Williamsburg is a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, and sits adjacent to the waterfront, offering spectacular views of Manhattan. The community is lively year-round, with various seasonal outdoor concerts, food markets and bars with great happy hour specials.
Dance clubs, bars, and live music enhance the nightlife scene, and during the day, vibrant street art decorates residential areas and repurposed factories. The hip Brooklyn community draws in creatives, entrepreneurs, and restaurateurs. It also plays host to trendy shops, cafes, and buzzworthy restaurants all around the neighborhood. If you are looking for weekly drink specials or Happy Hour deals in Williamsburg, check out my list of the 21 best spots!
155 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Pokito Brooklyn is open in South Williamsburg with indoor seating and an outdoor patio. The vibe is relaxed and retro, with a four-seat bar and bright lights. The bar is open daily with extended afternoon hours on the weekends, with Happy Hour occurring from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. On Sundays, Happy Hour lasts until midnight! Try the Paloma with mezcal or the RickRoss with tequila and Thai chili if you’re interested in a cocktail. For a bourbon-based drink, try the Muy Bueno with honey and orange bitters. The bar also offers frozen cocktails like the Yuz+Me with mezcal and yuzu. My favorite beverage is the Lolita with infused vodka!
279 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Fun Fact: Maracuja translates to Passion Fruit in Portuguese. The bar offers Happy Hour specials every day between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm with $1 Wellfleet Oysters, $8 cocktails, frozen drinks, and draft beer, and $6 Glass or $18 Carafes of white, red, and rose wine. The bartenders specialize in any cocktail, saying, “if you know it, we can make it.” Try some classic cocktails here, like a Hemingway’s Daiquiri or a Negroni. I was a big fan of their signature classic, a frozen beverage mixed with Aperol, tequila, and suze. If you need a snack, try some tapas like the shrimp ceviche, or my favorite, the crab cake sliders.
45 S 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
In 2015, Freehold opened its doors in South Williamsburg with a coffee shop, lobby bar, and open outdoor courtyard. It became a neighborhood favorite, and one year after opening, Lyft designated Freehold as the top destination for late-night restaurants in New York City. My favorite cocktail was the Waterbury with lime, watermelon, and Tito’s vodka. Other great drink options included mezcal-based Hot First Date and the traditional margarita with fresh lime juice. If you are looking for a Happy Hour snack, try the Fresh Charred Sourdough Bread with whipped ricotta and basil oil.
519 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Sugarburg is open from Thursday through Sunday and offers delicious cocktails like the Aviator Spritz with gin, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur, and Creme de Violette, and the Speed Bump with bourbon and dark side cold brew coffee. Happy Hour is from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and serves offerings like $5 well drinks, $1 off draft beers, $1 off beer and shot combos, and $2 off wine! My favorite cocktail was the Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita with cucumber puree and jalapeno bitters. Try the fried cheese curds with hot honey or the Shrimp Tacos with chipotle mayo for a bit of bite with your beverage.
The Hidden Pearl
621 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
The Hidden Pearl is a 20-seat collaboration between Donna Cocktail Club and Wanpaku, where the bar is cleverly and discreetly located. The Hidden Pearl is currently open Thursdays through Saturdays from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm. The cocktails are Japanese-influenced and regularly change. I ordered the “Your Summer Passion” cocktail, and the very tropical taste had me feeling like I was on the islands. If you are hungry, I’d recommend ordering the roasted shishito peppers as a snack – they really fill you up! The Hidden Pearl is tucked in the back of a ramen restaurant, so I recommend visiting after finishing off a main course of noodles.
374 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Concord Hill offers the taste of fine dining in a casual setting and serves Happy Hour drinks from Tuesday to Thursday between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm with shorter Happy Hours on the weekends. Happy Hour also has $1 Oysters! Guy Kairi is the owner and chef and has copious international cuisine experience. The grapefruit ginger mule was my favorite cocktail on the Happy Hour menu, but I’d also recommend the margarita and a house-infused shot. The house red, white, and rose wines are included on the Happy Hour menu. For snacks, try the lobster slider or the Grilled Spanish Chorizo.
