4pm-7pm; $4 wells and Absolut drinks
4, 5, 6, 7, S at Grand Central-42nd St.
American Express, MasterCard, Visa
Owned by the same group that runs frat havens Stillwater and Reservoir, the Wharf boasts drink and food specials, blaring flat-screens, and an innocuous, entertaining vibe. The kitchen, which stays open till 2am, offers a mean menu of regular grill fare as well as enough fish and shrimp to satisfy the kitschy nautical theme that pervades that space. There’s a big lunch scene for the local business crowd, and the happy hours fill up with Murray Hill locals eager to sip on a few and watch a game. The beer selection (sixteen drafts plus bottles) is impressive, and the spacious outdoor area isn’t too shabby, either. Plus, the bar gets bonus points for including a few wines on its menu—sure, it’s just Sutter Home, but any Wharf in a storm.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.