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The Best Places in New York to Grab Afterwork Drinks This Summer

By Nina RuggieroMay 22 2023
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For New Yorkers, there may be no sound quite so merry as the clinking of glasses echoing between skyscrapers on a summer weekday evening. People the world over love a good happy hour, hence its name, but there’s just something special about afterwork drinks in this city when the weather gets warm. As you skip out of the office, there’s a lightness in the air. It’s a feeling of release shared among crowds of people who seem to have collectively decided to shut their laptops and head to cocktails with friends, making the most of the fleeting sunny season.

Add drink specials and an outdoor setting — be it a buzzing line of sidewalk tables, a rooftop with a view, or a cozy garden — and you have the recipe for a perfect night. All of the above can be found at Rockefeller Center, where the Midtown working crowd and those passing through congregate over rosé, craft beer, lively conversations, and unread emails, enjoyed in an iconic NYC setting that simply can’t be found anywhere else. Here are 10 afterwork drink spots in Rockefeller Center that will have you counting down the minutes until quittin’ time.

Lodi

An all-day cafe where locals start with a cappuccino and pastry in the morning, grab an afternoon-energy-boost panino and espresso at lunch, and then keep the party going with a spritz-fueled happy hour, Lodi embodies the Italian aperitivo spirit in the afterwork hours. Its patio seating is the place to be, and the cocktail menu includes four spritz varieties to choose from. Milan-style Aperitivo Hour starts May 30.

The Rockefeller Center outpost of this popular spot — known for locally made wines and live music — is an open-air garden serving seven days a week from April to Thanksgiving. Sip red, white, or rosé on tap, or choose from a selection of Montauk Brewing Company beers accompanied by charcuterie. Bottles are 20% off from 3 to 6 pm Monday through Friday.

With an outdoor beer truck overlooking Flipper’s roller rink, and an indoor taproom, Other Half Brewery has all the afterwork vibes covered. Its craft beer has made a name for itself from Williamsburg to the Finger Lakes, and happy hour is the right time to try some of its best brews for less; Top of The Broc, Forever Ever, and one rotating special pick are just $6 from 5 to 6 pm Monday to Friday, only at the truck.

Pair the perfect warm-weather, gin-based cocktail (think: a Snap Pea Collins with gin and pea syrup or Bay Laurel Sour with olive oil and lemon) with inventive, farm-to-table takes on happy hour–favorite snacks such as oysters and New York Times–famous bread and butter. Here, the garden setting is taken indoors, with flowing greenery and wood sourced from owner and chef Greg Baxtrom’s family farm.

  • Photo by Gentl + Hyers

This stylish brasserie by the duo behind Tribeca’s Frenchette serves natural wines, elevated takes on favorite cocktails (we’re looking at you, pineau colada), and a selection of martinis at its Art Deco–style bar. It’s the perfect place to treat a client or out-of-town relative you’re looking to impress to steak haché instead of a basic burger and fries.

  • Photo by Nicole Franzen

In a brick, 19th-century townhouse that served as a bar for more than 100 years before Pebble Bar moved in and continued the tradition, this is the happy hour choice of nostalgic New Yorkers and those who want to drink in the footsteps of legendary writers and broadcasters like Jack Kerouac, David Letterman, and Johnny Carson. Stop in once for a strong drink and a seafood tower or some potato chips with caviar, and you risk becoming a regular.

When you need a happy hour that transports you far, far away from New York City, head to Naro for a modern Korean aesthetic, soju cocktails, and tea-based mocktails. (It’s worth noting that soju works exceptionally well beside ginseng in an espresso martini.) When it comes to food, this isn’t your Midtown Korean barbecue joint — expect smaller, more delicate dishes that double as edible art, with an emphasis on seafood and vegetables.

On those nights when you not-so-secretly hope happy hour wine will turn into pasta and more wine, linger at Jupiter. The extensive wine list includes hearty Italian reds and lighter rosés and orange wine, and cocktails range from unique takes on the classic Aperol spritz to summery sips like a tequila martini with passion fruit, chili, and prosecco. Share the fried Roman artichokes and zucchini, or dive straight into a big plate of paccheri with slow-cooked pork shoulder and spaghetti with clams.

The New American bistro by Homer Murray (son of actor Bill Murray), lets Manhattanites in on a Brooklyn secret. It’s an upscale-casual spot full of happy hour deals from 5 to 7 pm daily, including a $12 happy hour martini. Also for $12, the “commuter combo” offers a beer and shot — because sometimes you need to take the edge off before catching the train — and for $21(part of the Under 30 offerings), you can grab a plate of nachos and a Modelo.

Who can say no to $7 hand rolls and two-for-one select sake and beer at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar? Park yourself at one of the 11 seats at the sushi bar, or bring a few coworkers and enjoy the seated dining options. Happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 3pm to 6pm (dine-in only).

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