6 Murray Hill Happy Hours You Should Know

Murray Hill occupies that limbo space between Midtown Manhattan and Not-Exactly-Midtown Manhattan. This East Side neighborhood is typically defined by the following boundaries: east-west from FDR Drive to Madison Avenue, and south-north from East 23rd to East 34th Streets. There are plenty of residences and offices here, meaning ample opportunities for post-work fun at the bar. You can also find city treasures like The Morgan Library & Museum and Grand Central Terminal nearby. Here are 6 places to unwind and enjoy cocktails, wine, beer, and food at a discount in Murray Hill!



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Come to Wagamama’s newest location for happy hour at this celebrated Asian fusion chain. Cocktails, wine, and beer are all part of this special at the Third Avenue outpost. Try a Wagamama Old Fashioned made with two (!) Japanese whiskies, a range of sakes, and beers from China, Thailand, and Japan. While you’re here, split some Chili Squid with chili cilantro dipping sauce or Bang Band Cauliflower tossed with Firecracker Sauce. Bigger eats include dumplings, donburi rice bowls, curries, teppanyaki, and ramen. 605 Third Ave., 646-813-3396,

Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails

Handcraft mixes it up with daily happy hours offering rotating deals on drinks and food. The drink menu shines with beer-nerd labels on draft and seasonal craft cocktails (hand-shaken pina colada, anyone?). The food’s not too shabby either, with delectable shareables like nachos (which can be served on fries, tots, or nachos) and Flaming Hot Chickpeas. Homey and slightly rustic with cushy banquet seating, Handcraft also has TVs around the bar if you’d like to check in on a game. Happy hour changes daily; check website for details. 367 Third Ave., 212-689-3000,



Start early at Tavern29, with a weekday happy hour beginning at 11am. This neighborhood tavern stands out for its decent-sized rooftop area full of picnic tables. Stop by for great specials on drinks during not one but two weekday happy hours (one until 7pm, the other during late-night). The interiors have cozy nooks for groups and a large convivial bar with chandeliers overhead. There’s something for everyone, as the TVs inside cater to a range of sports fans. Happy hour Monday-Friday, 11am-7pm. $5 beer, $6 wine, and $7 cocktails. Late-night happy hour Monday-Friday, 11pm-2am. 47 E. 29th St., 212-685-4422,

Ted’s Corner Tavern

Ted’s has a lot going for it, especially if you like dollar oysters at happy hour. Indulge in these regionally sourced oysters every day, along with select wine, beer, cocktails, and food at a discount. While you’re around, try some of the Mediterranean cuisine on the menu such as cheese and charcuterie, Halloumi Toast, or flatbread pizzas. Oh, and do notice the photographs on the brick walls: they’re all famous Teds (Roosevelt, Bundy, etc.). Happy hour daily, 4-7pm. 523 Third Ave., 212-689-2676,

Middle Branch

Middle Branch

Craft cocktail fans, head straight to Middle Branch. Run out of a townhouse on East 33rd, Middle Branch brings a comfortable vibe to its cocktail bar format, with minimal throwback decor and their innovative cocktails at center stage. New cocktails include the bright Tree Frog with cachaça, while there will always be standbys like the house G&T and a bespoke cocktail just for you. 154 E. 33rd St., 212-213-1350,


A neighborhood standby, Albion hits the mark for craft beer fans with its outstanding happy hour. There are about 30 rotating beers on tap, plus a solid selection of wines and liquor. It’s a friendly atmosphere indoors and out, with a charming back patio open during the warmer months. Enjoy $4 pints from open to 8pm every day of the week. Wine is $2 off and liquor is $1 off during these hours as well. 575 Second Ave., 212-679-6716,

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Merrill Lee Girardeau lives and writes in Brooklyn.

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