On the weekends, great places to go out in New York are easy to find. But what about those ever-elusive weeknights when atmosphere is important and great deals are critical? I’ve compiled a list of my go-to weeknight places that are great for a drink or two after work, or for some late-night fun.
Kick off the week at Brother Jimmy’s, a southern BBQ joint boasting ribs, cornbread, burgers and of course barbeque. Having just opened a seventh location in Union Square, this chain offers two hours of all you can eat wings & rib tips and all you can drink Bud or Bud Light for $15.99. Bring some friends and split a plate of wings and pitchers of beer for a great dinner.
Tuesday night head down to the original Alligator Lounge in Williamsburg or its sister bar Crocodile Lounge in Gramercy. For every drink you buy, get a ticket for a complementary personal pizza. Made fresh in front of you in a fiery oven, these pizzas are pure heaven. I personally head down to Crocodile Lounge because of their outdoor patio out back, which is open until 9:45 p.m. each night. Score dinner and a few drinks for $12—get there before 7 p.m. and drafts are just $3. Talk about a steal!
Celebrate hump day at Bar XII in Murray Hill with free drinks from 8 p.m. 9 p.m. This sports bar is full of televisions and friendly bartenders for a laid-back midweek hangout. Show up a few Wednesdays in a row and I guarantee you’ll have a new favorite spot. If you get a little restless after that, head up to Cornerstone Tavern on 51st Street and Second Avenue for karaoke and $1 beers until midnight.
Start your weekend a day early at Black Bear Lodge, offering $15 all you can drink Bud or Bud Light drafts from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. and 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. A casual bar with plenty of TVs and arcade games, Black Bear is the perfect low-key way to get ready for the weekend.
After that, your weekend is all your own. Hopefully these suggestions point you in the right direction, and you can soon start doing some weeknight exploring on your own.