Weekend Happy Hours and Bottomless Brunches in NYC

During Happy Hour in New York City, revelers head out to enjoy a few cocktails and bar bites, but waking up early for work is the major flaw in this plan. Many New York bars and restaurants are now offering weekend Happy Hours and bottomless brunches! Take advantage of great deals without messing up your work week!

Weekend Happy Hours NYC: David Burke Tavern

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David Burke Tavern is a modern American restaurant by award-winning celebrity chef David Burke. Occupying the first two stories of a stately townhouse on New York City’s Upper East Side, the restaurant showcases Burke’s creative and contemporary approach to classic fare—often with show-stopping presentations. Happy Hour runs on the weekends (it's available seven days a week from 3:30 to 6:30pm in the tavern). For bites, look for "hipster fries" with bacon, shishito, and parmesan, burrata salads, oysters, "Clothesline Bacon," and more. Bottled beer is half-price, wine by the glass is $9 and covers a wide array of vintages, and well drinks (vodka, gin, tequila) are $12. 135 E. 62nd St., 212-988-9021,

Weekend Happy Hours NYC: Park Ave Kitchen by David Burke

Photo: Park Ave Kitchen

You’ve probably seen chef David Burke on television, where he’s done two seasons of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters and held a guest spot on Every Day with Rachael Ray. He’s reecently launched his latest New York City spot, Park Ave Kitchen by David Burke in Midtown East. It’s a two-for-one restaurant with a formal dine-in brasserie on one side and a more casual to-stay area with a take-out option on the other. Midtown’s happy hour landscape just got happier with the launch of Park Ave Kitchen’s version. Presented weekends from 4 to 7pm (and weekdays too, for that matter), options range from Carbonara Deviled Eggs to steak frites with unlimited frites, with $9 wines, $12 cocktails and $15 martini flights. 514 Lexington Ave. (48th St.), 646-847-4166,

Weekend Happy Hours NYC: The Sea Fire Grill

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Enjoy $1.50 oysters and wine by the glass ($4.50) during Happy Hour every Friday-Saturday from 4pm-7pm at The Sea Fire Grill’s sleek and chic bar and lounge space. Those who yearn for more offerings of fresh fish can head to the dining area to indulge in an extensive menu of locally sourced, contemporary American seafood. Closed Sundays. 158 E. 48th St., 212-935-3785,

Weekend Happy Hours NYC: The Ready Rooftop at Moxy East Village

The Ready Rooftop Bar

With $9 Margaritas and $1 tacos, all you can say is 'yes' to Happy Hour at The Ready Rooftop bar at The Moxy in the East Village, offered Saturdays and Sundays noon-3pm. The fun atmosphere, colorful murals, and live DJ music will put you in a festive mood. Open year round, the bar has a retractable glass ceiling. 12 East 11th Street,

Weekend Happy Hours NYC: Gilligan's NYC

Gilligans NYC

Every day from 3pm-5pm, feast on $2 oysters at the SoHo tropical oasis everyone is talking about, Gilligan's NYC. It's a sanctuary hidden in plain sight. Sip on a Watermelon Margarita and be transported to an exotic island without the travel expense. *Open May through late September310 West Broadway,

Weekend Happy Hours NYC: Sweet & Vicious

Longtime Nolita haunt Sweet & Vicious offers a weekend happy hour that you'll want to round up friends for, Fridays and Sundays from 4:30pm-7:30pm, offering $1-$2 discount off most drinks, including their killer Margaritas, some hangover finger foods too, like corn dogs and sliders. Be advised, their outdoor patio fills up quickly! 5 Spring St., 212-334-7915,

Weekend Happy Hours NYC: Porchlight

Way over on the west side past the High Line in Chelsea, Porchlight is a sprawling, atmospheric bar from hospitality genius Danny Meyer, serving up tasty southern inspired craft cocktails and bites. On Saturdays from 3pm-7pm, and all days Sunday, take advantage of $5 flasks of their punch, $6 select beers, $11 select cocktails. 271 11th Ave.,

Weekend Happy Hours NYC: Mermaid Inn

Also located in Chelsea , grab a date or friend and head over to the Mermaid Inn, to feast on $1.50 East Coast oysters, offered every day, from 4:30pm-6:30pm, along with select $6 beers and $9 wines. 227 10th Ave.,   

(*Their sister location Mermaid Oyster Bar in Times Square, also offers a series of every day Happy Hour specials, from 4pm-5:30pm.)

