When the weather is warm, that post-work happy hour is nearly impossible to turn down. Rooftop bars with stunning views, patios and beer gardens let you soak up the sun and enjoy a few extra hours of daylight, creative cocktail or glass of vino in hand. Though they say a glass of red wine is as good as an hour at the gym, the temps may put you in the mood for something a little lighter but still low-cal. And since you don’t have the same slim-down goals for your wallet as you do for yourself, I found the healthiest, best deals in town. Cheers.
Verlaine is a Lower East Side fan-favorite for their extended daily happy hours from 5-10pm. Opt for the Hanoi Lychee Martini–made with vodka, lychee and a splash of pineapple–for a low-calorie drink that still offers an interesting flavor. Go.
There are few drinks healthier than a glass of red wine, especially when dealing with a good red wine. Head to Terroir in Tribeca every day from 4-6pm for happy hour prices on some of the best wine the city has to offer (or opt for a glass of sherry or cider). Go.
Right on Prince Street, Jacques 1534 serves deliciously healthy cocktails all day long and even offers enticing happy hour deals. One of the favorite drinks is the Chilango, made with just three ingredients (tequila, tamarind spicy puree and agave nectar). Go.
The Leadbelly is one of the most frequented oyster bars in Manhattan. Even more appealing than their food options are their happy hour deals on session beers and wine. Boasting low alcohol content, a session beer might be your healthiest drink choice. Go.
Monday through Friday from 4 to 7pm head to Houston for $6 specialty drinks. Make sure to order the healthy Tattooed Sailor (Sailor Jerry Rum, pineapple juice and club soda), just ask the bartender to hold the pineapple juice. Go.
Offering one of the longest happy hours in the city, Ten Degrees is a wine bar on St. Marks Place. Enjoy two-for-one wine glasses every day of the week, noon to 8pm. Go.
Bua has an enticing front patio that is enough of a reason to visit the bar but, in addition to that, it offers a just-as-enticing happy hour that includes five naturally crafted cocktails, including the Cucumber Gimlet (gin, cucumber and lime). Go.
Enjoy $4 Tecate beer (a very light variety) from 4-7pm at The Wayland, whose happy hour menu also includes wine and specialty cocktails. Go.
An elegant yet down-to-earth bar on the Upper East Side, the Penrose is fun any time of day, any day of the week…especially during happy hour (weekdays, 3-7pm and weekends, 10am-4pm). Order a glass of champagne for just $5. Go.
The Dead Poet
On Saturdays and Sundays, the Irish pub offers happy hour all day. Enjoy $1-$2 off all cocktails, including the Tennessee Williams, made with sweet tea vodka, water and lemon. Simple, delicious and healthy. Go.