Top 10 Happy Hours Bars for AD Home Design Show
Top 10 Happy Hours Bars for AD Home Design Show

This post is for you who’ll be attending 4 days of great design during the AD Home Design Show in New York. After a day of great proposals and novelties from many well known design brands it’s fundamental to chill out and have a thoughtfull drink.

New York Design Agenda today’s proposal goes to the top 10 happy hour bars in New York City:

zarela-bar-nyc  Top 10 Happy Hours Bars for AD Home Design Show zarela0 Known primarily for its authentic Mexican cuisine, Zarela’s also offers a mean margarita that is sure to please the after-work crowd any day of the week. While seating is available for dinner both on the main floor and upstairs, bar stools are limited. If you’re lucky enough to get there early, you’ll score free chips with two kinds of salsa. But let’s not forget about the margs – ask what flavors they have, as they change frequently. Fresh fruit purees of raspberries, strawberries, pomegranate and mango are piled high in large wine glasses and topped with a mixture of tequila, salt and sour mix. Yes, they are $10 each, but you’ll only manage two. Trust us.
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  • Address: 953 Second Avenue, New York, NY
  • Phone: 212-644-6740
  • Subway Stop: 6 trarin to 51st Street
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ear-inn-51-nyc  Top 10 Happy Hours Bars for AD Home Design Show ear inn 51This is, hands down, one of the coolest bars in New York City. And in the summer, it’s the place to see and be seen. One of the oldest bars in Manhattan, the inside has the feel of a pub, but on a nice night, take your glass out to the front – where drinking in the street (yes!) is allowed. Unfortunately, you’ll have to order food inside but you’ll be pleased with the friendly wait staff and cheap prices.
  • Address: 326 Spring Street, New York, NY
  • Phone: 212-226-9060
  • Subway Stop: C, E trains to Spring Street, 1 train to Houston Street
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3 – The Ginger Man

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There’s really not much reason to be hanging out on 36th Street. But The Ginger Man bar makes it worth visiting this otherwise uninteresting strip of Manhattan. The after-work crowd is often rowdy, and the place gets crowded, mostly due to an incredible amount of beers on tap in this Irish pub-turned-beer Mecca. Wander up to the bar and grab any of the menus to see a bevy of brews sorted by origin. If you’re nice, they might let you sample before buying.

  • Address: 11 East 36th Street, New York, NY
  • Phone: 212-532-3740
  • Subway Stop: 6 train to 33rd Street, 4, 5, 6, 7, S trains to Grand Central / 42nd Street
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4 – Jimmy’s Corner
jimmy's-corner  Top 10 Happy Hours Bars for AD Home Design Show jimmys cornerWalking into Jimmy’s, you might think that you’ve entered a boxing hall of fame. This is owner Jimmy Glenn’s personal collection of photographs and articles of several decades. Glenn was a boxer-turned-professional trainer and is often found hanging out in the bar socializing with regulars – and that’s just what you’ll find here. Sure, it narrowly misses the Times Square rush, but Jimmy’s isn’t a tourist haven. It’s a chilled-out crowd looking for a place to grab a $4 beer and some bar snacks while listening to the well-stocked jukebox.
  • Address: 140 West 44th Street, New York, NY
  • Phone: 212-221-9510
  • Subway Stop: 1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, S, W trains to 42nd Street / Times Square


5 – McSorley’s Ale House

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If you work or live anywhere in the East Village area, you’ve heard of McSorley’s but if you haven’t been there, you’re really missing out. One of the oldest establishments in New York, on entry you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into a pub in Galway, Ireland: bits of sawdust at your feet, a little sunlight peering through the dusty windows, and just two kinds of house beers. Order two at a time, light and dark; they’re half pints and they go down fast. Be amazed at the number of glasses this bar goes through in 20 minutes.
  • Address: 15 East 7th Street, New York, NY
  • Phone: 212-473-9148
  • Subway Stop: 6 train to Astor Place
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6 – Tillman’s Bar & Lounge

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Feeling fancy? Grab a few cocktails at Tillman’s. This jazz-themed bar has a quiet, intimate feel with dim lighting and tall booths perfect for after-work drinks with your crush that you’ve been eying in the next cubicle. Perhaps not right for celebrating that big deal you just closed, but more the type of place to enjoy a swanky cocktail in a relaxed atmosphere.

  • Address: 165 West 26th Street, New York, NY
  • Phone: 212-627-8320
  • Subway Stop: 1, R, W trains to 28th Street
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7 – Campbell Apartment

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This bar is a throwback to the early 20th century when millionaire John Campbell used the space as a private office. These days you’ll find commuters grabbing a quick drink before corralling on the packed trains toward their various destinations. In the summer, the area outside is decked out with rocking chairs and free popcorn to complement the cocktails. Campbell’s is great for enjoying a stiff drink next to the fireplace and relishing the grandeur around you. Relax, you’ve had a long day.

  • Address: 15 Vanderbilt Avenue (in Grand Central), New York, NY
  • Phone: 212-953-0409
  • Subway Stop: 4, 5, 6, 7, S trains to 42nd Street / Grand Central
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8 – The Perfect Pint

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The Perfect Pint not only pours a good glass of Guinness, but you’ll find over 30 beers on tap and numerous other bottled brews here. Grab a seat in the dining room or head up to the fourth floor, where you’ll find an outdoor patio overlooking 45th Street. If you’ve got a big group, it’s worth trying out the tap tables, where you can order several types of beer for your own pouring enjoyment.

  • Address: 203 East 45th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, New York, NY
  • Phone: 212-354-1099
  • Subway Stop: 4, 5, 6, 7, S trains to 42nd Street / Grand Central
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9 – Naple’s Pizzeria

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During the day, this restaurant flips business lunch tables like flapjacks. But the after-work scene is much more bearable. Head to the back of the restaurant where the bar sprawls the entire length to allow for decent seating despite the crowds. Keep your eyes peeled: the best part about Naples? It’s pizza. During happy hour, the free pies keep coming – when you see it come out, grab a plate. Nothing better than a thin-crusted slice to accompany your Perroni.

  • Address: 200 Park Avenue at 45th Street, New York, NY
  • Phone: 212-972-7001
  • Subway Stop: 4, 5, 6, 7, S trains to 42nd Street / Grand Central
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10 – Ulysses’

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Stone Street is where the slaves of the Financial District play. Behind Ulysses’ bar you’ll find a quaint cobblestone street said to be one of the first paved streets from days of the Dutch colonists in the 1600s. Back here is where the party is – summer nights turn into a sort of fraternity block party complete with wooden picnic tables, pitchers of beer and plenty of food to go around.

  • Address: 95 Pearl Street, New York, NY
  • Phone: 212-482-0400
  • Subway Stop: J, M, Z trains to Broad Street, 2, 3 trains to Wall Street, R, W trains to South Ferry


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