New York's Garment District once served as the hub of American fashion design and production. Yet today, thanks to the economic benefits of overseas production, many brands have embraced global expansion and neglected their midtown roots (although many designers still remain in the area). Luckily, the square mile sartorial playground, bordered by neighborhoods like Murray Hill and Chelsea, is always expanding, and it has become a solid spot for scoring great happy hour deals. In fact, with so many different places to choose from, you might just have to treat every day like it's a Friday.
The Ginger Man 11 East 36th Street
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If your wallet begins to feel lighter and lighter while at this brewery, blame Texas. The Ginger Man, which began in 1985 in Houston, Texas, offers nearly every type of beer imaginable, plus a large variety of scotch, whiskey, and a great deal more. Not to mention, it's received rave reviews on sites like Yelp and Time Out New York. Needless to say, beer lovers will squeal with delight at the bar's endless options, such as the St. Louis Framboise or the Hofbrau Munchen Dunkel, and even those who aren't the biggest fans of the fermented beverage will fail to be disappointed.
Concrete 320 West 37th Street
$4 wine. $3 beers. Fried PB & J sandwiches. No, you haven't died and gone to happy hour heaven, these are just some of Concrete's unbelievable after-work specials. The bar, trendy yet cozy (and very casual), offers the usual bar/restaurant staples, but at reasonable prices. Plus, for those looking for a good late night spot, Concrete's kitchen is open until 2 a.m. and offers takeout service.
Réunion 357 West 44th Street
Although it may not be located in the heart of the Fashion District, Réunion is definitely worth the walk. While the kitschy, underground surf bar undoubtedly embraces its tacky nature, it also serves its island-style drinks with a twist and with creative names like Cuz'n Ray Ray, Painkiller, and Acid Drop. When it comes to its food options, Réunion also offers a rather genius creation that can help settle any booze-filled belly. 'Tot' chos, which are simply tater tots covered in typical nacho toppings, are a customer favorite at the restaurant that Daily Candy once referred to as "paradise."
The Australian 20 West 38th Street
Those with a curious palate will enjoy sampling this restaurant's meaty kangaroo options. (No, seriously, they serve real kangaroo meat.) The Australian, a bar with plenty of other, less adventurous plates such as pulled pork sliders and juicy burgers, dishes up savory bar snacks during happy hour, as well as $6 cocktails, $4 draft beers, and $5 spirits. For an after-work taste of the true Aussie spirit, look no further than this unique, Australian-run bar.
Top the The Strand 33 West 37th Street
Situated on top of the Strand Hotel, this rooftop bar boasts breathtaking views of the nearby Empire State Building. The swanky spot also has knowledgeable bartenders mixing the drinks, a slew of different DJs, and best of all, a retractable roof that allows you to enjoy views of the city without freezing in the wintertime. The bar, despite its higher prices, is the perfect place to wind down and decompress from a hard day at work. Our tip? Stay there and watch the sun set over the city-you won't regret it.
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