The key to the perfect “happy hour” is finding the ideal place my dahlings and that can be a bit tricky. It must be a bar, a restaurant, a lounge, a rooftop or even a hole in the wall that falls within clearly defined rules:
The tone of the space should differ at “happy hour” than other times – this adds a uniqueness of those sacred hours.
The bartender should be welcoming and sweet-tempered – that bartender should make a marvelous cocktail. A cocktail that doesn’t overwhelm our senses but rather creates a way into our taste buds.
And finally, the space where we’re spending “happy hour” should allow for lively and intimate conversations alike.
After a long and less than appetizing day, you’re not ready to go home but you do have a very strong desire to shake that day off. What better way, than finding that perfect “happy hour” to enjoy a cocktail, a cold beer, paired with mouthwatering bites, lively music, and enjoyable chatter.
I believe “happy hour” is there as a reminder of whatever came before or whatever is to come after – all is well in our world. If our day was less than ideal – “happy hour” should serve as a way to relieve us of that weight. And if we have plans to have a serious conversation with our significant other about money or sex (or whatever) then “happy hour” is necessary to calm our nerves.
The cocktail is intended to be like unto a bugle call to meals.
André Simon – Boon “Drink”
For the past who weeks I’ve received several emails and DMs asking about “happy hour” spots – today I’m sharing five “happy hour” faves that crushed the guidelines above.
Ainslie76 Ainslie Street corner of Keap Street
Ainslie is a hot and new eatery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Today is their fist happy hour:
Tuesday through Friday unit 7 PM
$6 select wines, can, draft, premium, and well spirits
$7 any 8–inch pizza
$3 pork sliders
Duet Restaurant6181 Strickland Avenue Corner of Mill Avenue
Duet Bakery & Restaurant is an oldie but goodie – a bakery expanded into an eatery in Mill Basin, Brooklyn
Happy hour is every day at Duet
Monday Oyster night .50 cents
Tuesday Lobster night, priced between $12.75 and $19.25
Wednesday Knock of 50% on any bottle value less than $99 & any main course
Thursday Steak night Porterhouse for two, side dishes, 1 appetizer and a bottle of wine $60.00 per person
Friday “Happy Friday” 50% off Cocktails
Weekend Brunch 9 AM to 4 PM
Demi-Monde257 Varet Street Corner of Bogart Street
Demi-Monde is a hidden gem in Bushwick, Brooklyn
Every day is “Happy hour”
4 – 6 PM
1/2 all bottles including magnums
$2 off all btg
$5 draft and house wine
Bklyn Prime4315 Farragut Road Corner of Troy Avenue
Bklyn Prime is a cozy Caribbean spot in East Flatbush, Brooklyn
“Happy hour is all about the Margaritas
Monday through Thursday
Finn’s Corner660 Washington Avenue Corner of Bergen Street
Finn’s Corner is a neighborhood favorite in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
Monday through Friday until 8PM + Friday & Saturday 1 – 4AM
$3 House amber + Pilsner
$4 Seasonal house draft, Yuengling + Goose Island
$5 Stella Artois, Guinness, Lagunitas + well drinks
I hope you enjoy our “happy hour” picks and we would love to hear about your experience. Keep an eye out as we add more spots to #thelist “happy hour”
📷 by Karley Gomez – @asimplepantry
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