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Best Cheap Drinks in New York City

Great New York Bars Where You Can Drink Up for Less Than $2



Even in a city where pints of beer can cost upwards of $10, there’s no shortage of bars with drink specials so cheap it’ll make you feel like it’s the 1960s. Collect your spare change and hit the town!

  • Bourbon Street - 50 Cent Beers
    It might feel like you’re trapped at a bad fraternity party, but it’s hard to beat 50 cent beers at this Upper West Side hangout. You can party like Mardi Gras on Wednesday to Friday from 9 to 11pm when two quarters is all you need to do your best John Belushi impression.

    Location: 407 Amsterdam Ave. (between 79th St. and 80th St.)

  • Town Tavern – 25 Cent Pitchers of Beer
    A $7 cover charge will give you unlimited access to 25 cent pitchers of Coors Light from 7 to 11pm on Wednesday evenings. Play beer pong against NYU students or munch on 25 cent wings while you cheer on the Mets and Yankees.

    Location: 134 West 3rd St. (at 6th Ave.)

  • Bravest - $1 Beer Pints
    For a bit more of a laid-back scene, check out this East Side bar with tasty wings and burgers. Grab a Bud or Bud Light for $1 during their 5 to 7pm daily happy hour or stop by later in the evening when they’re only $2.50. Admire the NYFD memorabilia on the walls and take advantage of the bar’s free Wi-Fi.

    Location: 700 2nd Ave. (at 38th St.)

  • Third And Long - $1 Beer Mugs
    A few blocks down the street, this Irish Pub pours $1 mugs of Bud and Bud Light on Monday and Tuesday all night long. Don’t drink too much or else you might have a tough time making your way to the restroom down a steep flight of stairs.

    Location: 523 3rd Ave (between 34th St. and 35th St.)

  • Welcome To The Johnsons - $1.50 PBRs
    You can down $1.50 cans of PBR ($2 after 9pm) at this Lower East Side dive bar which is decorated like your grandma’s house. As you squeeze through the crowd of hipsters assembled at the bar, don’t get too nostalgic when you notice the plastic covered couches and family photos that adorn the walls.

    Location: 123 Rivington Street (between Essex St. and Norfolk St.)

  • Village Pourhouse - $1 Beer Pints
    For those of you looking to get an early start to your evening, this sports bar offers $1 Bud and Bud Light pints from 12 to 5pm with lunch. From 5pm to 7pm and 11pm to midnight, they jump to $2. Stop by on Monday evenings to play some Wii or Thursday night at 9pm for trivia.

    Location: 64 3rd Ave. (at 11th St.)

  • Crash Mansion – Free Well Drinks
    The only better bargain than cheap drinks is free drinks. This Bowery venue has a free open bar on Fridays from 9 to 10pm. All you have to do is send an e-mail with your name to RSVP@newyorkunderbelly.com by Friday afternoon. The catch? There is none! Now go have a drink!

    Location: 199 Bowery (at Spring St.)

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