Category: NYC Happy Hours

A weekly post on craft beer happy hours in NYC. I’ve added a page listing the happy hours I’ve covered which is accessible from the top menu bar.

Commonwealth mosaic
1. Commonwealth front, 2. Commonwealth draft board, 3. Commonwealth drafts, 4. Commonwealth patio

The Deal:

$4 drafts and well drinks, $1 off everything else, from 3-7 pm Monday-Friday

What We Drank:

Beers, normally $6, were only $4 and all beers were served in American pint glasses.

Commonwealth guest check
faux receipt by mylifeoncraft


The bartender: awesome!

The music: I somehow took no note of this but know that they have a killer jukebox

The crowd/atmosphere: Very low-key crowd. The bar was not crowded at 6:30 pm on the Tuesday evening after Memorial Day. Chill, comfortable atmosphere – lots of wood, brick walls, booths & tables and a sizable patio out back, partially shaded by a huge umbrella.

Overall: I haven’t been to Commonwealth for a few years. I always enjoyed it but found their beer list lacking. No longer – they added four more draft lines last weekend and now have a total of 16 draft beers. The owner told me that he is planning on rotating 6 of them. They had a solid craft selection, including the brand new Newburgh Brewing Saison, which I didn’t even know existed. I was also happy to see Brooklyn Radius on the list as well as a few other local selections. They have DUB pies for sale, a free popcorn machine, free wifi and 2 vintage pinball machines, including a 1988 Cyclone which has a serious fan club here. The $4 happy hour is a great one and Commonwealth has been added to my list of favorite Brooklyn bars. Check it out for yourself.


497 5th Ave at 12th St
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Mon – Fri: 3 pm-4 am
Saturday & Sunday: 2 pm-4 AM
nearest subway: R/F/G to 9th St/4th Ave

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Mark Burger mosaic1. Mark Burger sign, 2. Sixpoint Righteous Ale, 3. Mark Burger sliders & fries, 4. Mark Burger taps

The Deal:

There are two here. The lunch special: 2 sliders, fries and a soda for $8 from 11:30 am to 5 pm everyday. The happy hour: $3 beers (half off) from 3-7 pm everyday.

What I Drank & Ate:

I rolled in to Mark around 4:30 pm. I started with the lunch special and had a Sixpoint Righteous after.
Mark Burger faux guest check


The bartender: Ebullient. I’ve been to Mark many times and the bartenders are always amiable.

The music: Great mix of new alternative, classic R&B/Soul with some modern rap thrown in.

The crowd/atmosphere: Rarely crowded during the day. Usually a mix of NYU students, tourists and locals. Very relaxed atmosphere. Bar seating and low tables in the front and back of the bar. They also have a small enclosed patio on the sidewalk.

Overall: I really dig this place. The sliders are tasty (with cheese & fried onions) and the fries are my ideal, crispy, fresh from the fryer with true potato flavor. They have bottles of house-made chipotle ketchup and jalapeño sauce as accompaniments. I usually put the chipotle ketchup on my sliders and mix the jalapeno sauce with mayo for my fries. To be honest, I am dangerously obsessed with the fries dipped in jalapeño mayo – a perfect combo. There are only four taps and one is Guinness so the selection is slim compared to most craft bars. But Mark is not just about the beer – it’s about the juicy slider, crispy fries & beer to go with. And the Sixpoint Righteous hit the spot especially at only $3. Be aware – my beer was served in a chilled glass so frosty mug haters need to ask for a room temp vessel. Obviously, the ideal time to hit Mark is between 3 & 5 so you can take advantage of both the lunch & happy hour specials. If you’re there outside of happy hour, you can score a can of Sly Fox 113 IPA for $4 at any hour – not too shabby. Lastly, Mark makes a kicking shake. Specifically, a freaking delicious candied bacon shake. Heaven in a glass for this cured pork lover. I’ve heard the espresso & Guinness shakes are good as well but I always give in to the siren call of the bacon. Next time you’re in the mood for sliders, fries & craft beer, give Mark a chance for a sweet satisfactory deal.

Mark Burger Candied Bacon Shake

Mark Burger

33 St Marks Place b/w 2nd & 3rd Aves
New York, NY 10009
noon-1 AM every day
nearest subway: 6 to Astor, R/N to 8th St

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Upstate Craft Beer & Oyster Bar mosaic
1. Upstate Craft Beer & Happy Hour sign, 2. Upstate Craft Beer & Happy Hour, 3. oysters & beer, 4. Upstate Craft Beer & Happy Hour taps

The Deal:

$12 for a beer & six oysters from 5-7 pm every day (closed on Mondays).

What We Drank & Ate:

We each had a beer and six oysters.  I chose the Keegan Ales Mother’s Milk Stout with 3 Mobjack and 3 Beaver Tail oysters.  Chris Cuzme had the Southampton Keller Pils, 1 Malpeque, 1 Mobjack, 2 Marin Miyagis and 2 Elkorn oysters.

Upstate guest check
yes, this is a faux receipt


The bartenders: Extremely nice.  Both owners were there as well as a bartender and all were very helpful – excellent service all around.

The music: low volume mix of mostly alternative

The crowd/atmosphere: About a quarter full when we walked in around 6:15 on a Tuesday and almost to capacity when we walked out around 7:15.  Low-key diverse crowd – lots of couples, some singles and one family.  The room is lovely – a deep rectangle with a brick wall to the left and a wood wall on the right, a black & white tile floor and vintage fans on the ceiling.  A sanctuary from the city with a laid-back, timeless feel.