St. Mazie – Jazz Bar & Restaurant
345 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
St. Mazie has live music playing every night! The bar is open nightly, with Happy Hour served from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The Happy Hour is known for its great deals on oysters. Guests can check Mazie’s social media pages for updates about who is playing music. The best deal is the six oysters and one glass of champagne for $14, but house wines and beer are also discounted during Happy Hour. Other shareable foods items include the grilled shishito peppers and the charred brussels sprouts with chili garlic sauce. I enjoyed the “Said & Done” cocktail with vodka, ginger syrup, fresh lemon, orange, and orange bitters.
Croxley’s Ale House
63 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
With the slogan “drink outside the box,” Croxley’s Ale House brings the flavors and the drink deals! The draft Paloma and watermelon spritz are delicious. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner. Happy Hour specials include 20¢ wings and $4 Bloody Marys! The beer menu is lengthy at the alehouse; some of my favorites are the Champion Shower Beer, the Short Throw Green Tops, and the Brooklyn Lager. The traditional and boneless wings are available in various classic flavors like Hot, Medium, Mild, or BBQ, and in some specialty flavors like Habanero Mango, Korean BBQ, and Thai Coconut. If you’re looking for something vegetarian, try the Buffalo Cauliflower!
132 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
The Banter Bar is a community staple! The bar is open seven days a week from 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm but will sometimes open earlier for Premier League matches. Banter Bar offers rotating specials of $3 craft beers, $4 wines, and $5 rail cocktails, making for a superb Williamsburg Happy Hour. The bar offers beers from local Brooklyn breweries like Other Half Gulpin’ – an American Pale Ale. One of my favorite beers on the menu is an IPA, the Flying Dog Bloodline Blood Orange Nitro. The bar food selection is also incredible; try the Thai chicken savory pie, the Smoked Kielbasa sausage, or the Hot German Pretzel with mustard.
180 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Iona has an incredible beer garden! The bar is named after an island where Scottish Kings were buried. It was founded in 2000 in what was once a candy store! Usually, the bar has live Scottish music at least one night a week. Happy Hour specials vary but typically include beer and shot specials like Miller High Life + Shot for $7.I ordered the Rye Old Fashioned, and it was perfect. The Empanadas with Chimichurri were a delicious bite to eat. Other menu offerings include Vegetable Lasagna and Founders All-Day IPA. Come for the specials and stay for a game of ping pong on the patio!
149 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Devin Schuck and Raffaello Van Couten are veterans of the service industry; they combined their talents to establish Midnights to add to the dynamic nightlife in Williamsburg. The bar is open daily after 2:00 pm, and if you are visiting with a group of six or more people, a reservation is recommended. Happy Hour runs Monday through Thursday until 6:00 pm. A couple of my favorite cocktails were the “Private Dancer” with Ketel One vodka, guava, watermelon red bull, and lime and the “Drunk Love” with Myers dark rum, orange juice, pineapple, grenadine, lime, and Angostura bitters. For a snack, grab an empanada filled with your choice of chicken, beef, or mushroom.
Fresh Kills Bar
Fresh Kills Bar serves classic and creative cocktails with fresh ingredients and house-made syrups. The bar is open during the week after 5:00 pm and on the weekends after 2:00 pm. With stylish lines and warm wooden walls, the vibe is modern yet comfortable. Fresh Kills makes a deadly Negroni; it is a must-have. The Queen’s Park Swizzle is a fun layered drink that is refreshing. The Crunchy Spicy Cold Ramen is a great snack when drinking more than a few cocktails. Follow the bar on Instagram for up-to-date offerings.
141 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211
OTB is a great neighborhood spot for a date night. The bar is closed on Tuesdays but opens in the mid-afternoon the rest of the week. With a horse as its logo, OTB is an homage to horse racing and “off-track betting.” OTB is a great neighborhood spot where you can embrace the vibe of Williamsburg and enjoy a great beverage. The Moscow Mule and the Whiskey Sour are delicious cocktails. For some nostalgia, try the “Pinky and the Brain” frozen cocktail. The French onion soup is surprisingly tasty, but the go-to snack is definitely the fried wings with spicy sauce.
