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Plan a Post-Work Friday Happy Hour in the Neighborhood

Jun 12, 2019
Plan a Post-Work Friday Happy Hour in the Neighborhood
It's finally Friday and you're ready for some pre-dinner drinks to get your weekend started or unwind from a long week. Good news! Lincoln Square has a number of happy hour spots perfect for Friday evening, especially as summer arrives. 

The following spots offer happy hour specials: 
The Empire Rooftop (44 West 63rd Street): Happy hour from 3:00pm-7:00pm, weekdays. 
Empire Hotel Lobby Bar (44 West 63rd Street): Happy hour from 5:00pm-7:00pm Thursdays and Fridays only. 
Nanoosh (2012 Broadway at 69th): Happy hour daily from 4:00pm-6:00pm.
Bluebird London (10 Columbus Circle, 3rd Floor): Happy hour is 4:00pm-7:00pm daily in the parlour, bar and lounge.
Sole Bistro Italiano (2014 Broadway at 69th)
Gina La Fornarina (2020 Broadway at 69th)

Also, if you'd like to mix it up a bit and add some culture and music to your post-work activity, head to the American Folk Art Museum (2 Lincoln Square) for the Free Music Fridays series. Most Fridays, the event begins at 5:30pm and features three acts. There is no admission fee, but there is a donation-based cash wine bar so you can enjoy live music and sip on a glass of wine right after work. Check out upcoming Free Music Fridays here. You can also head to the bookstore Shakespeare & Co. (2020 Broadway) after work for some wine and beer in the cafe as you read or enjoy the ambiance.
Of course, Lincoln Square is home to a number of high-end cocktail bars as well as restaurant bars that are neighborhood staples. For example, long-time neighborhood spot Gabriel's Bar and Restaurant (11 West 60th Street) was recently featured in a New York Times articlereceiving praise for being a place to grab a drink where "everyone knows your name". Though it will be relocating as of July 31, we hope Gabriel's won't move far. Head there while you can still grab a glass of wine or cocktail and enjoy its welcoming atmosphere. 
You can also check out Vanguard Wine Bar (189 Amsterdam Ave), Center Bar (10 Columbus Circle), Ascent Lounge (10 Columbus Circle), Bouchon Bakery & Café (10 Columbus Circle), The Aviary NYC and The Office NYC (Mandarin Oriental, NY) for bespoke cocktails and quality wines. Head to our Neighborhood Guide to search all of your bar options in the district, including some of our great restaurants. 
Photo credit: Bluebird London