11 Weekend Happy Hours Near the Empire State Building

Weekend happy hours aren't as rare as you may think, especially on the bustling streets of Midtown East near the Empire State Building. If you know where to look, you'll find cheap drinks and snacks. We’re offering up a list of bars near the Empire State, the Morgan Library & Museum, and the Flatiron Building for your afternoon boost. Whether you’re looking for craft beer, sliders, cocktails, or tuna tacos, you can find them for less after a day of sightseeing. Read on to find your new favorite watering holes in the East 20s and 30s in Manhattan.

Weekend Happy Hours Around the Empire State Building: Flatiron Hall

Flatiron Hall

Check out the new Slider Saturdays at Flatiron Hall! At this popular neighborhood restaurant and beer cellar, come for lunch or an afternoon snack on Saturdays with their $2 slider special. Choose from French dip, pulled pork, veggie, tuna, or beef. Or share a platter of all these flavors with friends! With your snack, you can enjoy a Flatiron craft beer for $6, like Apricot Ale for the summer heat. While you’re around, check out Flatiron Hall’s Guest Tap series, with other craft brews on tap at the bar. Right now, try two light local flavors: KCBC’s Kettle Sour Beach Zombie and Bronx Brewery’s Summer Pale Ale. Slider Saturdays are 12-4 pm. 38 W. 26th St., 646-790-3200,

Weekend Happy Hours Around the Empire State Building: The Cellar at Beecher’s

Beecher’s serves some of the best cheese in the area, and it’s recommended with a side of beer. The Cellar at Beecher’s is the bar and lounge below the restaurant, and its happy hour is every day from 3 to 7pm. On this menu, you should head straight for the famous macaroni & cheese for a $10 deal. Another appealing option is the cheese plate (“cheesemonger’s choice” on variety) for $10. Beers are $7, wine $8, and other discounted snacks are available. 900 Broadway, 212-466-3340,

Weekend Happy Hours Around the Empire State Building: Charlie Palmer Steak New York

The only thing you need to know about Charlie Palmer Steak is that happy hour lasts all day on Saturday and Sunday. That’s right! Small plates like tuna tacos are half off, as are cocktails, beer, and wine. Select beers are $5, and select cocktails are $7. The best deal of all? You can get a burger and beer combo for $20. 47 W. 38th St., 212-302-3838,

Weekend Happy Hours around Empire State Building: Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails

Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails has weekly specials for each day, including weekends. But one thing stays the same: happy hour is every day from 4 to 7pm. This week, that means wines, prosecco, beers, and well drinks for $7 on Saturday and $6 on Sunday. Also during weekend happy hour, select cocktails are $2 off on Saturday and $3 off on Sunday. Beer flights also come at a discount on weekends: 3 beers for $15 and 6 beers for $25. Be sure to order the pulled pork sliders while you’re here. 367 Third Ave.,

Weekend Happy Hours Around the Empire State Building: The Cannibal Liquor House

Cannibal Liquor House

The Cannibal Liquor House might’ve earned a spot on this list for the provocative name alone. But their Saturday deals in hip, well-lit interiors entice us even more. Come from 4-6pm on Saturday for $5 draft cocktails, draft beer, and house wine. Even better, they offer a combo of Manhattan cocktail and stacked burger for just $15. The burger has bacon, gruyere cheese, and chili mayo, FYI. 111 E. 29th St., 212-685-5585,

Weekend Happy Hours around Empire State Building: Hill Country Barbecue

Great barbecue spots in New York are few and far between, and Hill Country belongs on that short list with its spectacular short rib. Even better, happy hour extends to weekends! Come from 4 to 6pm or between 10pm and closing time for deals for you and a crowd. Cans of PBR and Budweiser are $4, while buckets are $20. Well drinks and house wine are $6, jello shots are $2, and PBR with a shot is $5. While you’re around, check out the live music downstairs, where the stage hosts country, folk, and blues acts on weekends. 30 W. 26th St., 212-255-4544,

Weekend Happy Hours Around the Empire State Building: The Shake and Burger Bar

New to the Insta-worthy milkshake scene, The Shake & Burger Bar offers up gourmet burgers and shakes for the whole family, plus drinks for the grown-ups. Happy hour extends to weekends here and lasts from 4 to 8pm. Have a $4 pint or $14 pitcher of Stella, $4 mixed drink, or a $4 shot of Absolut Lime vodka (offered all day). Wings are also half-priced during happy hour. Also, try your burger on a black burger bun made with activated charcoal! 344 Third Ave., 646-918-7220,

Weekend Happy Hours Around the Empire State Building: The Shakespeare

The Shakespeare

Not much about The Shakespeare reminds us of the Bard himself, but who cares when there’s a weekend happy hour? This British gastropub near the Morgan Library & Museum is a solid stop if you’re looking for $5 draft beers and $6 wine. Happy hour is every day from 4 to 7pm. Upstairs is an upscale restaurant of the same name; be sure to go to the basement level if you’re looking for the deals! 24 E. 39th St., 646-837-6779,

Weekend Happy Hours around Empire State Building: Slattery’s Midtown Pub

The unabashed sports bar on this list, Slattery’s is the kind of TV-packed place where you get a free shot with your first drink, no matter what day it is. Saturday and Sunday, the 2-for-1 drink deal starts early at 11am and goes till 7pm. Not one to neglect the nerds, Slattery’s also invites fans of Friends, Broadway, Gilmore Girls, and The West Wing to come duke it out at their weekly trivia nights! 8 E. 36th St., 212-683-6444,

Weekend Happy Hours around Empire State Building: Turnmill

Turnmill NYC

A homey, spacious pub on East 27th, Turnmill generously offers discounted food and booze from noon to 7pm every day. Enjoy $4-6 bottles of beer, $5-6 draft beers, $6 mixed drinks and wine, and a $8 beer/shot combo. Turnmill stocks extensive whiskey and bourbon if you’re looking for a new favorite, P.S. 119 E. 27th St., 646-524-6060,

Weekend Happy Hours around Empire State Building: Wokuni

Come to Wokuni for elegant yet approachable Japanese cuisine. Their happy hour deals are available every day from 5-7pm. Take a look at the Arigato Set, which offers you an option of sake or white or red wine, plus a dish of four oysters or edamame and karaage chicken, for $10. If you’re going a la carte, oysters are a dollar, wine and sake are $7, and draft beers are $5. 327 Lexington Ave., 212-447-1212,

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