The Best Happy Hours in NYC’s Upper West Side

Whether you worked, explored, or simply relaxed all day, you deserve to take advantage of the exceptional happy hour haunts in New York City’s Upper West Side. From classy cocktail lounges to lively sports bars, our guide has something for everyone. Sit back, relax, and sip on the cities best after-work specials.

Osteria Cotta

An intimate wine bar less than a mile from the hotel, Osteria Cotta provides the perfect atmosphere for a drink with friends after a day in the city. With four distinct seating areas to match your mood, this happy hour hotspot is all about attention to detail. Be sure to ask about the Friday night happy hour specials.

The Gin Mill

Offering specials every day of the week, The Gin Mill is always a good choice for post-work relaxation. This neighborhood tavern splits its happy hour in half, offering half-off the entire bar until 8pm, before switching to daily specials for the rest of the evening. This is an ideal bar for watching a game or catching up with friends. Beer pong and a full menu of pub grub are also available.

Burke & Wills

Go down under in the middle of Manhattan at Burke & Wills, an industrial saloon with Australian offerings that include Kangaroo burgers, steak tartare, boquerones, and more. Happy hour specials run Monday through Friday, from 4-8pm, and Saturday through Sunday, from 5-7pm.

The Dead Poet

Tucked away in a building the size of an NYC apartment, The Dead Poet is a popular cocktail destination in the Upper West Side. Choose from a selection of carefully crafted cocktails, embrace the literary references throughout the bar, and enjoy free popcorn. With various happy hour specials every day of the week to choose from, you’ll always find something to enjoy at this casual venue.

Getting thirsty? Reserve your stay at The Excelsior Hotel and enjoy convenient accommodations less than a mile away from the best Upper West Side happy hours.

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