There are few cities in America that work and play as hard as New York City. After a long day at the office, New Yorkers flood the streets of Manhattan seeking the perfect watering hole in which to decompress. No matter the neighborhood surrounding your place of work, there’s the perfect bar to sip your post-annual review worries away. Swing by these top picks after 5 PM for happy hour hangouts that make the rest of the workday seem like a minor detail.
1.) La Biblioteca, Midtown East – A tequila lover’s dream - La Biblioteca offers lockers, personalized library cards and Tuesday tastings where thirsty 9-5ers can sample varieties from across the world. This spot is especially popular after work when their happy hour specials feature $8 margaritas, $4 beers and two for $5 tacos. It’s the closest thing you’ll find to a paid vacation to Tulum within New York’s concrete jungle.
2.) The Dakota Bar, Upper West Side – The Dakota Bar’s upscale décor mixed with its hip Upper West Side attitude make it one of the best wine bars to unwind after a long day reviewing spending reports for that high maintenance insurance client. A relatively new venture from award-winning restaurateur Jennifer Klein, The Dakota bar features an impressive wine and cocktail list, in addition to an eclectic food menu featuring items like seasoned eggplant frites with a yogurt and pickle relish dipping sauce ($13) and Portabello napoleons with balsamic vinaigrette ($18).
3.) The Tippler, Chelsea – Located below the beloved Chelsea Market, this underground bar is a dimly lit oasis of upscale cocktails and relaxation. Unlike the nearby Standard Biergarten which tends to attract a rowdier, bro-heavy crowd, The Tippler is full of calm Manhattan charm. The Tippler offers a welcome place to nosh on creative snacks like the mashed deviled egg toast with crispy prosciutto ($8) and funky cocktails like the playfully named Booty Collins ($12) featuring tart, fresh ingredients like vodka, green tea, passion fruit, lemon and cayenne. It’s the perfect pit-stop when shopping for unique items at the upstairs bazaar.
4.) ABV, East Harlem – A must for fans of international beers and rare wines, ABV located in the heart of Spanish Harlem, has a cozy vibe thanks to its glass façade, exposed brick walls, wooden floors and shared tables. Frequented by doctors and staff from the nearby Mt. Sinai hospital, ABV also offers a wide array of virgin drinks and tantalizing tastes including an airy and decadent Foie Gras Fluffernutter ($17) quite unlike anything else in the city.