Weekend Happy Hours NYC: Vinateria


Spanish and Italian food lovers will want to check out Vinateria, a Harlem fixture since 2013, that offers weekend Happy Hour (Friday-Sunday) from 4pm-6pm, including $1.50 oysters and specials on wines and cocktails under $10, along with some delectable snacks such as meatballs, fries, croquettes, and mac and cheese, under $10. 2211 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, 212-662-8462,

Bottomless Brunch NYC: Mercury Bar

Family owned in Hell’s Kitchen for over 25 years. Mercury Bar offers tasty comfort food, signature cocktails, and even a vegetarian/vegan menu.  Friendly, expert bartenders can mix and serve any drink, ranging  from fine whiskies, cognacs, and classic liquors to import and domestic beers. On the weekends, don't miss Bottomless Brunch. Available Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm, it's just $24 with any brunch entree. The menu includes huevos rancheros, steak and eggs, breakfast burritos, avocado toast, and a unique breakfast pizza topped with chorizo, eggs, and cheese. (If Bottomless is more than you're up for, there's also the option for $6 mimosas, Bloody Marys, and screwdrivers during brunch.) 659 Ninth Ave., 212-262-7755,

Weekend Happy Hours NYC: Vida Verde Bottomless Brunch

Vida Verda


A festive, two-story Mexican restaurant with an eye-catching rooftop barVida Verde offers something for everyone.  They serve up a wide-ranging taco trio, from rib eye, lamb, camarones (shrimp), pork carnitas, and charred Brussels sprouts to grilled mahi mahi. But on weekends from noon-5pm, take advantage of their $30 bottomless brunch (with purchase of entree.) 248 W. 55th Street, 646-657-0565,

Weekend Happy Hours NYC: Crave Fishbar 

Crave Fish Bar

Crave Fishbar in Midtown, offers an every day happy hour special from 4pm-6pm, offering a selection of $1.5 - $2 Oysters. Small bites from the kitchen include some favorites like the Nashville Style Fish Tacos, Calamari, and Sea Bass Crudo. Bar offerings include craft cocktails, oyster shoots, beer, and a $35 bottle of Conquilla Cava. 945 Second Ave,

Weekend Happy Hours NYC: Blue Seafood Bar Bottomless Brunch

Get nautical for a delicious Midtown brunch at Blue Seafood Bar! Bottomless drinks and brunch are yours for $36, 11am-4pm, but if you’re coming only to drink, the cocktails are just $12 each. They offer Bloody Marys, screwdrivers, greyhounds, mimosas, and bellinis flavored with peach or pear. The brunch special comes with a choice of entree: you might go sweet with waffles and berries, or savory with a margherita pizza. 856 Ninth Ave., 212-757-7511,

Weekend Happy Hours NYC: BEA Bottomless Brunch

BEA offers bottomless brunch cocktails at their location off Times Square, for a limit of 1.5 hrs. Bottomless cocktails are $30, with purchase of a prefix brunch ($30).  Brunch mains include quiche, avocado toast, eggs benedict, waffles and more. 403 W. 43rd St., 212-602-1910,

Weekend Happy Hours NYC: Calle Dao: Bryant Park Bottomless Brunch

Calle Dao

Calle Dao holds the distinct honor of being the only Cuban-Chinese fusion restaurant in the city (that we know of). Bottomless Brunch is a steal at $29.99, with purchase of an entree or sandwich. Order as many classic brunch cocktails as you’d like in 60 minutes, or take a step out with the Guava Screwdriver or sangria. A popular menu item is the Tiger Salad with watercress, cilantro, kale, and sesame seeds. Or you might like the duck empanada, or cuban sandwiches like the Cubano with ham, pickles, and Swiss cheese. For the Chinese entrees on the brunch menu, go for the pan-fried noodles with mushrooms and bok choy. 38 W. 39th St., 212-221-9002,

About the Author

Regina Molaro is a freelancer writer whose work spans from luxury to fashion, art, lifestyle, and beauty. Her work has appeared in Modern Luxury Hawai‘i, as well as Bespoke Magazine and In Season—the in-house magazines at the St. Regis and Mandarin Oriental New York.

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