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Traffic Bar & Lounge

986 Second Ave., New York, NY 10022 40.756154 -73.967236
nr. 52nd St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-813-1595 Send to Phone

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Happy Hour

Mon-Thu, Sun, noon-4pm; $4 draft, two for one well drinks
Tue, midnight-2am; $4 draft, two for one well drinks
Fri, noon-10pm; $5-$7 frozen drinks
Sat-Sun, noon-4am; $20 brunch with unlimited mimosa, margaritas and sangria

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 51st St.; E, M at Lexington Ave.-53rd St.

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa


This venue is closed.

Unlike 90 percent of Midtown East bars, Traffic is, shockingly, not an Irish pub. And yet, with its overdone cocktails and 21(!) flat-screens spread over two floors, it still caters to the same post-work groups and sports fans. Both the upstairs and downstairs bars contain the lounge’s signature gimmick: traffic lights that beam green when there are drink specials, red when there are none, and yellow just before they’re over. The bar is lit up from underneath in the corresponding color, and there are specialty drinks in each color to go along. (Green is an apple martini, red is a modified Cosmo, and yellow is an organic cucumber lemonade). There is a corresponding selection of tapas, mini-burgers, and wings.


Saturday and Sunday: $20 brunch including an entree and unlimited mimosas, Bloody Marys or sangria.