Night of Joy
667 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Night of Joy has a vintage vibe with deep colors, beautiful rugs on the floors, and antique furniture lining the walls. A DJ is usually playing at the venue in the evenings. Bartenders use botanical ingredients and herbal infusions to craft unique cocktails with traditional influences. It has been open in the neighborhood for more than ten years. The Basil-Lime Gin Gimlet is a refreshing and delicious cocktail, but the Orange Blossom Rum Lemonade is my favorite. The Rosemary and Ginger Bourbon is a popular menu item. The bar is known for its frozen margaritas.
152 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Skinny Dennis is a honky-tonk bar and offers live country music every night. There is also a jukebox for guests to help cultivate the playlist. Dennis Sanchez played with legendary musician Guy Clark and is the bar’s namesake. The bar is open from 12:00 pm to 4:00 am. Most beers on the menu are $4 or $5. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from noon to 7:00 pm and offers $1 off beer and $3 well drinks. Every week the bar offers Tito’s Tuesday with $4 Tito’s Lemonades and $2 shots. For a caffeine boost, try the famous frozen coffee.
817 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Reclamation Bar is located in East Williamsburg and is built from salvaged wood and reclaimed materials. It has a large backyard garden patio. Daily Happy Hour is from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The bar also sells cocktails to go, which is perfect if you’re planning a picnic by the East River. I enjoyed the Lavender Tom Collins with gin, fresh lemon juice, and lavender. Other popular drinks include the Peach Baby with vodka, iced tea, lemon juice, and peach puree, and the Oaxacan Spritz with mezcal, Aperol, orange juice, lemon, and agave. The empanadas are a great bar snack!
Clinton Hall & Rooftop Beer Garden
247 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Clinton Hall is named for Castle Clinton, located in Battery Park because Castle Clinton was the original site of America’s first Beer Garden in 1824. The Williamsburg bar has a rooftop beer garden for guests to enjoy. Clinton Hall offers Happy Hour specials from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm Monday through Friday. The $7 House Margarita and the $8 chicken wings are the best options on the Happy Hour menu. Also, the Clinton Hall Gigawatt IPA brewed by The Bronx Brewery is a delicious beer option. Clinton Hall is known for their craft burgers, so stick around for dinner and try one.
191 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Serving pizza, cocktails, and oysters, Pizzette is an authentic neighborhood spot. Steven Mark Sciacca founded Pizzette in 2019; he is a veteran baker and wanted to use those skills to craft delicious pizzas. The restaurant offers a late-night Happy Hour from 11:00 pm to 2:00 am. With $4 beer, $6 wine, and $8 cocktails, the Happy Hour is easy on your wallet while still being very satisfying. Pick up a few raw oysters while you are there for less than $3 an oyster. My Fig and Goat Cheese pizza was delicious, but other popular pizzas include the Mushroom and Garlic and the Red Hot Chili.
153 Montrose Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206
duckduck is known for late-night cocktails in Williamsburg. Notably, the bar is cash only, so make a pitstop at an ATM before you venture inside. duckduck is affectionately known in the neighborhood as a dive bar and is open daily until 4:00 am. The bar is known for cheap, simple drinks and offers beer and shot combinations for as little as $5. On cooler days, the hot spiced cider is delicious and perfect for helping you warm up. One awesome Happy Hour special is two drinks for $6 – you get one drink right away and a wooden token for round two.
277 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Ore Bar offers Happy Hour specials from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm Monday through Friday and serves amazing smash burgers every Thursday and ramen every Sunday. It is located across from the Grand Street metro station. For a low-key drink in Williamsburg, this is a perfect spot. Try the Mezcal Paloma or the Ore Fashioned. Miller Lite is always $4! Snack on Zapp’s chips while you enjoy your drink. The most popular item, the Frozen Grapefruit, can have any spirit you’d like added! With a wood front and painted red door, Ore Bar is easy to spot!
168 Borinquen Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11211
For tacos and dancing, Black Flamingo is the perfect spot! The bar opens at 4:00 pm daily and has extended hours on the weekends. Happy Hour is from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm and offers an incredible $10 margarita. The Asada and Tingas tacos are a perfect snack, with two tacos per order. Pair tacos with a draft Pacifico beer. During Happy Hour, the chips and guacamole are discounted. Try the Bombitas doughnuts with mango, coconut, and guava if you develop a sweet tooth.