Sometimes a discounted drink and a few small plates are the perfect ending to a busy day—you just have to time it right.
To make it easier for you, TCU has picked 20 fun happy hours around Harlem, with a quick rundown of each spot's hours and drink specials (many offer bites, too).
From swanky bars serving exclusive house cocktails for less to lively bistros tempting passersby with $5 beers, there's something for everyone here. Listed from south to north:
1590 Lexington Ave at E 101st St
Happy hour: daily noon-7pm
Beers start at $5, wines at $6 and cocktails at $7.
1651 Lexington Ave at E 104th St
Happy hour: Tue-Fri 3pm-6pm
Wine starts at $8, beer (Narragansett) is $5 and sangria is $7.
1693 Lexington Ave between E 106th and 107th Sts
Happy hour: Mon-Fri 5pm-6pm
All items on the menu—from Negronis to a glass of prosecco to a plate of oysters—are $11.
251 W 110th St between Second and Third Aves
Happy hour: Tue-Sat 5pm-6pm
Select wines are half off.
2149 Frederick Douglass Blvd and W 116th St
Happy hour: Tue-Fri 2pm-7pm
Draft beers and prosecco are $6, well drinks are $7.
303 W 116th St between Frederick Douglass Blvd and Manhattan Ave
Happy hour: Mon-Thu 3pm-6pm
Wine is $7, the Lolo's Rum Punch is $8, and the frozé is $13.
2164 Frederick Douglass Blvd between 116th and 117th Sts
Happy hour: Mon all day, Tue-Fri 4pm-7pm
Wine and sparkling are $8, and specialty cocktails like the Pale Rider Margarita start at $10.
185 St. Nicholas Ave and W 119th St
Happy hour: Mon-Fri 4pm-7pm
Bottled and draft beers are $6, wine and sangrias are $9, and homemade margaritas (on the rocks or frozen) are $11.
2211 Frederick Douglass Blvd at W 119th St
Happy hour: daily 4pm-7pm
Beer is $5, wine by the glass is $7, and cocktails like the Pina-Coco Mojito are $8.
2224 Frederick Douglass Blvd and W 120th St
Happy hour: Mon 3pm-8pm, Tue-Fri 3pm-7pm
Draft beer and wine are $7 and mixed well drinks are $8.
553 Manhattan Ave and W 123rd St
Happy hour: Tue-Sun 5pm-6pm
Beer and cider are $5, select cocktails like the Grapefruit Spritz start at $9.
2292 Frederick Douglass Blvd between W 123rd and W 124th Sts
Happy hour: Tue-Sun 6pm-7pm
Beers like the Bell's Brewery Two Hearted Ale I.P.A are $7, wines start at $10, and cocktails like the house Negroni are $12.
2269 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd between W 133rd and W 134th Sts
Happy hour: Mon-Fri 4pm-8pm
Draft beer and house wine are $5; frozen margaritas and pina coladas are $6.
2361 Adam Clayton Powell Jr and W 138th St
Happy hour: daily 5pm-9pm
Well drinks, craft beer and select wine are $5; house cocktails are $7.
West Harlem/Hamilton Heights
125th St at the West Harlem Piers
Happy hour: Tue-Fri 3pm-5pm
Draft beer is $6, wine is $8 and cocktails like the Flight Deck Daiquiri are $8.
1600 Amsterdam Ave at W 139th St
Happy hour: Mon-Fri 4pm-6pm
Beer of the day is $4, red or white wine of the day is $7 and the Fumo Spritz is $8.
1618 Amsterdam at 140th St
Happy hour: daily noon-6pm
Draft beers are $6, select wines are $9 and the classic margarita is $11.
3454 Broadway between W 140th and W 141st Sts
Happy hour: daily 5pm-7pm
Beers start at $5 (Hop Commander IPA) and cocktails (Manhattan, Gimlet, Cosmo) are $8.
142 Hamilton Pl between W 143rd and W 144th Sts
Happy hour: Mon-Fri 4pm-7pm
All beer is $5, house wines are $8, and cocktails like the Aperol Spritz and house Negroni are $10.
3612 Broadway at 149th St
Happy hour: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm
Get $1 off all draft beers; the cocktail of the day is $7.