One of the things New Yorkers know all too well is that more often than not, going out in the city is not cheap.
As a matter of fact, sometimes it’s downright impoverishing.
But finding a watering hole that’s both great AND affordable watering hole can be a task and a half.
Fortunately, there are a bunch of bars that will be more than happy to liquor you up for much less than you’d think.
Read on to find 8 bars to get your booze on without going bankrupt.
1. Fiddlesticks (56 Greenwich Avenue)
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Not only can you find a cheap drink at this best-kept West Village secret, they also boast one of the latest running happy hours that can be found in the city.
From 3 to 10 p.m., one of their striking bartenders will serve you up any drink you want for a killer $3, except for martinis and shots. But at 3 bucks a drink, who needs a shot anyway?
2. Boobie Trap (308 Bleecker Street - Brooklyn)
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Giving Hooters a run for its money, all kinds of eye-turning knockers brazenly abound in this retro-kitted dive bar, such as the rubber lady lumps that adorn the bathroom ceiling, lit by a chandelier of Barbie dolls.
Though the neon sign behind the bar that declares you “f*ck off,” the bartenders are all to eager to push you a crazy cheap tall-boy or Blue Moon, not costing you more than $7 a beer.
3. End of the Century (104-08 Metropolitan Avenue - Queens)
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What at first looks like your typical tiki bar gives way to a modern tropical escape with a living room-style lounge furnished warm-wood wainscoting instead of the kitschy, bamboo-laden décor in Forest Hills.
Not only an escape from the expected business and noise of the regular borough hotspots, the majority of their Manhattan-caliber cocktails come with a noticeable out-of-town price tag. Sometimes it pays to travel.
4. XES (157 West 24th Street)
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One of Chelsea’s most beloved neighborhood haunts, XES doesn’t look like much from the outside, but holds quite the treasure trove of a bar inside. complete with spacious lounge area and open-air backyard, it's perfect for our 60-degree winter weather.
Their daily 2-for-1 happy hour goes until 9 p.m. and gives way to a night of drag shows and DJ entertainment. On the weekends, stop in for $2 off any drink you order starting at 4 p.m.,
5. Thirsty Scholar (155 Second Avenue)
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A contemporary take on the all-too-familiar Irish pub, the Thirsty Scholar combines old world décor with a modern urban charm. $3 to $4 beers are aplenty and their $5 martinis aren't anything to sneeze at either.
Among regulars’ favorites are their $4 cosmos and sweet frozen drinks, a delight any day of the week. Every Sunday at 6 p.m. though, the bar also orders a pile of pies from 2 Bros. Pizza for bar patrons to enjoy free with their drinks. How can you go wrong with that?
6. Mugs Alehouse (125 Bedford Avenue - Brooklyn)
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Hunker down inside this classic New York-style Williamsburg tavern, popular for its over 150 hard-to-find drafts and bottles at prices that brew some seriously happy faces from the wallets kept considerably full.
From $2 pint specials to exclusive drink deals for neighborhood workers and artists, Mugs is a chill, budget-friendly choice for any after-work or weekend hangout.
7. Boiler Room (86 East 4th Street)
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A tried and true East Village staple, the Boiler Room is more than just a cash-only dive bar with a pool table.
The bartenders here are known to pour heavy, and that’s not when you take into account their $4 house liquor drink special from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. every night. Bottoms up!
8. Two-Bits Retro Arcade (153 Essex Street)
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Along with their hearty lineup of craft beer, wine and sake, Two-Bits offers and extra experience when you pop into their dive bar playground: old-school arcade gaming.
Weekly happy hours and daily specials, such as a $3 PBR, get the night rolling right as you get lost in some Mortal Kombat or Metallica pinball. Just bring cash for cocktails and quarters.[Feature Image Courtesy Instagram]