Murray Hill Happy Hours You Should Know

Murray Hill sits in that netherworld between midtown and Not-Precisely-Midtown Manhattan. This East Side neighborhood is often defined by a well-known landmarks: east-west from FDR Drive to Madison Avenue, and south-north from East 23rd to East 34th Streets. You'll find an abundance of offices and apartments here, which also means an array of opportunities for post-work nightlife fun. You can also find beloved attractions like Grand Central Terminal and The Morgan Library & Museum nearby. Here are just a few of the spots where you can unwind in Murray Hill!

Best Murray Hill Happy Hours: Bubo

Bubo, which specializes in Mediterranean cuisine, gives warm, speakeasy vibes.  It's an intimate cocktail bar space that also serves small dishes, that can be enjoyed at the bar or the hidden back-room lounge. Their Happy Hour cocktail menu, served from 4pm-6:30pm, includes a variety of beers on tap, wine, and cocktails such as El Presendente (Rum, Rockey's, Orange Liquor, Sweet Vermouth, and Grenadine). Cheers! 515 3rd Ave, 212-532-33300,

Best Murray Hill Happy Hours: The Junction

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Local haunt The Junction takes the premise of the Happy Hour to new levels-weekdays, their Happy Hour runs from 11am-7pm, and on Sundays, 11am to 10pm! Give the cocktail the Blackberry Sabbath Sangria a go. Mondays are Trivia Night. For eats, there are homemade soups, quesadillas, sliders, Shepherd's Pie, and other traditional bar fare.  A brunch menu is available weekends 11am-3pm. 329 Lexington Ave, 212-682-7700,

Best Murray Hill Happy Hours: Cask Bar & Kitchen

Cask Bar & Kitchen

Cask Bar's cozy interior of reclaimed wood and weathered brick will set the scene for the evening. They offer a selection of hand-drawn cask ales, craft brews & cocktails, but their speciality is bourbon and rye whiskey. Start your happy hour right with their Martini Monday $10 all night long, beginning at 4pm-choose from an Espresso Martini, a Cosmopolitan, or a Gin-based Eastider. Regular Happy Hour, Mon-Wed, 4pm-7pm,  Thurs-Fri, 3pm-7pm. They've raised the bar on their bites, too-Okonomiayaki Fries (kewpie mayo, bulldog sauce, furikake, togirashi, scallion, bonito flakes), Scotch Egg (w/pork sausage, egg, dijonnaise) Smashburger, and other tasty treats. 167 E. 33rd St, 212-300-4924,

Best Murray Hill Happy Hours: Mulligan's Irish Pub

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Mulligan's has been a neighborhood staple Irish pub in Murray Hill for more than 30 years. Their Happy Hour runs a generous 4pm-8pm Monday-Friday-select beers for $6/$7, wine $8, well drinks, a modest $7.  Chalk up your poolstick for a game of pool if you like, too, or check out your favorite game on their sports tv. Traditional pub fare available for lunch and dinner (including a separate Fries bar), plus a couple of tasty dessert selections and dessert cocktails , such as a Chocolate Martini, to make your night complete. 267 Madison Ave, 212-286-0207,

Best Murray Hill Happy Hours: wagamama


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Asian fusion is the name of the game at Wagamama. Drop in for happy hour, where cocktails, wine, and beer are all on the bill of fare at this Third Avenue outpost. Sample Wagamama Old Fashioned made with two (!) Japanese whiskies, their impressive sake assortment, and beers from Japan, China, and Thailand. While you’re at it, try their Chili Squid with chili cilantro dipping sauce or the Bang Band Cauliflower, which is tossed with something aptly named "Firecracker Sauce." Entrees include dumplings, donburi rice bowls, curries, teppanyaki, and ramen. 605 Third Ave., 646-813-3396,

Best Murray Hill Happy Hours: Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails

Speaking of happy hours, Handcraft will keep you guessing in the best way possible with their constantly rotating deals on drinks and food. Libations include a draft beer menu to please any connoisseur of the brew, and seasonal craft cocktails (here even the pina colada is shaken by hand). The food’s on a similar elevated plane, with delectable shareables like nachos (available on fries, tots, or nachos) and Flaming Hot Chickpeas. Homey and slightly rustic with cushy banquet seating, Handcraft also is festooned with TVs around the bar to help you keep up with the games of the day. Happy hour changes daily; check website for details. 367 Third Ave., 212-689-3000,

Best Murray Hill Happy Hours: Tavern29


You can get an early start at Tavern29 courtesy of a weekday happy hour that begins at 11am(!). This neighborhood watering hole is renowned for its roomy rooftop area resplendent in picnic tables. And it's much beloved by locals for not only its early happy hour, but one that starts later at night, depending on the barkeep's assessment. Interiors here provide cozy nooks for groups and a boisterous and chatty bar with chandeliers overhead. This place is a true crowd-pleaser, as the TVs inside cater to a range of sports fans. Happy hours run Monday-Friday, 11am-7pm. $5 beer, $6 wine, and $7 cocktails. Late-night happy hours are Monday-Friday, 11pm-2am. 47 E. 29th St., 212-685-4422,

Best Murray Hill Happy Hours: Ted’s Corner Tavern

If you like dollar oysters at happy hour, Ted's has got you covered. Indulge in these regionally (and daily) sourced oysters, along with selections of beer, wine, cocktails, and food at a discount. While you’re there, you should also investigate their Mediterranean cuisine, which includes a cheese and charcuterie plate, Halloumi Toast, and flatbread pizzas. Oh, and someone has a sense of humor: the brick walls are all adorned with images of famous Teds (Roosevelt, Bundy, etc.). Happy hour daily, 4-7pm. 523 Third Ave., 212-689-2676,

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Merrill Lee Girardeau lives and writes in Brooklyn.

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