7-10pm: Sounkyo Sushi
The Deal: Any day of the week, spend $10 on your meal and for another $12 enjoy unlimited beer (including Kirin and Sapporo bottles), sake, or house wine.
The Draw: This Midtown East sushi joint isn’t exactly an in-spot, but the rolls are large and the $19.95 all-you-can eat sushi special soaks up the booze.
5pm-12am: Brother Jimmy’s BBQ
The Deal: $14.95 for two hours of all-you-can drink domestic drafts and all-you-can eat BBQ rib tips and wings. (Kitchen closes at midnight.)
The Draw: All three outposts of Brother Jimmy’s have the same deal.
The Deal: $10 for Absolut drinks of every flavor, well drinks, domestic drafts, cosmos, and apple martinis.
The Draw: Open bars usually mean rotgut, but the button-downed quaffers at Proof are above all that. They aren’t, however, above a by-request cover band from 7-11pm.
8-11pm: Doc Holliday’s
The Deal: $5 for unlimited Bud Lite drafts.
The Draw: Drinks are always as cheap as the dirt on the floor at Doc’s, but this may be their best special of all.
9-12pm: The Cellar
The Deal: $12 for all-you-can-drink Bud, Yeungling, and well drinks (Thursdays also).
The Draw: Compared to Doc’s, this basement bar’s backyard patio is literally a breath of fresh air. Service can be slow: the barkeeps card all the babyfaces who walk in from the NYU dorms. Stay sober by making use of the pizza joint next door or the many takeout menus on hand.
The Deal: $10 for unlimited Bud, Bud Lite, or well drinks. Call ahead to book an open bar for your friends and you drink for free.
The Draw: At this pub-cum-lounge (yes, they exist in Gramercy), you’ll find 30-somethings undoing their top buttons while the DJ hits them with Pat Benatar. Staying sober isn’t hard since appetizers are half-price.
6-8:30pm: Mad River Bar & Grille
The Deal: $10 for unlimited draft beer and well liquor. Call ahead to book an open bar for your friends and you drink for free.
The Draw:The perfect place to bring out your inner Frank the Tank. With beirut tables and Maxim-ready bartenders, you might call this an Upper East Side kegger. Acoustic music starts at 8pm every other week.
The Deal:$5 for unlimited well drinks, wine, beer, cosmos, and apple martinis.
The Draw:You don’t have to be in finance (like everyone else here) to afford the open bar at Midtown’s version of a swank loft. Polish those wingtips and careful not to spill the chocolate martinis on that suit.
5-8pm: John-Street Bar & Grill
The Deal: $10 for unlimited draft beer.
The Draw: This subterranean Financial District fixture feels like a 1970s basement rec room, and on Thursdays the brews are about as cheap as if you’d swiped them from the ‘rent’s fridge.
9pm-12am: Plan B
The Deal: Unlimited tequila shots are on the house from 9-10pm. Plus: Any day of the week, parties of two or more can call ahead to arrange for an open bar. Prices start at $10 per head per hour (plus tax and a service fee), with best values at 4 hours (until midnight): $70 for unlimited premium drinks, $35 for well drinks, and $32 for just wine and beer.
The Draw: The most dangerous words known to man: free tequila. After enough shots you might just get up the cojones to join Avenue D’s finest when the live salsa band sets the dance floor off.
6pm-3:30am: Bar 4
The Deal: Any day of the week, $15 for unlimited PBRs and Yeunglings.
The Draw: Hand over a $20 and get the change in quarters: the day-long beerfest at this casual Park Slope spot means you’ll have plenty of time to beat the high score on the Ms. Pac Man/Galaga machine.
7-11pm: Boudoir Bar
The Deal: $10 for select bottled beers and select red and white wines
The Draw: It’s an irresistible deal, but the velvet curtains and flapper mannequins in the front window scare off the Smith St. weekend warriors, leaving a laid-back crowd of Sarah Lawrence and Wesleyan grads to sip unlimited wine in the back garden. After 11pm, the 2-for-1 special begins.