It’s Thursday night and you’re just getting off work in Chelsea, Manhattan. There is no better night for Happy Hour with coworkers than Thursday night when you get to celebrate “almost Friday” (as long as there are no 7am meetings the next day). With a location on 33rd Street in Chelsea, we went ahead and hand selected some of our favorite spots nearby. The list is in no particular order. Cheers!
Lowdown: Happy Hour 5pm-8pm, brick oven pizza, chill vibe, tucked away off a busy street, creative cocktails
Deal: FREE appetizer spread during Happy Hour. Yes, free.
Lowdown: Happy Hour 4pm-8pm, best sushi in Chelsea, fun atmosphere, yummy miso soup, 20s-30s crowd
Deal: 2 for 1 Happy Hour = $4 cocktails! Buy one get one free draft beer.
Lowdown: Happy Hour 4pm-8pm, perfect “bar” feel, back patio, steps away from the High Line, surrounded by art galleries
Deal: $4 drafts till 8pm and 10% discount on checks paid in full with Whitney membership.
Lowdown: Happy Hour 4pm-6pm, literally a southern trailer park theme inside, nostalgic public school style tater tots
Deal: $5 house margaritas (+$1 for frozen).
Lowdown: No official Happy Hour, inside Hilton NY Fashion District Hotel, 3,000 square foot rooftop, come for the views, the bar opens at 4pm, you need to be escorted to the rooftop by an elevator operator
Deal: Go for the views, not the low prices, as cocktails are $15 and beers are $8.
Lowdown: Happy Hour 4pm-6pm on weekdays, close to Chelsea Market, casual atmosphere, really fresh oysters/raw bar, the clam toast gets rave reviews
Deal: $1 oysters and $7 wine.
Lowdown: Happy Hour 4pm-7pm, tapas restaurant, standing-only wine bar with food ranging from Italian to Chinese to vegan, casual atmosphere for a quick bite and drink
Deal: $1 off all drinks and wines starting at $8.
Lowdown: Happy Hour 4pm-7pm, authentic French menu, low-key ambiance, steps away from High Line, knowledgeable staff, reviewers love the cheese platter
Deal: REAL French wine at $9 a glass.
Lowdown: Happy Hours 11am-7pm on weekdays, good beer selection (including craft beer), attentive bartenders, mac and cheese and sliders are popular
Deal: $5 draft beer, $6 house liquor, $7 wine, and $1 fish tacos on Monday.
Lowdown: Friday night K2 lounge from 6pm-7pm, art museum with Himalayan art turned bar on Friday night, eclectic crowd, good music, educational
Deal: Free admission after 6pm, free museum tour, and 2 for 1 drinks.
History of Chelsea
The area was established in 1750 by an entrepreneurial businessman named Thomas Clarke, who bought the 10 square block area and named the estate “Chelsea” after a town near London. Clarke’s grandson, Clement Clarke Moore, who was the author of The Night Before Christmas, divided the Chelsea estate up in the 1830’s. It was then rapidly developed. For the next one hundred years or so, Chelsea was mostly lumber yards and warehouses. The world’s first elevated rail (currently the High Line) was constructed in 1869 to help with transportation of goods in the area. Today, Chelsea is known for its art galleries and a strong LGBT community. Chelsea has expanded six times since it was originally purchased by Thomas Clarke.
Source: Macaulay, Honors College at Cuny