- Allen & Delancey
115 Allen St., at Delancey St.; 212-253-5400
The restaurant’s cocktail list—created by Death & Co. guru Alex Day—is half-off at the bar, Tuesdays.
- The Anchor
310 Spring St., nr. Greenwich St.; 212-463-7406
On Recession Thursdays, $20 gets you all you can guzzle, from 7 to 9 p.m., on anything in the place.
For Pizza Plus Pitchers
186 Ave. B, nr. 12th St.; 212-995-2100
The thin-crust haven offers a large plain pie and a pitcher of beer for $18, daily from 5 to 7 p.m.
For Mobile Drinkers
- Village Pourhouse
982 Amsterdam Ave., nr. W. 109th St.; 212-979-2337
Hail a cab up to Morningside Heights, and the bar will match the amount of your fare in comped drinks. Keep that receipt!
For Beer in a Can
- Bar Great Harry
280 Smith St., at Sackett St., Carroll Gardens; 718-222-1103
Five bucks buys you two cans of not-too-shabby Porkslap Pale Ale, Moo Thunder Stout, or Snapperhead IPA, weekdays until 7 p.m.
118 Rivington St., nr. Essex St.; 212-673-7851
Starting at midnight on Sundays, the LES standby sells $2.50–$3.50 beers and cocktails all the way until closing time. Perfect for long weekends and the unemployed.
- Brother Jimmy’s
416 Eighth Ave., at 31st St.; 212-967-7603
On Mondays the midtown BBQ joint offers all-you-can-eat rib tips and hot wings and all-you-can-drink drafts for $15.95.
For Rock and Roll
- Hi Fi
169 Ave. A, nr. 11th St. 212-420-8392
Daily two-for-ones until eight means free rein on the bar’s legendary jukebox.
- Bourbon St. NYC
407 Amsterdam Ave., nr. 79th St.; 212-721-1332
Uptown collegiates get together on Thursdays for truly out-of-state prices: fourteen ounces of Bud and Bud Light are 50 cents from 9 to 10 p.m., $1 until midnight, and $2 the rest of the way.
- Stone Street Tavern
52 Stone St., nr. Mill Ln.; 212-785-5658
A rotating daily food-and-booze special gives the Goldman guys something to be happy about. Deals include a burger and beer for $10 and a Guinness and half-dozen oysters for $13.95.
For Dive Devotees
- The Alibi
242 DeKalb Ave., nr. Vanderbilt Ave., Fort Greene; no phone
The endearingly shabby confines feel just right with these dirt-cheap offerings: $1 for mugs of Bud, $3 for everything else, daily from 5 to 8 p.m.
Am I Drunk, Or Are These Beers Really Cheap?
Superior drink specials for all tastes, at all hours.
From the 2009 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).