2-for-1 beer and house wine and a free large pie with the purchase of any pitcher of beer or bottle of wine. On Mondays, happy hour last ALL NIGHT! Grab one of their oversized booths or a table on their patio; just don’t take my seat. 65 Carmine Street; 212.242.1200; www.spuntothincrustpizza.com


You know them, you love them, and you can now develop a healthy obsession with their frozen cocktail machine. As owner Tim Cooper shared, “it’s cold and delicious.” Honestly, what more are you looking for on a hot NYC summer evening? The machine will be serving up a different cocktail weekly (Clover Club and Southside are up next), so you’ll just have to swing by every few days for a sampling. 643 Broadway; 212.253.0477


Though the coffee here is addiction-worthy, the true indulgence is their happy hour. From 5-7pm on weekdays, both locations, Greenwich Village and Kips Bay, offer 25% off all beer and wine. Seasonal ales, originally $5-$7, are only $3.75-$5.25 and wines of all color and effervescence are available for $6.75-$10.50. Be sure to try some Maple Sriracha Spiced Nuts or an assortment of their cheese, charcuterie and sweets. 113 W. 10th Street & 347 Third Avenue; 212.989.6400; www.beeskneesbakingco.com


You can drink wine year-round and you can drink tequila whenever you want, but you can only drink shandys in the summer. Thankfully, Spritzenhaus 33 has several available, on draft and in bottles/cans. Since I can’t decide which is best, I’d recommend staying for at least two beers: Narragansett Del’s Shandy and Harpoon UFO Big Squeeze Shandy. Both pair perfectly with people watching and jenga. 33 Nassau Avenue, Brooklyn; 347.987.4632; www.spritzenhaus33.com


This Lower East Side spot has one of the best happy hours in the ‘hood, with a $5 beer-and-a-shot special (think Miller High Life shorties and a shot of the bar’s rotating Whiskey of the Week) all night on Mondays and from 5-8 every other weekday. Bonus tip: the newly launched 205 Club is now open downstairs for craft cocktails and a cool, subterranean vibe. 205 Chrystie Street; 212.673.2400; www.rochellesnyc.com


At ThirstyNYC, “garden” means something quite different than everywhere else in the world. When we talk about our new favorite garden, we don’t mean anything related to flowers, herbs, plants, green thumbs, etc; we mean beer. Little known fact, The Mad Hatter has a sizeable garden where you can take advantage of their impressive bar selection and generous weekday happy hour. From 11am-8pm, every Monday-Friday, select drafts are $4, well drinks and select bottles are $5, and additional specialty cocktails are discounted. 360 Third Avenue; 212.696.2122; www.madhatternyc.com


Like the aforementioned Sweetwater Social, Mother’s Ruin boasts a frozen cocktail machine and has for quite some time. They also boast beautiful bay window booths and some schnazzy new outdoor seating, upon which lucky patrons can enjoy their adult slushie. After you polish off a frozen cocktail, I’d suggest their Veggie Burger with a fully dressed Tecate. 18 Spring Street; 212.219.0942; www.mothersruinnyc.com

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