Tag: NYC craft beer 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

NYC Happy Hours

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

NYC Happy Hours