Overall: Super sweet deal.  The Keegan and the Southampton are normally $6 and the oysters range from $2 to $2.75 each.  Our bill would have been $43.25 (before tax) without the happy hour deal, so we saved an impressive 45% off of our bill.  There are eight tap lines that rotate frequently.  There were 19 oyster varieties available on our visit and the oysters we chose were extremely fresh and clean. The owners were very congenial, passing out free samples of beer (without being requested) and free samples of whiskey cake after our oysters.  We weren’t able to stay for dinner but are planning to go back very soon – the menu and dishes that passed by us looked delicious.  A highly recommended craft beer happy hour for oyster lovers.

Upstate Craft Beer & Oyster Bar

95 1st Ave, b/w 5th & 6th St
New York, NY 10003
Tues-Sun: open at 5 pm
nearest subways: F to 2nd Ave or 6 to Astor or R/N to 8th St

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Staying close to home with a bar in my neighborhood in the no-name zone between Park Slope & Sunset Park, Brooklyn:

Mary's Bar mosaic
1. Mary’s Bar, 2. Mary’s Bar Happy Hour board, 3. Mary’s Bar draft list, 4. Mary’s Bar snack mix

The Deal:

$2 off drafts, spirits and $5 house wines until 8 pm Monday-Saturday and until midnight on Sunday.  

What We Drank & Ate:

Beers, normally $6, were $4 each.  All beers were served in American pint glasses.  Mary’s doesn’t have a food menu, but offers “the best bar snack mix in the world”, according to our bartender.  I would agree – as pictured above, this is a mix of cheese doodles, pretzels, popcorn, cheese tortilla chips.

Mary's Bar guest checkfaux receipt by mylifeoncraft


The bartender: congenial

The music: low volume mix of all kinds of stuff

The crowd/atmosphere: Pretty empty when we rolled in on a Tuesday just after 7 pm.  It was more inhabited but not crowded with a diverse, chill group when we left around 8:30.  Great feeling to the room – tin ceiling, lots of dark wood, wood floor, mismatched chairs, vintage-y lighting with a dart board and a pool table. Retro and homey.

Overall:  The draft list typically contains ten craft beers that don’t rotate often (see the draft board in the pic at the top of this post).  But for $4 a pint, you have a solid list to choose from.  Add in a charming atmosphere and a killer free bar snack mix and you’ve got one sweet craft happy hour.

Mary’s Bar

708 5th Ave at 22nd St
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Mon-Fri: 2 pm-4 am
Saturday and Sunday: noon-4 AM
nearest subway: R to 25th St

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Hump Day Happy Hour is a new weekly post highlighting the best craft beer happy hours in NYC.

Hop Devil Grill & Belgian Room
1. Hop Devil Bar & Grill sign, 2. Hop Devil taps, 3. Belgian Room taps, 4. Belgian Room weekly deal board

The Deal:

Half off all draft beers from 4 pm to 8 pm Monday through Friday! Food specials are also available throughout the week:

    • Monday: Half price appetizers
    • Tuesday: $1 Taco of the day
    • Thursday: Half price appetizers
    • Sunday: Half price burgers

Happy Hour deals are available in Hop Devil Grill and the adjacent Belgian Room.  Wine and well spirits are also half off from 4-8 pm.

What We Drank & Ate:

Beers, normally $7, were only $3.50 and appetizers were half-price as well.  My faux receipt:

Hop Devil Grill receipt
faux receipt by mylifeoncraft


The bartender:  Helpful and friendly

The music: a cool mix of current indie and older R&B

The crowd:  plenty of room at the bar when we rolled in just after 5 on a Monday.  It filled in with a diverse easy-going group of people.  There are several TVs that were playing hockey while we were there for the sports fans.

The beer selection:  solid – the Hop Devil side has 24 taps (all but a few were craft) while the Belgian Room side has 6 taps. Unfortunately, the tap list on Beer Menus and their website weren’t current when we went but I’m sure you’ll find something you like from the list.

The food:  typical but tasty pub fare.  The nachos hit the spot as did the fried mac n cheese bites.

Overall, this is an excellent craft beer happy hour deal – it’s hard to beat a pint of Founders Centennial for $3.50.  Monday, Tuesday & Thursday are the days to go if you want some inexpensive food to go with your brews.  Otherwise, enjoy some $3.50 craft ales from 4-8 pm Monday through Friday at Hop Devil Grill.

Hop Devil Grill

129 St Marks Place between 1st Ave & Ave A
New York, NY 10009
Mon – Sun: 4 pm-4 am
Saturday and Sunday: noon-4 AM
nearest subway: 6 to Astor, R/N to 8th St, L to 1st Ave or F to 2nd Ave









What are your favorite craft beer happy hours in the city? Please leave them in a comment and I will put them on my Happy Hour To-Visit list and feature them in a future Hump Day Happy Hour post. Cheers!

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  1. Free food
  2. A great tap list – 12 drafts total
  3. To watch sports – they’ve got all the major professional and college TV packages and eight plasma TVs to watch them on
  4. Happy hour discounts on all draft beers from 5-8 pm Wednesday to Friday and 5 to close Monday & Tuesday

Standings, 43 E 7th St b/w 2nd & 3rd Aves, take the 6 train to Astor, R or N train to 8th St or the F train to 2nd Ave.

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