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saving money, living life, brooklyn
The majority of social life in NYC, for better or worse, revolves around bars. With small apartments, a spread-out city, 24-hour public transportation, and 4am closing times bars provide a roomy central meeting point.
This wouldn’t be so bad except a typical craft-beer-non-drink-special is $7, plus the $1 you leave for tip. Real cocktails fall into the double digits.
No worries though, there are still plenty of ways to get cheap booze.
There are a million happy hours in nyc. There are after-work happy hours (until 7ish), weekend daytime happy hours (until 8ish), and late night happy hours (after midnight).
There are specials (free pizza with a beer, 2 for 1 drinks).
Many brunches have deals with unlimited sangria, bloody mary’s, or mimosa’s (because who doesn’t want to be buzzed at 3pm?)
There’s even a bar that if your name is picked for the day you get to drink for free.
There are way too many happy hours around the city so here are a just few:
Regularly go to the same bar, get to know the bartenders, be friendly, leave decent tips.
This can benefit you with free/cheap drinks.
NYC-based websites like The Skint are a valuable resource of events providing cheap & free booze.
Some events host open bars at a certain time-frame or no cover before midnight. Look for after-parties following a band/comedy show/other performance that will usually offer drink specials at a near-by bar.
Many events even include a complimentary drink. And if the booze isn’t free, they will likely have drink specials.
Ultimately, buying a six-pack and bringing it home is generally the cheapest option, if you have room to host.
What are your tricks for cheap drinking? What are your favorite nyc happy hours?